Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Joan Crawford's Meatloaf! (and other things)

 I won't bore you with a lot of folderol (you can watch the video for that) but suffice to say that Dr. Husband provided me with exactly what I wanted for my birthday, and entire day devoted to Joan Crawford.  
After movie time came dinner, the centerpiece of which was meatloaf made from Miss Crawford's own recipe.  Accompanied by Limestone salad, and for dessert, an effervescent mid-century-inspired orange creamsicle poke cake. Recipes below, then stay tuned for Dr. Husband cooking!


KENTUCKY LIMESTONE SALAD

1 pound bib lettuce, washed & gently torn into pieces
1 recipe Kentucky Limestone Salad Dressing - below
Put lettuce in salad bowl and chill thoroughly. Pour dressing over lettuce and gently toss and blend well. Serves 4.

Dressing:
1 clove garlic, put through press or minced
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
About 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon salad mustard
1/4 cup pear vinegar (other vinegar's may be used - we used tarragon)
1/2 cup salad oil
Combine all ingredients and shake well in jar. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Shake again just before pouring over lettuce.
ORANGE CREAMSICLE CAKE
1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1 can orange soda
1/4 c oil
1 3 oz. pkg  orange-flavored gelatin
3/4 c boiling water
1 c cold water
1 jar vanilla frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a 9x13-inch pan with non-stick spray.

Prepare the cake mix in a large mixing bowl, using eggs, orange soda and oil.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until cake springs back when lightly touched and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely. Using a wooden chopstick, poke small holes through to the bottom of the pan, all over the cake.

In a small bowl, dissolve a box of orange gelatin with boiling water, mix well. Add cold water and mix well.

Slowly pour the orange gelatin mixture over the cake, making sure that the mixture gets into all the holes.

Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours.

Frost the cake. 

13 comments:

  1. If I ever make good on my threat to launch a Gay Southern Living magazine, y'all will be on the first cover. You two are adorable together, as always.

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  2. If I ever make good on my threat to launch a Gay Southern Living magazine, y'all will be on the first cover. You two are adorable together, as always.

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  3. Another life-changing episode! It's like Ernest Angely with recipes!

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  4. Happy Birthday Dr. Bobb! I love seeing Dr. Husband in the kitchen!

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  5. Loved this! Great to get to watch Dr. Husband cook!

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  6. Dr. Husband or anyone who has made the meatloaf recipe:
    I have a question as there are three different recipes, from 1965 (the one above), 1970 and 1971. There are some differences, especially as to Worcestershire and A-1. My question is, does the three tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce provide enough moisture? I am hosting our movie group in December and the group's founder is a big fan of Miss C. So I thought I would make this. Also, is 1-1/4 hours at 400 degrees enough cooking time? I will make the full recipe.

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  7. Dr. Husband or anyone who has made the meatloaf recipe:
    I have a question as there are three different recipes, from 1965 (the one above), 1970 and 1971. There are some differences, especially as to Worcestershire and A-1. My question is, does the three tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce provide enough moisture? I am hosting our movie group in December and the group's founder is a big fan of Miss C. So I thought I would make this. Also, is 1-1/4 hours at 400 degrees enough cooking time? I will make the full recipe.

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    1. DH reports that the moisture was fine, BUT you must let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes after cooking so it re-absorbs all the juices. And the cooking time is a bit short - more like hour and a half, especially if you're making the full recipe.

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  8. Dr. Bobb:
    Thanks for the quick response and the good tips and I will follow them all. I will let you know how it goes over with the club. This will be the first time I add hard-boiled eggs to a meatloaf.

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  9. Dr. Bobb:
    Thanks for the quick response and the good tips and I will follow them all. I will let you know how it goes over with the club. This will be the first time I add hard-boiled eggs to a meatloaf.

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  10. One would think it being Joan Crawford's meatloaf recipe you would only cook it for about 5 min."-Remember Christina, meat loses its vitamins when it's overclocked, the doctor said so"
    as for the limestone salad thank you so much I have been searching for decades since mommy dearest to find out what the hell limestone salad is, I tried it out but my husband and I found it a bit salty and bland!

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  11. How, how fantastic! Loved the insight into Joan's receipes and your enthusiasm for my favorite actress of all time! Thank you soooo much! You're both a delight!

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