The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna's Meatloaf

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

One of my favorite recipes is Anna’s Meatloaf. Y’all know the story, right? Anna was my best friend in college. We worked together, hung out together, cooked together.

She would make this great meatloaf, and when I moved back home, she gave me the recipe. Like, gave me the recipe. As in, “Here. Use it, royalty free.” So I put it in my cookbook. [She did, of course, garner a free copy of The Unemployment Cookbook.]

Ever since, Anna’s meatloaf has been a go-to family favorite. Even the cats love it. [Read: “I Just Want to Eat My Stinkin’ Food!”]

Like most of the recipes in the The Unemployment Cookbook, Anna’s Meatloaf is both a stand-alone recipe, and a basic suggestion.

Most recently, I took it as a suggestion and added a few extras, which turned this basic dish into a hearty, flavorful new classic.

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna's Meatloaf, with McCormick's Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasonings

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf, with McCormick’s Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasonings

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup rice, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 12 saltine squares
  • milk
  • McCormick's Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven seasonings, to taste

Instructions

  1. Crumble saltine squares into a bowl. Add just enough milk to cover. Set aside to allow them to get soggy.
  2. In large bowl, mix ground beef, onion, rice, egg and a few dashes of seasonings.
  3. Add soggy crackers. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Shape into ungreased loaf pan. Top with more seasonings.
  5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.
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Served with a side of vegetables or scalloped potatoes, Anna’s Meatloaf is perfect for cool autumn evenings and busy weekends. This hearty, warm, and easy recipe promises to bring your people to the table.

Ready for Dinner: Anna's Meatloaf

Ready for Dinner: Anna’s Meatloaf

Now it’s your turn: What are some of your go-to favorite recipes?

[Find the original Anna’s Meatloaf recipe and many others in The Unemployment Cookbook.]

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

[DISCLAIMER: Any outside product or company referenced in this recipe is not affiliated with Frankly, My Dear . . ., Molly Jo Realy, New Inklings Press, or The Unemployment Cookbook. Several years ago I won a #GrillMatesPack from Chatterbox and McCormick, and have been enjoying McCormick’s seasoning products since. I have not been otherwise compensated for any mention or reference in this or any other post.]

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Life Lessons From Willy Wonka

There’s something beautiful in the death of Gene Wilder.

Not that dying is beautiful. But he kept his final struggles from the world, stating “He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.”

Of all his characters, Willy Wonka is my favorite. Maybe because he was born from a children’s book. Maybe because the candy is colorful. What child doesn’t want to live in a world that’s completely edible? Maybe because, as I grow older, I understand Wonka’s snarky comments on humankind more and more.

This is one of those celebrity deaths that will bother me for a while. But, because he wouldn’t want the world to be sad, tonight I’ll watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and remember what he taught me about success.

1. All it takes is Pure Imagination.

Willy Wonka: All It Takes Is Pure Imagination.

Willy Wonka: All It Takes Is Pure Imagination.

Without imagination, there is no forward movement. Goals don’t drop out of the sky, and success is never overnight. Start with a dream, come up with a plan, and never stop moving forward.

2. Be sweet. Be salty. Be balanced.

Willy Wonka: Be Sweet. Be Salty. Be Balanced.

Willy Wonka: Be Sweet. Be Salty. Be Balanced.

Sure, the world is better when sugar’s involved. But too much sugar makes you sick. Not enough makes you mean. So move forward with enough sweetness to brighten someone’s day. But bring enough salt to preserve your place in the world, to leave your own flavor, and balance things out.

3. Don’t give up. Your Golden Ticket is out there.

Willy Wonka: You Have More Chance, Because You Want It More.

Willy Wonka: You Have More Chance, Because You Want It More.

You have to get through a lot of pushy people who will try to interfere on your way to success. Haters gonna hate, right? No worries. As Grandpa Joe said when Charlie asked if he had a chance to win, “You’ve got more, Charlie, because you want it more.” So keep on keeping on, always believe in yourself, and, bonus, you get to eat more chocolate along the way. But remember this, too: Charlie thought the Golden Ticket was lost to him. Several times. Others were winning. He cried himself to sleep. He was miserable. And then, he was a winner. Don’t give up. Your Golden Ticket is out there.

4. Take care of the little people.

Willy Wonka: Take Care of the Little People.

Willy Wonka: Take Care of the Little People.

Wonka didn’t get to be who we was all on his own. No, he had help. But bigger than that, he felt a responsibility. The Oompa Loompas were more than his workers. They took care of him, and he took care of them. There were plenty of Wangdoodles and Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers and rotten Vermicious Knids out to get them. Going beyond the employer-employee scope, he gave the Oompa Loompas opportunity, safety, comfort, and shelter. Now that’s something to sing about, yah?

5. Don’t be a brat.

Willy Wonka: Tell Me Again What the World Owes You?

Willy Wonka: Tell Me Again What the World Owes You?

There were five Golden Ticket winners. Five kids and their guardians had the chance to inherit the kingdom. But four didn’t deserve it. Charlie didn’t either, truth be told. But Charlie did something the others didn’t: He ‘fessed up. He went to the source, apologized, and tried to make things better. The others laid claim without blame. That is, they took what they perceived as theirs, without consideration of how their acts would affect others. Charlie and Grandpa Joe went to Willy Wonka, returned the Everlasting Gobstopper, and expected to walk away empty-handed. Their sincerity won Willy Wonka over, and won them the lifetime supply of chocolate. See? There’s a reason your momma told you stop smacking your gum!

6. Just roll with it.

Willy Wonka: Just Roll With It.

Willy Wonka: Just Roll With It.

Let’s face it: The Chocolate Factory is a magical place but there were some, uh, problems. Like Augustus Gloop going down the river and up the pipe. And Mike TeeVee transmitting himself into tiny particles. And Veruca and Violet with their all-about-me attitudes. Did any of that bother The Candy Man? Not at all. He thought, talked it out, delegated, and moved forward. That’s a recipe for sweet success!

7. Success doesn’t mean selling off the store.

Willy Wonka: Don't Sell the Geese Who Laid the Golden Eggs.

Willy Wonka: Don’t Sell the Geese Who Laid the Golden Eggs.

When you find what works, hold onto it. Invest in it, protect it, grow it. But don’t give it up to the highest bidder. Success is a maintenance plan, not a service order.

8. Don’t forget who you are.

Willy Wonka: We Are the Music Makers, and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams.

Willy Wonka: We Are the Music Makers, and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams.

Successful people know one thing: Who they are. They learn, grow, change, revert, detour, strive, push, pull . . . But they are always in motion. They may not always know where they’re going, or how they’ll get there.

But they believe in themselves. And their dreams.

And they’re the ones who get the sweet rewards.

Rest in Peace, Gene Wilder. Thank you for giving us the best of Willy Wonka.

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!