Come home to home-style food

October 28, 1998

Home-style cookingDreaming of the days when you came home to Mom's home-cooked dinners?

Dream no more. You can make dinner just like Mom used to make - even if you don't have all day to do it. Today's comfort foods go together quickly and leave time for all the other activities that fill your evening calendar, from sports to PTA to long walks with the dog.

Plan the meal around meat loaf, an all-time family favorite that gets its zing from steak sauce. This great recipe ingredient comes in a full line of flavors that are great for meat loaf. Use them for basting and marinating other foods, too.

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Try a classic meat loaf recipe or tweak your taste buds with one that gets extra flavor and texture from ripe olives. Black ripe olives are an easy way to add a special touch to any dish. Choose the olive that's best for your recipe: whole, pitted, sliced or chopped. They're available year-round on your grocer's shelf.


Smooth, nutty ripe olives are lower in calories than you might think, too. Five medium olives add up to only 25 calories and are high in monounsaturated fat.

Mashed potatoes made with red, white or russet potatoes are the last word in comfort food, and they take only minutes to prepare. Boil potatoes in a couple inches of water in a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid - 20 to 25 minutes for cut-up potatoes and 30 to 40 minutes for whole potatoes.

It takes even less time to prepare baked potatoes. Just pierce with a fork, and bake 40 to 45 minutes at 400 degrees. After cooking, slit lengthwise to allow steam to escape and keep potatoes from getting soggy. Use the microwave for an even faster side dish. Put pierced potatoes on a paper towel in the microwave, and cook about four minutes for the first potato. Add one or two minutes for cooking time for each extra potato in the oven. When they're done, let sit for five minutes.

In less time than it takes to call Mom for her recipes, you've created mealtime memories just like the ones she made for you.

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Courtesy of A.1. Steak Sauce, California Olive Committee and Wisconsin Potatoes

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