. I posted this meatloaf a week or so ago and was delighted to see how many people made it and posted photos! Let me know if you make it, and please share the recipe. Most ingredients are super easy to find. And, everybody loves meatloaf.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 c fresh ricotta
½ c fresh breadcrumbs
a few swipes of fresh nutmeg
1/2 t black pepper
1 1/2 t kosher salt
3 medium sage leaves, julienne
1 small sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
1 pinch chili flakes
¼ c ketchup mixed with 1-2 T brown sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Gently mix all ingredients together, do not over mix. Form a rustic ovular loaf with the meat mixture and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Spread ketchup mixture along top of meat, making a thin layer. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn oven to 375 and continue cooking for 10 additional minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads 140 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cook slightly before slicing.
SMALL BUSINESSES TO HAPPILY SUPPORT
PORTLANDERS: SEND LOVE BY SENDING FLOWERS
When you cannot see a friend or family member in person, send flowers.
Portland florist Spellbound Flowers is up and running and delivering treats around town. Independently owned by lovely Nico Bella. Check out her website and send someone a treat.
YOU NEED A NEW FROCK
I have been wearing sweats and t-shirts every day for weeks. And, I know you have your own sense of leisure wear you have been clinging to. But, it is time to put on a new frock! Zuri’s owners have spent a combined decade in Kenya, and now are making dresses in Kenya using gorgeous material made there, too. (They’re even making masks!!) Helping economies there, the name Zuri, stemming from Mzuri, means good! So, do some good and buy yourself a springtime outfit. I did.
OVERALLS FOR EVERYONE!
I bought myself a new jumpsuit after a recent trip to Santa Barbara. I was in a coffee shop and a woman was wearing a super cool outfit. I asked her where she got it and she told me all about Big Bud Press. Independently owned and using killer quality goods, there are sizes and styles for every body type. Check it out, they are cool.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported my ride! I am sorry to say, that my Chefcycle ride has been postponed, for obvious reasons. Nonetheless, all donations are going towards helping the countless children who depend on school meals for the bulk of their nutrition. No Kid Hungry (who runs Chefcycle), is making that happen during this tough time. If you have something to give, consider this as a great place.
Here are 10 of my favorite things you can make, using basic larder items:
1. Spaghetti cacio e pepe
2. Frittata with vegetables and cheese
3. Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup
4. Vegetable hash with poached eggs
5. Meatloaf, recipe above
6. Pancakes for dinner!
7. Meringue cookies, use the yolks to make ice cream!
8. Chili or a bean soup
9. Homemade granola
10. Tacos: put anything in them! Be creative.
And, watch me on social media. I’ve got a ton of delicious experiences happening!