I don’t know if I have told you before, but I am a big Paula Deen fan. Her cooking is excellent, her life story is incredible, and I like her personality, too.

I don’t know if I have told you before, but I am a big Paula Deen fan. Her cooking is excellent, her life story is incredible, and I like her personality, too.

She has been on several shows as a guest, and a few times, they kind of tried to put her down. They tried to make her feel inferior, and you don’t do that to Paula Deen. She is a very unique individual.

This past week, I dug out a cookbook that I had been given for Christmas. My daughter, Renita, and her hubby, Doug, gave me a beautiful Paula Deen cookbook.

It is titled “The Deen Family Cookbook” and is full of great recipes.

One that I tried and would like to pass on to you is for meatloaf. I made a few changes to increase the size, but it is an excellent meatloaf.



Aunt Peggy’s old-fashioned meatloaf

Two pounds ground beef

One 8-ounce can tomato sauce

1 cup chopped Vidalia onion

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup quick cooking oats

2 eggs, slightly beaten

2 teaspoons salt

1⁄2 teaspoon pepper

2/3 cup ketchup

4 tablespoons packed Splenda brown sugar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Form into a loaf and place it in a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Slather the top of the meatloaf and bake for one hour or until the meatloaf is firm and cooked all the way through. This also is great the next day for sandwiches and was one of the original recipes Aunt Peggy made up for her to make sandwiches for the Bag Lady. Thanks to Paula for the great recipe!

I made a Dutch oven full of “dirty potatoes.” Combine butter, sliced, unpeeled potatoes and sliced onions. Bake them until they are tender. We added corn on the cob and had a great meal.

We also had a couple of great breakfasts this week. All the breakfasts but two were cereal and oatmeal. I decided I was not doing any biscuits and gravy, so the Bear sneaked them in on the day of his doctor’s appointment. We stopped to get a drink at a convenience store, and guess what they had to serve? Biscuits and gravy! He got a half order and I said absolutely nothing. His second breakfast away from home was a 97-cent bacon and eggs. I guess he did pretty well considering the week before.

For dessert, prepare a box of sugar-free pudding. When it is set, add a cup or more of whipped topping and mix by hand until blended. Very light, healthy and delicious.

The Bear has been pretty quiet this week. He knows he is in trouble, so he is being sweet. We shall see how this continues when he gets his cholesterol tests done the first week of July.

You might say a little prayer for his test results! He sure doesn’t want to take any more medicine.

See you next week.