MDF Down Home Meatloaf …redefined

Meatloaf Sandwich by Modern Day Forager

MDF Down Home Meatloaf 

One of the best feel-good foods is our next go-to sandwich, the humble old fashioned meatloaf sandwich.  We would venture to guess, that just about every family has a recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation of this down-home classic.

With so many variations, this American staple may be customized to your liking, there are so many choices, such as the addition of oatmeal, crumbled cheese, hard-boiled egg, and even a blanket of bacon to keep the loaf moist, flavorful and tender, the options are endless.

Our mighty meatloaf is open-faced, packed with high-quality meat, our MDF ketchup, a rustic toasted roll, and if that wasn’t enough, we have crowned it with a fried egg.  It couldn’t be more comforting or satisfying.

The secret to making this recipe, is to keep the mixing and handling to a minimum, keeping the loaf moist and tender.  Our tasty tangy ketchup adds to the moistness and the concentrated flavor is hearty, thick and chunky.  Next, we added crisp peppery rocket leaves and juicy ripe heirloom tomatoes for a pop of freshness.  Then a farmer’s egg, which just takes it over the top, the runny yellow yolk, for us, makes it our ultimate comfort food.  The prep to plate for this tried-and-true classic takes no time at all and is worth making over and over.  Adding this recipe to your collection is a must.

MDF Down Home Meatloaf Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Rustic style roll (we served our’s open faced and used the the bottom of the roll)
  • Generous slice of MDF Meatloaf (recipe below)
  • MDF Glaze (recipe below)
  • Rocket leaves to taste
  • Thick slice of Heirloom tomato
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Butter bottom of roll and place butter side down on a griddle or medium heat skillet to toast.
  2. Brown meat loaf slice on both sides in 1 teaspoon of olive oil in skillet or on griddle until heated through.
  3. Fry sunny side up egg.
  4. Place meatloaf slice on toasted bread, top with MDF ketchup to taste then add tomato and rocket leaves.
  5. Top with fried egg.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.

Options for other toppings:

Fried onions, cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, pepper jack cheese, sliced jalapenos, dill pickles, or bread and butter pickles.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 
cup yellow onion, minced
  • 3 
cloves garlic, minced
  • 1
 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2
 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 
pound ground pork
  • 1/2
 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 
teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2
 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1
 egg, beaten
  • 1/2
 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix onion, garlic, Worcestershire and bread crumbs together.
  3. Combine ground meats with breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Season the meat mixture with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the egg and milk combine thoroughly, but don’t over work the meat.
  6. Use a greased loaf pan as your mold, (or use your hands to free form) fill it, lightly packing then turn the meatloaf out onto a lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for approximately 90 minutes, glazing after 10 minutes, 30 minutes and 60 minutes.  Until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through.
  8. Once cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool, about 90 minutes.

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup MDF Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and spoon over the meatloaf after 10 minutes cooking time and again after 30 minutes and again at 60 minutes.

Meatloaf Sandwich by Modern Day Forager

Recipes by Rj of Urban Table
Photo Styling & Art Direction by Traci of Urban Table
Photography & Art Direction by Heather of Heather Gill Photography
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Brief Hiatus

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We wanted to quickly let you know that this week and next, we will be taking a brief hiatus from blogging on www.moderndayforager.com

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During this time we are re-charging our batteries, planning the rest of the years posts and hoping to make a few changes to the blog site itself.

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In the meantime, you can still follow us on Facebook and Twitter and we will see you soon.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream

Vintage Ice Cream Shoppe by Modern Day Forager

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Recipes by Rj of Urban Table
Photo Styling & Art Direction by Traci of Urban Table
Photography & Art Direction by Heather of Heather Gill Photography

Vintage Ice Cream Shoppe by Modern Day Forager

We all yearn for the days of the ice cream man, and our favorite quintessential summer time treat.  Well, we are here to tell you it is easier than you think, to churn out handcrafted artisan ice cream that tastes like an old fashioned summer.  We are pushing the flavor boundaries this week, while celebrating National Ice Cream Month with a few frosty and icy goodies we came up with.

Vintage Ice Cream Shoppe by Modern Day Forager

So here is our inside scoop, and  boy did we have fun.  We started with all-natural fresh ingredients and made our ice cream in small batches.  To ensure even more quality, we used our local sources and farmers, which gave us a better end result.  So no matter what your age, these recipes will make you as happy as when you were a kid,  running down the street with a big old grin on your face, your pocket change and crumpled up wad of dollar bills in hand, to be the first in line to get your favorite frozen novelties.

Enjoy!!!

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Melon Week Wrap Up

 

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Thank you to Andrew Gooi, of Gooi Films.  Andrew contacted us several weeks ago and asked if we would be interested in participating in a video series he was working on called “a day in the life”, after a few conversations we thought, can we be that interesting?  Really?  Seriously?  Then, the dreaded, we are going to look horrible on camera and UGH the sound of our voices being recorded.  UGH again!  But, with a little trepidation and a whole lot of why not, we decided to jump in.   A true professional, Andrew accommodated our crazy schedules and we shot our first video Monday morning at the larder.  We had no idea 24 hours later he would call to say the video had been edited and was on you tube.  We are just over the moon, that we got to share our story, our craft, our process and what we love to do.

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A big shout out and thank you goes out to Blue Sky Organic Farms.  Sara and David were so helpful, from Sara providing us with a wonderful selection of melons to use in all our recipes and David taking the time to explain the flavor profile and textures of each of the fifteen varieties of melons he grows, so that we could make good decisions on which melons would go best in each dish we had decided to make for the week.  Thank you for making our jobs a little easier this week and reminding us why it is so important to get to know your farmer!  It makes everything you do in the kitchen easier!

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to you, our readers. We had our highest readership since we started.  Monday with the introduction, followed by Tuesday’s post on selecting, storing and preparing, we saw our page views and visitors skyrocket.  With the busy holiday weekend approaching, we thought readership would dip somewhat and we even considered not posting, but you surprised us and readership stayed strong.  Wednesday’s watermelon soup set a new record for us and then we hit it again Thursday with our melon sangria.  Friday’s reaction was great for our summer melon salad and then Saturday we received the most comments of the week for our refreshing take on granita.  So, thank you, the work is gratifying, being part of this collective and collaborating is truly rewarding and we are all richer for the experience.   We love hearing from you, so keep your comments and suggestions coming, either on the blog or on the MDF facebook page.

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Scottsdale’s Food Truck Caravan

Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan


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Looking for something to do with family or friends this weekend?  Check out Scottsdale’s Food Truck Caravan on the northwest corner of 5th and Goldwater every Saturday 7:30pm to 11:30 pm.

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MDF stopped by a couple weeks ago (week 6 of the caravan) and enjoyed every minute of our visit.

Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

The first thing you notice is there is ample parking (for car or bike) and the event is set-up with your comfort in mind, from the large candle lit communal tables, concierge tent and a mister system, (heaters in the winter) not to mention weekly entertainment.  The week we attended acoustic guitar player Michael Signorelli played and the next week a local blues act.

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As you stroll through the trucks reading the menus and making your decisions, or while you are dining at the long comfortable tables you glance around and notice neighbors and friends, young families and senior citizens what an awesome hodge podge of community.  We were struck by the notion that this is the reason for the incredible growth of the food truck movement around the country over the last several years, this is what has been missing in our faster and faster paced lives, a chance to take a stroll and have a meal with others, sharing a brief respite of time in the company of like-minded people.   All roads (worth taking) lead to food.

Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

The week we visited there was a nice diverse selection of trucks on hand and they change weekly:

Riteway Catering: http://www.ritewaycatering.com/truck.html

Satay Hut: http://www.satayhutaz.com

Sweet Magnolia Smoke House: https://www.facebook.com/sweetmagnoliasmokehouse

Sandra Dee’s Catering: (always our favorite, “we love you Sandra!) http://www.sandradeescatering.com

Grilled Cheese Truck: https://www.facebook.com/TheGrilledCheeseTruckPhoenix

Smitty’s Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/SmittysKitchen/app_190322544333196

Super Farm Super Truck: https://www.facebook.com/SuperFarmSuperTruck

Torched Goodness: http://www.torchedgoodness.com/schedule.htmlLiberty Biscuits: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Libertys-Biscuits/299579633491167

Udder Delights: http://www.udderdelightsaz.com

Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

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Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

Every week is going to be a different themed event all based around “Ate on 5th” a special dish prepared by each truck.  The theme while we were there was a competition for best dish, week 7 was BBQ.

The competition was judged by Chef Becky Wendells of The Herb Box at SouthBridge, Jeff Caswell of EVO Scottsdale and Joanie Simon of Restaurant Live AZ.  The prize was a guest spot on Restaurant Live AZ with Joanie Simon.  The online show airs from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at http://www.doublewidenetwork.com.  The winner was Smitty’s Kitchen with their  Goat and Curry Stew.  Congratulations!

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Hope to see you there next time!

Scottsdale Food Trucks by Modern Day Forager

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“Day in the Life” A video

Check out “Day in the Life” A video by Gooi Films LLC a Phoenix, Arizona-based video production team, that specializes in developing creative video content for businesses & organizations.

This one is about Modern Day Forager, as we worked on this weeks posts.  We had an amazing time working with Andrew he is a consummate professional. we hope you enjoy watching this as much as we did doing it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEtJZ69V1i8

Selecting, Storing and Preparing

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

Every Saturday during melon season, I was asked the same question over and over;  “Could you select a melon for me?”  “How can I tell if a melon is ripe?”  “How do I store this at home?”  So let me try to arm you with the information you need.  First of all, one of the great things about shopping at your local farmers market is that most, not all, of the farmer’s at the market grew what they are selling, that being said, the melon was picked ripe, there are degrees of ripeness to be sure, but the melon is certainly eatable.  The problem comes in when the farmer or a grocery store purchases melons that have to be trucked to their final destination.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

 Selecting Melons:

Cantaloupe – Good quality cantaloupes will have a lot of  webbing on the skin, it will have a yellow/orange color and be slightly soft on the stem end.  If the cantaloupe is not ripe enough to your liking, store at room temperature on your kitchen counter or in a loosely closed paper bag for one to two days.

Honeydew – High-quality honeydew melons should be a creamy color and the skin will almost feel waxy when ripe.  They will be somewhat firm with a bit of softness at the stem.

Watermelon – Great tasting watermelons will be firm, even-shaped and heavy for its size.  The easiest method to judge ripeness is to look at the spot where it laid on the ground, that should be a darker yellow, and the rind overall should have a healthy sheen.  Watermelons do not ripen any further once they are cut from the vine.  Most popular watermelons are round dark green or dark green striped.  The light green oval shaped are usually not as sweet and red on the inside.

Seedless Watermelon– Like seeded watermelons, seedless watermelons will be firm, evenly shaped and heavy for their size.  Remember seedless watermelons are not seedless, instead of the large black seeds; they have the small white seeds that some people consider edible.  (I do not)

Storing Your Melons:

Uncut melons can be kept at room temperature for two to four days.  Ripe melons can be refrigerated for an additional 5 days.  Cut melons should be placed in a covered container and refrigerated for no more than three to four days.

Preparing Melon:

Melons taste wonderful just as they are.  Although, we are going to play around with them this week (that’s what we do.)  We like cantaloupe sprinkled with salt and a little black pepper, the combination is amazing, wrap them in prosciutto or any cured meats, blend the flesh and add the juice to anything, perfect addition to any fruit salad. Watermelon is wonderful with salt as well, we also like honey and lime or balsamic vinegar.  Let us know your favorite way to enjoy melons and we will pass them on to our readers.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

I hope that I was able to shed some light on the picking a melon question, please comment here or on facebook if you have any other questions on choosing a melon or any other farm fresh fair for that matter.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

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Stone Fruit Week Wrap up…

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Stone Fruit Week Wrap up…

I want to start this week’s wrap up off by giving you a glimpse behind the curtain at MDF and no I am not the wizard, that job falls squarely on the shoulders of Traci and Heather. There is a whole lotta love,  I mean thought, at least one meeting, (yes there’s food) several days of planning, recipe writing, recipe testing and then at least one, usually two days of food styling and photography.

When it came to the planning meeting for this week, stone fruit as our subject matter was a no brainer. Summer and stone fruit go hand in hand, for that matter stone fruit is summer in your hand.  If you never make a single one of these recipes, please at the very least take a bite out of as many of these drupes as you can get your hands/mouth on.

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We started the week off with an intro to stone fruit and then on Tuesday we featured Nectarine Salsa, I am incredibly proud of this recipe, not only does it taste great, it highlights the nectarine and is a wonderful representation of how I like to cook. (Let the ingredients shine, equal balance of sweet and savory, presence of heat and several textures.)

Next we took a journey down south with a totally different take on the crumble… Our Peach and Cardamom Crumble takes advantage of a white peaches less acidic and sweeter taste paired with the herbal and citrus characteristics of cardamom to create a truly memorable dessert.

On Thursday we brought you Roasted Chicken with Pickled Cherries and Radish Sprouts… a sample of what happens when Traci and I start freethinking about a flavors.

“What does it pair with, what can we do to enhance its core qualities, what sounds wrong but tastes so right?”

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Friday brings another dessert inspired by the south but with our MDF name all over it. The Caramelized Plum Tartlets are a great example of how to incorporate several textures into a dish thats featured ingredient is high on flavor but low on crunch.

For those of you wondering where the cocktail is, let me refer you back to cocktail week for the Crazy Jane … ok, ok I can’t help myself. A classic is begging to make an appearance here:

Apricot Bellini

Add 2 tablespoons of *apricot puree to a glass of chilled sparkling wine (Those of you that follow us, know we prefer Prosecco)

*Apricot Puree

4 apricots, pitted

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1 teaspoon sugar

Place all the ingredients into your food processor and process until smooth. Force mixture through a sieve with a spoon then store in an air tight container in your refrigerator.

Violets + Prosecco = A New Favorite Drink

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Recipes by: Rj of Urban Table

Food Styling & Art Direction by: Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by: Heather of Heather Gill Photography

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We hope you enjoyed Zucchini Week last week.  If you didn’t get a chance to read those posts, go check them out here.  We are going to start this week off with a bang!  We really hope you don’t have to wait until the weekend to try this drink.  We already loved Prosecco and with the addition of Violette Liqueur its divine!  Here is what you need:

4 oz Prosecco

1/2 oz Creme de Violette

Lavender sugar

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With the lemon, wet the edge of the glass.  Gently roll the wet edge in the lavender sugar.  Careful not to get inside the glass.  Add 1/2 oz of Creme de Violette and top with Prosecco.How easy was that?!  You can use unflavored sugar if you can’t find lavender sugar.  You don’t want to use regular table sugar with this.  Look for fine sugar, not powdered, just fine grain sugar.  Prosecco is sweeter than Champagne but Champagne would work as well.  We love Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco.

Thank you for join us again!  We would love to connect with you here.  So leave us a comment or connect with us on Facebook.  Happy Monday!

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