President Nixon's Secret Meatloaf Recipe #PresidentsDayRecipe

It's President's Day, and what better way to celebrate than a bunch of bloggers joining  to share favorite recipes for one of our Presidents? Today I am sharing President Nixon's very favorite meal: Meatloaf. and this recipe is his wife Pat's recipe.

President Nixon was certainly memorable! I was a child when he was president. I remember being in first grade  during his campaign to become president and kids shouting in the halls: "Nixon, Nixon, he's are man.. If he can't do it, No one can!" So funny the things you remember! I don't remember a whole lot else from first grade except I was in love with some boy named Billy, who, apparently was only interested in baseball. I wonder if I learned anything in class?

Recipe Origin: A great resource for all presidential foods and recipes from George Washington to present day.. ok, last check it was Pres. Obama on there, is this amazing resource! I suggest you pin this link and save it for the next time your child has a school assignment, or you need an idea (or a blog post to write, haha!)

The Meatloaf
Every good meatloaf maker has their own "secret" ingredients.. and probably doesn't "record" them either! Just kind of wings it. So pinning down and exact recipe for a really good meatloaf can be hard to find!
Below is the exact wording from the resource I shared above:

"President Nixon was quite fond of his wife's meat loaf, and meat loaf appeared about once a month on the family dinner menus. As soon as the public became aware of this fact, the White House was inundated with inquires for the recipe that so pleased the presidential palate. To ease my burden, Mrs. Nixon's meat loaf recipe was printed on White House stationery to be sent in response to the thousands of requests.

Printable Recipe

Pat Nixon's Meatloaf

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 slices white bead
1 cup milk
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 tablespoons bread crumbs 

  1. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter in a saute pan, add garlic and saute until just golden -- do not brown. Let cool.
  3. Dice bread and soak it in milk.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix ground beef by hand with sauteed onions and garlic and bread pieces. Add eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme and marjoram and mix by hand in a circular motion.
  5. Turn this mixture into the prepared baking pan and pat into a loaf shape, leaving at least one inch of space around the edges to allow fat to run off.
  6. Brush the top with the tomato puree and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the flavors to penetrate and to firm up the loaf.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Bake meatloaf on lower shelf of oven for 1 hour, or until meat is cooked through. Pour off accumulated fat several times while baking and after meat is fully cooked. Let stand on wire rack for five minutes before slicing. Makes 6 servings."
Happy #President's Day
We are sharing recipes that honor our past presidents and their birthdays.

Date Night Jars

Date Night Jars are a great way for you and your spouse to put a little life back into your relationship.  Having regular time together to renew your courtship is important throughout all of your marriage.  Some times it is easy to get into a rut, or if economic conditions make it tough to spend extra money for dates, you may feel like you can't go out on dates together. You don't have to spend a lot of money to spend time together. In fact  if you look back on your dating experiences when you first met,  especially if you were young , you may have had the best fun together with very little or no money.

These date night jars work together.  One is filled with ideas for dinner. The other is filled with ideas for an activity to do together.  The day you go out, each of you pick a jar and draw one thing.  What ever dinner and activity you draw out is what you'll be doing together that night.

The best way to start this is by having a date together one evening at the house. Tuck the kids in bed, turn off the t.v. and both of you write down at least 10-15 activities and 10-15 dinner ideas.  These do not need to cost money.  Make a pizza at home, grill some burgers,  Picnic at the park, bike riding, window shopping at a book store or home improvement store, etc. don't have to cost any/little  money.  Mix it up with a few tried and true splurges you both enjoy.

Have fun with it.  Let each person's personality show through and be creative.  Also both of you promise to be good sports and do what ever you draw from the jars.  You may be surprised at how fun you find your date nights to be.

Here is an example of the dinner ideas:

Here is some ideas for activities:

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