Mid-week meatloaf triplets

Three finished meatloaves on a wooden cutting boardHubby came home with a lot of ground beef this week. I think he was trying to tell me that he was really missing red meat, as we generally do a lot with chicken. But after making my pot roasts a few weekends ago for him and my mom, I think he’s got the “red meat bug” — which is absolutely fine because variety is the spice of life!

But what to do with it? One package went into a pasta sauce over fettucini noodles at the start of the week. Nothing fancy, but it was filling and it was a homemade sauce that wasn’t super-loaded with preservatives and such. These three? If I didn’t do something with them soon, they were heading for the freezer and would end up in another sauce, likely. I didn’t want burgers. But hey, wait… what about meatloaf?  It’s easy to make. I had all the ingredients on-hand. And really, we don’t have meatloaf often.  So as you can see, I made not one, but three! Here’s what I did… Continue reading

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Quick and easy meal: Egg in the Hole

Two portions of "Egg in the Hole", consisting of two pieces of bread with holes cut out of the middle, with an egg fried in the hole. The toast "holes" are on the side of the plate.I know I shouldn’t be eating so close to bedtime, but sometimes you get so hungry that you just know know you’re not going to sleep. Tonight was one of those nights and I found myself scrounging for something that would make the hunger go away that wasn’t just junk food. Here’s what I found: bread & eggs.

I could just fry up two eggs and toast some bread, but I thought: Egg in the Hole!! What the heck  is that, you say? Did you see V for Vendetta? If you did, remember that fried toast breakfast with the egg in the middle that V makes for Evie? Oh, and Gordon Dietrich makes it for her as well and called it “Eggie in a basket”, if memory serves me. Anyway, that’s what I made tonight. Continue reading

Bacon ‘n’ Eggers: homemade breakfast sammies

Two identical sandwiches made from English muffins, filled with bacon, fried eggs, cheese and tomato slicesI’ve had quite a few breakfast sandwiches in my day but lately I’ve found most to be rather tasteless, I hate to say. Unsure if it’s something in the recipes which has changed or in my own sense of taste, I’ve started to consider other options than buying them at fast food restaurants. Missing them, however, I considered making breakfast sandwiches of my own. In truth, I used to make them when I was younger and don’t recall why I stopped.

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An omelet walkthrough…

A large omelet, folded over once, topped with two types of cheese on a white plate with green ivy around the edges.

The finished product!

In case it hasn’t been obvious from my postings, I’m quite the omelet fan. Admittedly, I’ve not had the most success in making an omelet from scratch (that is, using eggs instead of that  egg mixture in a carton stuff) that hasn’t fallen apart on me once I tried to flip it… until recently. I finally figured it out! So I thought I’d run you through a quick walkthrough (true to my gamer nature, yeah) on how  to make an omelet from scratch that doesn’t fall apart on you!

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Lazy-man’s omellette for one

Square-shaped omellette for one with tomato slices and a fork resting on the side of the plateI recently picked up a few new frying pans from our local Wal-Mart (my hubby works there, so please no flaming me for shopping at the Evil Corporation (TM)!). One of them was a little mini square non-stick pan:

At first, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to use it for, but it was cute and I thought I could at least use it for making grilled cheese sandwiches without wasting a larger pan. Well, next thing I knew, it was my new egg and omellette pan!

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