After many hours devoted to reading (and drooling) over the Food Blogs of so many other cooks around the world, I'm coming on in to the pool. Testing the water tonight and so far, it's not too cold. I want to archive my recipes here so that my son, my friends, my family, and myself have easy access to recipes that we have enjoyed together or at least talked about. Nothing fancy here -- my hat goes off to the food bloggers who capture their food on film. I'll post pics as my schedule allows. My first recipe to post? Hmmmmm.
(From Barbara Wilson) *Makes 2 Meatloafs - FREEZE one!!
When I brought Jack home from the NICU, I was very stressed. Mom made me her meatloaf and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for our "Welcome Home" dinner. I was very comforted by this meal and every time I make Mom's Meatloaf, I feel my Mommy giving me a big hug!
2 lbs. lean hamburger meat
1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
4 slices crumbled/cubed bread
salt and pepper to taste
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Soak the bread in the milk for 5 minutes. Remove bread and squeeze out excess milk. Mix together the bread with the rest of the ingredients. Put in 2 loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Top meatloaves with more ketchup. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-60 minutes.
Mom’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoons water
1 8 oz. can pineapple slices, drained and halved
4 maraschino cherries, halved
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cups milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt butter in a 9”x 1 1/2” round baking pan (or Grandma Wilson’s cast-iron skillet). Stir in brown sugar and water. Arrange pineapple and cherries in the pan. Set pan aside. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, granulated sugar, and baking powder. Add milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen sides; invert onto a plate. Serves 8.