OK, so tonight’s menu looks ubiquitous on the surface. After all, the combination of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, and some vegetable side dishes constitutes a “classic” and usually “ho-hum” menu. The difference is in how you transport the individual dishes into something a bit more interesting.

Meatloaf of beef, veal, and sausage studded with wild mushrooms and roasted red peppers; porcini and cremini mushroom gravy
Potato and parsnip puree
Maple-glazed carrots
Braised greens
House-made bread

A perfect tangerine