1950s dinner

In guest on November 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

i told you she’d be back! my old (and by that i mean former, of course!) roommate.

thanks for letting me guest blog again! my oldest friend tori and i were feeling very 1950’s homemaker and we decided to make turkey meatloaf with peas and mashed potatoes. dessert was a pillsbury recipe that’s so easy even my dog could do it with her paws tied behind her back.

meatloaf adapted from ina garten.

sauté an onion with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for about 15 minutes or until translucent. do not burn.


add in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and whatever italian spices you have on hand (i used oregano), plus a splash of chicken stock.

1950tomato onion mix

let the tomato-onion mix cool and then fold in to about 1.3 lbs of ground turkey. don’t buy the super lean kind or it wont work. you need a little fat to keep it together. separately beat an egg and add to the meat/tomato/onion mush. throw in about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and combine thoroughly.

1950mixing meatloaf 2

form into a loaf and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. i like mine very well done on the top.

1950meatloafready for oven

now it’s time for the mashed potatoes! boil salted water and throw in a bunch of chopped up potatoes. when they are very fork tender (err on the side of overcooked, not undercooked), add butter and milk to taste. sprinkle with salt and pepper. ta-da!

1950mashed potatoes

dessert – buy pre-made sugar cookie dough. could you make your own? yes. will it taste as good as pillsbury? NO. that’s why they have a multi-billion empire spanning generations and you have…a different recipe.  roll out just enough dough to cover a mini snickers bar. the small square ones, not the “fun size” halloween sized ones.

1950forming dessert


(eat some snickers as you go, the meatloaf will take a while)

stick in the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. check on them. you’ll know when they’re done. allow them to cool. [i had to ask – are we baking these at the same time as the meatloaf? temperature-wise, you could, but i probably wouldn’t…]

take one can of store-bought chocolate frosting (could you make your own? we already went over this…) and spoon into a big zip lock bag. Cut the tip off one end and then channel a professional pastry chef and pipe that frosting onto your snicker cookies!


oh wait! the meatloaf is done!

1950meatloaf final


1950dinner done 2

did i tell you we also made cocktails?

1950erin drink

here are the ingredients. tori made these while i was toiling away at the stove and i can’t quite remember how she made them…but these are the ingredients.


the whole meal start to finish was an hour. can’t quite fit in to rachael ray’s timeline but she lies anyway and that stuff always takes longer than she’s showing you.


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