I'm not a gourmet. But I generally consider myself a decent cook. Not a big baker but I think my meals are usually pretty good. I am not afraid to try new things and feel like I can follow a recipe with the best of 'em. I'm excellent at appetizers and salads.
I figure I have 10 years to perfect my 'Mom meatloaf' recipe. You know, so my kids will say, 'I miss Mom's meatloaf' or 'it doesn't taste like yours mom!' Cannon's 2.
So, I decided to make meatloaf tonight. I used this recipe. Fail. The only thing I really changed is that I used 2 pounds instead of a pound and a half cause I didn't want to throw away half a pound of beef (however, tossed way more than that of the finished product). It was not good. My meatloaf is never good. The boys (Dan and a friend of his) ate it and (said they) liked it but Dan will eat almost anything. I did not like it. It was mushy. It was too greasy. It came out by the spoonful instead of by the slice. It was not good. It wasn't 'mom's meatloaf'.
So, what's the secret? Practice? Age? Just cooking the hell out of it until it 'gels'? I'm at a loss. And it's not that meatloaf is a favorite of mine, but it's comfort food and it's easy and I feel like it's something I should have in my repertoire.
So, on your mark, get set, tell me what the secret is!
The Best part? I made good pasta and broccoli so I didn't starve. Still not sure how/why the boys ate it (other than the fact that I'm 34 weeks pregnant and neither wanted to make me cry or piss me off).