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Men and their meatloaf (food porn warning)

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Men and their meatloaf (food porn warning)

GG Mora | Oct 3, 2002 11:38 AM

My husband and my 11-yr-old stepson have been dropping hints, for about a week, that meatloaf for dinner might be nice. So this morning at breakfast I told them I was going to make meatloaf for dinner. You'd think I'd told them I was taking them to Disneyland for a week. Actually, you'd think I'd told my stepson I was taking him to Disneyland for a week; you'd think I'd told my husband I was going to perform the coveted sexual favor three times daily for the next week.

Okay, I like meatloaf. In fact, teamed with caramelized onions and buttery garlic mashed potatoes, it's near the top of my comfort food list. But I don't *crave* meatloaf. And I'd start to get excited if you told me that we were having, say, cassoulet for dinner, or seven-hour leg of lamb. Or chiles en nogado. Not meatloaf.

My fellas aren't exactly pedestrian eaters, either. My husband has a pretty highly developed cheese sense. Only really, really good beer makes the cut -- MacNeill's if he has a choice. And he's Paella Man, for heaven's sake. The boy, he'll take dulce de leche over hot fudge any day. He had seconds -- and thirds -- of my venison stew with spaetzle. But give them meatloaf, and they're putty in my hands.

And they're not alone. My Dad would get glinty-eyed at the mere mention of meatloaf. My best friend's boyfriend has eaten all over the world, but meatloaf -- oohhhh, meatloaf. My father-in-law. My art-school housemates. The butcher at the local IGA ("Oh, hey, you're makin' *meatloaf* tonight?!?").

Women? "Yeah, I like meatloaf. I guess. Got any chocolate?".

So what is it? Some atavistic back-to-the-cave hunter-gatherer evolutionary remnant -- "Here, I killed this. Could you chop it up and add some breadcrumbs and Worcestershire and maybe an egg an form it into a lump and char it for me?". Is it an enzyme that men have and women don't? Does the presence of testosterone activate some special meatloaf-receptor in the brain?

I was just hoping that someone out there could explain to me why meatloaf makes men weak in the knees. Anyone? Anyone?

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