Oh Myyy: A Week of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

This entire week has been shite. Monday started on a good note, but by the end of the day, I was in a foul mood and a funk that lasted for the rest of the week. I’m still out of sorts. But I’ve also spent far too much time out and about, and away from my kitchen, and I almost always get edgy and even more out of sorts when I want to bake and don’t have the time. I do have a project (more effing cupcakes, which I am slowly beginning to tire of, so I think I need to find some decadent cakes or cookies to work on in the near future), but I won’t have the time to work on that until Sunday.

I did have something funny happen–It falls under the “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?” portion of this post’s title. This is one of those things that makes me alternately curse the heavens, after laughing my ass off at why such things continue to occur to me. So I’m at work Wednesday, I think it was, checking my email, and I find one that references 50 Shades of Grey. For whatever reason, I open it, and to make a long story short, I was asked to review then give away “a patented blend of botanical oils and extracts that is topically applied and clinically proven to increase satisfaction for women.” They contacted me because of this post, and while I’m flattered (I think?) they thought of me, that’s not really my thing. Of course, I have snarky friends telling me I need to open myself up to this sort of marketing, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. I already get enough poor perverts looking for info on trampling, and I giggle with glee at the thought of their disappointment when they realize this is just a mere food blog, with a frakking lot of cupcake pictures. One of these days, I’m going to post a picture of one of my Doc Martens squishing a steak or something. Because I’ll think it’s damn funny, although I probably don’t really want those hits and pageviews.

For the past couple nights, I’ve eaten out, and this evening, I decided to “cleanse” my system of the junk food. Not that I wouldn’t go back to Buffalo Wild Wings in a heartbeat (it just opened here in Brookings on Monday), but I have a feeling we’ll be eating there frequently enough as it is. So tonight, I decided on meatloaf:

Meatloaf Muffins, actually.

I used some new grassfed beef I found at Hy-Vee a couple weeks ago:

Since it’s grassfed, which is generally leaner than conventional beef, I added a bit of milk to the meat before shaping it and putting it in the muffin tins. I also made some potato pancakes with Monday’s leftover Budino di Patate:

And served corn on the side–The bambino had asked for “nut green beans,” but after digging around in the freezer, I discovered we’re out. So, corn it was.

Meatloaf Muffins

Yields 10-12

15 minsPrep Time

35 minsCook Time

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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/3 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, oats, egg, milk, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce and salt & pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Divide meat into 10-12 equal pieces, then lightly press into muffin cups.
  4. Mix the ketchup & remaining ingredients in a small bowl, then spoon on top of the meatloaves.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, then let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.


If using grassfed beef, check after 20 minutes. Over-cooking will cause the meat to dry out.



We’re headed to Canby, Minnesota tomorrow afternoon–Jay’s aunt is getting married, so we’re going to go and help her celebrate! Which means I’ve got to get crackin’ on the laundry tonight, as well as getting the grocery list squared away so the bambino and I can get that out of the way early tomorrow. Have a good evening everyone!

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