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Apr. 8, 2013 3:33 pm 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2013 9:25 am

This is my first blog - ever.
I wasn't sure that I would have anything to say and that I would not use the blog feature - turns out that I was wrong.
When I signed up for the "pro" version of allrecipes, it was because I have gotten soooo much out this site for free. I almost felt guilty for the fortune that I've saved in cook books and unspoiled dishes; thanks to the advice of others who have already tried the recipes and offered hints on how to cook them successfully.
I love to share the recipes on this site with my daughter who has moved so far away. She is setting up her new kitchen and cooking some wonderful meals. It's nice to send her some of my favourite recipes that she enjoyed while growing up. I hope that the recipes are still considered healthy, practical and tasty for her in the days ahead.
This reminds me of recipes from my mother's cookbooks of the late 1950's, early 1960's era. While I found some recipes to be keepers, others were real eye poppers. Cooking with great amounts of fat and salt were the norm of that era.
One book spends a great deal of time describing how to incorporate jars of baby food into everyday cooking.  There are party pates made of jars of strained beef or strained chicken. There is a cream soup made from strained chicken and vegetable added to strained peas with 1/2 cup milk and a dash of salt. There are many custards, rice puddings and jellied desserts that have various strained fruits in the recipe. Fortunately, this was not one of the dog-eared, splattered and otherwise obviously over-used cookbooks that my mother cooked from on a regular basis. 
This past while, I've been exploring my way through one of my mother's old meatloaf cookbooks.
I've been spurred on by finding an old automatic mini-chopper at the second hand store for five dollars.
It is easily grinding up anything needed to put into a meatloaf, bread, crackers, onion, carrots and more.
Tonight, I've combined the "Picnic Loaf" ( a meatloaf with shelled hard boiled eggs baked into the center) and the "Bacon Loaf" ( a meatloaf with par-cooked bacon latticed, then placed on top of meatloaf for the final 20 minutes of cooking). My husband likes it and we think that we'll rename it the "Bacon and Egg Loaf";  for those who want breakfast food at dinner time, or meatloaf for breakfast.

Bacon and Egg Meatloaf
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Apr. 8, 2013 3:42 pm
I like ketchup on my meatloaf, not sure about putting egg in it. not sure the wife would allow that.
Apr. 8, 2013 5:39 pm
The latticed bacon on top looks great. I'm with KingSparta (or at least his wife), though, I'll pass on the egg...
Apr. 8, 2013 6:11 pm
I to took advantage of the pro because of all the free things offered here. How I would loved to browse through the old cookbooks of your mothers. keep the blogs coming!
Apr. 8, 2013 7:42 pm
I love old cook books! They give you an interesting glimpse into the past. What were people eating? What were the fun and different things they were preparing for parties and gatherings? It's all right there in the time machine we call books.
Apr. 9, 2013 1:05 pm
Thanks I really am enjoying the glimpse into the past, and this blogging feature too.
Apr. 10, 2013 9:25 am
I love cookbooks for the look into what other times/areas are/were eating. Also single item books-I've got ones for lemon, onion, garlic, etc.
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This is an exercise in giving back and a thank-you to everyone who have shared their recipes with me over the years. My recipe journal, dated since 1975, contains several different styles of handwriting, as some people have obligingly just copied their recipes into the book for me. It is tattered and food splattered - but it represents many tasty dishes we have shared. Alrecipes seems to be a great way to continue the sharing tradition.
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