I’m from Oklahoma. My mother is originally from Wisconsin, so the Oklahoma summers are a little warm for her. Growing up, my mother unofficially had a rule for the family: we don’t bake when the temperature outside is over 50 degrees.
Made sense to her. Why fight the elements? The oven can help heat the house – why turn it on when you are trying to cool the house? Every summer we ate endless chilled salads: macaroni salad, crab salad, potato salad … etc. Anything to get away from that oven.
So when the autumn winds came sweeping down the plains, let me tell you I was excited. The family meatloaf was on the family menu again!
This meatloaf recipe is so good. Perfect spices and crispy on the edges. Sorry, but it’s a secret. I have a Xerox copy of the piece of paper my grandmother wrote it on. Good stuff!
It’s hard not to use the oven in Texas because, well … it’s usually hot. But tonight’s low is 46 here in Austin. So I am continuing in the family tradition – I’m making the meatloaf tonight. I can’t wait to smell it! Every year the aroma from the oven brings back memories of the year before.
Enjoy your fall traditions!