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Food Searches: Sugar Cookies, Meatloaf, Porkchops. Eggnog

There’s no better meter than the holidays to earmark what people search for foodwise. Being that that this is December and holiday festivities are right around the corner, it’s interesting to use Yahoo as an example. 

Top recipe searches YAHOO! FOOD this week (with my comments and recipe)

1) Sugar cookies – Amazing! People still bake and decorate cookies.
2) Meatloaf – Meatloaf will never go out of vogue. I prefer meatloaf* sandwiches.

3) Chocolate chip cookies – Another traditional favorite. The Toll-House recipe is the best.

4) Banana bread – My mom made the best banana bread. Overripe bananas — I can still remember how they smelled.
5) Eggnog – The traditional holiday beverage. With all the convenient versions pre made in cartons, it’s interesting that people are going back to the basics to make egg nog.
6) Pork chops – The other white meat.

7) Appetizers – Appetizers are what gels a party together. I am always looking for easy but impressive appetizer recipes
8) Potato soup – This is a new one. The searches tend to be hearty if they are not holiday. I will have to revisit the first week of January (usually-must-go-on-a-diet-week) to see what people searched for.  
9) Pancakes – Could people be looking for potato pancakes (a.k.a. latkes?)
10) Gingerbread cookies – More cookies! I love ginger and gingerbread.

Recipe: Karyn’s Meatloaf

I like my meatloaf to have a zing so I add prepared bbq sauce.

1 1/2 pounds ground meat or ground turkey

3/4 cup Mothers Oats (old fashioned)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 tsp smoky sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

3/4 cup tomato juice

1/4 cup bbq sauce

1 egg (beaten)

1 small can of diced green chiles

Combine all ingredients and pack, firmly, into ungreased loaf pan. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

As usual this tastes better the next day and makes great cold meatloaf sandwiches.

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