Ela La Salle

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meatloaf pan drains the excess fat, makes nice crust
2 days ago
So many different ways of making meatloaf. Wow!
If I could add my 2 cents... here it goes;
#1. I use a baking pan like this (see photo).
#2. Ground beef (1 or 2 lb.) mixed by hand with such ingredients as:
small handfuls of:
dehydrated onions (or freshly diced), dehydrated mixed bell/shepherd (or fresh) peppers, dehydrated powdered tomato skins, or dehydrated diced tomatoes (variety differ from yellow, red, cherry,  big or small. Who cares! LOL),  dehydrated powdered or fresh celery, dehydrated broccoli or fresh, dehydrated zucchini powder or fresh, dehydrated garlic powder or 3 cloves fresh but using zesting tool, dehydrated ( finger crushed) or fresh green  parsley tops. 1 whole egg, some bread crumbs (I dislike Panco-too salty, and make my own from left over breads/buns), about 1 Tbs dehydrated (finger crushed) or fresh lovage. 1 tsp each of salt & pepper.
Mixing all very well, then thrown into a bowl hard, few times to eliminate air. Almost resembling  pate like consistency.
Pack all this into a baking pan, smoothing the very top with little plain water and spatula (this way I eliminate any cracks or unevenness. The water will evaporate anyway, so it doesn't matter)
I bake it in the middle of electric oven at 350F for 50 minutes. Then I take it out of the oven, and spread the top (using spoon/spatula/brush) with prepared mixture (or glaze) of :
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
squirt of Dijon mustard (optional)

Place it back in the oven at 350 F for additional 10 minutes.
If the oven burns the meat before applying the glaze, brush the glaze anyway, and place aluminum foil over the pan (don't need to tuck it tightly. Just at the ends of the baking pan).
Optional:
use/omit  vegetables/powders whichever you like (my "ugly half is picky but too bad. I mix all kinds of stuff he, or son and a dog don't even know but eat it anyway LOL)

On a different note about "fixing ready made and baked meatloaf", I would say this:
break it into chunks. Separately make gravy. When gravy is ready , add  meatloaf chunks . Keep it warm. Serve with mashed potatoes or make quick Shepperd's pie casserole.
Have fun. Be brave.  LOL



2 days ago
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3 days ago

Deedee Dezso wrote:

Ela La Salle wrote:My son and I are "bugs people". We stay out late and watch moths (among other insects). The one that we ever saw landing on flowers  were hummingbird moths. Huge moths on our white Datura plant. Just like the hummingbirds,  we hear them before we see them. Spectacular site!  



As "bug people " you should know that the "humming bird moths" are hornworms found most typically on your tomatoes and peppers.  And that they overwinter in chrysalis underground.

So don't kill all those big green caterpillars on your tomatoes! Plant more tomatoes!!



We don't kill anything with the exception of house flies and mosquitoes (manually). We don't use any sprays (indoor or outdoor).  Any caterpillar, crawler, critter, etc . is ignored, moved, or relocated in safe manner.  
I grow lots of perennials, some vegetables and fruiting bushes,  to feed whatever thing wants to feed on. Our back yard is connected to crown land which we respect and anything that lives there
5 days ago
My son and I are "bugs people". We stay out late and watch moths (among other insects). The one that we ever saw landing on flowers  were hummingbird moths. Huge moths on our white Datura plant. Just like the hummingbirds,  we hear them before we see them. Spectacular site!  
6 days ago