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Tuesdays with Friends Introduces Diane Epps

This week's Tuesdays with Friends guest is Diane Epps. She's a funny lady and I'm tickled to have her here today. And this week on KdBlog come back on Thursday for a special Guest, Roger Hudson. He was supposed to be last week's special Thursday guest, but I'm an idiot and didn't get it formatted in time. So today, enjoy Ms. Diane and come back Thursday for even more fun.

The full back story on today’s blog topic is probably too long (or boring?!) to go into, but suffice it to say, our family prides itself on its rich meatloaf-making history. My mom always made a killer “loaf,” that we looked forward to immensely and it was always a “Sunday,” special dinner item, complete with potatoes, green beans and a scrumptious dessert.

I wouldn’t say I’m known for my culinary wizardry, but there are a few things I can cook well and meatloaf is one of them. (We can also add mac ‘n’ cheese, vegetarian lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti and enchiladas which represents my comprehensive “things I cook consistently well” list.)

My eldest even had a meatloaf birthday party one year and I thought we may be 
the oddest party-throwing family ever until I read an article about the fact that author, Jackie Collins, often throws meatloaf parties for her friends and they love it!

Woe was me when the aforementioned eldest child “went vegetarian,” rendering my meatloaf fixing days to even fewer, as even our youngest teetered between “to meat” or “not to meat,” that is the question. She finally landed on the former, so every few months I whip up this fabulous comfort food hearkening back to my childhood and it got me to thinking…

How Life is Like Meatloaf

You should be able to substitute the word “life” for “meatloaf” on each of the following, so try it out and see if it works. If you’re a vegetarian this list can still work for you, just replace “meatloaf” with tofu, bean curd, eggplant or any other taste treat staple you consider to be yummy.

1. Not everybody knows how to create a satisfying meatloaf.

2. The best part about meatloaf is when it’s had a chance to be savored. That’s the time when it’s fully appreciated.

3. You can’t “wolf down” meatloaf because you’ll miss all of the subtle, fully-flavored nuances of the experience.

4. Sometimes the creation of a meatloaf you want takes a few attempts before it is just right.

5. No one agrees on what makes a perfect meatloaf.

6. You’re either a meatloaf lover or a meatloaf hater.

7. Time can be the meatloaf’s enemy or the meatloaf’s friend. It just depends on what stage of meatloaf preparation you’re in.

8. Meatloaf takes a lot of work, but it’s always worth it.

9. Meatloaf needs spice, otherwise what’s the point?

10. Overworking the meatloaf can lead to disastrous results.

11. A good meatloaf will make you happy.

12. There is no substitute for meatloaf or the contemplation of its many rewards.

13. You either want to make your own meatloaf or you don’t, but to claim meatloaf as your own means that no one can do it for you.

14. There is no shortcut for meatloaf because it takes time to make a memorable meatloaf.

15. Though many profess to have the perfect instructions, none exist for meatloaf.


 Diane Dean-Epps graduated from California State University at Sacramento majoring in Communication Studies with a Broadcasting concentration, as well as completing a Business Administration minor.  After a diverse and rewarding ten-year career in television broadcasting, she wended her way to a Master of Arts in English, earning several publishing credits in the process, including her master’s thesis highlighting the work of author, Langston Hughes entitled, Changing the Exchange.  Dean-Epps lives and works in northern California where she is currently at work on her latest book of poetry, Quiet Boundaries. Though she has several books in publication; Maternal Meanderings (Humor), Last Call (Humorous Mystery) and KILL-TV (Humorous Mystery) her numerous essays have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including MORE magazine (on-line), The San Francisco ChronicleSacramento magazineAtonal Press, Eye on Life, The Union, and The Contra Costa Times.


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