Thursday, March 22, 2012

The divas have been waiting for today. Today, we once again get to meet Pioneer Woman.

It is not a small task for teachers/administrators to take a personal day the week before spring break, but luckily 4 out of 6 of us have prevailed. Cheesy Diva and Pasta Diva, you will be missed….you have fun at those parent/teacher conferences! (sorry!)
The rest of us will be arriving at our local supermarket early in attempts to adequately prepare for Ree’s book signing. A few of us had the opportunity to meet her at an Ohio book signing last year and we are now officially stalkers. We love all things Pioneer Woman and are so excited for her new book (and to see her again).

Last year we told her about our blog and wrote down the website on a scrap piece of paper. We are once again going to try and pass her our Diva Info, but perhaps in a nicer format. Ree, if you are reading this it means you have come to check us out….THANK YOU! Please leave us a comment so we can officially check this off our bucket lists!
In honor of her new book, we are declaring our April Diva theme as “The best of Pioneer Woman”. Check us out next month to see what recipes we picked.

Check us out tomorrow to see details from our Diva Day Out with (hopefully) some pictures of the Divas and Pioneer Woman! (Or…maybe give us a few days, when we have a day out we go big and are also going to the midnight premiere of the hunger games, so we may be a bit too tired to blog tomorrow).

(Peeta’s a baker, so it’s food related!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cheesy Meatloaf (by the Big Cheese!)

I used to HATE when Mom would make meatloaf. Now, I really appreciate the flavors coming together and the stick to your ribs feeling you get after eating the hunk of meat. So, for March 2012 Diva, I was given "something you bake". I couldn't resist the yummy cheesy meatloaf. Num Num Num!!!!!

1/2 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
handful of flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound ground beef chuck
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar
1/4 cup ketchup

What you do:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet or the bottom half of a broiler pan with foil.

Combine all ingredients, minus the ketchup (this is the fun part!) together and mix with a fork or your hands until evenly blended, but don't over mix.

Damp hands with water and pat the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, the brush ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes. Let meatloaf rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Serve with mashed potatoes, green beans and a fresh dinner roll. Yummy in my tummy!