This is what you get when you ask a Star Trek fan to make meatloaf.
|Tap the meatloaf, and say, "Beam me up, Scotty!"|
Last week, since my son was on break from college, and I was busy but he wasn't, I asked him to make a meatloaf for dinner one night. I gave him my Dad’s recipe.
Son: Where do I find the minced onion?
Me: You will find onions in the pantry, top section, left-hand side, in the onion basket.
Son (disappears for a bit, then returns with a red onion, not from the pantry, but from the fridge): Is this an onion?
Me: Well, yes, but that onion is for my salad. (Getting up to show Son where the yellow onions are, which he would have discovered if he had followed my directions. I hand him a small onion.) Here. You have to mince it.
Son: How do I do that?
I thought fondly of my Dad, who is the one who showed me how to mince an onion. Thanks to my Dad, I know to use a non-serrated knife to cut onions. I had never taught my son this task, probably because I know how he feels about all vegetables (hates ’em).
I got Son started on mincing the onion. Then I left the kitchen. I went away to work on crop economics, church retreat planning, the program for the band concert, and cleaning off my desk.
After a long time, Son came in the office and said, “I think maybe the meatloaf has too many onions in it.” I thought one onion would be enough, but he used three onions, because he tripled the recipe.
The meatloaf was already in the oven, so I told Son it would be fine. It turned out to be really delicious. He also made oven fries to go with it.
|From far away, raw oven fries look like apple pie in the making.|
This business of leaving my kids in the kitchen while I go away is turning out to be quite appealing!
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I originally had a special bonus of the images you get when you google “Star Trek Meatloaf.” But I deleted them, so as to not incur the Wrath of Khan.
Baltimore Meat Loaf
1 pound ground round
1 onion, minced
½ cup bread crumbs or crackers
1 tsp salt (OR LESS!)
¼ tsp pepper
2 Tablespoons catsup
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix, make into a loaf, bake in lightly greased pan for 1 to 1 ½ hours at 350 F.