Last night was the third night in a row that I've been home after work. With my crazy schedule, that's almost unheard of.
I've been cooking dinner every night, partly to use up all the chicken from the chicken and dumplings I made on Sunday, and partly to save money. I'd already been through all of the chicken dishes (chicken pot pie on Monday and chicken noodle soup on Tuesday), so last night's dinner was meatloaf. I'll post the recipe below.
I was at the grocery store getting ground beef and a vegetable. Here's my cell phone conversation with my husband:
Jane: Hey, do you like wax beans?
Husband (reflexively): No.
Jane: That's too bad. I've only ever had the canned ones and they have fresh ones here.
Husband: Wait a minute. What are wax beans?
Jane: They're like green beans, only yellow.
Husband (with some wariness): Okay, let's try them.
I ended up sauteeing them with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes in olive oil. I liked them a lot. Husband thought they were "tough," but he didn't even get home until they'd been cooling for a couple of hours, so there you go.
Here's my family meatloaf recipe. I think it's pretty tasty. Let me know if you try it.
Meatloaf a la Average Jane
1 pound hamburger
1/2 pound sausage
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
1/2 cup cracker crumbs or oatmeal
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
3 green pepper rings
Mix all ingredients except the green pepper rings (I use my hands to mix) and put in loaf pan. Press pepper rings onto the top of the loaf and crisscross with additional ketchup, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-75 minutes. Check on it about halfway through and drain off any excess grease.
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