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Harvest Lunch and Mother’s Meat Loaf

 Yesterday was a day to savor: Our Harvest Lunch and “Farm to Table” talk by Tim on how we grow our veggies. The Harvest Lunch was all about how to enjoy them!

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We had 46 guests and 20 Dallas County Master Gardener as cooks and servers.

If you weren’t able to come, please look through our pictures and recipes over the next few days and imagine you were there!

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Linda shared her family recipe for meat loaf.  The servers ate beforehand to make sure everything was perfect and yes, it was.

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One day Linda Alexander and Karan Edgemon were having a quick lunch together.  Each looked at the other and said, “well, what are you fixing for dinner tonight?” Surprisingly, they both replied with “Mother’s Meat Loaf”.  In talking further they realized that the recipes were very similar, only a few small differences.  So, this recipe is a combination of those two recipes:

Karan’s Meat Loaf and Linda’s Piquant Sauce for the top.  Like good friends, they compliment each other!

Mother’s Meat Loaf

Ingredients:

1½ pounds lean ground beef

1 cup soft bread crumbs

1 medium onion, chopped

1 ½ teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup tomato sauce

Piquant Sauce

1. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, chopped onion, salt, pepper, beaten egg, and tomato sauce in a large bowl; stir well.  Shape meat mixture into a 12- x 7-inch loaf; place in a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan. Pour Piquant Sauce over top of loaf.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Baste with sauce while baking.

3. Transfer meat loaf to a serving platter.  Garnish with sauce from pan, sliced green onions, and grated cheddar cheese.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Piquant Sauce

Ingredients:

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

¾ cup catsup

1½ teaspoons dry mustard

¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well.

Yield: About 1 ¼ cups

Linda

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