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Dining With Darla

Riding the back roads makes me hungry. The inspiration for these dishes comes from some old family recipes which have been handed down through the family on old filing cards and scraps of paper. And then mixing a bit of this with that. Don’t think that the quantities are carved in stone, consider them suggestions.. Experiment with them, season to your liking, and have some fun. Remember, if it all goes south, you can always call out for pizza. 


Biker Barbeque (Sloppy Joe’s)

1 pound Ground Beef

1 Medium Onion chopped 

1 Green Pepper

2 cups Catsup - add more if you prefer

2 tbsp Mustard

2 tbsp Worcester Sauce

1 tbsp Vinegar

2 tbsp Sugar

½ cup Water

Brown ground beef in a large skillet with onion and green pepper. Once meat is browned, drain the grease. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Serve as open-faced sandwiches with some fries on the side.


Moto Meat Loaf

1 pound Ground Beef

1 Medium Onion chopped

1 Egg beaten 

1 tbsp Mustard

3 tbsp Catsup

1 tbsp Worcester Sauce

⅓ cup Milk

1 cup Bread Crumbs

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Place in a baking dish. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Make enough so you’ll have some leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches. Mmmmm. 


Moped Manicotti

1 pound Ground Beef

1 Clove Garlic crushed

1 cup Cottage Cheese

4 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 tsp Salt

½ cup Mayonnaise

8 Manicotti - cooked and drained

1 (16 oz) jar Spaghetti Sauce

½ tsp Dried Oregano Leaves

Parmesan Cheese

Cook manicotti shells. Brown meat and garlic in skillet. Drain fat. Blend next 5 ingredients in a bowl, then stir in meat. Fill each manicotti using a small spoon. Place manicotti in a single layer in a baking dish. Sprinkle top with any remaining filling. Cover with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with Oregano and Parmesan Cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove foil and back for another 10 minutes. Serve with some breadsticks and your favorite beverage.