Meatloaf and The Fonze!!!

Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. I am so excited! I went to see Henry Winkler speak at a Middle School last night. He spoke about his lifelong struggle with Dyslexia and how he became The Fonze. My friend Stacey and I are big Happy Days fans and when we heard the Fonze was speaking, we had to go. (See and hear him speak in the video below.)

He was truly inspirational and talked about pressing down all his negative thoughts about himself to be able to be as successful as he was/is. Yes, he was a short, not classically handsome Jewish guy from the Upper West Side but he beat out a ton of studly actors to make history as the coolest guy ever in the history of TV. If that is not a success story of someone pursuing their dream, I don’t know what is.

If the Fonze with his poor self esteem as a child and challenges with a learning disability could go on to inspire millions, we can certainly move mountains in our kitchens to be the cooks who are lurking inside of us, desperate to get out and take care of our ourselves and families. Don’t you think??

As I am in a 1950s mood, I felt a need to make a meatloaf with the grass fed beef from my CSA Coop (Community Supported Agriculture). Yes, it was expensive, but my daughter likes beef and if she is going to eat it, I’d like it to be a little healthier than what we can typically buy in the supermarket.

The funny thing about the meatloaf is that I would not eat it. I almost NEVER make anything I don’t eat. For many of us, we will not cook what we don’t like to eat. The only problem with that is that , for some of us, we may not be exposing our kids to some pretty important food groups like fish or many vegetables. I must confess that I am guilty of this at times since I am not a huge vegetable fan, but I do try to make an effort to eat vegetables in front of them and with them whenever possible.

Back to the meatloaf-it was a big hit with everyone (except the 6 year old) and it has been requested to be added to the repertoire. The question is, which night will it replace in our menu? I think Tuesday is up for grabs, as they are getting sick of quesadillas. I’ll let you know.

Well, thank you Arthur Fonzerelli and please enjoy the dish which is a variation of the meatloaf my sister KT gave me in her awesome compilation of her favorite recipes.

Fonzie’s Meatloaf:

2 LBS ground beef (grass fed)
2/3 cup sour cream
1 cup ketchup plus more for squirting on top
1 egg
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (I use panko whole wheat ones from Whole Foods)
large pinch of kosher salt

combine all ingredients in a big bowl, transfer to an 8″X11″ casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Your family will raise their thumbs up and say, “AYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY……………”


3 Responses

  1. loved it and am completely inspired to make meatloaf tonight. I may even use your story to teach in yoga this morning.

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