More fall comfort food

I haven’t quite switched my wardrobe toward fall weather.  I’m trying to put off sweater season for a few more weeks.  But my cooking style has definitely changed toward heartier fare.  I just feel bad that I haven’t been sharing more of it here.  Tonight I have pictures from two recent meals.

First, I made a meatloaf, in which I mixed all kinds of Matt’s veggies – tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, and peppers.  I never make meatloaf from a recipe, so it’s a bit different every time.  Jeff insists that it requires a couple slices of bacon on top, though.  I had never done that before living with him – anyone else have strong opinions one way or the other?  Anyway, as you can see, it got served with beans and mashed potatoes – a yummy dinner on a cool evening.  (The cooler weather is beautiful, although the early sunsets can make me feel just a little blue.)

The meatloaf was a few nights back, but tonight I decided to roast a chicken.  It was my writing day, so I spent nearly the entire day sitting at a computer reading and typing.  Taking breaks to work in the kitchen was a pleasant diversion.  The more interesting dish, though, was a zucchini and potato gratin.  Recipe wise, it was simple as could be – just shredded veggies, cream, salt, pepper, and cheese, baked at 350 for about a half hour.  In all honesty, I wasn’t 100% thrilled by the way it turned out.  I think the zucchini to potato ratio was just too high.  But it did use up some of this week’s rather large allocation of zucchini.  Meanwhile, a long evening of simmering has left us with some delicious chicken broth (also using up quite a few veggies, including radish greens!), and the leftover chicken will be a major ingredient in meals all week.  It was a  good start to the new week – hope everyone else had a good Monday!

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5 thoughts on “More fall comfort food

  1. Carolyn Galizio

    This looks like a weekend meal that I could make and then reheat- some of my favorite meals in life have included meatloaf! I think I will just make regular mashed potatoes and have zucchini on the side. And our Mom always made a sort of glaze of ketchup, brown sugar and a big tablespoon of mustard that she put over the meatloaf during the last half hour. It was always great!

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  2. andrewsbeth

    I have not thought about meatloaf for a long time! (All summer.) That is one of Bob’s favorite leftovers. A cold sandwich. Yours looks great. I think I might try the bacon on top for a change. I like putting zucchini in it too. Nobody can tell! Is that a special kind of pan that you used for the gratin? It looks different. That dish looks really tasty too!

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  3. theneighborboys Post author

    I agree – the joy of meatloaf is getting to eat it several times over the course of a week. I think the majority of people put some kind of glaze on it. My mom never did, though, and I carry on in that tradition – just add ketchup and all is well!

    Beth, I was nearly too embarrassed to post the picture of that beat up old pan. It’s just an 8×8 metal pan that I’ve had for many years. I’m not sure why it has that wide rim, but it is a bit different. Just one of my go-to dishes for smaller casseroles and the like.

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