NEW Recipe from "Mr. and Mrs. Sunday's Suppers"

Meat Loaf with Herb Gravy, Down‑Home Style

The technique of poking small holes in the top of the meat loaf and pouring a little water into them ensures even cooking, prevents the meat loaf from drying out, and yields more golden juice to make a gravy if you like.

Makes 2 loaves, serves 8

For the Meat Loaves

Nonstick cooking spray

2 large eggs

1/4 cup tomato paste

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 cup beef broth, homemade or store‑bought

2 pounds ground beef chuck

2 pounds ground pork

2 cups plain dried bread crumbs

4 medium celery stalks, finely chopped (about 2 cups)

2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat‑leaf parsley or 2 tablespoons dried

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

For the Gravy

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup all‑purpose flour

1 quart (4 cups) beef broth, or strain some of the meat loaf’s pan juices and combine with enough beef broth to make 4 cups of liquid

1 tablespoon dried ground sage

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1. To make the meat loaves: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray two 9 × 5‑inch loaf pans with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the tomato paste and salt and pepper until well combined. Whisk in the broth. Using your hands, work in the ground beef and pork along with the bread crumbs, celery, onions, parsley, and rosemary and combine; take care not to overmix. Divide the mixture evenly and pack into the prepared pans. Using a butter knife or the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 6 holes in each meatloaf, as evenly spaced as you can make them, and pour just a little water into each. Bake the meat loaves on a rack in the center of the oven until an instant‑read thermometer inserted into the center of a loaf registers 165°F, 1 to 11/2 hours. Gently and carefully drain the juices out of the meat loaf pans into a glass measuring cup or gravy separator, and set aside. Cover the loaves loosely with foil to keep warm and let rest while you make the gravy.

3. To make the gravy: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, and cook, whisking constantly to combine, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the pan juices and the broth, a little at time, to combine. While whisking constantly, raise the heat to medium and allow the gravy to just come to a boil; as soon as it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium‑low and simmer until slightly thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes. Strain the gravy through a mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in the sage, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. To serve, pour the gravy into a warmed sauceboat, cut the meat loaf into thick slices and place on a warmed platter, and pass them together.

Get a copy of "Mr. and Mrs. Sunday's Suppers" now!

Recipe from "Mr. and Mrs. Sunday's Suppers"

Pork Chops with Glazed Sweet Onions

Chops are an excellent idea for a two‑person meal because it’s a meaty dish that’s easy to do for a couple but quite challenging (not to mention costly) to do for a crowd. I say take advantage of an opportunity to make dinner for two and showcase a hearty chop as the centerpiece of supper. The sweet‑and‑sour caramelized onions really make this quick skillet supper. Serve the pork chops with creamy polenta and roasted Brussels sprouts, if you like.

Serves 2

Two 1‑pound bone‑in pork loin chops (about 3/4 inch thick)

1/4 cup extra‑virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4‑inch rounds (about 2/3 cup)

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1. Wash the pork chops and pat them dry with paper towels. Transfer the pork chops to a large non-reactive bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl and marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.

2. Place the onion slices in a medium bowl and season with a little salt and pepper. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the oil and toss to coat. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, and set aside.

3. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium‑high heat. Add the chops and cook until golden, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to a platter. Brush the chops on both sides with half of the vinegar mixture, loosely cover them with aluminum foil, and let rest.

4. Add the onions and the remaining vinegar mixture to the skillet and, over medium heat, cook, stirring frequently, until the onions absorb all of the liquid and become golden and glazed, 6 to 8 minutes.

5. To serve, divide the onion mixture between two plates and lay the pork chops on top.


A really nice classic side dish for these chops is homemade applesauce. Simply core, peel, and slice two apples, combine with a cinnamon stick and a lemon peel in a small pot, and cover with water. Boil for about 8 minutes or until tender, drain (discard the cinnamon stick and lemon peel), return to the pan, and coarsely mash.

Check back for more recipes from the book and get a copy of "Mr. and Mrs. Sunday's Suppers" now

Senator Rubio Give His Take

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in hindsight there are always lessons to be learned and that applies in the current instance for the GOP as it moves forward from a bruising couple of weeks.

"I never was favor in of shutting government down" or defaulting on the nation's debt, Rubio said.

The senator argued that it was the White House and Democrats who allowed the government to shutdown by not agreeing to fund all parts minus the Affordable Care Act.

Rubio was among the 18 senators who voted against the deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, which was brokered by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

But he is not among the tea party group who supports the primary challange to McConnell in Kentucky.

"I do support Senator McConnell’s re-election," Rubio said, giving McConnell credit for the job he has in both keeping his caucus together and representing Kentucky.


Looking For A Way Forward

 While every one seems eager for a deal, one wasn't apparent when two members leading efforts in the Senate, and a House Republican, joined "Fox News Sunday" to discuss prospects going forward. "Things are not moving now," Republican Senator Bob Corker (TN) said bluntly. While he thinks "we will see our way through this," Corker added, that the "last 24 hours have not looked good." "Republicans started off in a place that was an overreach," Corker said, but Democrats are now the ones overreaching. Democrats are "one tic too cute," the senator said. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of those working on a bipartisan proposal, said "leadership must lead." He added that he is waiting to see what Senate Democratic leadership comes back with "that they think is fair." The sticking point seems to have shifted now, and Republicans sound intent on standing their ground over sequester cuts.  One of the reasons Senate Democrats gave for rejecting the bipartisan bill spearheaded by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), which Senator Manchin was part of, was that it locked in those cuts. Manchin defended the budget caps in the proposal and argued that any change in- what is now the law of the land -needs to be done through normal procedure, like budget negotiations.   

Secretary Lew, Republicans, Stake out Positions


The government is in a partial shutdown and another financial deadline is fast approaching in the debt ceiling, but Congressional Republicans and the White House still seem many miles apart.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that should the US default on its debt payments, "no question, it would cause real problems."

"The consequences are immediate," Lew said.

Lew said it's up to Congress what it decides to do in terms of how long a lift in the debt ceiling should cover but that the "economy would be well served with long term solution."

Lew also reiterated that the president is unwilling to negotiate over reopening the government or in raising the debt limit. 



Verge of a Shutdown

A resolution to continue funding the federal government is being batted between the two houses of Congress but little progress towards averting a government shutdown is being made. Even though the government is just hours away from running out of funds, however, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated with certainty the government "is not going to shut down." The congressman, who is in charge of counting Republican votes in the House, added that, should the Senate reject the House-amended CR, he believes the House will have enough time to look at the issue again and present the Senate with "other options." Asked whether the House will consider a short term CR to give the Hill more time to hammer out an agreement, McCarthy said "if we have to negotiate a little longer, we will." Two members of the Senate, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), one of those leading the charge to force at least delaying funding for the health care act, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a supporter of the Affordable Health Care Act, gave their take on the ensuing debate.  Kaine said that he is open to ideas that reform the law, but does not believe it should be tied to threat of a government shutdown. "Republicans are doing everything they can to protect Americans from a shutdown, and the harmful effects of Obamacare," Lee said.  

To Fund or Not to Fund: Decision Time in Congress

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading the charge to strip funding for the Affordable Care Act from any funding bill passed by Congress in the coming week.  Just as determined to reinsert it though is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Reid may have the upper hand by virtue of the Senate rules. Cruz said the first step in his plan is to ask Reid to allow amendments to be subject to a 60 vote threshold.  But because the Democratic leader wants to use an amendment to add funding for "Obamacare" to the House-passed bill he will likely say no "because he wants to use brute political force," said Cruz. The junior senator from Texas has a backup plan too, one that sounds like an even steeper climb and highly unlikely at this point: convince Senate Republicans to deny colture on the House-passed bill. He admits he does not know how many fellow senators' votes he can count on but warned how he would view a "yes" vote to cloture by charging that "any vote for cloture , is a vote for Obamacare."   Following Senator Cruz on "Fox News Sunday," a perspective at complete odds- Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill (MO), a staunch defender of the president's, charged that Republicans that would threaten a government shutdown over defunding the heath care act are sore losers. "I don’t think in America when we lose elections we throw tantrums and threaten to shut down the government," McCaskill said. Asked how she believes this will turn out when a week from now, when the government is slated to run out of money to run many of its operations, McCaskill said, "I cannot believe they are going to throw a tantrum and throw the American people under the bus." Taking a shot a her colleague from the other side of the aisle, McCaskill added, "This is about running for president with Ted Cruz, this isn’t meaningful statesmanship."   

POTUS Sits Down With Chris Wallace

Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace sat down with President Barack Obama to discuss the crisis in Syria, and get his reaction to a new proposal by the Russians that could chalk a win for diplomacy.

The proposal, raised by the Russians and "welcomed" by the Syrian government, would place the regime's chemical weapons under international control.

"I think we should explore and exhaust all avenues of diplomatic resolution of this," the president said, adding though that he intends to keep the pressure on.

"The question is, can we construct something that allows the international community to have confidence that these terrible weapons will not be used again," the president said.

Asked whether he would delay a vote in Congress, which is currently considering authorizing the use of force, the president said this proposal does not change the calendar, a process he expects will take a couple weeks anyway.

The president cautioned however that he would not allow a timeframe that goes on for months for this deal to be agreed upon and implemented.

"I think that we should be able to get a fairly rapid sense of how serious they are," President Obama said.


Will Congress Authorize Use of Force?

The White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, said it's "too early to come to any conclusion," about whether the administration will get enough votes in Congress to go ahead with the use of force against the Assad regime in Syria. McDonough, who has been in the lead on the effort to convince Congress, said it isn't a question about intelligence, but rather what the U.S. will do to answer such a heinous attack. The "question for Congress is 'are there consequences for a dictator who would use those weapons to gas hundreds of children to death," McDonough said. Although the "no" votes seem to have quickly become insurmountable, in the House especially, McDonough suggested the coming week, when the members return to Washington, is when decisions will truly begin to be made.  Members of Congress, who have been home for the Summer recess, have been inundated with feedback from constituents who are war weary and are pressuring their members to vote against the resolution. McDonough said that is an "absolutely understandable sentiment," but reiterated that the president's plan calls for a limited, targeted effort. In his Friday press conference, the president seemed reluctant to answer whether he would go ahead with military action if Congress voted against such action. McDonough, pressed for a straightforward answer said, "If Congress wants consequences, they're going to have to vote for it."  Perhaps the staunchest opponent of the president's plan is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and voted against authorizing use of force this week. On "Fox News Sunday," he expressed concern about siding with the opposition as well as the strategy laid out so far by the White House. The "most difficult thing is if we go in on side of the rebels, we will be going in on the side of al Qaeda," Paul said, referring to numerous reports of extremist elements infiltrating the rebels' ranks. Of the battle plan as it has been proposed Paul said that while "whoever ordered that (chemical attack) deserves death,"the attack plan would not hold Bashir al-Assad accountable. "The attack plan is not to target Assad," or aimed at regime change, Paul said. Furthermore, Paul added that he thinks there is a chance Assad will be "more emboldened if we do attack him."  

The President's Syria Decision Debated

Events in Syria, and US policy towards them, dominated "Fox News Sunday."

A cabinet secretary, three influential members of Congress, a four-star general and a former senator joined the program to weigh in.


Secretary of State John Kerry, who laid out a powerful idictment against the Assad regime Friday, defended the administration's decision to put on hold military action against Syria until Congress weighs in.

Kerry argued that the case for action will only grow stronger as more evidence comes to light.

The case for action “is powerful today and will be as powerful each day” that goes on, Kerry said.

In a new development, Kerry revealed that samples from the suburbs surrounding Damscus have tested positive for signatures of sarin.

If Assad is tempted to take this pause as an opporunity to launch further chemical attacks against the Syrian people, Kerry had a warning for the regime:

"If the Assad regime were to be foolish enough to attack yet again and to do something in the meantime, of course the president of the United States knows he has the power to do this, and I assume the president would move very, very rapidly."

The House of Representatives is not scheduled to return until September 9 and the delay in decision has caused the Syrian regime and its allies to claim victory over the U.S.

Asked whether delay has handed Iran and Syria at least a temporary victory, Kerry said “that is in the hands of the Congress of the United States.”

Representative Pete King (R-NY) was harsh and immediate in his criticism of the president's announcement Saturday.

On Sunday, King argued that the president has "absolute constitutional and statutory power" to take action, doubling down on his statement the day before that the president is "abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief."

King argued that the president should call Congress back into session immediately to take up the issue of authorizing force.

Asked whether the House majority could get such a measure passed, though, King said "it would probably be a no vote" today, adding that there is a growing isolationist movement in the party that he thinks is "very dangerous."

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who has been opposed to military intervention in Syria from the beginning, voiced his doubts about passage in the Senate as well.

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) defended the administration's decision.

"The president made the right decision," Reed said.

He argued that this pause will give time for the administration to also build international support.








Check Your Local Listings

Don't miss Fox News Sunday, which airs every week. Find out when Chris Wallace is on in your city.

View More