How to Make an Amazing Meatloaf in the Microwave in Less Than 30 Minutes

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For many people, classic meatloaf is the perfect cure for homesickness. But without their parents' home-cooking skills—or their parents' kitchens—young adults who have recently left the nest (or even not-so-young adults) may feel clueless when it comes to recreating the recipe themselves. Fortunately, you don't need tons of time or fancy equipment to make meatloaf at home. According to LIVESTRONG.com, all it takes to make your favorite version of the dish is 20 minutes and a microwave.

To make microwave meatloaf, start with all the ingredients found in your favorite meatloaf recipe (we love this simple version) and incorporate them together. Instead of loading the mixture into a metal loaf pan, you'll be arranging it in a donut shape inside a microwave-safe bundt pan. If you don't own that piece of equipment, placing a small glass in the center of a microwave-safe bowl and shaping the meat around that also works.

Next, cover the vessel with plastic wrap, wax paper, or something else that won't spark in the microwave. Cook it on medium-high heat for five minutes, then adjust the setting to high and cook it in the microwave for another 15 minutes.

Remove the meatloaf from the microwave and cover it for five minutes before checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. If the temperature reads 160° F, it's ready to eat. If it's a little under, pop it in the microwave for a few extra minutes before digging in.

Living in a small dorm room or apartment is no reason to abandon your culinary ambitions. As long as you have access to a microwave, you can try out these 25 kitchen hacks and recipes.

[h/t LIVESTRONG.com]

George Mason University Becomes First College to Include Food Delivery Robots in Its Meal Plan

Starship Technologies, Sodexo
Starship Technologies, Sodexo

Students at George Mason University will now be able to buy fuel for their study sessions without trekking to the dining hall. As of Tuesday, January 22, the college is offering a robot food delivery service on its Fairfax, Virginia campus.

The new system, a collaboration between Sodexo and Starship Technologies, is the first of its kind to be integrated into a college meal plan. To use it, students must first download the Starship Deliveries app for Android or iOS, and from there they will be able to order food and drinks from a handful of locations, including Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, Dunkin', and the on-campus grocery store. Deliveries cost $1.99 per trip, and usually take about 15 minutes to complete.

The service is made possible by the school's fleet of more than 25 delivery robots. Reaching about knee-height, the boxy vehicles can hold 20 pounds each, or roughly three shopping bags of food. They navigate the campus autonomously, updating users on the journey in real-time via an interactive map in the Starship app, and when they arrive, users can unlock the hatch from their phones.

Food delivery robot outdoors.
Starship Technologies, Sodexo

"With the hectic schedules students lead, there is a convenience for students to have their food, groceries, and packages delivered," Ryan Tuohy, SVP of business development at Starship Technologies, said in statement. "Our goal is to make life a little bit easier for students, whether that means skipping the line, eating lunch on the lawn rather than in the cafe, or finding the time to eat better when studying for exams."

George Mason University is the latest place to experiment with delivering food via robot. Domino's rolled out similar autonomous vehicles in New Zealand in 2016, and 2017, the robotics company ZMP and the food delivery service Ride On Express debuted sushi delivery robots in Japan.

The $13,000 Epiphany That Made Orville Redenbacher a National Popcorn King

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Happy National Popcorn Day! While you’re no doubt celebrating with a bowl of freshly popped, liberally buttered popcorn, here’s something else to digest: Orville Redenbacher originally called his product Red-Bow.

In 1951, Redenbacher and his partner, a fellow Purdue grad named Charlie Bowman, purchased the George F. Chester and Son seed corn plant in Boone Township, Indiana. Though Redenbacher’s background was in agronomy and plant genetics, he had dabbled in popcorn, and was friendly with the Chester family.

Eventually, Carl Hartman was brought in to experiment. In 1969, when the trio had developed a seed they felt really confident in, they went to market. They dubbed the product “Red-Bow,” a nod to “Redenbacher” and “Bowman.”

The product was a hit regionally, but by 1970, Bowman and Redenbacher were ready for a national audience and hired a Chicago advertising agency to advise them on branding strategy. At their first meeting, Redenbacher talked about popcorn for three hours. “Come back next week and we’ll have something for you,” he was told afterward.

The following week, he turned to the agency and was told that “Orville Redenbacher’s” was the perfect name for the fledgling popcorn brand. “Golly, no,” he said. “Redenbacher is such a ... funny name.” That was the point, they told him, and they must have made a convincing case for it, because Orville Redenbacher is the brand we know today—and the man himself is still a well-known spokesman more than 20 years after his death.

Still, Redenbacher wasn’t sure that the $13,000 fee the agency had charged was money well spent. “I drove back to Indiana wryly thinking we had paid $13,000 for someone to come up with the same name my mother had come up with when I was born,” Redenbacher later wrote.

Hungry for more Redenbacher? Take a look at the inventor at work in the vintage commercial below.

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