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A meal from The Echo Park Castaways

Fiction Food for THE ECHO PARK CASTAWAYS by M.G. Hennessy

“But so far the kid hadn’t said a word, not even to ask for salt, even though it was tough to get through Mrs. K’s “meat loaf surprise” without it. […]. […] and she’d shower me with kisses and then we’d have chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

Mrs. K’s Meatloaf: In a medium bowl, combine 1lb ground turkey +1/2 cup shredded parmesan +1 ¼ tsp salt + ½ tsp ground black pepper + ½ cup chopped onion +1/2 cup fresh parsley + 1 egg (beaten) + 8 oz canned diced and roasted tomatoes with juice + 1/2 cup bread crumbs.

Mix well and place in a baking dish. Cook in a 375-degree-oven for 75 minutes. (until turkey fully cooked). Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Best Boy Vic’s Chocolate Cake: Whisk together ½ cup cocoa powder + (1/4 cup +2 tbsp) boiling water until smooth. Add ¾ cup milk and whisk until incorporated. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix together: 2 ¼ cups flour + ¾ tsp baking soda +1/4 tsp salt.

In bowl of a mixer, cream 18 tbsp unsalted butter (softened) until fluffy. Add 1 ½ cup sugar + 3 tsp vanilla. Mix until blended. Add 3 eggs. Mix well. Add flour mixture and cocoa mixture. Mix well.

Divide equally among small cake or cupcake molds. Bake in a 350-degree-oven until done (about 25 minutes-the point of a knife should come out clean when inserted into cake).

Top with frosting of your choice.

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