My mom was an incredible cook. She prepared delicious meals on such a strict budget. Today, I made her classic meatloaf. As an avid deer hunter, my dad provided much of our protein, for the winter months, with Venison. I know there are animal lovers out there which would find this outrageous, but feeding a family of four on a firefighters salary in the 70’s and 80’s was very tough. Without deer meat or fish, caught from local lakes, we would have starved. Meatloaf was not one of my husbands favorite meals, however, he changed his mind after trying my mom’s recipe. Made with pantry staples, it is not only affordable, but is also hearty and delicious.