When I sit down and start planning meals that I want to master in my kitchen, I tend to turn toward my favorite meals from when I was a kid. My siblings were picky eaters, so that often translated into a limited menu. Mom soldiered on, though, and made the best of those limited options.
Except when it came to Fried Chicken. For that, she went with the Colonel’s Original Recipe.
I decided to check out the world of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. While I don’t know if anything will ever beat my mom’s version, these options sure give her a run for her money.
Not Your Cafeteria Meatloaf from Food52
Velvet Mashed Potatoes from Leite’s Culinaria
Vibrant, Tasty Green Beans from 101 Cookbooks
And after you’ve let that very hearty meal settle, nibble on a slice of this – carrot cake without the icing (and, therefore, the guilt)!
Carrot Walnut Loaf Cake from Serious Eats
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