Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Meatloaf

Brit Boy and I had a nice Easter. We relaxed around home and enjoyed the mild weather later in the day. We had breakfast and then turned on the TV to watch Pope Benedict XVI deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” message at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. I did some research and found out that this phrase is Latin for “to the city and the world”. How fitting. (smile) It was a nice way to start the day. I’m not Catholic and neither is Brit Boy, but I always like watching this message…it’s like no matter who you are, if you care to listen, it’s accessible. I always feel connected to the world when I watch this,since all those people from around the world are there. I think it would be a great experience to go there one day and experience it live and soak up the atmosphere. We shall see. (smile)

After watching the Pope’s message, we started to work on dinner for later. As I mentioned the other day, I said I was going to share a meatloaf story. Brit Boy and I decided to have meatloaf for Easter lunch/dinner instead of a ham or lamb which is kind of customary. I made an extra nice meatloaf so it held its own for a holiday meal.

Sometimes when we’re watching television and someone mentions having meatloaf, Brit Boy will mention that he’s never tasted it. He says he remembers watching a lot of American shows when he was growing up and they would often be having meatloaf, so he was intrigued. So I decided that I’d make meatloaf and give him his first taste.

When I decided to make a meatloaf I instantly thought of one of my favorite movies of all time, “A Christmas Story”. Some of you may remember it. The lead character is Ralphie and he has a little brother named Randy who hates to eat dinner and plays with his food a lot. So one night, they are having meatloaf for dinner and Randy won’t eat and he says, “Meat-losse, meatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf!!!” Check out this clip. I love that movie and being the cuckoo that I am sometimes, I will say stuff like this out of the blue and Brit Boy will laugh. What can I say, we find a lot of stuff funny around here. (smile)

So the meatloaf turned out really good and we had mashed potatoes with a bit of cream cheese and garlic mixed in and some broccoli on the side. It was really tasty.




For dessert we had blackberry pie. This is my favorite kind of pie. It turned out okay. I’m gonna have to play around with the recipe a bit to get it just right though. We ate it anyway and it rounded things off nicely. So it was a happy Easter around here and we still have Easter eggs to eat…oh joy! (smile)

24 comments:

Natural said...

the meatloaf looks yummy. i'm not a big meat eater, but once in a while i'll get a craving and made meat loaf about 3 weeks ago. i like it with green peppers, onions, garlic.

do you use ground beef, turkey, pork, veal or a combination?

Ivanhoe said...

I love Christmas Story - I could watch it three times in the row. Mark gets annoyed with me :o)
I always make an egg salad from the leftover eggs...
Have a great week, Dori :o)

Jennifer said...

What a lovely plate of food (though I've never been a huge meatloaf, or even a lentil loaf fan -- it still looks great). Blackberry pie would be scrumptious, too. It sounds like you had a pleasant Easter!

We had shrimp and polenta here, with a fennel and parmesan salad. It would have been shrimp and grits, but I'm not sure how easy grits are to get in Northern California. And there was plenty of chocolate for dessert.

tahtimbo said...

I love that movie and your dinner is making me drool;) For Easter, I made a ham (actually I heated it up in the oven), made whipped potatoes mixed with Parmesan cheese, and whipped-up a nice gravy for my wife and kids to enjoy.

Shawie said...

sounded like you have a hearty, wonderful Easter meal:)
I always hear that Christmas Story movie but never watched it yet...I really have to put that in my list next Christmas:)
I didn't prepare anything yesterday coz we decided to just go to a neighbor's place...lol..
hope you have a wonderful day!

belledi said...

"Brit Boy" What a nickname!! Does he get an avatar?

A Valdese Blogger said...

Back in the 80's I spent a lot of time (years) in Germany & I'd take off to Italy every now and then, basically to experience somewhere warm. One Sunday I found myself in St. Peter's Square, listening to Pope John-Paul II give a Sunday message. I'm not Catholic either, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

I love my mommy's meatloaf and my dad loves the Christmas Story.

Anne said...

Your meatloaf looks amazing. I would love your blackberry pie recipe. I enjoy baking pies and will only eat homemade since I am a pie snob.

The Fitness Diva said...

Glad to hear you had a nice Easter!
I haven't had meatloaf in ages! My Mom used to make a pretty good one!

heidi said...

I love that movie too and started laughing out loud when you talked about that part!I remember it well and glad you all had a great EAster!

Arlene said...

Hi Dor, that looks like a hearty meal. I thought you would share the recipe.

Thank you for dropping by my blog. :)

Happy blogging!

Jodi said...

Dori I am so glad you had a wonderful Easter, myself and my family did too. It was a blessed day for us.

Jodi

Dori said...

Natural,
You and I are so alike on this. I'm not a big meat eater either, but the craving hits every once in a while :-) I usually make it with green peppers like you, but this time I tried red peppers and it turned out great. I used some lean ground beef to make it.

Ivanhoe,
Isn't A Christmas Story great? :) I loved it a few years back when they played it continuously for 24 hours from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day on TNT. LOL. I was saying the dialogue all day long. Yet again, we have something in common. You have a great week too!

Jennifer,
Glad you liked my meatloaf photo ;-) Yes, the blackberry pie helped make it a nice Easter. Ooh, your food sounds so good! And I love shrimp and grits. I know what you mean about trying to get grits...I have to get them sent from home sometimes when I have a taste for them :) And chocolate is always a necessity. Good food...can I come to your house? :)

Tahtimbo,
Glad you like the movie too. And I love to talk food with you ;-) I love adding flavors to potatoes...I'm sure your dinner was great.

Shawie,
Yes, it was really tasty. Oh, you will have to see A Christmas Story when u get the chance. It's so funny. Thanks for stopping by and you have a great week :)

Dori said...

Belledi,
Glad you like Brit Boy's name. LOL. I started calling him that quite a while back and it just kinda stuck. lol. He has an avatar now and he has a blog too. He just launched today. So check him out if you can :)

Valdese Blogger,
How cool!!! I would have loved to have seen Pope John Paul II speak. He is the one that always sticks out in my mind since he was the pope for a big chunk of my life. I'm so glad you had that experience :)

Alicia/Fashiona,
Yes, I used to love my mom's meatloaf too. It's always better when our moms make it, isn't it :) And I'll have to add your dad to my fellow Christmas Story likers group :)

Anne,
I'm going to tweek my blackberry pie recipe and then I will post it here. The pie turned out kind of off, but it was still good. I'm gonna make it again and get the kink ironed out. I guess Brit Boy and I will have to eat some again in the name of research ;-) I will definitely post it though, so watch this space :)

Dori said...

Fitness Diva,
Yeah, before this, I hadn't had meatloaf in years, so it hit the right spot. I hope you had a great Easter too Diva :)

Heidi,
I tell you, I just love that so many of you all love that movie too. LOL. Kindred spirits we are Heidi ;-) Just ask Brit Boy, I say that line from the movie sometimes when we're cooking something totally different than meatloaf, I just love saying it. LOL. Hope you had a great Easter too!

Arlene,
Which recipe would you like...the meatloaf or the pie? I'm going to post the pie recipe soon when I get it worked out fully :-) I loved visiting your blog and thanks for visiting me.

Jodi,
I'm so glad you had a great Easter too. I loved the photos of your grandkids. They are so cute! :)

SE'LAH... said...

Coming over for the first time today from Operation You.

Love your blog and the awareness you raise here. Will certainly be back soon.

Have a great day.

vchelle said...

Sounds like a pretty nice Easter! tasty! Thanks for visiting Operation You. Glad you stopped by. I also see you are/were a GA Peach..LOL! Will be back to visit...

Dwayne said...

After reading this at 11 30 at night, I am hungry. The photo's did not help the matter either lol. Glad you had a good Easter.

Dori said...

Se'lah,
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I'm so glad that you like my blog. Love your blog too. I'm following you now, so I can keep up with you there :)

Vchelle,
Yes, I really enjoyed Easter..that meatloaf was a big hit :-) Love Operation You and I'll be stopping by more definitely. And yeah, I was born and raised in Georgia...so Georgia Peach over here :-) Thanks for visiting me.

Dwayne,
LOL. You are funny. I get like that when I am online late and come across photos of food. Hope you had a great Easter too :-)

Jewelry Rockstar said...

Hmmm meatloaf. I make a veggie meatloaf out of pecan meal and oatmeal and cottage cheese. It's really good. I've never thought or even heard of the Pope's Easter message, learned something new.

Dori said...

Jewelry Rockstar,
Your veggie meatloaf sounds great. I'd love to give it a try. Maybe I can get that recipe from you. Yeah, the Easter message thing is interesting because he speaks about 60 languages at one part of his message. Sixty languages...now that's cool ;-)

Sarah said...

Dori,
That is one of my all time fav movies too. It never gets old but then to me quirky things don't & has so many memorable quotes like the meatloaf one. I love to quote random things from movies/shows that fit the moment, or sometimes just pop into my head for no real reason. lol

Dori said...

Sarah,
We are SO on the same page! The quirkier the better :-)