Meatloaf, Low-rise Jeans, Muffin Tops and Knives…

Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. I’d like to start with a question: Why did low-rise jeans come into fashion AFTER I got pregnant, gained 40 pounds, stretching me out and leaving behind permanent love handles? I was speaking with someone, who shall remain nameless, who told me that her life changed when low-rise jeans became popular again. She had always been unhappy with her body type and how she looked in pants but was thrilled when she tried on low-rise jeans which accentuated her good points and detracted from her less desirable body parts. These simple garments completely changed her body image. She is now more confident, more stylish and takes more fashion risks because she looks hot!

Now, let’s talk about cooking tools , shall we? If we are using a small, paring knife instead of a Chef’s knife to chop onions, for example, we may have a really challenging time chopping those onions up, it may take a long time, and we may even cut ourselves. Who would want to chop onions if this were the case? We might have such a lousy experience that we might say, “I’m such a horrible cook” or “this is sooooo not worth my time”. If, however, you start using that Chef knife, you might have an easy time, not cut yourself (since dull knives are much more dangerous than sharp ones) and you might start likening yourself to Bobby Flay or Mario Batali. You might feel so good about your cooking experience that you start building confidence, start cooking more and start taking more recipe risks. Good for you!

I implore you, however, to make the right choice in your selection of both low-rise jeans and knives. If you do wear low-rise jeans and have the love handles, make sure not to wear your jeans too tight with a tight shirt or you will have the dreaded muffin top look, one that I am sometimes guilty of myself. Similarly, if you buy a big chopping knife that is poorly constructed, you could have some trouble. Make sure you buy a reputable brand like Global, Henckels or Cutco before you cutco your index finger off.

With your new , excellent knife, try chopping some onions for this tasty meatloaf recipe. It is very enjoyable to make meatloaf because it feels so retro. Serve it with mashed potatoes or some other starchy root vegetable mashed up. This recipe is dedicated to a special someone who I KNOW can do this! Enjoy:

Take Back the Kitchen Meatloaf:
2 lbs ground turkey, or ground beef
1 cup ketchup (organic tastes best but can use any kind)
1 chopped onion sauteed in 2-3 tsp oil (canola is best)
1 cup white or whole wheat breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten.
few shakes of salt, few grinds of pepper
For adults and some kids (if you are lucky) add 1 TBS chopped fresh basil and Parsley,one cup shredded cheese, one chopped, roasted fennel bulb or one cup shredded carrots, One TBS apple cider or balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients together, put into a bread loaf tin. Squirt ketchup along the middle length of the loaf. Bake at 350 until knife comes out clean, about one hour depending on how hot your oven is. Enjoy!
P.S. I am now answering your specific questions in the comment section where you asked the questions-thanks for the questions! Also, I forgot to add the butter ingredient in the banana muffin post but it is now added.

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