Move Over, Mom!

July 2, 2008 | By | Comments (2)

Cimg4000 Last night, I decided to embrace my Southern roots and make my first “Meat and Three” dinner: meatloaf, green beans, from-scratch mashed potatoes, and squash casserole.  Since it was already 6 p.m., I lost some steam at the grocery store (no doubt thanks to the free cookies at the bakery counter) and settled for the lesser-known Meat and Two.

Squash casserole took the hit, but my dinner didn’t suffer at all.  I decided to try a recipe from a cookbook I got as a gift for being in a wedding and, after this success, I fully intend to use it more often than the pastel pink bridesmaid dress.  The cookbook is the Claunch Cafe Family Cookbook from the famed Tuscumbia, Alabama Claunch Cafe.  The restaurant isn’t really famous, mostly because the locals are dying to keep it under wraps, but its meatloaf should be.

The secret to the meatloaf, speaking as a budding meatloaf master, I believe is the addition of Dale’s Steak Sauce to the meat and the sweet (yes, sweet) glaze made from brown sugar, ketchup, and prepared mustard.  It’s nothing like the one my mom made (served with ketchup on the side), but I think there may be room in my life for more than one meatloaf.

If you’d like to try the home-style recipes from the Claunch Cafe (and maybe even find out what that name means), call (256) 386-0222 and order one for yourself.  It’s ten dollars worth of deep-South flavor including broccoli casserole, pecan chicken salad, caramel cake, lemon poppyseed muffins, and more.

What’s the secret to your meatloaf recipe?  I’m dying to try new variations.


  1. elizabeth

    The Claunch Cafe – I know the place very well and the cookbook, too. Both have down-home southern comfort food at its best. Last time I was there I had a slice of some kind of Blackberry Jam Cake with a Caramel frosting – Oh my gosh. Amazing! (It’s in the cookbook)
    Here’s another delicious SECRET of the Claunch Cafe – their cheesestraws! I wouldn’t have a wine and cheese party without them. No preservatives – and super fresh..just the good stuff… real butter, sharp Cheddar, etc…. They come in a 1-pound bag – and yes, they’ll ship.

    July 2, 2008 at 10:36 am
  2. gloria howard

    I would like to have the recipe for the meatloaf using Dale’s sauce and the sweet glaze.

    July 3, 2008 at 8:09 am

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