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Meatloaf Muffins

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



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Oat’n Toffee Grahams

I cannot decide if this sinful concoction should be tagged as candy or as a cookie.  Whatever the tag it is one bar that you are going to want to prepare when the chocolate bug bites!  It’s easy.  The hardest part is lining the baking sheet with parchment paper which has a mind of its own sometimes.  So you start with graham crackers to line your baking sheet.  I think I have said this before that manufactures are reducing  the size of the product or the container.  Have you noticed that your favorite cookie or cracker is somewhat smaller now?  What about a gallon of ice cream?  It is no longer a gallon.  I noticed when shopping for evaporated milk that the number of ounces in the can has been reduced.   In some cases it could wreck a recipe, but not it this case.  Anyway these bars are so good that you just have to try them.  It makes a bunch and they are quite rich, but freeze them for up to three months.  Then you’ll have a little chocolate hanging around in case of an emergency!  You know what I mean.

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Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole and a Give Away!!!

School started Monday and this is what I cooked for dinner.  It is easy and filling.  I just love the recipes that I am finding in the Make & Take  July issue from Better Homes and Gardens.   By the way it was a good first day.   But, I have more news!  It is my blog’s birthday.  Yes, it has been three years since I started this experiment and I want to reward you the reader with two  cookbooks from one of the first friends that I made as I was over whelmed with the whole blog thing.  I did not know what I was doing.  Well, if the truth be known I still don’t!  Susan Russo from Food Blogga befriended me.  I love using her blog for my class as a resource.  She knows what she is talking about and is so well rounded. Check her blog out you’ll love it! Anyway, I am giving away two of  her cookbooks Recipes that Every Man Should Know and The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches  to a lucky reader.  Just  comment here on the blog.  The deadline is Sunday at midnight.  Good luck!  And you are going to love this recipe!  It is a keeper!

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Bolognese Lasagna with Porcini-Ricotta Filling

I have dreamed of making a great lasagna.  You know the real Italian kind that’s labor intensive and that has your heart in it from start to finish.  And yes, this is that recipe!  This is not a recipe that you can make at the spur of the moment.  It will take a little over an hour to put it together and about an hour to bake it, but it is so worth it!

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