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Tom Douglas Did Not Disparage My Mother's Meatloaf

Nancy Leson

...Even though he should have. When I described her recipe on my old Jazz Kitchen feature, he swallowed hard and forced a  smile and an "...interesting." Then we both cracked up. 

And now, the authentic eat-it-if-you-dare recipe.

Mom's Greaseloaf

1 pound 3o-percent fat ground beef

1 can condensed alphabet Soup

1 can condensed tomato Soup

3 strips bacon

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix meat with egg, breadcrumbs and undiluted alphabet soup. Shape into a loaf in a skillet.

2. Spread undiluted tomato soup over top of loaf. Lay bacon strips, cross-wise, over top. 

3. Bake for 30 minutes. Loaf will now be sitting in 3 inches of bubbling orange grease.

For best presentation ladle bubbling orange grease over Minute Rice. Serve with canned wax beans.

And to learn more about Tom Douglas, don't miss my Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson's storyin the Seattle Times.

"My mom made two dishes: Take it or leave it."

– Stephen Wright

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.