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What do you do when you are bored/stumped about what to make

I get this a couple of times a year (sometimes the whole house gets it). Nothing sounds good or inspiring to make or even got get as take out. Sometimes digging through recipe sites will inspire something, sometimes not. What do you do to get your food groove back?

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  1. I go to a great market and am inspired by what is there.

      1. I know just what you're saying. Felt that way myself. A couple years back I wrote a list (several pages long) of every home prepared main dish I enjoy eating. Now whenever I get into that funk about food, I look over that list. There's always a 'bingo' moment, when I notice a forgotten meal that I suddenly find appealing. So funny the timing of your post, because I just had to do this last night... and discovered shepherd's pie!

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        1. re: i_am_Lois

          Mr P recently wrote of list of my "20 Greatest Hits," all recipes that he loves. Seems like nearly every week, I'd ask "what do you want for dinner next week" while writing the grocery list. Now he just points me to the Hit Parade.

            1. re: magiesmom

              yes, that'd be fun -- maybe even a new thread!

              1. re: pine time

                Fortunately, our similar "favorites" list includes fried egg sandwich with mustard on toast served with tomato soup. That quick meal gets me beyond the immediate need. Then I read recent "What's for Dinner" threads to get inspired.

                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                  True, MidwesternerTT, at our house, too. The Mr's favorites include such exotic fare as roasted chicken, garlic chicken, homemade pizza, samosas, biryani--you get the drift. Not for CH prime-time!

                  If I'm really stumped, it's breakfast for dinner.

              2. re: i_am_Lois

                I've done the same thing. I have a list that I refer to, and almost always wonder to myself how I've forgotten about all those options I've made so many times...

                1. re: Veggo

                  You took the words right outta my mouth.......it must have been while you were..........Ummmmm nevermind.