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Epic Meatloaf

12 Sep

This is Special Occasion Meatloaf.  Like it’s-somebody’s-birthday-and-his-favorite-food-is-meatloaf- meatloaf.  It takes elbow grease but is SO worth it.  The bacon is totally optional but definitely takes it to a new level of epic-ness.

This recipe makes 2 meatloafs (meatloaves?), which are awesome for leftovers and freeze exceptionally well.

Epic Meatloaf
Raspberry & Coconut
Serves 8-10

Step 1:  In a large skillet, saute’ the ingredients below (except garlic) until slightly browned, 4-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir for one a minute so it does not burn.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

Step 2:  In a large mixing bowl, combine the sauteed veggies and the ingredients listed below.  Hold off on mixing for the moment.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. almond meal

Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the following ingredients.  Set aside 1/3 c. of this mixture, adding the rest to the other meatloaf ingredients.

  • 1 6oz tin tomato paste
  • 2T water
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce (I use gluten free)
  • 2 t Tabasco sauce

Step 4:  Mix by hand until thoroughly combined.

Step 5: As I said earlier, the bacon is optional- if you’re not using it, grease your loaf pans.  Lay a few strips of bacon on the bottom of two glass bread pans.  Shape your meatloaves and place over the bacon.  Now rub the meatloaf with the remaining sauce and cover it, again, with more bacon.


Step 6: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 25 minutes, then raise the heat to 400°F and continue cooking until done, about 35 minutes longer.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes before (carefully!) removing from the pan.  Serve with sweet potatoes and peas.  Enjoy the unabashed praise of your loved ones, but don’t expect any leftovers.

Salisbury Steak

13 Aug

Here’s one of the first videos I made and never got around to posting before summer hit- but it’s 10 degrees from chilly right now and a perfect time for something a little more substantial than traditional summer fare!  It actually snowed yesterday!  Batman is filming downtown- super fun to watch but super annoying to commute through.

Anyway- quickie post, as I’m out of town for a bit.  I’ll update with a recipe recap on Monday, but for now you’ll have to make do with the video!

Curry Burgers

16 Jul

I suppose I’m on a curry kick!  Lately I’ve been seeing “5 foods I would bring with me on an island” posts floating around the blogosphere. Assuming an endless supply of fish, crabs, coconuts, plantains, rum, and little plastic umbrellas, I think mine would go something like this:

1. Curry Powder (seafood + coconuts!)
2. Salmon (’cause I love it and you can’t get it on an island)
3. Lamb Osso Bucco
4. Sriracha
5. Turtle Mountain Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl coconut milk ice cream

Curry Burgers
Raspberry & Coconut


  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey or pork)
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 t. curry powder (I use Penzey’s hot curry)
  • 1 t. garam marsala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground or fresh ginger
  • salt and pepper
  • ~ 1.5 T. bacon grease, coconut oil, or butter/ghee for cooking

Mix ground beef, onion, and spices and form into patties.  Season on both sides with a little salt and pepper.  Melt grease/oil in a frying pan (or cook on a grill) to your desired doneness.

Meatza Meatza!!!

6 Jun

I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for ages and seen lots of variations floating around the blogosphere.  What better time than my very first post to try it out!  Well- live and learn- I probably should have started with something I’ve made a million times.

Don’t get me wrong, it was delish, and, like regular pizza, it was even better cold the next day.  I’ll definitely try it again, but next time I’d use a leaner grind- 90-96%- and add an extra egg.



  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg (I’d use 2 next time)
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 2t. dried basil
  • 1t. dried oregano


Use your imagination!  I used canned pasta sauce, sauteed red onions, baby bella mushrooms, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.


Preheat oven to 450 and grease a cookie sheet.  Mix all crust ingredients and spread the mixture evenly over the cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-20 minutes, until the crust is slightly dry and crispy.  Reduce heat to 350 and add your toppings.  Pop the meatza back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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