Meat “Love”

Our newest addition to the blog is a bit called “Carolyn’s Kitchen”. Here I’m going to share with you some of my favorite recipes! I’m trying to help Jake learn how to cook, so I’m including an instructional video on Youtube that will go through recipes step-by-step.

This recipe is a variation of my mother’s meatloaf called “Meat Love”. It feeds 6… or a family of 7…. or 2.5 Jake’s.

Meatloaf, aka "meatlove"

Momma Cypher’s Meat Love (if the link doesn’t work, use this URL:

Time: 1- 1 1/2 hours

For the classic recipe that momma made us when we were growing up you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. ground Beef
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of oatmeal (either quick or old fashioned oats)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ketchup + 2 Tbsp (the recipe my mom gave me said “1 large squirt.” Typical mom recipe)
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard (“1 small squirt”)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

I added a couple more ingredients in this video to kick it up a smidgen:

  • Lawry’s seasoning salt to taste (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

If you bleed Husker red like Jake does, you probably swear by the miraculous secret ingredient of Dorothy Lynch dressing. If this is you ( you know who you are), go ahead and throw in a tablespoon or 10, depending on your own personal preference. If you want more than that, you may need to enter the 12 step program for Dorothy Lynch addicts.

Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing

Originally made in St. Paul, Nebraska, this dressing contains tomato soup!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard loaf pan with grease of your choice. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Place the mixture in the loaf pan and press it into all the corners, forming it into a loaf shape. Drizzle ketchup in a zig zag pattern over the top of the loaf. Place in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you have a thermometer, it should have reached an internal temp of 160 degrees. If you don’t own one of these contraptions, cut into the middle and confirm that it is no longer pink in the center (Hint: do not ask your color-blind husband to confirm this color change). Drain off excess juices. Serve and enjoy your meat love 🙂

Plated meatloaf