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Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 06:38 AM

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.

This new thread created in response to ideas mentioned in discussion http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927010

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  1. MidwesternerTT RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 06:57 AM

    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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      MamasCooking RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 04:04 PM

      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.

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        MidwesternerTT RE: MamasCooking Dec 13, 2013 07:38 PM

        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.

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          cornedhash RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 07:01 AM

          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!

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            MidwesternerTT RE: cornedhash Dec 14, 2013 07:50 PM

            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.

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              cornedhash RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 12:13 PM

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

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            MamasCooking RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 05:52 PM

            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.

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              MidwesternerTT RE: MamasCooking Dec 17, 2013 06:38 AM

              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).

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        Harters RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 07:28 AM

        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

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          Mr Bigglesworth RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 07:30 AM

          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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            bizkat RE: Mr Bigglesworth Dec 17, 2013 09:09 AM

            Spicy Ginger Tofu
            http://www.amy-actually.com/2013/09/s...

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            thingmaker RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 02:15 PM

            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. fldhkybnva RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 02:31 PM

              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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                cornedhash RE: fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 07:05 AM

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

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                  fldhkybnva RE: cornedhash Feb 9, 2014 05:11 PM

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

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                magiesmom RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 02:46 PM

                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

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                  WishyFish RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 03:30 PM

                  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.

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                    Kontxesi RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 07:02 PM

                    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. foodieX2 RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 07:40 PM

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

                      1. Ttrockwood RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 01:07 AM

                        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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                          MidwesternerTT RE: Ttrockwood Dec 14, 2013 06:18 AM

                          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?

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                            Ttrockwood RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 06:14 PM

                            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!

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                              juster RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 08:38 AM

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

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                              cornedhash RE: Ttrockwood Dec 14, 2013 07:09 AM

                              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...

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                                Ttrockwood RE: cornedhash Dec 14, 2013 06:17 PM

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

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                                Tarantula RE: Ttrockwood Dec 14, 2013 01:24 PM

                                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!

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                                  Ttrockwood RE: Tarantula Dec 14, 2013 06:20 PM

                                  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. kitchengardengal RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 01:37 AM

                                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. thymetobake RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 05:02 AM

                                  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. Paprikaboy RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 07:16 AM

                                    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.

                                    1. juliejulez RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 07:24 AM

                                      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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                                        MidwesternerTT RE: juliejulez Dec 15, 2013 06:50 AM

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

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                                        Tarantula RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 01:15 PM

                                        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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                                          HillJ RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 06:25 PM

                                          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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                                            MidwesternerTT RE: HillJ Dec 15, 2013 06:36 AM

                                            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.

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                                              HillJ RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 07:39 AM

                                              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?

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                                                MidwesternerTT RE: HillJ Dec 15, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  HillJ RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                  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.

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                                              Wtg2Retire RE: HillJ Dec 15, 2013 02:16 PM

                                              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).

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                                                Harters RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 15, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  fldhkybnva RE: Harters Dec 15, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                  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!

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                                                    Wtg2Retire RE: Harters Dec 16, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                    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?

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                                                      Harters RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 16, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                      Whatever's seasonal wherever you are in the world.

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                                                    HillJ RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 15, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      Wtg2Retire RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2013 09:48 AM

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

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                                                        HillJ RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 16, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Wtg2Retire RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                          Thank you.

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                                                            HillJ RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 16, 2013 04:04 PM

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

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                                                              fldhkybnva RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2013 04:09 PM

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

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                                                                HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                  valerie RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 14, 2013 08:23 PM

                                                  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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                                                    MidwesternerTT RE: valerie Dec 15, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                    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?

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                                                      valerie RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                      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!

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                                                        Tarantula RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          valerie RE: Tarantula Dec 15, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                          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. Teague RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 12:22 AM

                                                      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. i_am_Lois RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                        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. gingershelley RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                          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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                                                            fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley Dec 15, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                            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.

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                                                              PHREDDY RE: fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                              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!

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                                                                walker RE: PHREDDY Dec 18, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                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.

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                                                            Springhaze2 RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                            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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                                                              MidwesternerTT RE: Springhaze2 Dec 15, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                                Springhaze2 RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                              Isolda RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                              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

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                                                                jbsiegel RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                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. Wtg2Retire RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                    MidwesternerTT RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 15, 2013 04:50 PM

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

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                                                                      Wtg2Retire RE: Wtg2Retire Dec 16, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                      That Hot Chicken is Thai Hot Chicken.

                                                                    2. prima RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                      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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                                                                        The Dairy Queen RE: prima Dec 15, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                        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

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                                                                          prima RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 16, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            The Dairy Queen RE: prima Dec 16, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                            Thank you!

                                                                            ~TDQ

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                                                                          pinehurst RE: prima Dec 16, 2013 12:59 PM

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

                                                                        3. The Dairy Queen RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                          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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                                                                            cornedhash RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 16, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: cornedhash Dec 16, 2013 09:32 PM

                                                                              I hope you love it!

                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                          2. ipsedixit RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                            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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                                                                              Paprikaboy RE: ipsedixit Dec 16, 2013 12:10 PM

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

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                                                                                ipsedixit RE: Paprikaboy Dec 16, 2013 06:21 PM

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                                                                              Westminstress RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                ChervilGeorge RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  jennymoon RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                  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.)

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                                                                                    melon RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                    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. pinehurst RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                      (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. Crockett67 RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                        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. Uncle Bob RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                          • 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.

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                                                                                            Dcfoodblog RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                            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. Emme RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 16, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                                                              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
                                                                                              -

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                                                                                                BobbieSue RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 17, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                                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. Berheenia RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 17, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                    HillJ RE: Berheenia Dec 17, 2013 08:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                      Berheenia RE: HillJ Dec 17, 2013 10:38 AM

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

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                                                                                                        HillJ RE: Berheenia Dec 17, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                        Oh baby, I had a feeling :)

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                                                                                                    laliz RE: MidwesternerTT Dec 18, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                      DeeCee RE: MidwesternerTT Feb 10, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                        rasputina RE: MidwesternerTT Feb 10, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                          elenacampana RE: MidwesternerTT Feb 11, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                           
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