Epic Mac & Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
I see some of the "Finer" things that John is doing with this site. My mouth waters every time I read his posts or I yearn for the items he is showing off from the Farmer's Markets and vendors. This stuff is just spectacular. I love the local flare shown here. Whether we know it or not, we are all local flare. Did you know that?
I am not sure how many of you have children. Some of the "Finer" things in children's lives are connecting with their parents on any level. As much as they may rebel against us, like we did with our parents, they love us as we do our parents. What better way to connect with our children than getting down to the most basic of life's requirements? Social eating is as old as caves. Cooking with children is about that old.
As we get more and more into a service lifestyle where we tend to order our basic needs online we need find a way to keep some of the basic rituals alive especially cooking.
I have been divorced for a long time. My daughter was 5 when this happened. Right now, I am happy to say, my daughter and I have a fantastic relationship that somehow developed around getting together to eat. I didn't have much money so I would bring her over to my house and cook dinner for her. It wasn't long until I had her helping. That basic element created a fantastic bond that continues to make us closer.
Of course, after time, the skill development and the imagination grew. And, the internet began to influence our thinking. My daughter found a YouTube series of videos called Epic Meal Time. I won't give the website here so I suggest you Google it. The reason I won't give it here is because I want you to be aware that it may be a little raunchy with language and have abrupt actions. There are a lot of unusual, fun ideas that can come from that mentality and you should work to take that away and make it your own. We took the idea and left the crude behavior behind. After watching several videos with her we decided to have our own, cleaned up version of Epic Meal time. The decision was made, Epic Meatloaf.
Epic Meatloaf is a combination of my mother's baked macaroni, standard meatloaf, and my BBQ rub and sauce, wrapped in the food of the Gods - Bacon! We did this as a goof. What turned out was an amazing dinner that everyone really enjoyed!
Here is how we did it.
We sat down to eat. This was served with traditional string beans and a seasoned, mashed cauliflower.
Neither one of us wanted to take the first bite. I was eating my string beans one by one. My daughter was nibbling at the cauliflower so I took a bite. To my surprise, this was amazing! Once my daughter saw me like it she tried it and loved it. We had seconds!
This should be made a family project. Remember, family is not just the immediate people with whom you live. Nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, close and not so close friends, neighbors, we have so many people in our family. The main thing is to do it together. The youngsters will remember it forever. So will you.
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