After I've created a big meal, I've gotten into the habit of emailing my guests the recipes as they usually ask for them and, unlike many people that love to cook, I love when my guests discover how basic and easy it is to make these meals so that they can enjoy them again and again.
There were some tweaks made to the menu that I discussed in my last entry. Last night's dinner consisted of:
- cheddar meatloaf
- veggie mac n cheese crumble
- fresh corn
- peanut butter cheesecake with chocolate drizzle
I joked that the menu, which was originally going to be Italian, was more American than apple pie...and then remembered that it's much more American than apple pie.
I hadn't made the versions of any of these recipes before last night; as in, I've made meatloaf, cheesecake, and mac n cheese before but not these recipes. I drew inspiration from the latter two while looking up recipes online but generally, I made them up as I'm wont to do. (I'm a big fan of the go big or go home mentality when it comes to cooking.) With the former, I used my friend Ray's recipe but as I cannot be trusted, I made some moderations- I just can't help myself. As for the corn, Boyfriend made that and he'll guest blog in this further into the entry.
|Cheddar Meatloaf, Crumbly Mac n Cheese, and fresh corn|
Ray emailed me this recipe when I asked him for recipes for my newly bought slow cooker about a year ago. I was worried to try out this crazy technology again after using it one time with it ending in utter disaster. But it was worth the wait, even just for the smell. This was beyond yummy.
I made a few tweaks and those will be in parentheses so you'll have some options.