Monday, February 13, 2012

I love love

I have always loved Valentine's Day. Not so much for the hot and heavy romance but more for expressing friendship, thanks and admiration. The only lace I'm dealing with on this holiday is on my paper doilies.

And having kids now - well watch out. It's post-11 p.m., and I've spent the evening putting together valentines, pulling together treats I'll serve to Jack's preschool class and making a heart-shaped meatloaf for Jack and Jossie's lunch tomorrow.

If this is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Barefoot Contessa's turkey meatloaf

1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/4 teaspoon dried)
1/6 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoons tomato paste
2.5 pounds ground turkey breast
3/4 cups plain dry bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  In a medium saute pan, over medium-low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme until translucent, but not browned, approximately 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into a rectangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meatloaf is cooked through.

And here's an idea I stole from Pinterest for Jack's valentines for his preschool buddies.

Happy hearts to you!

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