Sam had to work so we didn’t make big plans for dinner; but then he called and said he’d “like to drop by for a while,” and of course he suggested dinner would be nice. Fortunately the stores were still open (Foodarama had announced they would close at 6pm.) So I whipped up a fairly easy comfort dinner of meat loaf, candied yams, steamed asparagus, and apple pie (with ice cream). Not bad.

Not pretty – but VERY tasty!

I cooked down some diced Granny Smith apples (with peels) in a bit of butter.

Combined 3/4 cup brown sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 cup of flour.

I piled the apples in the thawed store bought crust; spread the sugar mixture evenly over the apples; topped with a few dabs of butter and a drizzle of vanilla; then baked in a 350 oven for about 45 minutes.

Before going in the oven

For the meat loaf (I borrowed some ideas from The Pioneer Woman, especially the white bread, and the sauce.), I combined one pound of breakfast sausage with one pound of ground turkey. To this I added six slices of white bread that had been soaked in milk, one minced shallot, a healthy dose of ground black pepper; some onion powder, a few beaten eggs; and at the end, I had to stir in some oatmeal as my mixture was too wet. This made up two medium sized loafs.

To top this I Mixed up about 3/4 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard. I spread evenly over my meat. For another interesting glaze, see Alton Brown’s recipe.

Let cook in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes; then spread another layer of sauce on top; then cooked another 30 – 45 minutes (until the meat reads 165F). The loaf pan cooked quicker than the free standing loaf. Allow to stand a few minutes before serving.