“Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.”  Julia Child

One of my favorite memories is mom’s meatloaf.  It was simple and delicious.  Mother even used her meatloaf recipe when she made hamburgers, which we had every Sunday night for dinner.  Always with potato chips on the side.  Mom’s hamburgers were more like meatloaf sandwiches and were great topped with pickles and ketchup.

Stop me, I’m getting nostalgic!


1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 slices bread, old bread is good

1/3 cup water

1 small onion, diced

1 egg

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper


Preheat the oven to 370 degrees.  Soak the bread in the water.

While the bread is soaking put the other ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the bread and mix everything together with your hands.  Feels good!  I cheated.  I put everything except the ground beef into my Ninja chopper and made a puree out of it.

Place the mixture in a loaf pan or pan of your choice.  If you bake it in a ring you can fill the center with creamed veggies.  Aren’t you the clever one!  Bake for about 45 minutes if it’s in a pie pan.  Otherwise, you might want to bake it closer to an hour.

my pie

My meatloaf mixture ended up in a pie plate while I pondered great questions of the universe, such as, why don’t I own a loaf pan?  However, I did not admit to this lack but rather told my husband about all the serving possibilities by baking meatloaf mixture in a pie plate.  Wedges could be the basis for a meat crust pizza!  Am I genius or what!

The wedges became things of beauty.  I covered my wedge with a slice of cheese, added mashed red potatoes, sweet corn, and enough ketchup to satisfy my ketchup addiction.  Four wedges left to enjoy, better known as leftovers!

Loveya – The Mom








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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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