Susan W. Gompf of Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Baltimore, is seeking a recipe she believes others may remember. "It is from the mid-'50s, I believe, and was the superb cooking of the cafeteria manager of Garrison Junior High School. I have never tasted a meatloaf like the one she made. I am hoping some readers will have this recipe."
Ilene Spector of Upperco responded: "Although I don't have the recipe, here is an easy one I use."
1 pound ground turkey
1 pound ground chuck
2 eggs or equivalent egg substitute
1 onion, chopped
2 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup water or apple juice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup ketchup, divided in half
2 tablespoons prepared hot horseradish, red or white (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients except for 1/2 cup ketchup. Shape into loaf, either in a loaf pan or free form in a larger baking pan. Spread remaining ketchup over loaf and bake for about 1 hour.
Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "A delicious, moist meatloaf that has fans of all ages! The ketchup on top bakes to a deep glossy red and imparts a sweet/tangy flavor.
"I would recommend using fresh bread crumbs. Just take the heel from unused baguettes, stick them in the food processor and whiz up the crumbs. The crumbs can then be stored in the freezer until you need them. Since turkey can sometimes be a bit dry, you might want to substitute 1/2 pound ground pork for some of the turkey. If there is a lot of grease that accumulates, pour it off into a receptacle after the meatloaf comes out of the oven."
Mary Ann Hultquist of Abingdon is seeking a ginger-cookie recipe that she lost and cannot find. "It is the one my husband went gaga over and I would be absolutely thrilled to find it again."
Dalia Cottrell of Winton, Calif., is seeking a recipe for a "Fuzzy Navel Cake, which is a moist cake made with some type of brandy or liquor." Cottrell adds, "A local restaurant makes it, but will not give out the recipe. I would so appreciate having it."
If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.
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