What follows is a different recipe than I planned and I'm using even less expensive ingredients than anyone who e-mailed in had noted.
Forget ground beef. We need one pound, 16 ounces, of ground turkey. Don't buy it in the meat section, go to the frozen section. It's the cheapest you'll find in the grocery store.
Buy a small can of sliced mushrooms. If you can afford bell peppers (which are on sale right now) buy one or two green ones (green are always the least expensive). Buy a small onion. Buy a can of 16 ounce tomato sauce -- generic is fine. If you don't have eggs at home buy a carton.
What about the bread?
Does your store have a bakery? You really need one. Go to the day-old section and buy your bread there. I bought a long loaf of French bread that was split in half and only 49 cents. Since I'm going to make crumbs with it, the loaf being broken in half is no problem.
In a large bowl, shred one half of the French bread. Add defrosted ground meat, tomato sauce, mushrooms and (if you bought them) bell peppers. Crack an egg and drop whites and yolk into bowl. With your hands begin mixing the contents of the bowl.
Once well mixed, wash your hands and add salt and pepper to the top of the mixture. If you use catsup on top (I don't), you can add it now or add it during the last ten minutes of cooking.
Place mixture in an oven safe container (I use a casserole dish most of the time) and place in a 350 degree oven where you will allow it to cook for an hour and a half.
If you have some uncooked potatoes, you can pop them in the oven with the meat loaf. I would wrap them in foil but you can also put them on a cooking sheet. Why not just on the oven rack? They will drip as they cook.
You'll have a half loaf of French bread left over. I used mine to serve with some onion soup but you could also double the ingredients above and make two meat loafs at the same time.
Left over meat loaf is always popular by itself but remember that you can also use it as 'sandwich meat' and make a meatloaf sandwich.
On the economy? Jared Bernstein is a centrist. It's a sign of how right-wing Barack's administration is that the newly departed Bernstein is labeled as left by POLITICO. For more on the bad economy, check these links:
BusinessWeek - - Jun 24, 2011
More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, adding to evidence that the job market is weakening. The Labor Department says applications rose by 9000 to a seasonally adjusted 429000 last week. ...
Jobless Claims Move Higher Wall Street Journal
Requests for jobless benefits rise to 429000 MarketWatch
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday:
Each Monday morning (except during pledge drives), the latest Law and Disorder Radio airs on WBAI and around the country on various radio stations throughout the week. Attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights are the co-hosts of the program. On this week's program, Michael Ratner spoke with former FBI agent and now an attorney Mike German about the war on dissent in this country. Michael Ratner has teamed with Margaret Ratner Kunstler for the new book Hell No, Your Right To Dissent. And until it's August 9th release by the New Press, you can read the column that Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler have written (The Progressive) about the current war on protest and dissent in the US. Excerpt:
President Obama campaigned on protecting our civil liberties, so you might have expected his attorney general, Eric Holder, to provide people with greater protections from FBI snoops. But he has not. And it is about to get even worse.
The new Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide will empower the FBI to dispatch surveillance teams, to follow targets, to dig through trash, to search commercial databases and to expand the use of informants to infiltrate a wide range of organizations.
If you are part of a group that disagrees with government policy in Iraq or Afghanistan, or that dislikes nuclear energy, the next time you throw out your trash, an FBI agent may be examining it a few hours later -- from what you eat to what you buy to what you read and think.
The next time you attend a meeting to fight for better schools, protest drug testing on animals or criticize almost any aspect of government policy, the person next to you may be an informant, recording everything you say. Or perhaps the informant will participate in the meeting, steering the organization's activities in ways the government wishes.
It is now almost ten years after 9/11, the event that frightened many into giving the FBI broad spying authority -- authority that now threatens the very essence of democracy. Piece by piece, the constitutional protections for dissent are disappearing.