Meatloaf (9 of 10)

Meatloaf

Some dishes are hard to recreate or make variations of because there’s so much nostalgia tied up in them. The dishes that graced the family dinner table for special occasions or as a go-to meal every week. While it could certainly use an update, it’s hard to let go of “what it’s supposed to taste…

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Sugar Cookies

In the category of foods that only get made once a year we’re going to have to include Sugar Cookies. They show up at holiday parties cut into cute shapes and decorated in festive colors and often they are the last cookie to go. Sugar cookies don’t have the same overdose problem as latkes although…

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Latkes

Don’t be like me. Don’t be the kind of person who only makes latkes (or potato pancakes if you’d rather) during December. There’s no reason crisply fried potatoes-and-onions-and-other-root-vegetables should be relegated to a single month of the year. Every year I make these for the first time and think – ‘wow, I need to make…

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Meatballs

Up until a year ago, I was getting a few pounds of ground meat a month through our monthly meat CSA which means I needed something to do with a few pounds of ground meat. What I did was spend a lot of time making meatballs. There are no Italian grandmothers in my past and…

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Mushroom Onion Casserole

I’m not a huge fan of the word ‘casserole.’ It always brings to my mind something a little gloopy that’s made mostly with boxes and cans and almost no fresh ingredients. Those things can be surprisingly delicious (a friend brought an excellent green bean casserole to Thanksgiving last year) but I’m often a little skeeved…

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Tuna Cakes

My dad only had a few recipes when I was growing up. He’s more a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants type cook, making up recipes as he went along. Sometimes they went well, sometimes not, but they were never repeatable. Of his set recipes I only remember a few: tomato and onion salad, chili con carne (Which I hated….

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Jalapeno Cheddar Scones

I’ve helped out with a fair amount of bake sales and one of the things that always surprises me is the lack of savory pastries. I mean, I understand that people love sweets. I love sweets. But when the bake sale starts at 9 am, not everyone wants a cookie. Even if it is the…

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