Lost Kitchen – Dad’s Meatloaf

We recently decided to give Discovery+ a try. I hate the thought of subscribing to yet another streaming service, but we like a lot of the shows on HGTV and Food Network, plus it includes the new Magnolia Network. We were curious. And, we bought the no ads subscription, which is wonderful. For $2 more a month, it’s definitely worth it.

We have explored a lot of what’s available on the Magnolia Network and one thing we found was a series called The Lost Kitchen. It’s about a woman who grew up in Freedom, Maine, determined to leave and never come back. But after a few life changes, back she came and she opened a restaurant called the Lost Kitchen. Her story is very interesting and inspiring. It didn’t take us long to make it through all ten episodes of the first season. We’re eagerly awaiting season 2.

One especially interesting thing about this restaurant is the way they take reservations, and you must have a reservation to eat there. If you want to go, you send them a postcard. Then they choose from all the postcards they get and decide who will be coming to each meal. I’ve never figured out if they’re open every night or only certain nights each week. I don’t know how much notice they give you, but you need to be ready to go when your postcard is chosen. And, they determine the menu for each night, so you don’t even know what you’ll be served.

Tim decided we needed her cookbook, so he ordered one. We’ve only made one recipe so far and he said I had to share it. Yes, it’s another meatloaf recipe, and I’m sure I’ll hear about it from my cousin Rick. But it’s really good. I wouldn’t normally recommend two different recipes for the same food, but I think they’re both different enough from each other it doesn’t matter.

This recipe makes two loaves so I cut it in half when I made it for us. It was good for 1+ meals. It’s definitely on the “do over and over again” list. (Tim just told me we’re about due to have it again.) Plus, we got to have the extra sourdough bread too, which I love!!

One thing about Discovery+. We are enjoying it. However, we’re a little disappointed with the Magnolia Network so far. They have some great shows, but unfortunately, most only have one episode. We keep checking, hoping to find a few of our favorites have added shows. Maybe COVID has affected their ability to create more.

I did some checking and they’re talking about the launch of Magnolia Network on July 15. So, maybe what we’re seeing is just enough to pique our interest. There are definitely shows worth watching. I signed up for updates and am now following them on Facebook, so hopefully I’ll catch the rollout of these new episodes.

In the meantime, enjoy this recipe. I know, it’s just meatloaf, but who doesn’t love a good meatloaf???? Except Rick.

Lost Kitchen Meatloaf
5 from 2 votes

Lost Kitchen – Dad’s Meatloaf

This is pure comfort food. Not your typical meatloaf, it contains carrots and sourdough bread.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword meatloaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes



  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1.5 lbs. ground pork
  • 3/4 c. shredded carrot
  • 1/2 c. chopped shallots
  • 1/2 c. shredded pecorino (or other cheese, if you prefer)
  • 2 c. 1/2 inch bread cubes (use sourdough)
  • 2 T. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 2 t. salt
  • 6-8 twists black pepper


  • 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. ketchup
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl and using your hands, mix until just evenly combined. Do not overmix.

  3. Divide the mixture between two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

  4. In a medium bowl, stir together all the glaze ingredients.

  5. Brush the top of each meatloaf with a thick coat of the glaze.

  6. Transfer to the oven and bake until a thermometer reads 150F, about 45 minutes.

  7. Let the meatloaf rest for 10-15 minutes.

  8. Unmold and cut into slices.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from The Lost Kitchen, Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine, a cookbook by Erin French.


14 thoughts on “Lost Kitchen – Dad’s Meatloaf”

  1. Just started subscription to Discovery and almost finished first season of Lost Kitchen. And what’s astounding is that I’d never heard of the restaurant before … but it turns out I’m only 45 minutes away by car. Might have to send in a post card! And will be trying the meat loaf recipe… thanks!

    1. Oh, you have to send a postcard!! I’d love to be that close and have an opportunity to get there. Even to just drive by!!

  2. 5 stars
    I am definitely making this! Where can I find the recipe for the ginger cookies that they made on the Drew Barrymore show. The recipe was her grandmother’s who would not give her the recipe. She found it when her grandma passed away. I really want to find the recipe. Does anyone have it. If you have it, would you be willing to share it? I would truly appreciate it.

    1. Sorry but I donโ€™t have that recipe. I do have my own recipe for Frosted Ginger Cookies that I think is great. You can find it by searching for cookies on my site.

  3. That meatloaf recipe looks good! We subscribe to a few streaming services and I’m always tempted to add another when I hear about a good show. I almost miss the days of three main TV stations – four if you add PBS… it was so much easier.

    1. Itโ€™s becoming so challenging to find things to watch even though we have so many more options. It was much easier in the โ€œold daysโ€.

  4. I had to laugh about yet another streaming service. We’re up to three now (although one is Prime, which we only have by virtue of the Prime account), and I don’t think I want any others! The meatloaf recipe looks good!

    1. If you have three streaming services, I don’t feel so bad. We have Prime through our annual membership plus Apple TV, only because I got a year free when I bought my new iPhone. I wanted it to watch The Morning Show and I hope the next season comes out before our year is up!! So far, I’m happy with Discovery+ but hope the Magnolia Network adds more shows. I forgot we have Netflix too. I refuse to pay for CBS All Access, even though I’d love to watch The Good Fight. I think that’s a real ripoff, charging us for what should be included in the free network. I wonder where we’re headed with all this streaming stuff.

  5. I like meatloaf, but haven’t made one in years. Maybe this recipe will inspire me. Can’t quite wrap my head around the post card reservation thing, but oh well, it makes for good TV so why not.

    1. Yea, you’d think the postcard thing would mean they only serve locals but it sounds like they get cards from all over the place. Somehow, people have heard about them and want to go there pretty badly. It’s pretty far for us so I don’t see us eating there. But it’s a neat concept. I think meatloaf is either something you love or hate. I hope you give this recipe a try!!

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