Saturday night – 08/23/2014

We took the week off from work, which is usually a time for cooking and such when we stay home. Ted wanted meatloaf and mac & cheese, neither of which I’ve found good ways to make for just the two of us. So I put him off until our Saturday night gathering where I can make a passel of food and know it will, usually, be gleefully consumed.

We also celebrated G’s 6th birthday with a red (though not velvet) cake with blueberry filling and Cookie Monster blue frosting. It was certainly tasty.

Meatloaf with Savory Glaze
Homemade Mac & Cheese
Braised Beet Greens and Swiss Chard
Roasted Beets with candied citrus peel

Birthday Cake

14 gathered for dinner this week (10 adults; 4 kid). G’s grandmother joined us and seemed to enjoy herself. She commented after that it was nice to have comfort food.

I made a double recipe of the meatloaf and it came out pretty well. I actually ran out of ketchup (for the glaze) and decided to not reduce it as much as the recipe suggested. It was a bit running and not quite as flavorful as it could have been. It was still rather tasty.

I should have hit the braised greens with a splash of vinegar or a squirt of lemon juice before serving. It would have woken them up after braising for 20 minutes.

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