Home Cooking

Home Cooked Meals
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Home cooking is loved by most. Almost everyone has their favorite homemade recipe. And although more and more Americans eat out every year, there truly is no substitute for homemade meals.

Home cooked meals are favored to almost everyone for many reasons. First off, no one cares more about your food than your own loved ones. For instance, your mother will only serve you the very best food available. A fast food restaurant or casual dining restaurant will usually serve you something cheap or processed. Most restaurants can't compare to the TLC in every home cooked meal.

Additionally, with homemade meals, you can easily create meals that fit your specific preferences. Don't like salt, not a problem, any other spice you like can be added to fit your taste buds. If you are trying to eat healthy, you can choose the specific types of food and the amounts of each food in your dish. Some of today's meals served at restaurants include so many preservatives food colorings, etc, you would probably run out of the restaurant if you saw the list of ingredients in a single meal.

For those that love home cooking, here are two of my favorite comfort foods; Grilled Cheese and Savory Meatloaf.

Homemade Grill Cheese
4 Slices of thick cut white bread
4 slices of American Cheese (I prefer Kraft yellow singles)
½ stick of butter
Salt to taste

In a non-stick frying pan, melt the butter carefully and heat the frying pan on a low to medium flame. Place two slices of bread onto the butter and gently toast a bit. Now lay two slices of cheese on one piece of bread and cover with the other piece. Turn over the grilled cheese sandwich several times until its nice and golden brown. Serve warm. This recipe yields two sandwiches.

Savory Meatloaf
Meatloaf is one of my favorite dishes. Not only is it a hearty dish that easily satisfies an entire family, but it also tastes great. There are many ways to create the right homemade meatloaf, such as adding minced onions, chili, etc. Below is an easy, yet tasty recipe for Savory Meatloaf which is sure to please your loved ones and is simple to make.

Ingredients:
2 pounds of ground hamburger beef
½ cup of Italian bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
1 can of French onion soup
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the beef with the bread crumbs, egg and can of soup. Form into a loaf. Bake in an oven for about one hour at 350 degrees F. Once cooking is complete you can top with ketchup, chili or even barbecue sauce. One suggestion is to make a Meatloaf Mashed Potato Pie. Make mashed potatoes, bake the meatloaf completely and then place the mashed potatoes over the loaf and continue cooking for about 10 to 15 minutes warming the mashed potatoes.

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