I love Thanksgiving. It is all about family, friends, and food with lots of tradition thrown in. It’s not as stressful as Christmas. There’s not a million parties to go to and the stress of finding all the perfect gifts. I pretty much took Thanksgiving for granted until Jonathan was in high school playing tennis. He played in Louisville, Kentucky on Thanksgiving Day. There were not too many places open and the restaurant we chose was filled with those like us that had no family or friends around. It was a sad sight and quite depressing. Since then I’m so thankful that I am lucky to have my family and friends to celebrate with. I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving with all the ones that you care about.
One of my favorite comfort foods is meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Several meatloaf recipes have made it to this blog and all of them have been good in their own way, but now this one is my favorite. There is really no special ingredients that are added, but I think that sauteing the peppers, onion , and garlic makes a big difference in the flavor. This was not my bright idea although I would love to take credit. Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for meatloaf kept coming up at the top of my Best Meatloaf search and while his recipe is much more complicated than this simple one he did saute the vegetables first. So I thought I would give it a try and guess what it works great! The idea for these Meatloaf Muffins came from Better Homes and Garden’s Make and Take magazine. I think it is a great idea if you have small children or you do want to take this to a pot luck dinner. But, I found them to be more time consuming than just the standard free formed meatloaf cooked on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Although the muffins might take a shorter time to cook I found that placing them in the muffin pans took longer to prepare. This recipe made it to my table three times last month and even the leftovers are grand! Continue reading