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.

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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.

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Panel Plus November 3, 2013


Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Scott Brown, Julie Pace, Karl Rove and Evan Bayh,  as they discuss the health care law rollout, in our web exclusive Panel Plus

Panel Plus: October 27, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Brit Hume, Peter Baker, George Will, and Juan Williams,  as they discuss problems with the rollout of Obamacare, in our web exclusive Panel Plus

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.


Panel Plus: October 20, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, and Chuck Lane,  as they discuss the state of the GOP, in our web exclusive Panel Plus.

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. 



Panel Plus: October 6, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, George Will, Kirsten Powers, Karl Rove and Joe Trippi as they discuss  the National Park Service closed during shutdown, in our web exclusive Panel Plus

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.  



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