Meat Loaf. Again.

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


Meat Loaf. Again. Not.


At an outdoor socially-distanced family event earlier this year, my sister mentioned that she had never served her family a meal where meat loaf was on the menu.  Mind you, her two daughters are now in their thirties so that’s quite the history of avoiding a dish. Although I don't recall it being regularly served in the house of our youth I do remember that meat loaf made an appearance occasionally.


I don't know why the subject came up in conversation. I generally try to steer clear of any controversial topics in such group get-togethers.


Growing up, I remember my sister as a finicky eater but I must have forgotten about this dislike of meat loaf.  “Do you eat meat loaf these days?" she asked.  I answered that while it wasn’t a regular habit, such comfort food has been known to pass my lips. 


I won’t say there was a look of judgment or disbelief from her but I did wonder where this conversation might be going. 


Thankfully, it went in an entirely different direction.  So what did I learn from this exchange?



Sometimes, it's okay to answer and at other times, it's better to move on. This is yet another example of how things in the past are recalled. Fondly, not-so-fondly and perhaps, even despised. Why am I thinking of the phrase - serve from the right, clear from the left? Or is that the other way around? I digress. And now, it's time to move on. Again.



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Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

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Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (21)

Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

It seems meatloaf was a regular at our house when growing up. I have made it for my family but not a lot. I make it quite a bit differently than my mom did. It can be found on comfort food menus here in NC.

May 07, 2021 05:46 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carla Freund - menus certainly change over time especially as families grow and then shrink.  

May 07, 2021 07:12 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When Ron and I were first married, I made meatloaf because we were on a limitd budget.  As soon as our income began to grow, Ron said "no more meatloaf!"  And I have not made it since.  And it is bread on the left and drink on the right! And if you forget, you hold your index finger to your thumb on each hand and it makes a B on the left and a D on the right. As far as clearing, I just clear...LOL A

May 07, 2021 06:33 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - thank you for the serving tip.  It's clever but one I will likely forget.  

May 07, 2021 07:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael Jacobs hi MIchael... so what's wrong with meat loaf? I love meat loaf and I make a mean one! Meat loaf also happened to be one of the very few dishes my mother knew how to make, although I don't remember eating it all that frequently. We grew up on kotleti, which is a Russian dish... sort of a cross between hamburgers and meat loaf (one of the few dishes my grandmother had in her repetoire). Still love them, but don't get to enjoy them except when my sister makes them for me when I'm in Russia. My now you've probably guessed I don't come from a line of cooks! :)

May 07, 2021 06:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - thanks for the Russian memories and as far as my personal culinary talents, "guesswork" may be an appropriate description come to think of it.  

May 07, 2021 07:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I love meat loaf, and yes we did have it a lot growing up, as our family was on a strict budget.   

May 07, 2021 07:05 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - maybe that is the cause of my sister's dislike.  I wonder. . . 

May 07, 2021 07:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael, My wife wants meat loaf at lease once every three weeks and I have a crock pot recipes that turns out nice and moist.  It is a keeper in our house.


May 07, 2021 09:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - your sharing of comfort food recipes is well-known(and definitely well-appreciated) by many who see them in ActiveRainLand.  

May 07, 2021 09:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Meat loaf has never been a regular item in my homes. I do not recall the last time I had any.

May 07, 2021 09:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley -  many things including food preferences help make the world go 'round.  

May 07, 2021 09:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - food preferences and so many other things in life help make the world go 'round.  

May 07, 2021 09:57 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Hmmmm...I think a delicious meatloaf dinner sent to the family for an upcoming holiday would be a wonderful present Michael. Just have it made out of BEYOND MEAT and tell her how healthy it will be for her.  :)   (of course please remember this recommendation is coming from a vegetarian).

May 07, 2021 09:57 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - I haven't yet tried meat loaf where beyond meat has been used.  I have experienced beyond meat in other recipes and I can't tell the difference.  At least not enough of one to dismiss it.  And that goes for the sausage equivalent too.  

May 07, 2021 11:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Michael- I love meatloaf especially if served with mashed potatoes. I also love meatloaf sandwiches. However, Larry is not fond of meatloaf, so whenever I didn't feel like cooking dinner, I would suggest to him that I was going to make meatloaf. And yes...we went out. 

May 07, 2021 11:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - now is that clever thinking at work or a bit of passive-aggressiveness?  I can also appreciate the appeal of a meat loaf sandwich on occasion with a side of sarcasm too.  As for mashed potatoes, believe it or not, I am not much of a fan.  

May 07, 2021 11:19 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Michael! I think of the line yelled at many midnight screenings of a certain movie "Meatloaf again?"

May 07, 2021 12:56 PM
Michael Jacobs

Rocky Dickerson - I remember it.  

May 07, 2021 01:21 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good afternoon Michael. First reaction is I liked meatloaf as a child, my mom’s was the best. Lost interest for years and then my wife started making good ones. Got lucky or have poor taste? The former! Enjoy your day 

May 07, 2021 01:17 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - things change(and return) for all kinds of reasons.  

May 07, 2021 01:22 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I do like meatloaf but haven't had it in years. Maybe because it requires a little more effort than simple and quick.  I have bought a frozen version but it isn't the same.  Now that I have a little more room I may experiment this winter. 

May 07, 2021 01:38 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Lee - I am sure there are many versions which is one of the reasons for the number of opinions on the subject plus the diversity in taste.  

May 07, 2021 03:45 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Gee Michael, I can't remember the last time I made meatloaf...many, many, many years ago. I would rather listen to songs by Meatloaf instead!

May 07, 2021 02:13 PM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - you, along with others, might be hardcore Meatloaf fan but don't like the dish so much.  

May 07, 2021 03:47 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

When I was growing up, meatloaf was on the menu at least twice a week. Now my grandkids just love my wife's recipe for meatloaf and it's quite a treat for them Michael Jacobs 

May 07, 2021 05:43 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - sounds like you are introducing a new generation to meat loaf.  

May 07, 2021 08:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael loved the post, must admit the comments were even more entertaining:)) now with that said I have never made meatloaf but do make meat balls (turkey that is) since red meat is not on the menu at our house:)Endre

May 07, 2021 09:30 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - I have seen many alternatives to meat loaf since leaving the house of my youth.  

May 08, 2021 06:54 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I would do anything for blogs calm but I won't do that. Let me know how it goes

May 07, 2021 10:05 PM
Michael Jacobs

Laura Cerrano - thank you for the comment.  

May 08, 2021 06:55 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

I do like meatloaf.  Looking at some of the comments, they were entertaining.

May 08, 2021 12:12 AM
Michael Jacobs

James Dray - I agree with you about the comments received.   

May 08, 2021 06:56 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember having meat loaf quite often as a kid, but I haven't had it much recently, haha.

May 08, 2021 07:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - there are many childhood meals that no longer are part of everyday life for me if at all.  

May 08, 2021 07:55 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I guess one either likes it or they don't. Bernie makes ours with chicken, not beef, as I don't eat the latter.  When I saw the title, I thought of the singer - Meat Loaf.  Hahaha

May 08, 2021 09:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - and it seems each has its own fan base as well.  😃

May 08, 2021 09:30 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Meatloaf is a regular meal in my family. I think we all like it. But that picture of yours...that is not any kind of meatloaf I've ever had. It looks like Spam???

Our meatloaf is ground beef and covered with tomato sauce. I just made it last week for my parents, at their request.

May 11, 2021 10:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - the photo of the meatloaf in this post is courtesy of and it looks different than my memory as well.  My SPAM-analysis has never been good as I am not a classic comfort food connoisseur.  

May 14, 2021 05:27 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Moderation, moderation, moderation! I like meatloaf but, don't love it. My hubby loves it so, we probably have it more because of that. I typically just make him a pan of it and then freeze half. When he has it, I eat a big salad...and maybe a bite of the meatloaf. 

And, you're right - sometimes, it's best just not to answer a question that you think may lead down a not-so-positive path!

May 13, 2021 01:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I don't recall, I am really not sure, that I have had a meatloaf sandwich but I am aware that many are fans.  Different strokes for different folks, right?  

May 14, 2021 05:29 PM