Cook's Corner: Meatloaf makes return

Published 1:25 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

By Staff
When I started thinking about what kind of recipes to share with you this week, I tried to think about something I'd like to have on my dinner table.
I started thinking about comfort foods and thought that would be a good start. Although I love chicken and dumplings, I had enough over the holidays to last a little while. I also like macaroni and cheese, but I decided to hold off on those recipes for another time.
Then it hit me that I haven't had any good meatloaf since Buster Joyner died many years ago.
For those of you who don't know Mr. Buster, he was the owner and operator of a little diner in Atmore. His staff made the best meatloaf for miles around. His supervision in the kitchen has certainly been missed. Although I'm sure the food there is still good, there's no getting that great meatloaf these days.
My mother used to make meatloaf and it was pretty good as far as I can remember. However, with changing times, many cooks have long since put away their meatloaf pans and moved on to other things.
For your enjoyment, or just for your amusement, I've gathered several meatloaf recipes that may rekindle some memories at your house and put some good food in your tummy.
When you think about it meatloaf is a pretty good idea these days. You can take a relatively small amount of ground meat (turkey, beef, sausage, whatever you choose) and turn it into enough food to feed several people. You can even add vegetables to the mix that you want your kids to eat but they refuse when served by themselves.
At any rate, I hope you enjoy the selection of meatloaf recipes here. Heat up the oven and get out those meatloaf pans.
Basic Meatloaf
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground beef
15 saltine crackers, crushed
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and green pepper and saut