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Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

Many of us have a list of Top 10 Family Favorites we refer to when otherwise uninspired, pressed for time, or wanting to make a comfort/treat meal for a spouse or child.

What dishes are on your Family's Top 10? Recipe links/photos encouraged.

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  1. OK - so narrowing it down to just 10 was harder than I thought. Top 12 -

    Chili and cornbread
    Oven beef stew
    Hamburgers
    Fried egg sandwich with mustard on toast, with cream of tomato soup.
    Baked apple pancake aka Dutch Baby
    Chicken livers & onions in wine sauce, over rice
    Beefburgers / groundbeef with veg soup, ketchup & mustard
    Tacos
    Crab salad (made with surami) with club crackers
    Chicken salad
    Salmon or Steak and baked sweet potatoes

    Dessert: Rice Pudding

    Noticeably absent are any lettuce salads or hot chicken meals.

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    1. re: MidwesternerTT

      The chicken livers & onions in wine sauce w/rice is something I will definitely experiment with for myself.
      I love chicken and turkey liver and that sounds really delicious to me.

      1. re: MamasCooking

        The recipe I use is from A Dinner A Day cookbook - paraphrased here -

        Great with rice – start cooking the rice before you start cooking the liver, and both should be done at about the same time. Broccoli is a nice additional side-dish with this.

        Chicken Livers in wine sauce

        1 lb. chicken livers
        1 medium onion
        6 medium fresh mushrooms (don’t substitute canned)
        2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (don’t substitute dried)
        4 Tablespoons butter
        salt/pepper to taste
        3 Tablespoons dry white wine (or chicken broth)
        ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

        Wash pat dry & halve the livers, wash, trim and halve the mushrooms (we like them so often use 8 oz). t.
        Saute the livers, onion, mushroom about 4 – 6 minutes, in a large skillet with the butter, until the onion is limp and the livers are pink in the middle. Add the wine, lower heat and simmer for a couple minutes - I usually simmer over very low heat until the rice is done.
        Remove the skillet from heat and cover to keep warm.
        Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Serve with rice.

        1. re: MidwesternerTT

          About how many servings is this, maybe 4? Just trying to gauge because I live alone and wouldn't want to give myself gout stuffing this all in my face at once.

          EDIT: Looks delicious, BTW!

          1. re: cornedhash

            Yes, at least 4, maybe 6 servings. We don't mind the leftovers for a couple of meals and the last little bit gets pureed for pate and spread on crackers as appetizer.

            1. re: MidwesternerTT

              Oooh, good idea for the paté. Thanks so much.

          2. re: MidwesternerTT

            That sounds amazing. I looked for the one pound containers of Tyson's chicken livers when I shopped the other day and did not see any:( I am shopping tomorrow and I better find some. I LOVE the fact your recipe has fresh mushrooms and fresh parsley two loves of my life:)! Thank you for the recipe I am going to copy paste and print so I get the ingredients tomorrow. My challenge will be to not eat it all in one sitting by myself:):) Very rich luxurious dish.

            1. re: MamasCooking

              The chicken livers containers are kept in the FROZEN meats area at my store, and I had to ask for help to find them (packaging look had changed a lot).

      2. With some difficulty and in no particular order:

        Roast pork
        Prawn salad
        Macaroni cheese, courgettes & bacon
        Cornish pasty
        Beef stew & dumplings
        Mezze (Lebanese)
        Lamb chops
        Tortilla Espanola
        Three bean curry
        Roast chicken

        1. Here's a bunch of go to dishes that are always hits in my house. I'm lucky to have an extremely adventurous three year old!

          We tend to eat soup twice a week during the winter, with one night dedicated to a stir fry (usually from Grace Yung).

          Super easy chicken mushroom quesadillas
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/el...

          Baked tomatoes with shrimp and feta
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/el...

          Chicken with cashew stir fry
          http://leitesculinaria.com/43864/reci...

          Hunter minestrone
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

          Mustard crusted salmon with lentils
          http://dinnerwithmybaby.blogspot.com/...

          Crispy braised chicken thighs with olive, lemon and fennel
          http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/...

          Bayless' tomatillo enchiladas
          http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/tomati...

          Meatball Shop's meatballs (almost all of their balls are great
          )http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/meat...

          http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chick...

          Haven't seen the recipe online, but Jean George's spicy ginger tofu is divine (especially if you add green beans and mushrooms)

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            1. Chesapeake spiced salmon cakes- recipe from Whole Foods Market website. Really good with a lemony, garlicky aioli with old bay added.

              Rustic italian soup~ from the pantry- recipe from Once Upon A Plate The Recipes. Delicious easy soup recipe and I usually have all the ingredients on hand, so it's a good dinner to make in a pinch. I add carrots, celery, spinach or kale, red kidney beans and pasta (cooked separately). It's so good served with lemon wedges. We pair this with bacon, basil and tomato sandwiches.

              Black Bean Ful from the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook. There's an adapted recipe online that calls for flat leaf parsley but I always use cilantro. It's good with rice and fried plantains on the side.

              These days we're eating out a lot or making frozen organic entrees so my list is a little short. ;)

              1. Our tried and true guaranteed-to-satisfy favorite:

                Steak and mushrooms
                Scrambled eggs/omelet/frittata
                Tacos
                Loaded lettuce salads
                Roast chicken
                Chicken soup and all its variations
                Club sandwich wraps
                Chicken parmesan
                Hot sauce blue cheese junk bowls - mix any ground meat, mushrooms, hot sauce and blue cheese
                Tuna/salmon salad

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                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Whoa, do you eat that Hot Sauce Junk Bowl like a dip with nachos or something?

                  1. re: cornedhash

                    Sorry just saw this post, nope I just eat it like a skillet saute. By the end, I'm sweating but I love it.

                2. roast chicken
                  braised chicken, various flavor profiles
                  swordfish cooked however ( any fish really)
                  stuffed cabbage
                  veggie and tofu or tempeh stirfry, tahini sauce
                  minestrone soup or other bean/veg soup
                  pot roast
                  pasta and meatballs
                  stir fried spicy cabbage and shrimp
                  homemade pizza
                  chicken and dumplings
                  stuffed winter squash

                  1. I only have 2. Somehow everything I make eventually gets turned into pasta or bastardized mexican.

                    Leftover chickpeas? Achiote chickpea tacos!

                    Leftover pulled pork? Pulled pork quesadillas!

                    A bit of bacon and some eggs? Carbonara!

                    Leftover pork chops or pot roast? Spaghetti sauce!

                    Caesar salad? A topping for shrimp tacos!

                    Smoked sausage? "Jambalaya pasta".

                    Mashed potatoes? Pierogi lasagna or mashed potato tacos!

                    If I can turn it into pasta or a taco- my husband will love it.

                    1. I don't repeat dishes very often right now, but it's something I'm working on. I do have a list of things we always ate when I was a kid, though:

                      Chili with homemade bread
                      Taco salad
                      Chicken and rice
                      Pot roast
                      Sonora chicken (kind of a green chile and tortilla casserole)
                      King ranch casserole (I always preferred it as a dip, to avoid soggy chips)
                      Bulgogi
                      Tacos
                      "Italian chicken" (chicken breasts cooked with lots of butter, dried basil, dehydrated mushrooms, peppers, and onions. I think she came up with this one right after the divorce and we were living off of food storage for a while.)

                      1. Burritos
                        Meatloaf
                        Spaghetti and meat balls
                        Grilled steak
                        Crispy oven "fried" fish
                        Frittata
                        Cheeseburgers
                        Grilled pizza
                        Lasagna
                        Carrot ginger soup
                        Beef stew
                        Chili

                        1. Hmm. Since i am single and probably don't qualify as a "family" i'll list a few from my childhood and a few current favorites....
                          From childhood:
                          Quesadillas with guacamole
                          Buttered egg noodles with sauteed veggies
                          Fried eggs on toast with salad
                          Lentil soup (homemade and somehow always in the freezer)

                          Current:
                          I can not get enough of this hearty salad- but i massage the dressing into the greens and add some chickpeas:
                          http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kale...

                          Random plate of stuffed grape leaves, hummus, pita chips, marinated veggies

                          Chili or 3 bean stew with crackers

                          Sesame peanut noodles with soba and cilantro

                          Savory oatmeal with soy sauce, green onion, whatever veggies are on hand

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                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            Great to hear "family of one" favorites, Throckwood. Say more about the oatmeal please - that sounds intriguing. Is it cooked with the soy sauce in the water, or is that added after cooking?

                            1. re: MidwesternerTT

                              On a good day i cook the oatmeal in veg stock, then the critical toppings for me are the splash of soy sauce and chopped green onion. Gets better with a drizzle of sesame oil, a handful of fresh spinach stirred in so it wilts, and some shredded carrot- maybe edamame or a poached or fried egg if i'm in the mood.
                              I've also cooked in tomato juice, added some roasted garlic and onion, the veggies on hand chopped small and a drizzle of good olive oil and basalmic.
                              Inifinate versions..... Very comforting and aromatic. And quick!

                              1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                Peas, parmesan, and black pepper make a great oatmeal. The tomato idea sounds good, too. Will have to try that.

                                1. re: juster

                                  I use quinoa the same way as you seem to use oatmeal. It is good mixed with anything!

                              2. re: Ttrockwood

                                I'm also intrigued by this savoury oatmeal. The Kitchn had something about this last year and I still haven't gotten around to trying it because I don't eat too many carbs. Here's the link: http://www.thekitchn.com/rethinking-o...

                                1. re: cornedhash

                                  Absolutely worth a shot- unprocessed complex carbs will always be part of my life :)

                                2. re: Ttrockwood

                                  I'm loving your salad. You have a great list. After reading it I realized I used to do more grits/oatmeals as savory foods before I changed up the way I eat. They are wonderful warm foods and grits can be good cold too as a side. Shrimp cheese and grits is awesome! I cook for two, so I have a small family, but we still enjoy food all the same! Thanks for sharing!

                                  1. re: Tarantula

                                    I seriously make that salad allll the time! Usually less oil than the recipe, but its great to keep in the fridge for lunches- and best made and massaged into the greens the night before.
                                    Hmm. I make polenta once in a while- same thing, right? ;)

                                3. Not in any order other than what pops into my head:

                                  Ham with mac and cheese
                                  Roast chicken
                                  Tortellini soup
                                  Meatloaf and baked potatoes
                                  Pork loin in vinegar
                                  Grilled salmon with any fruit salsa
                                  Grilled sweet potatoes, eggplant, onions and mushrooms with any meat side
                                  Assorted pasta casseroles
                                  Barbecued chicken legs
                                  Fried rice

                                  1. For us it is:

                                    Gumbo
                                    Split Pea Soup
                                    Meatball Soup
                                    Tacos
                                    Mexican Cornbread with meat
                                    Roast, Rice, and gravy
                                    Enchiladas - of various kinds
                                    Grilled Chicken, with anything
                                    Hamburgers, grilled with wood smoke, frozen for later use.
                                    Moussaka

                                    I'm surprised how much thought this took.

                                    1. As other posters have said it's quite difficult and we don't often have the exact same dish repeated. Those that we've had repeated in the last couple of years.

                                      Fish Fragrant Aubegine with Pork
                                      Fennel Sausage Ragu with Rigatoni
                                      Malaysian Chicken Curry
                                      Spag Bol
                                      Chicken baked in milk.
                                      Red lentil and Spinach Daal with cod.
                                      Beef Bourguignon
                                      Roast dinner with all the trimmings.
                                      Chicken Tagine.
                                      Butternut Squash risotto.

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                                      1. re: Paprikaboy

                                        I haven’t had a lovely Sunday roast since my mom passed. I’m adding Bisto to the shopping list.:)

                                      2. I try out new recipes a lot, and SO travels most weeks for work but there are some definitely favorites.

                                        Salsa Chicken Casserole: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/01/sa... makes great leftovers

                                        Enchilada Pasta Casserole http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2012/0... also makes great leftovers

                                        Rick Bayless' Chipotle Meatballs: http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/chipot... I serve with brown rice (better than white with this), and whatever veggie strikes my fancy. Green beans if it's just me, broccoli or asparagus if SO is home.

                                        Bacon Topped Turkey Meatloaf: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/ba... I make as one large loaf. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.

                                        Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls: http://www.traceysculinaryadventures.... I freeze the leftovers individually for quick lunch/dinner later on.

                                        Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto & Cheese: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/04/...

                                        Halal Cart Chicken: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                                        Chicken Vindaloo: http://bevcooks.com/2013/01/chicken-v... This one is more just for me, SO can't handle the heat. But I love it because it's super fast and is easy to make just 2 servings of.

                                        Also for lunches, grilled cheese w/ tomato soup, or "pizzadillas" (quesadilla with cheese, marinara, and pepperoni) are favorites. I am also always down for cheeseburgers, but SO isn't as into that.

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                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                          Thanks for all the recipe links - some potential new family favorites for us to try.

                                        2. 1. Stirfry; fresh or frozen veggies with a light tamari or sweet sauce. Very quick and simple meal.
                                          2. Coconut Red Curry and veggies; fresh or frozen veggies with cauliflower "rice"
                                          3. "Spaghetti"; cauliflower "rice", couscous or sometimes veggie noodles with my families' italian sausage and hamburger marinara sauce (often with vegan chipotle sausage too)
                                          4. Chipotle bowl because it's fast. No rice, no sour cream, no cheese, double veggies.
                                          5. Hamburger Soup (my recipe here: http://liferoot.tumblr.com/post/26534...
                                          )6. Autumn Squash Soup (Panera copycat using coconut milk, pumpkin puree and miso paste - I keep squash frozen in chunks in the freezer)
                                          7. Grilled chicken with GRub (My dad sells his own spice mix + sauce, the website is down for maintenance) and a salad or cauliflower mash. I make this on my panini grill with boneless skinless chicken or in a cast iron skillet with skin-on, bone-in chicken.
                                          8. Moroccan eggs with chorizo (google it, you'll see lots of versions)
                                          9. Potato soup (Comfort food and definitely not made often but a huge family fave)
                                          10. Omlettes: Varied cheeses, veggies and meats. Husband likes ham I like Mascarpone/onion/mushroom as well as ginger/chives/chicken/mushroom and sometimes smoked tabasco/onion/mushroom/chicken/avacado. Eggs are a frequent go-to for us as they are cheap and quick and we buy egg whites in cartons as part of our life-meal-plan.

                                          One more for good measure and my personal fave if we have the ingredients: Caldo Verde with chorizo and sometimes broccoli rabe. I'm told mine isn't "green" enough but it still tastes d*** good and it's easy. http://liferoot.tumblr.com/post/26533...

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                                          1. re: Tarantula

                                            Mascarpone in an omelet sounds delicious!

                                          2. Lamb chops
                                            Lamb meatballs with lemon potatoes
                                            Roasted chicken
                                            Roasted potatoes and eggs
                                            Grilled shrimp with saffron rice
                                            Pulled pork sandwiches
                                            Mushroom risotto with T-bone steak
                                            Beef stew
                                            Stuffed peppers
                                            Roasted vegetable subs
                                            Fondue

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                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              Do you keep the components for stuffed peppers on hand and if so, how? We like those, but it seems to take careful planning for me to have large enough peppers for stuffing and the rest of the ingredients in the house at one time.

                                              1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                Honestly, I don't have any difficulty buying the ingredients. So I'm not sure how to approach your question. I can buy large green, red, orange and yellow peppers for stuffing year round. I use a combination of ground meat depending on what looks good, always have rice and spices. I either use the crockpot or the oven and they braises in homemade tomato sauce.

                                                How do you prepare stuffed peppers?

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  Thinking about it, the hold-up is most often that larger green peppers aren't always available where I shop. And I'm not willing to pay full price for ground beef or red peppers, so typically freeze them shortly after an on-sale quantity buy.

                                                  Stuffed Pepper stew is more likely to get made, since that's more forgiving of starting from frozen ingredients or cut up smaller green peppers.

                                                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                    Oh okay, well your version sounds equally delicious. I know I've prepared stuffed peppers in advance of needing them and frozen them stuffed. Then, the get plopped into the crockpot with sauce and simmer on low until ready. That would tie in with your availability, advance cooking and on sale qty buying.

                                              2. re: HillJ

                                                HillJ, I made lamb chops many years ago and we did not care for them - probably because I did not know how to prepare and cook them correctly.

                                                Would you mind sharing how you prepare and cook your lamb chops. The family want to try them (they don't remember the disaster I made years ago and I haven't reminded them).

                                                1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                  Lamb chops benefit from the simplest preparation you feel able to get away with. In this house, we do nothing more than season them and put them under the grill for a few minutes each side - so they come out around medium rare (in beef steak terms). All a matter of letting the flavour of the meat come to the fore.

                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                    I agree, KISS. I often will season simply with salt and pepper and pan sear to medium rare, roast if they are thicker. Other favorites are a simple rub of olive oil, rosemary, garlic, pepper and dijon mustard or anchovy, garlic, and olive oil. Lamb is absolutely delicious!

                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                      Thanks to all of you. I will try them again next weekend. What side dishes do you believe go the best with the lamb chops?

                                                      1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                        Whatever's seasonal wherever you are in the world.

                                                    2. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                      Just got in. I agree with the comments already provided Wtg, simple is best. The rack I purchased (Costco) already came properly cleaned and butchered. I took them out of the frig and let the rack come to room temp. I rubbed the room temp rack down with avocado oil and then sprinkled a heavy coverage of salt and cracked black pepper. I foiled my pan under the rack and up the sides and into a 400 degree oven for 20 mins and they were perfect. I use the pan drippings as is, as the sauce.

                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                        Thank you so much. I love the tip about the pan drippings. What side dishes do you believe are best with the chops?

                                                        1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                          That night we had roasted Yukon gold potatoes split lengthwise and while hot out of the oven (which roasted with a bit of a head start but finished along with the chops) got tossed in some cleaned fresh spinach leaves with fresh lemon juice and salt. The potatoes nicely wilt the spinach. Some red vino and warm bread.

                                                            1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                              My pleasure, Wtg. Those lamb chops at Costco are quite good. I went back and bought a few more pkgs.

                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                I've pondered joining just for the chops. I used to get them when a friend was a member but he moved away.

                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                  I have yet to find fresh ground lamb at Costco but the butchers there keeps telling me that Costco is going to add it soon. We consume a decent amount of lamb in my family.

                                                  2. Fajitas
                                                    Corned Beef (thought not good if pressed for time!)
                                                    Barbecue chicken meatloaf -- this is a new addition
                                                    Pesto Chicken Rolls
                                                    Pepperoni Chicken (rolled up or cutlets with pepperoni and cheese)
                                                    Pasta with various chicken sausage or meatballs
                                                    Grilled Flank Steak (when weather permits...definitely not this weekend!)
                                                    Hamburgers (or asian or bbq chicken burgers)
                                                    Indonesian Ginger Chicken
                                                    Shrimp -- grilled, sauteed, stir fry. Scampi-ish with pasta is a big favorite.

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                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                      Oh, yes. If not limited to just 10 (or 12...) - SHRIMP should have made it to my list, too.

                                                      Say more about the pesto chicken rolls, please? Is pasta or bread involved, or just chicken/pesto?

                                                      1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                        It started with this basic recipe (though I never use toothpicks). But I omit the red pepper since it's not a favorite with my husband and kids.

                                                        http://www.artoflivingwell.ca/recipes...

                                                        And then it morphed into rolls using turkey pepperoni and mozzarella cheese since since my son doesn't like pesto. So as you can see, both the pesto and pepperoni versions are on my list!

                                                        1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                          I LOVE pesto and chicken. I also do pesto chicken rolls but I also do lots of other dishes with it. The only difference for my "rolls" is that I don't pound it flat. I tend to slice it open so it is like a pita pocket and stuff it with ingredients. I also use a non-cheese or light cheese pesto with part spinach (I've done goat cheese, asiago or feta most often). I do love cheese, we just don't eat it often. If you bake it or if you grill it it's a really fast recipe. But since I like to make my own pestos and basil is expensive I don't make it often enough to be considered a go-to when I'm out of inspiration.

                                                          1. re: Tarantula

                                                            I make tons of basil in the summer and freeze it in small batches to pull out during the winter. Usually when I take out a batch, early the week we will have this chicken and later in the week we will have pasta with pesto (plain and simple!). My husband loves pesto so he is happy to have it twice in one week.

                                                      2. Family favorites as a kid:
                                                        "Stuffed Meatballs" (ground meat wrapped around prepared herbed bread stuffing, cooked en casserole in mushroom soup with green beans)

                                                        "Green Chile & Egg Casserole" - (basically a strata made with canned green chiles, cubed toast, eggs and monterey jack)

                                                        Corned beef hash (canned corned beef, potatoes, green pepper)

                                                        Marinara with sliced kielbasa, over polenta

                                                        Kale, potato, butter bean and kielbasa soup, beef broth

                                                        Meatloaf, made Mom's way with lots of chopped onion, a little bread and instant oatmeal, and lots of worchestershire sauce and ketchup. This almost always came with mashed potatoes.

                                                        "Boiled Dinner" - potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, and a pound of hamburger in a block, all stacked in a loaf pan and sealed with aluminum foil, steamed in the oven.

                                                        Creamed chipped beef on toast, with pickles

                                                        "Barbecued hamburger" (a sloppy joe, made with a vinegary tomato sauce with a lot of almost-crisp celery, on buns)

                                                        1. spaghetti & meatballs
                                                          macaroni & cheese (fontina & parmesan cheese)
                                                          roast beef with mashed potatoes
                                                          roasted cornish game hens
                                                          tacos
                                                          tuna salad sandwiches
                                                          pork loin roast with sauerkraut
                                                          fried chicken
                                                          hoagies
                                                          chicken ala king

                                                          1. I am a 'single lady', so this is the short list of personal favorites. I do have a dinner guest or two pretty often; have several good friends who love my cooking and are also single or childless couples, or single mom's - and I like to cook a meal for 2-4 at least every couple of weeks to share a meal, and ease someone else's burden, and send them home with leftovers! These are pretty informal occasions; if I have a 'dinner party' - the menu is sure to be more upscale:)

                                                            No particular order:

                                                            Flatiron steak in red wine marinade; grilled mushrooms, sauteéd spinach w/garlic
                                                            Old-School taco dinner (hard and soft on offer)
                                                            Spaghetti Bolognese
                                                            Orange-ginger chicken served with coconut rice
                                                            Mu shu pork, hoisin, thin flour tortillas
                                                            Homemade chicken or shrimp Tom Ka soup
                                                            Roast Chicken, roasted root veggies
                                                            Hamburgers or cheeseburgers
                                                            Meatloaf stuffed with roasted red peppers, spinach, smoked Mozz. (mashed potatoes)
                                                            Crispy Oven Chicken Thighs w/ smoked paprika (Roasted broccoli on the side)

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                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                              I love the idea of sharing meals. I cook for either one or two nearly 99% of the time. I often don't make larger meals like chili and stews when the freezer i full because there is no room for the leftovers. I have a ton of coworkers who just don't cook and live off Subway and Cheetos who I'm sure would love it if I plopped some food at their doorsteps.

                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                Actually, I first buy 1 quart disposable containers, make my soup or chili pot, and distribute them all of the time...did it today, with a golden split pea/beef soup I made yesterday. This way I get to enjoy my stew or chili, but don't have to eat it eight times!

                                                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                  I, personally, try to avoid plastic. Just want to let you know, you can buy Ball "freezer safe" wide mouth glass jars at OSH or ACE hardware. They are great and reusable.

                                                            2. It's really hard to narrow a list down to top 10! And there are seasonal variations.

                                                              Chicken Paprikash with homemade galuska
                                                              Hungarian pork chops with potatoes (paprikas szelet)
                                                              Spaghetti and meatballs
                                                              "Pasta with bacon", Fusilli All'amatriciana from Bon Appétit June 1991
                                                              Steak, baked potatoes, roasted veggies/tomatoes
                                                              "Peanut butter chicken and veggies" (Asian flavors) over angel hair pasta
                                                              Chicken, shrimp or steak fajitas with red rice and beans. (cooked from dry)
                                                              Soup with homemade bread - 15-bean soup with a ham bone, potato leek or potato "chowder", chicken/turkey with veggies and noodles, curry tomato, etc...
                                                              Southern style chicken and dumplings or a more northern style thick chicken stew with fluffy dumplings.
                                                              Roast beef or chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy with a simple fresh veggie or two on the side.

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                                                              1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                homemade galuska (noodles)? Do you use a pasta maker for this, hand-roll/cut or is there another technique?

                                                                We do a hot-chili spicey peanut sauce & veggies over rice - I like the idea of trying it over angel hair pasta.

                                                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                  Galuska is a soft noodle, my Hungarian family describes them as "dumpling-noodles". So a pasta maker would not work. Think more like German spaetzle, but a bit bigger and more bite to each dumpling.

                                                                  I hand cut the galuska onto water-coated cutting boards and add than them to the boiling water. My mother and grandmother just cut them directly into the boiling water. My technique is based on the directions from Susan Derecsky's The Hungarian Cookbook. I've been cutting them that way for over 20 years, the technique gets easier the more you do it. I also sometimes use a spaetzle maker to form the noodles, but it is really not the same shape and texture as traditional galuska.

                                                              2. In no particular order:
                                                                chipotle mac and cheese over arugula or steamed broccoli
                                                                chicken with nut-free (allergy) mole sauce
                                                                fajitas
                                                                tacos (homemade seasoning)
                                                                lamb and chickpea stew (super easy!)
                                                                hamburgers (summer only)
                                                                oven grains and greens: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
                                                                chicken curry coconut soup
                                                                Americanized bibimbap
                                                                breads and spreads

                                                                1. That's tough! Here's a stab at them:

                                                                  Pizza
                                                                  Mac and cheese (any variety)
                                                                  Salmon
                                                                  Any kind of breakfast for dinner (waffles, pancakes, casserole, Dutch baby, http://www.bhg.com/recipe/seafood/bag... etc.
                                                                  )Meatloaf
                                                                  Kraft's "Easy Tomato Baked Chicken" (DEFINITELY not gourmet, but stupid easy, and one of my sons insists on it every birthday! http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/e...
                                                                  )Steak
                                                                  Pasta Bake / Spaghetti / …
                                                                  Pulled Pork
                                                                  Burgers

                                                                  I didn't name sides because we have no absolute favorites - pretty much like any veggies. Edamame is way up there, though!

                                                                  1. Compiling the list was much harder than I thought it would be. I had to add the side dishes, too - can't indicate the main dish only.

                                                                    1. Hot Chicken, Plain White Rice with Sauce from chicken spooned over it, and chopped Iceberg lettuce
                                                                    2. Baked Chicken Breasts, Fettuccini al Fredo, Green Salad with Italian Dressing, and Garlic Bread
                                                                    3. Kalua Pork, Plain White Rice, Sweet Roasted Corn, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage Fried with Onions and Soy
                                                                    4. Grilled Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, and Garlic Bread
                                                                    5. Meat Loaf, Pinto Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, and Cornbread
                                                                    6. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad with Italian Dressing, and Garlic Bread
                                                                    7. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, On the Side: Sliced Onions, Cherry Peppers, Pepperoncini, Dill Pickles, American, Provolone, Swiss, and Colby-Jack Cheeses
                                                                    8. Ham, Macaroni & Cheese, Sweet Potatoes in Sauce, Black-Eyed Peas, Mixed Greens, and Homemade Hot Rolls
                                                                    9. Baked Halibut, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Roasted Beet Salad with Orange Dressing, and Homemade Bread
                                                                    10. Salmon Patties, Dill Sauce, Corn Pudding, Oven Fried Potatoes, Sliced Tomatoes

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                                                                    1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                                      WhooHooo - extra credit points for listing the sides - no other menu planning needed when we decide to copy one of your favorites!

                                                                      1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                                        That Hot Chicken is Thai Hot Chicken.

                                                                      2. Top 11 over the last year:
                                                                        Moqueca
                                                                        Red curry chicken
                                                                        Roasted chicken with roasted potatoes
                                                                        Oven roasted ribs with a dry rub
                                                                        Mac + cheese
                                                                        Kale, sausage stew (using Portguese chorizo or Italian sausage)
                                                                        Spicy basil shrimp
                                                                        Jambalaya
                                                                        Lemon rosemary roasted chicken legs/thighs
                                                                        Lazy cabbage rolls
                                                                        Borscht

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                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                          Have you posted your recipe for lazy cabbage rolls before? Sounds very appealing, but I worry I've asked you for it before and I don't want to be piggy...

                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                            I don't tend to follow a recipe! Just depends on what I've got on hand- sometimes I make a veg version, other times I add browned ground meat. Sometimes I add Greek or Turkish spices (cinnamon, allspice, oregano), other times I make a sweet and sour version with raisins and vinegar or a more Central Euro version with fresh dill. It's a good way to use leftover meat or spaghetti sauce.
                                                                            Here's the basic idea:http://m.hunts.com/recipes-Unstuffed-...

                                                                            Sometimes, I just add the shredded cabbage to the rice tomato mixture, to make a stovetop version that is stirred up, rather than layered. I noticed quite a few crockpot versions online, as well.

                                                                          2. re: prima

                                                                            I googled Moqueca because of this post, and I will make it this weekend.

                                                                          3. What a great thread!

                                                                            In no particular order:

                                                                            1. Winter Carnival Mexican-Style Chicken & Quinoa Hotdish:
                                                                            http://www.twincities.com/ci_11528141

                                                                            2. Homesick Texan's Texas Pulled Pork (usually in the crock pot, often with cole slaw):
                                                                            http://www.homesicktexan.com/2010/05/...

                                                                            3. Rick Moonen's Catfish Sloppy Joe's (with double the bell pepper):
                                                                            http://www.food.com/recipe/rick-moone...

                                                                            4. Gio's Bison-Chipotle Meatloaf Recipe:
                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5268...

                                                                            5. Roast chicken (winter)/Beer can chicken (summer):
                                                                            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                            6. Jambalaya (yeah, I know it's cheating) :
                                                                            http://www.zatarains.com/Recipes/Main...

                                                                            7. Roast Chicken Breasts with Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, and Paprika (thanks to Lulusmom for introducing me to this one):
                                                                            http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searc...

                                                                            8. Real Simple's chicken prosciutto zucchini:
                                                                            http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

                                                                            9. My husband's chile

                                                                            10. My husband's spaghetti

                                                                            I think that's a pretty accurate list.

                                                                            ~TDQ

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                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                              Thanks for that "Roast Chicken Breasts with Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, and Paprika" recipe. It's insanely simple and looks delicious. I think I'll try it this week with half a cut up chicken I'm trying to use.

                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                The "Roast Chicken Breasts with Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, and Paprika" recipe is a mainstay for me too.

                                                                              2. In no particular order (except random) and not a total of 10 ...

                                                                                - Chinese hot pot

                                                                                - Dumplings (or jaozi or 餃子)

                                                                                - Beijing style meat pies

                                                                                - Chinese steamed buns (boazi or. 包子)

                                                                                - Taiwanese mi-fen (米粉)

                                                                                - Mongolian sesame bread with fish head casserole stone pot

                                                                                - Cold sesame noodle with chicken

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                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                  I don't know what a Beijing style meat pie is but I know I want one.

                                                                                2. You know, I don't think we have a list of Top 10 Family Favorites. There aren't too many recipes that I repeat, or sometimes I repeat a recipe once only to discover that I never want to repeat it again. Some things that we do repeat:

                                                                                  1. Pasta with Marcella's Butter and Onion Sauce
                                                                                  2. Pizza (I don't make this, but it is a family favorite that we eat about once a week)
                                                                                  3. Roast chicken
                                                                                  4. Frittata
                                                                                  5. Beans and tuna (or sardine) salad
                                                                                  6. Pasta with pesto
                                                                                  7. Pasta with sardine, fennel and tomato sauce

                                                                                  Then there are a whole lot of vegetable side preparations that I do repeat but unfortunately I don't think they qualify as "favorites," at least not for my kids :)

                                                                                  This whole thread is making me think that our family should have more "favorite meals." I certainly wouldn't mind having more things that I could whip up to guaranteed accolades without really thinking about it.

                                                                                  1. I don't tend to repeat too much but some of my go to faves are:

                                                                                    1. salmon cakes (or any fish/crab cake)
                                                                                    2. split pea soup
                                                                                    3. salmon baked in foil with green beans, tomatoes, olives and anchovies (a Jamie Oliver recipe)
                                                                                    4. Guinness beef stew
                                                                                    5. Thai coconut fish curry (red)
                                                                                    6. pasta with a smoked salmon, tomato cream sauce
                                                                                    7. Thai peanut noodles
                                                                                    8. chicken cacciatore
                                                                                    9. seafood chowder
                                                                                    10. chopped salad

                                                                                    Honorable mention: I make a lot of vegetable purée soups. They are quick and can be a whole meal with a hunk of bread.

                                                                                    1. For the two of us:
                                                                                      1. Tacos (corn tortillas, refried beans, vegetables vary)
                                                                                      2. Mushroom risotto
                                                                                      3. Pasta with chickpeas, green veg, and hard cheese
                                                                                      4. Chili (with beans and lots of vegetables)
                                                                                      5. Homemade pizza (potato, caramelized onion, and cheddar)
                                                                                      6. Baked beans, mac and cheese, and something green
                                                                                      7. Salad nicoise (no tuna, anchovies for only one of us)
                                                                                      8. Mujadara with mint-cucumber-garlic raita and olives
                                                                                      9. Fried rice (sometimes with baked tofu or a fried egg, always with black bean chili oil on top http://ricewinevinegar.wordpress.com/...) By far the most common meal in our house.
                                                                                      10. Vegetable soups (cabbage-potato, corn chowder, borscht, lentil, miso ramen, etc.)

                                                                                      1. Great idea!
                                                                                        I love our 10 but we could use a new usual.

                                                                                        Chicken with lemon and olives
                                                                                        http://moroccanfood.about.com/od/main...

                                                                                        Moroccan beef with prunes
                                                                                        http://moroccanfood.about.com/od/main...

                                                                                        Lentil soup: brown with beef and mushrooms, or red with butter, cilantro lemon

                                                                                        Beef stew

                                                                                        Roast chicken

                                                                                        Fried chicken and mashed

                                                                                        Pasta (mom's) and Turkey Meatballs (mine

                                                                                        )

                                                                                        Chicken soup

                                                                                        Salade Nicoise

                                                                                        Eggs all ways

                                                                                        Some kind of white wine seafood pasta

                                                                                        1. (No particular order)
                                                                                          1) An egg dish (omelet, frittata, etc), usually veggie, sometimes with cheese/meat
                                                                                          2) Steak with side veggies (usually a green veggie and an orange veggie...been doing turnip and green beans rec)
                                                                                          3) Eggplant parm
                                                                                          4) Shrimp stir fry (usually with snow pea pods and onions)
                                                                                          5) Roast chicken
                                                                                          6) Beef stew
                                                                                          7) Chicken soup
                                                                                          8) Sausage, onions, roasted red peppers
                                                                                          9) Haddock (for H); mackerel or sardines or smelts (for me)
                                                                                          10)Tuna salad

                                                                                          1. No order:

                                                                                            Corned beef with all the fixings
                                                                                            Spaghetti with tomato basil sauce
                                                                                            Hawaiian oxtail soup
                                                                                            Kalbi ribs with white rice and macaroni salad
                                                                                            Red beans & rice
                                                                                            Ropa vieja with black beans & rice
                                                                                            Grilled steak with grilled asparagus, corn on the cob, and tomato salad
                                                                                            Hamachi kama with sticky rice and stir-fried baby pak choi with just a little seamen oil
                                                                                            Lengua tacos
                                                                                            Stir-fried gai-lan over sticky rice with a runny egg on top

                                                                                            1. • Grilled over wood steak.
                                                                                              • Fried Chicken.
                                                                                              • Red Beans & Rice.
                                                                                              • BBQ Meats.
                                                                                              • Gumbo. Sweet Potatoes.
                                                                                              • Fried Seafood ( Shrimp, Oysters, Crawfish, Catfish) Stand alone or on Po-boys.
                                                                                              • Soup ‘N’ Cornbread
                                                                                              • Big Green Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast or Sauté Shrimp
                                                                                              • Braised/Smothered Meats. Etouffees, Fricassees, Sauce Piquant. With Rice
                                                                                              • All Sorts of Breakfast foods. Gotta Have Grits.

                                                                                              1. Pork and tomatillo stew
                                                                                                Moussaka (my sibs favorite)
                                                                                                Crisp arugula salad with shaved parmesan over flatbread
                                                                                                Chicken pot pie
                                                                                                Wine braised short ribs
                                                                                                Taco salad
                                                                                                Thai chicken marinated in coconut milk, lime, ginger, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, and chilies which is then grilled
                                                                                                Skirt steak fajitas
                                                                                                Vietnamese caramel fish

                                                                                                1. my go-to's for OH depend on whether he's eating good or not… but these include my "oh yay that's what he want because i can whip it out with little thought…" dishes:

                                                                                                  -turkey sweet potato shepherd's pie
                                                                                                  -what we refer to as "grain salad" which could be quinoa (blend), farro, barley, etc with chopped artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, olives, cheese, onion powder and lemon white wine vinaigrette drizzle
                                                                                                  -fish - tilapia or sole or mahi mahi - some go to's: lemon roasted, blackened, roulade, citrus beurre blanc
                                                                                                  -turkey chorizo with roasted veg and grain
                                                                                                  -homemade hummus with sliced cucumber and/or rye pita
                                                                                                  -ravioli - cld be ground turkey and broccoli, or sweet potato
                                                                                                  -freshly baked bread and homemade butter
                                                                                                  -turkey hummus burgers
                                                                                                  -homemade pasta with browned butter and garlic (he will only eat sauce on store-bought pasta because sauce ruins his enjoyment of the taste of the pasta… let's not talk about the night i was rinsing sauce off of noodles because he was sad.)
                                                                                                  -gnocchi parisienne with sweet potato browned butter béchamel
                                                                                                  -

                                                                                                  1. Here's a few:

                                                                                                    Make your own pizza - crust varies either store bought dough, pocketless pitas, or French bread

                                                                                                    Pulled pork sandwiches from the slow cooker

                                                                                                    Chicken breast with mushrooms (classic French), served on white rice

                                                                                                    Shepherd’s pie made with sausage

                                                                                                    Homemade shake n bake chicken

                                                                                                    Black beans and carrots soup/casserole

                                                                                                    Black eyed peas and spinach, served with orzo

                                                                                                    Scalloped potatoes with ham

                                                                                                    Wild caught salmon, pan fried with a brown sugar rub

                                                                                                    Crunchy chicken salad

                                                                                                    1. Keep meaning to post to this thread but realized what a rut we are in. Lately our top faves are mostly ground beef as we have found a terrific butcher and love the selection of ground meat.
                                                                                                      So here we go:

                                                                                                      Cheeseburgers
                                                                                                      Meatloaf- traditional beef, ketchup, Worchester, onion etc.
                                                                                                      or beef and pork and veal with a cheesy spinach filling and marinara sauce on the side.
                                                                                                      Meatballs and spaghetti
                                                                                                      Lasagna with ground beef
                                                                                                      Bolognese sauce on pappardelle
                                                                                                      A tomato hamburg casserole with elbows and cheese sauce we call the New York Times Casserole
                                                                                                      Enchiladas with a hamburg filling
                                                                                                      Mushroom hamburg Stroganov
                                                                                                      Chili with hamburg and pintos
                                                                                                      Memphis rice ( a Tex Mex favorite from Memphis)
                                                                                                      Stuffed peppers (with a spanish rice and ground meat filling and a wedge of cheese pre baking)
                                                                                                      that's 10 plus. Here are others that don't involve ground beef but I seem to have stopped stir fries, once a weekly favorite.

                                                                                                      Beef Stew
                                                                                                      Chicken Pot Pie
                                                                                                      Ham steak
                                                                                                      Mac and Cheese with ham and mushrooms
                                                                                                      Ratatouille with cheese tortelloni
                                                                                                      Stuffed zucchini with sausage stuffing
                                                                                                      Pepper, sausage, mushroom tomato sauce on penne
                                                                                                      Sausage, cabbage and potato stew
                                                                                                      chicken Tikka Masala
                                                                                                      Spicy panko pan fried chicken tenders with yellow rice
                                                                                                      Chicken breasts sauteed in enchilada sauce with cheese and rice.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                        Holy cow, Berh...did you have a hard time narrowing down your list, lol.....

                                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                          You shoulda seen the uncut version ... :-D

                                                                                                      2. I'm a one person household; if I don't cook on the weekend, it doesn't get made.
                                                                                                        main dish salads, usually w/chicken
                                                                                                        home made soups ~~ tomato, black bean, split pea, chicken, vegetable
                                                                                                        beef roast (as in tri tip) and veggies
                                                                                                        cottage cheese and fruit
                                                                                                        swiss and mushroom omelets
                                                                                                        burgers and/or sloppy joes
                                                                                                        bbq chicken w/salad
                                                                                                        meatloaf w/veggies

                                                                                                        1. Roast chicken (beer can chicken)
                                                                                                          Jambalaya
                                                                                                          Pork chops
                                                                                                          Tacos, many different ways but always with homemade salsa
                                                                                                          Caesar salad with chicken
                                                                                                          Frito chili pie
                                                                                                          Black bean soup
                                                                                                          Split pea soup with ham
                                                                                                          Bison burgers
                                                                                                          The wintertime staple- chicken legs and veggies roasted on a sheet pan
                                                                                                          And the summertime staple of chicken, corn on the Cobb, and other grilled vegetables

                                                                                                          1. grilled lamb, hummus, pita, salad, olives
                                                                                                            meatloaf with mashed potatoes
                                                                                                            homemade pizza
                                                                                                            braised chicken thighs with rice
                                                                                                            smoked brisket
                                                                                                            some variety of curry, aloo gobi and chana masala
                                                                                                            sandwiches, chicken salad, BLTA, turkey club, reuben
                                                                                                            carnitas
                                                                                                            enchiladas
                                                                                                            roasted chicken with vegetables

                                                                                                            1. Arroz con pollo
                                                                                                              Roast chicken stuffed with lemons and rosemary
                                                                                                              Beef mushroom barley soup
                                                                                                              Salade nicoise (see photo for what happens when college students are asked to make this)
                                                                                                              Marcella Hazan's ragu bolognese with anything
                                                                                                              Black beans and rice
                                                                                                              Huevos rancheros
                                                                                                              Eggs poached in tomato sauce
                                                                                                              Maida Heatter's apple almond pudding
                                                                                                              Lamb curry

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                              1. We love bold international flavors and try, not always successfully, to eat lower carb. Some of our recent favorites:

                                                                                                                -Fish tacos, using either TJ's crispy baked cod or (preferably) homemade with a tempura-like batter. We use corn tortillas and typically top with creamy coleslaw with lime juice and scallions, avocado, sour cream, cilantro sprigs, and pickled jalapenos. Sometimes I add tropical fruit like mango or pineapple to the slaw.

                                                                                                                -Mapo tofu using this recipe as a starting point http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/... We usually double or triple the recipe, use leeks in place of scallions, and up the hot chili bean paste. I've used ground beef, ground pork, and even de-case bratwursts in a moment of desperation (yes, really...it was fantastic) in this recipe. Serve with white rice.

                                                                                                                -Dunlop's Sichuanese chopped celery with beef http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_w... We add garlic.

                                                                                                                -Lasagna (ususally the dried noodles/red sauce/ricotta variation and assorted sauteed veggies). I tried this recently using cheese ravioli in place of the noodles and ricotta, and it was a great shortcut.

                                                                                                                -Cook's Country's easy jerk chicken -- the best homemade recipe I've found. http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/E... I cook it under the broiler. A little smoked salt or liquid smoke is nice here, but be careful with the latter because the marinade is salty already. I serve with yellow rice and a citrusy slaw.

                                                                                                                -NYT's Trini-Chinese chicken http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101463... Another recipe for under the broiler rather than frying. I add the sesame oil to the dipping sauce. Like so many of our favorite meals, this is an umami bomb. Serve with white rice.

                                                                                                                -Pasta with sweet sausage and fennel ragu https://culinspiration.wordpress.com/... Haven't had this one in a while, but it's solid and a nice change from red sauce recipes. It's best with fresh pasta, such as fettuccine or linguine.

                                                                                                                -Fried catfish - dredge in flour-cornmeal mix seasoned with blackening seasoning and Creole/mixed seasoning (such as Forward!) and pan fry. Serve with classic coleslaw and another Southern side, such as green beans braised with onion, bacon, bay leaf, and a little bit of sugar and cider vinegar.

                                                                                                                -Seared steaks or burgers and a crispy salad with blue cheese dressing and tomatoes

                                                                                                                -Broccoli-potato soup - just saute garlic and onion until soft, add a goodly amount of broccoli florets and a couple of peeled, chunked potatoes, barely cover with chicken broth, and simmer until tender with a bay leaf. Remove the bay leaf and blend until creamy, then season with s&p and ground coriander (this spice is key) to taste. Serve with grated cheddar cheese and buttered baguette. You can add cream if you to gild the lily, but it's plenty creamy from the potatoes.

                                                                                                                and for my #11:

                                                                                                                -Pork shoulder stuffed with sliced garlic, seasoned with cumin, Latin seasoning, and s&p and seared, then braised low and slow over a bed of onions in bottle each of Goya Mojo Criollo and Latin lager. When tender, separate from the bones and fat, drizzle with a little rendered fat, and crisp up under the broiler. Serve with corn tortillas, taqueria salsas, pickled jalapenos, chopped radish, and lime wedges. Good sides are homemade Spanish rice (sauteed with onion, garlic, and tomato sauce and steamed in chicken broth) and mango-cucumber-jicama salad http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

                                                                                                                And we have some fallback side dishes: creamy cucumber salad, Sichuan smacked cucumber (Dunlop's recipe), mayo or vinegar-based cole slaw with any number of fruit/nut add-ins, tomato-braised green beans, roasted Brussels or cauliflower, etc.

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                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                  honorable mention for NYT's chicken adobo. I up the coconut milk. Serve with rice.

                                                                                                                2. Top 10 favorite family meals of my childhood.
                                                                                                                  1. kielbasa and Mac and Cheese
                                                                                                                  2. Ricotta Stuffed Shells
                                                                                                                  3. Chicken Enchiladas
                                                                                                                  4. Hamburgers and Hotdogs
                                                                                                                  5. Hamburger Stroganoff
                                                                                                                  6. American Chinese Stir Fry
                                                                                                                  7. Baked Ziti
                                                                                                                  8. Lasagna
                                                                                                                  9. Fried Fish With Home made tarter Sauce and fries
                                                                                                                  10. Southern style breakfast

                                                                                                                  My Home with my Husband and My favorites
                                                                                                                  1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
                                                                                                                  2. Italian Beef Sandwiches
                                                                                                                  3. Grilled Chicken thighs with veggies and potato
                                                                                                                  4. Lamb Vindaloo
                                                                                                                  5. Argentinean Grilled Chirasco Steak with chimichuri sauce and wine
                                                                                                                  6. home made pizzas
                                                                                                                  7. baked fish
                                                                                                                  8. Mexican steak street tacos
                                                                                                                  9. Lasagna
                                                                                                                  10. Steak au poivre

                                                                                                                  1. I love this thread!

                                                                                                                    Here are ours, in no particular order:

                                                                                                                    1. Homemade pizza
                                                                                                                    Recipe we use here http://www.sabziblog.com/fridaynightp...

                                                                                                                    2. Chicken and Dried Plum Stew (Khoresht-e Aloo) with Rice

                                                                                                                    3. Pan-Roasted Boneless, Skin-on Chicken Breasts, with Rosemary Potatoes and Caesar Salad
                                                                                                                    Recipe: http://www.bonappetempt.com/2013/09/v...

                                                                                                                    4. Spaghetti with Marcella Hazan's Tomato/Onion/Butter Sauce (usually do a Caesar with this too

                                                                                                                    )

                                                                                                                    5. Kimchi Fried Rice with Tofu or Shrimp

                                                                                                                    6. Mark Bittman's Pasta with Sardines, Breadcrumbs, and Capers
                                                                                                                    Recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/din...

                                                                                                                    7. Stir-fry of whatever is in the fridge

                                                                                                                    8. Roasted vegetables (whatever is in the fridge) with shrimp or tofu or chicken sausages

                                                                                                                    9. My partner's chicken piccata

                                                                                                                    10. Mac and cheese! I use this quick method from Melissa Clark as a template and add to it.
                                                                                                                    http://www.melissaclark.net/blog/2011...

                                                                                                                    1. 1. Grilled burgers on whole wheat challah buns, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus and grilled pineapple

                                                                                                                      2. My version of Trini Chinese Chicken with BLSL breasts, doctored up TJ's thai fried rice with tofu and veggies

                                                                                                                      3. Chicken vindaloo curry with kale, chickpeas and brown rice

                                                                                                                      4. Philly cheesesteak sandwiches with pepperjack on baguette spread with hot pepper relish, oven fries

                                                                                                                      5. Paul Prudhomme's cajun meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus (or roasted cubed butternut squash and roasted brussel sprouts w/course sea salt)

                                                                                                                      6. Paella (usually with scallops, clams, shrimp, topped with sea bass marinated in pimento, garlic and evoo)

                                                                                                                      7. Shrimp and grits with andouille; Grits are made into a baked casserole with cheddar and baby spinach

                                                                                                                      8. Ground lamb sheekh kebabs, curried couscous with golden raisins, palak paneer and channa masala

                                                                                                                      9. Chicken suizas stacked enchiladas with spinach and black beans

                                                                                                                      10. Tacos with seasoned ground turkey and a multitude of toppings; whole wheat quesadillas with refried black beans, seasoned ground turkey and cheddar.

                                                                                                                      and for good measure....

                                                                                                                      11. Szechuan cumin lamb or beef stir fry with baked tofu, red pepper, onion and scallions with brown rice

                                                                                                                      These are all in my most frequent rotation...

                                                                                                                      1. The top 5:
                                                                                                                        Bolognese – I make a big pot of Marcella Hazan’s ragu twice a year and, from each pot, I make a lasagne alla bolognese and freeze the rest in serving size portions to eat with spinach tagliatelle and a big green salad.
                                                                                                                        Chicken or pork Milanese w/ a big green salad dressed in a lemony vinaigrette
                                                                                                                        Pan-roasted steak or pork chop w/potatoes, veg, pan sauce or béarnaise. Makes my favorite leftovers for steak salad; pork souvlaki; steak and eggs, etc.
                                                                                                                        Yogurt-marinated BISO chicken (yogurt, garlic, onion juice, saffron, s&p) or (yogurt, garlic, onion, lime juice and chipotle in adobo) w/ rice and a tomato & cucumber salad
                                                                                                                        Breakfast for dinner, esp. Eggs Benedict or a bacon & egg sandwich on a roll
                                                                                                                        And the rest…
                                                                                                                        Sole or chicken Francese, potatoes, veg, pan sauce
                                                                                                                        Chicken or pork saltimbocca on a bed of garlicky wilted spinach, potato, and pan sauce
                                                                                                                        Butternut squash & spinach lasagna w/ a green salad
                                                                                                                        Stew (beef or pork) with buttered egg noodles, peas, carrots and mushrooms
                                                                                                                        Ground beef or pork tacos w/ shredded iceberg lettuce, raw sweet onions, sour¬¬¬¬ cream and refried beans – we often swap out the tortilla shells for lettuce leaves
                                                                                                                        Summer only - fresh mozzarella or burrata, a ripe summer tomato, fresh basil, thinly sliced grilled ciabatta scraped with a clove of garlic and brushed with olive oil; a couple of ears of Long Island late summer corn; BLTs
                                                                                                                        Fall/ winter only - soups inc. chicken noodle, pea, minestrone, vegetable puree, cauliflower -- all w/ a big green salad.
                                                                                                                        These are favorites, but in real life, we eat a lot of vegetarian dinners (grilled fish and vegetables, veggie burgers or dumplings, tofu, eggplant parm, pasta w/ pesto, tuna and cannellini bean salads, omelets), probably 70/30 in favor of meat-free meals in the last few years. No agenda - just cost and personal preference. And, we have great pizza, Thai, Persian and Indian restaurants nearby, so we don’t even bother to replicate at home.
                                                                                                                        Yeah, yeah, yeah…I listed more than ten meals. It’s Friday night cocktail time…so hang me.

                                                                                                                        1. Another family of one and vegetarian

                                                                                                                          Stuffed portabella mushrooms (stuffing changes often but contains sauteed veggies, brown or jasmine rice and usually feta)

                                                                                                                          Veggie black bean tacos
                                                                                                                          Pasta primavera
                                                                                                                          Mushroom lasagna
                                                                                                                          Falafal wraps
                                                                                                                          Grilled cheese and broccoli bisque
                                                                                                                          Veggie stir fry with cashews over jasmine rice
                                                                                                                          Baked potatoes stuffed with whatever (veggies and cheese or baked beans and bbq sauce)
                                                                                                                          Pancakes - good any time of day

                                                                                                                          1. Top ten recent hits:
                                                                                                                            Steak frites
                                                                                                                            Pork tenderloin with saffron rice and snow peas heated in butter and oyster sauce
                                                                                                                            Chicken piccata with risotto and asparagus
                                                                                                                            Thin pork chops with roasted peppers and barley
                                                                                                                            Shrimp grits
                                                                                                                            M and C
                                                                                                                            Braised short ribs with steamed fingerling potatoes
                                                                                                                            Paparadelle Bolognese
                                                                                                                            Burgers (duh)
                                                                                                                            SOS

                                                                                                                            1. For us it really depends on the season. It the summer, I don't feel much like cooking (who wants to heat the kitchen up when it's 100d outside?) so we eat a lot of salads. A favorite: arugula, goat cheese feta or blue cheese, strawberries, thick cut deli roast beef, and a balsamic dressing. Also a good nicoise salad. I don't have to turn on the stove at all :) We also eat a lot of gazpacho in the summer. In the fall and winter some go-tos are:

                                                                                                                              Mushroom stroganoff
                                                                                                                              Kofte, sasuka, and mixed mezze
                                                                                                                              Frittata with whatever's on-hand
                                                                                                                              Pasta pomodoro with Rich & Charlie's salad
                                                                                                                              Herb baked cod orzo skillet
                                                                                                                              Greek-inspired meatloaf with lemony dill potatoes
                                                                                                                              Lamb merquez sausages with tomato chutney, cucumber riata and naan
                                                                                                                              Chicken and rice
                                                                                                                              Risotto with whatever's on-hand
                                                                                                                              Beef stew

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                                                                                                                              1. re: slaster138

                                                                                                                                Could you say a bit more about the cod/orzo skillet (recipe or link)? Is the orzo cooked separately / first? I have both of those ingredients on-hand, plus a newly-organized cabinet full of spices.

                                                                                                                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                  Sure-- it's a dead simple recipe (and 'one pot' at that!).

                                                                                                                                  2 TB butter
                                                                                                                                  1 bunch green onions (sliced with whites separated)
                                                                                                                                  3-6 cloves garlic minced (to taste)
                                                                                                                                  4 c veg broth
                                                                                                                                  2 c orzo
                                                                                                                                  1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes, diced
                                                                                                                                  1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
                                                                                                                                  1.5 lbs cod
                                                                                                                                  1 t lemon zest
                                                                                                                                  1 TB olive oil

                                                                                                                                  Melt butter and saute the garlic and the whites of the green onion. Stir in broth, orzo, sun-dried tomatoes and salt/pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and top with fish in a single layer (also, s/p fish to taste if that's your thing). Bake in a 350d oven until fish flakes easily (about 15 or 20 minutes depending). Top finished dish with 'parsley pesto'-- remaining greens from green onions, parsley, add'l garlic, lemon zest, and olive oil.

                                                                                                                                  Serve with a green salad. Pretty flexible recipe for whatever fish or herbs you have in the house.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: slaster138

                                                                                                                                    Thanks - that's going on the list for next week here!

                                                                                                                              2. Don't do a lot of of repeats, but here are 10 family favorites:
                                                                                                                                1. Butterflied Roast chicken and Potatoes
                                                                                                                                2. Spaghetti Carbonara made with turkey bacon
                                                                                                                                3. Apricot and Mustard Glazed Turkey Zucchini Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                4. Veggie, Chicken or Turkey Burgers on homemade buns
                                                                                                                                5. Smoked whole chicken or turkey breast served with BBQ sauce, coleslaw, bread, onions, and pickles
                                                                                                                                6. Chicken pot pie
                                                                                                                                7. Pizza (go to combination of toppings is tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, chèvre, mushrooms, Roasted red peppers, eggplant, and basil)
                                                                                                                                8. Chicken Enchiladas
                                                                                                                                9. Grilled vegetables sandwiches with eggplant, summer squash, sweet peppers, balsalmic reduction, and cheese. Served with tomato basil sauce on the side.
                                                                                                                                10. Eggplant Parmesan

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                                                                                                                                1. re: meerastvargo

                                                                                                                                  Do you have a recipe/link for #3 - the turkey zucchini meatloaf with apricot & mustard glaze?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                    I make this meatloaf (first recipe when you click on the link) but sauté three smallish zucchini (about 2 cups) along with the onions (zucchini grated on large grater). I leave out the bacon, use only dark ground turkey, and leave off their glaze. For my glaze I use a half cup apricot jam plus 2 T. Stone ground mustard. Sometimes I add a 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes to the topping to give it some zing. I apply the glaze in the same way they do. I got the idea from a recipe on Epicurious but this rendition using the meatloaf recipe from CI is much better.

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                                                                                                                                2. Love this discussion! Has given me many ideas!
                                                                                                                                  1. Beef Burgundy - Winter favorite with homemade yeast rolls http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/3060... With http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-di...
                                                                                                                                  2. Homemade Pizza (Everyone gets to pick their own toppings) I use this crust: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...
                                                                                                                                  3. Mac & Cheese with Kielbasa Sausage and green veggie or salad
                                                                                                                                  4. Spicy Fig Pork Tenderloin (Mix siracha sauce with my homemade fig preserves and spoon over pork tenderloin - grill or roast) Great with roasted potatoes & green veggies http://athomewithrebecka.com/canning-...
                                                                                                                                  5. Chicken Enchiladas with Cheese Quesadillas for the kids
                                                                                                                                  6. Home-smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches on homemade rolls with Sweet Potato Fries http://allrecipes.com/recipe/burger-o...
                                                                                                                                  7. Roasted whole chicken or split chicken breasts (season with Season-all and TJ 21 Seasoning Salute) with Pan Roasted Green Beans (love the French ones from TJ)
                                                                                                                                  8. Tacos / Toastados (Mahi, Cochinita Pibil, Chicken, Shrimp) http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fish-... OR http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/...
                                                                                                                                  9. Baby Back Ribs - DH Smokes a few racks at a time and I freeze some so that it will be a quick meal later
                                                                                                                                  10. Pasta with Sliced Brats, Zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, & parm (or feta
                                                                                                                                  )Recent favorites that have not made it into rotation yet, but probably will be:
                                                                                                                                  Pad Thai - http://www.thaitable.com/thai/recipe/...
                                                                                                                                  Gumbo du Monde - http://www.gumbopages.com/food/gumbo....
                                                                                                                                  Chilaquiles - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...