I recently bought a copy of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook from the Rocky Ridge Book Store in Mansfield, Missouri. Last weekend, I decided to try my hand at making Laura’s Ham Loaf with Raisin Sauce recipe (page 18). I’m not usually a fan of meat loaf, but the recipe’s description said that even folks who don’t like meat loaf find it enjoyable.
The recipe was very simple, but required a solid investment of time. Preparation was close to an hour (for me, anyway) and baking time was 1.5 hours. Half way through the cooking process, I realized that the apple cider vinegar I had used was marked as double strength. At one point, my husband walked through the kitchen and made a comment about the strong smell of vinegar. I was slightly concerned, but continued on, recounting the advice of Barbara Walker (author of The Little House Cookbook) that recipe books were; after all, just aspirational targets. I’m glad I persevered, because the double strength vinegar didn’t seem to make any difference. The meal was delicious.
The raisin sauce was easy to make and was a great accompaniment to the ham loaf. I served the meal with baby roasted potatoes, which balanced out the flavors nicely. I’m pleased to report that all plates were returned to the kitchen empty!