I depend on my local Food Bank from time to time, and I sometimes wind up with various out-of-the-way items that aren't what I usually cook with. Meatloaf is a great way to use them - a variety of good ingredients gives meatloaf extra nutritional value, and generally makes it taste better, too.
Meatloaf is a classic American comfort food, and there are many individual traditions associated with it. I make it the way I do because that's the way my mother made it, and presumably the way her mother made it, and her mother, and so on.
So, this probably isn't the way your mother made her meatloaf (unless you happen to be one of my siblings :), but it's pretty good anyway.
Step 1: Equipment
Functional Oven (not shown)
Clean hands (not shown)
Chopping knife & cutting board (not shown)
Measuring cups and spoons
Garlic press (not shown)