After a lifetime of eating my mother’s meatloaf I am incapable of eating anyone else’s. Her recipe is that good, and will convert any meatloaf haters. The addition of bacon and cheddar cheese definitely does not hurt.

2 lb. ground beef
2 TB. ketchup
1 ts. dried basil
1 ts. dried oregano
½ ts. garlic powder
½ ts. salt
½ ts. pepper
¼ cup minced onion
2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce (my addition/optional)
1 egg (you may need 2)
⅓-½ cups bread crumbs
3 strips of bacon
cheddar cheese slices, enough to cover the meatloaf

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients with 1-2 TB. water, and mix with your hands. If it isn’t coming together add another beaten egg and a bit more breadcrumbs. When all of the ingredients are fully incorporated place the meatloaf in a baking pan, forming it into a loaf. Place the strips of bacon on top and bake for 1 hour. At the end of the hour, top with cheese slices and bake another 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Roasted Potatoes

1 lb. red or yukon gold potatoes, halved
2 TB. olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss potatoes with oil and salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until tender and browned.

Green Beans

1 ½ lb. green beans, trimmed
1 TB. butter
salt and pepper, to taste

Boil salted water in a pot or saucepan. When boiling, add green beans for 3-5 minutes, or until crisp tender. Drain and toss with butter and salt and pepper.