Nothing says “birthday” like your favorite meal, made by your favorite people. And for heaven’s sake, don’t mess with the traditional version of the birthday person’s meal! The birthday person wants that specific food, not updated with a new spice or tried from a different cookbook.
Does your family have a meatloaf they must have above all others?
Here’s my meatloaf recipe. Make it into hamburgers, meatloaf, or (would Romney approve?) little burger muffins.