Recipes from the Books


Meat Loaf

Recipe for Charlie's Quick Bread (see below)

Mix dough, add spices if desired. On a floured cookie sheet, flatten into a rectangle.


1/2 pound ground beef

1 tsp. Parsley

1 tsp. Basil

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1 cup diced mushrooms

3 Tbl. Butter

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Melt butter in a skillet, add mushrooms, and cook till tender. Set aside. Place meat in skillet, add spices, and cook till browned and crumbled. Add mushrooms to meat and stir.

Spread meat mixture on the rectangle of dough, leaving about four inches on each side and two inches at the "top" and "foot" of the dough (decide which is which). Sprinkle the cheese over the meat.

Slice the sides of the dough sticking out from the meat into strips, angling them down toward the foot of the loaf. Gently pull the strips over the meat and cheese, braiding it. Turn the foot over the meat mixture, and tuck the last strips under the foot.

Cook at 375 until the bread turns golden brown, about thirty minutes. Serve immediately.

Charlie’s Quick Bread, mildly adapted for Meat Loaf

2 and 1/2 cups flour

¼ cup sugar (or to taste)

1 tablespoons dry yeast

½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Favorite spice blend

½ cup hot water

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons oil

Mix all the dry ingredients. Pour hot water into the milk and stir. Pour into dry ingredients, along with the oil. Knead until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl.

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(I'll try to take pictures for you the next time I bake this dish.)
Photo by jonathan ocampo on Unsplash (I'll try to take pictures for you the next time I bake this dish.)

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