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Best Meatloaf Recipe Ever 
 
Jun. 8, 2010 5:57 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2010 6:10 am
I was a latchkey kid. My parents were divorced. We ate a lot of convenience food because Mom had to work 2 jobs to pay the bills. She wasn't home when we got home from school, she was at job # 1, a switchboard operator for a hospital. She'd come home in the evening, we'd eat mac and cheese and a Swanson dinner, and she'd be off again to her waitressing job.


It wasn't that Mom couldn't cook, she could, she just never had time. So I didn't have the luxury of learning how to cook from her. In fact, I didn't do much more than make grilled cheese and cereal until my last year in high school when I opened a cookbook my dad had at his house. I tried making a couple of things in the book, and did pretty good, but there was a meatloaf recipe I tried, and promptly failed at. You see, for many years we ate meatloaf made with ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs and a packet of McCormick meatloaf seasoning. I never new there was such a thing as meatloaf from scratch!

Many years went by, Mom passed away, I moved out of Dad's house, got married, had kids, so the story goes. While I've happily experimented with many different recipes over the years, that meatloaf experience from my teenage years kept me making meatloaf with McCormick packets. That is, until I found the best meatloaf recipe ever in February of this year.

This recipe changed everything for me. I'll never buy another meatloaf seasoning packet... ever. If you are looking for a delicious meatloaf recipe, I urge you to try this. It's really fabulous and it holds a permanent spot in my recipe collection now!

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Jun. 8, 2010 9:59 pm
It never fails to excite me whenever I read about someone's discovery and the joy of cooking. It's a lost art and it makes me feel happy that so many Moms and Dads are enjoying their kitchens once again. Here's a weird factoid about me.. you mentioned Mac & Cheese.. I've never tried any out of a box! Never.. always had it from scratch. I am not a big Mac & Cheese fan for one thing, so avoiding any kind - box or otherwise was fairly easy, but my son loves it and I would make it for him - from scratch. He asked me the other day what Kraft Mac & Cheese might taste like.. he's never had it from a box either! LOL
 
Jun. 9, 2010 6:10 am
Belles - If you tried it now then you'd think it was gross! LOL I make a homemade stovetop mac and cheese as I prefer it creamy over baked :)
 
 
 
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amandascookin

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Deerfield, Illinois, USA
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Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, USA

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May 2010

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

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About Me
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, especially cookies and cakes. :) I love cooking too, but I like to experiment, which can occasionally mean take out! ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in the convenience food era. My parents were divorced and I was a latch key kid. There weren't a whole lot of home cooked meals in my childhood, but lots of packaged and frozen goods. I try to make dinner every night for my family, though sometimes it's take out due to sports activities, etc. I'm envious of those that have their grandmother's recipes, I don't have anything like that.
My cooking triumphs
i've created a few recipes of my own, one I even won a contest for :) I love experimenting and finding new ways to combine flavors. I feel triumphant every time I bring something to my neighbors, they always give me rave reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I try to prepare whatever I can early in the day, so that the hectic afternoon is less... well, hectic! I tend to be pretty frugal, so I'm always pantry diving. I also menu plan every week, it saves me from A) running to the store in the middle of the week and B) getting take out.
 
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