Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meatloaf Revisited...

Let's use up that fantastic meatloaf we just made! Of course you could be predictable and have a delicious meatloaf sandwich...

OR you could be super crafty and creative like Tracy! That Tracy...she can pull anything into an awesome meal. I try to eat at their house a lot. It's like watching an episode of Chopped (man, I miss Food Network...).

Anyway, she had some leftover meatloaf and roasted potatoes...with a wave of her wand, she turned it into a frittata! A freakin' frittata! I would have never thought of's what she did:

Pull out your leftover meatloaf and potatoes.

Gather 5-6 eggs, salt/pepper, paprika, olive oil, and some shredded cheese (whatever you have on hand).
Have your favorite Tiny Person beat the eggs.

Meanwhile start the potatoes in an ovenproof pan...just heat a little EVOO, then warm those potatoes up. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Add in the meatloaf and crumble it up.

Add the eggs and cheese, and cook on low to medium heat until the bottom is set.

Throw that whole shenanigan into the oven with the broiler on.

Just let it hang out in there until it's cooked through.

Delicious. And creative. And tricky...that Tracy. You gotta keep your eye on her! Never know what she's going to invent!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Striving for DIY Greatness was Weekend 1 of Operation Bath for Homey. The excitement began Friday evening:

Once we finally got the water off! Oy. But in the couple of hours we worked Friday, the fixtures were outta here! Goodbye blue potty! Goodbye horrible vanity and wonky mirror!

Saturday was the first full day. Let me tell you what fun that was! Well, look:

Welcome to the town of Vesuvius...forever buried under a pile of rubble...Lots and lots of plaster rubble. And dust...

Our footprints were everywhere! Along with a layer of very fine dust.

Working hard!! And very dusty. Yuck.

Oh dear...

Lawsy mercy...

Homey couldn't take it anymore! Dust away, sistah...

And then end of Day 2:

Holy's all gone....

Like, all of it...I'm thinking this means that we're committed to actually finishing the project...

Oh, and look at our nice hole...right now it's kinda like a drive through window to the hallway! This is/was the "well installed" house alarm that came with the house...
Here it is from the other side! Hey, Mr. B! Good job today...can I get you a beverage?

No worries...I got him a beverage!

Monday, April 4, 2011

More Interesting Meatloaf

Blah--meatloaf. One of the more unexciting meals, if you ask me. Especially if it's coated in ketchup-y weirdness. I do not love ketchup-y weirdness. BUT! There is always a way to reinvent, to think outside the ketchup stuff. Let's do that!

Here's what you need:

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/2 of an onion, diced
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
a jar of roasted red peppers

The key to this is the roasted red peppers and Parmesan. Mmmm. Dice up those peppers:

Very much like all my other complicated and complex recipes: Dump all of it in a bowl.

Feel free to doctor it up with a splash of A1, a dash of worcestershire, or a little garlic powder.

Now, either form it into a loaf shape in a casserole dish or shove it into a loaf pan. If you go with the loaf pan option, lay 2 pieces of bread in the bottom to soak up the grease.

Bake at 350 for right at an hour. Check to make sure it's registering 160 degrees (that's 70C for my favorite canucks). And you're done!

Serve with PW's mashed potatoes and green beans that you've cooked all the nutritional value out of.


This more interesting version of meatloaf is even suitable for royalty!

Tiny, surly royalty :)

Stay tuned for ways to reinvent the reinvented meatloaf!