Friday, May 18, 2012

Freaky Friday: Oh Mom's Meatloaf

Do you know what really creeps me out...meatloaf. Wait, lemme 'splain. My mother was not the world's best chef. She made a great eggplant parmigiana (not parmesan, the difference between the two is the American vs. Italian vs. Italian-American argument which is a WHOLE other post). She also served my brother oodles of spaghetti (although I don't care for the stuff, and I once had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on him for choking on a strand, but I digress). 
Whenever my mother made meatloaf (say that three times fast), the entire house would smell of meat. Not the good hamburgers on the BBQ smell. No. Something akin to broiled flesh and pig slop. The very concept of having a loaf of meat smacks of horror movie imagery. Think about it. Instead of a slaughterhouse filled with animal carcasses, let's have the cameraman do a sweeping shot of a restaurant kitchen filled with dishes of meatloaf. *shudders*
Even the dictionary definition sounds unappetizing...

Meatloaf: (noun) "a baked loaf of ground meat".
meatloaf. (n.d.). WordNet® 3.0. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/meatloaf

My first dabbles into the world of writing for publication included a short story entitled "Cindy and the Meatloaf Monster". Little unsuspecting Cindy refuses to eat her mother's stinky meatloaf - complete with green peas and sour smell - and is sent to her room. Unfortunately, her room is not the safe haven she thought. She must fight off a colossal Meatloaf Monster and his army of meatloaf minions! One day I'll bring that story with the other short tales together in a collection.
My dear husband swears if I try HIS version of meatloaf, I'll like it. He's a great cook after all, and I love hamburgers, so what's the difference? I'll tell you the difference, meatloaf is nasty. Even if it tasted like chocolate wrapped in hot fudge with caramel sauce and ice cream on top, I still wouldn't go near the stuff. Sometimes you can't break the lessons of childhood. In this case, mom taught me meatloaf is not for me.

Do you have any fears or habits that have stuck with you since childhood?

3 comments :

  1. LOL I remember Emily and Rebecca loved that story. I'm not a big fan of meatloaf either, you're right, it just sounds wrong. Hubby, however, seems to enjoy it :)

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  2. LOL! Well, remind me not to make you any. :) I personally LOVE meatloaf, but I haven't made it in a loooong time because the hubs doesn't really care for it. The best meatloaf I've had was made with deer meat (yea, if that didn't scream 'Southerner' then I don't know what will!). :D

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  3. I rather enjoy my mom's meatloaf. Numms. When I was growing up, My mom would always make scalloped potatoes. Ugh! I despise them now. Never, ever put some of those in front of me. I'll def barf for sure.

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