Monday, December 5, 2011

A Date With Your Family-A Yummy Meal!

In my Thanksgiving post I mentioned that Thanksgiving in the anniversary of the premier of one of my favorite shows Mystery Science 3000, now sadly defunct.  MST3K is not for everyone, but its fans are loyal.  Whats not to love about a guy cruising through space and watching bad movies with his robot pals? Personally I think its the funnies thing that was ever on TV and one of the only original shows in the history of television.  Here is my favorite short from the shows history:

 Now here are two retro-styles recipes that put me in mind of a 1950s housewife.

Classic Meat Loaf From Epicurious:

  • 2 slices of white sandwich bread ground into bread crumbs in the food processor
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 pound bacon (about 4 slices), chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (or replace beef and pork with 2 lbs meatloaf mix, a mix of veal, beef, and pork)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • Garnish: 3 slice scooked bacon
 Preheat oven to 350.  Soak bread crumbs in milk.  Cook the chopped veggies in the butter in a sauce pan or skillet for five minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently, cover and cook five minutes more.  Put the vegetables in a large bowl with the bread crumbs and milk and stir well.   Add the chopped bacon and prunes and stir well again.  Beat the eggs with a fork and stir into the meat mixture, add the parsley and stir again.   Mix up with your hands to combine completely.

Line a baking pan with tin foil and form the meat mixture into an oval loaf.  Bake 1  hr 15 minutes until internal temperature measures 155 degrees Farenheit.  Garnish with cooked Bacon.

Serve with baked potatoes and salad and the next day make meat loaf sandwiches with rye bread, pickles, and Heinz chili sauce.

Smells Good!

For Desert

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Oreo Crust

  • 24 oreo cookies, crushed in food processor
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 egg yoks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped, I used chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
Whipped Cream Topping
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar (confectioners or regular)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.

Crush cookies in the processor and add the butter, process until crumbs are well coated with butter.  Press crust into a 9 inch pie pan.  Bake 13 to 15 minutes until firm to the touch.

 For the filling combine the egg yolks, sugar, flour, and cornstarch in a metal bowl and whisk well.  Add 2 tbsp of the milk and whisk to make a past.   Heat the rest of the milk in a sauce pan over medium high heat until it is barely simmering.  Carefully pour the hot milk into the egg mixture and whisk constantly, pour into the sauce pan and cook over medium high heat.  Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens (make sure to scrape the bottom of the sides in order to prevent burning.)  Cook for one minute.   Stir in the chocolates and the vanilla extract and whisk until the mixture is very smooth.   Pour into the crust and refrigerate over night.

Chill a metal bowl and beater for electric mixer in the freezer until very cold.  Beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.   

Cover pie with whipped cream and serve! 


  1. Oh my gosh I haven't seen Mystery Science in ages! Thanks for the blast from the past. I don't even remember when I even saw it last. What channel on TV? Anyway just looking at that old 50's family cracked me up!

    And the faces on your poochies was so funny!!!

  2. Sadly I believe it is not on at all anymore, but I have a roku player and if you belong to netflix almost all the episodes are available for instant streaming

  3. That chocolate oreo pie looks delicious! I don't know the movie, but if there is food like that involved....

  4. By the looks of those two adorable faces you had too much turkey, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  5. What a beautiful blog opener :-) All the smiley faces :-) LOTS OF LUVS FREYA ROSE BLOSSOM X

  6. Okay I don't know if they ever showed this in the UK, but by the time he said 'he's mute!' I was chortling away. Incidentally this is pretty much what goes on in our house, we try and keep quiet but can't help making silly comments at some shows, it just has to be done!!

  7. OMGosh, I loved MST!!!

    Prunes in meatloaf, huh? Okay, I'll take your word for it! :)


  8. OMD YUMMY! It's nice to meet you!
    Kisses and Tail Wags,
    Dachshund Nola

  9. What a blast from the past. Recipes sound yummy!

  10. It all looks delicious and makes us very hungry. Yummy. Sure wish we had time to cook. Those really were the days!

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

  11. Hank-you gotta take our word for it its good! I think the idea comes from french terrines and pates which are like fancy meatloafs