COOKING AWAY THE BLUES

Katie Z. (NDW#70) (13 Posts)

Katie grew up on all things Disney. When she met her future husband she knew that converting him into a disney fan was a must! After a few WDW vacations, Disney history lessons, and lots of Disney peer pressure, she finally had her prince charming loving all things Disney as well. After getting engaged in 2008 on a carriage ride through Fort Wilderness, Katie threw out the idea of getting married in the place where they shared their happiest memories. Two years of planning, and a whole bunch of Disney magic later, they had the most amazing Disney wedding on October 2nd, 2010. Now living at home in New England, Katie keeps the Disney romance alive in her home and is constantly planning romantic vacations to the world. She has her own personal blog www.makingmyfairytale.blogspot.com and is thoroughly excited to start writing for the Disney Driven Life.


When our Disneymoon was over I suffered from the “post wedding blues”.  I had been planning for almost two years.  When our flight home landed it seemed like everything went by in the blink of an eye.  I would constantly look for something to do to bring the Disney magic from our wedding and Disneymoon home with me.  I would look at our pictures, watch our wedding video, but there are only so many times I can do that without looking like a total bride in denial. From conversations I’ve had with other brides this is quite a common thing.  There are lots of ways to pull yourself out of any type of funk, but this is how I got out of mine.

A major part of our Disneymoon planning was our Advanced Dining Reservations.  My husband and I are foodies, we love to try new foods, and our favorite places to eat are in Walt Disney World.  We hope to one day say we’ve eaten at every restaurant that Disney has to offer.  So to take my mind off of my post wedding blues I decided to go online and find a recipe from a WDW restaurant that we ate at and recreate it.

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The first thing I did was go to Magicalkingdoms.com and search through their recipes. They have anything and everything that all of the WDW restaurants have to offer.  It took me almost an hour to decide which recipe to try.  I’m not the best cook in the world so I decided to start out small.  I found a recipe for the meatloaf served at Whispering Canyon Cafe.  The husband and I ate here during our Disneymoon and loved it!  We didn’t get the meatloaf (the all you can at skillet was way too tempting) but we loved their food so much I decided to try it.

I went to the grocery store to pick up all of the ingredients I would need. Everything was pretty standard… ground beef, onion, worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, ect.  While I was in the grocery store a thought came into my head… I should grab a bottle of wine!  There is this amazing wine that most Disney fans know called Rosa Regale.  It is the number one served wine in the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT.  I figured for our Disney dinner it would be the appropriate drink to go with our meal.

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When I got home from the store I laid out all of my ingredients and got to work.  Here are the ingredients and the directions in case you want to try this at home!

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You will need :

 

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 ½ Cups White Onions, finely chopped

1 ½ tsp Salt

½ Cup Red Bell Peppers, finely chopped (optional)

2 tsp Garlic, minced

1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 Cups Soft fresh Bread Crumbs

½ Cup Milk

2 large Eggs, lightly beaten

2 lbs Ground Beef (85% lean)

½ tsp dried Sage

1 tsp Dried Thyme

1 tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper

 

Directions :

Pre-heat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

Combine all ingredients.

Place in a baking pan.

Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for about a half hour until done.

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This was so quick and easy to make!  When my husband got home he had a Disney meal and a lovely glass of wine.  It was the perfect reason to sit down at the dinner table and reminisce about our Disneymoon and talk about our upcoming anniversary trip.  I highly recommend checking out other WDW restaurant recipes and try recreating them at home for your loved ones.

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Contributed by: Katie Zwicker (NDW#70) Katie is the DDL Weddings and Honeymoon Blogger. She is also the creator of .

Katie Z. (NDW#70)

Katie grew up on all things Disney. When she met her future husband she knew that converting him into a disney fan was a must! After a few WDW vacations, Disney history lessons, and lots of Disney peer pressure, she finally had her prince charming loving all things Disney as well. After getting engaged in 2008 on a carriage ride through Fort Wilderness, Katie threw out the idea of getting married in the place where they shared their happiest memories. Two years of planning, and a whole bunch of Disney magic later, they had the most amazing Disney wedding on October 2nd, 2010. Now living at home in New England, Katie keeps the Disney romance alive in her home and is constantly planning romantic vacations to the world. She has her own personal blog www.makingmyfairytale.blogspot.com and is thoroughly excited to start writing for the Disney Driven Life.

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