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#187: Making meatloaf for my guys October 25, 2011

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A meatloaf with a tomato sauce topping.

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Why do men love meat?  It follows that men also seem to love meatloaf.  I like meatloaf for two reasons: 1) it is comfort food and 2) making meatloaf is like baking a cake – a big old meat cake!

In all my talking about Alton Brown, his faith, and his biscuits, I stumbled upon his recipe for meatloaf.  People raved about it.  He has a nice recipe so I decided to make it for my husband and son over the weekend.  I have another go-to meatloaf recipe that I like and have made a few times.  It’s a french meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs in the center and an orange marmalade glaze.  It’s pretty yummy.  The Alton Brown recipe has spices like cumin,  chili powder, cayenne and thyme.  It’s also good.  What I liked about it:

  1. it’s got onion, carrot, red bell pepper, and garlic
  2. you form the loaf in a loaf pan but then turn it out on a cookie sheet before baking – this allows the fat to run off it instead of your loaf baking in the grease; it also allows you to put glaze not just on the top but the sides as well
  3. the  flavors combined well
  4. we are eating leftovers tonight!

There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it.  My husband couldn’t say which recipe he liked more so now I’ve got two great recipes for meatloaf.  Two is definitely better than one.  Variety is the spice of life.  And as Alton Brown says hunger is the best sauce!


#185: Wake up – the biscuits are ready! October 21, 2011

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I tend to be a pushy broad at times.  I’m also a bit impatient.  So about a year ago when I first baked Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuits, I was in a bit of an urgent tizzy to serve them to my husband.  Fortunately for him, he likes biscuits.  Unfortunately for him, it was 8 a.m. and he was sound asleep.  I like getting up early and there’s nothing better than baking early in the morning when I am fresh and full of energy. 

I’ve had a sad history with biscuit baking.  The first biscuits I made for my husband were heavy, flat rocks.  Skipping stones anyone?  He had even walked up to the grocery store to get me buttermilk for the recipe.  I think I mixed them too much.  Heavy-handedness is clearly not a plus with biscuits.  Whatever the reason, they were barely edible.  My next batch of biscuits were better, but still not great.  I had seen Alton Brown’s recipe in Southern Living magazine and online and was dying to try it.  My first clue that these were going to work was that they rose so tall.  I tried one and was delighted!  I had successfully baked a decent biscuit!  Thank you Alton Brown! 

Next up, my husband needed to try them.  I couldn’t possibly wait until he woke up.  They would be cold.  Maybe they would even fall or shrink.  Psycho chick that I am, I decided that I was going to have to wake him up.  So like Little Red Riding Hood (a 6 foot tall Little Red Riding Hood, let’s call her Big Red), I filled up a basket with a cloth napkin, three biscuits, some butter and jam, and hopped up the stairs to the bedroom.

Poor husband was there sleeping, so calm and so peaceful.  In a sweet, sing-song voice I whispered “Walter, wake up!  I made you biscuits!”  He looked up at me like I was absolutely crazy and said “I know you didn’t just wake me up to try your biscuits.”  I said, “Yes, I did.”  What can I say? I am sort of crazy.  I’m sure June Cleaver with her ironed apron and pearls would never have done this. 

Needless to say, he liked the biscuits.  All’s well that ends well.  🙂


#184: The Miracle of Food October 20, 2011


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I just read an article entitled The Miracle of Food in the November issue of In Touch magazine.  In Touch is one of Dr. Charles Stanley’s publications.  He is a Christian minister that I really like.  He is smart, rational, and appeals to your intellect and heart.  He’s also a great teacher.  Check him out.  He has tv and radio ministry shows and a great website.

The article centers arround an interview with Alton Brown.  He is a chef that I like who happens to have an awesome biscuit recipe (more on that in an upcoming post).  What I didn’t know was that Brown is a Christian.  In his interview he shares his views on the “indelible link between God, faith, and food.”

Here’s more of this interesting and inspiring article that really resonates with me:

“To me, cooking and faith and my relationship with God are all intertwined.  I could not do what I do in food, around food, if I did not have the relationship that I have with God.  I believe first and foremost that God made the food.  He made it delicious.  So my entire approach to food in general is this: Do no harm.  To me, the most honor I can do to what He created is not to mar or in any way malign the creation. … No one will cook as well for you as someone who loves and cares for you. … And so cooking for our families, cooking with our families, eating with our families – that’s hugely powerful stuff.”

Wow!  But what do you expect from a Christian chef.  For all you Christian foodies like me, or even you Christian non-foodies, or nonreligious foodies, listen to these words and see if it doesn’t all come together!  🙂