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Dishes you make over and over again? 
Apr. 7, 2011 5:07 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2011 5:32 am
Over the years, my menus have evolved, but I find that no matter what phase I'm in, I tend to make the same dishes over and over again (until I move on to my next phase... which is usually years in the making).

So I got to wondering what dishes you make over and over again. Got some? I'd love to read about them.

I'll kick it off with a snack I make so often it's nearly always in the house.

Spicy Almonds

1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. powdered curry
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tbsp. good olive oil
2 c. whole almonds (raw)

Preheat oven to 350°

In medium bowl, mix the spices with the olive oil and stir well. Then add the almonds and stir to fully coat each one.

Transfer to a cookie pan or baking dish (I use a cookie pan with tin foil to cover it so I simply throw the foil away when the almonds are done).

Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring twice.

Note: the almonds are usually cooked long enough when you can smell them. They'll continue to cook when you remove them from the oven if you let them cool in the baking pan (or dish).

Apr. 7, 2011 6:00 pm
These sound great and I can't wait to make them.
Apr. 7, 2011 7:10 pm
Honestly, I get food-bored quite easily. My "phases" tend to last a couple of months then it's time to move on to something new. Usually it's the same foods with a different spin (I can do just about anything with a chicken breast, steak, or pork chop and never get bored). I will give your almonds a try; they sound delicious.
Apr. 7, 2011 9:25 pm
i have been making my mom's mac and cheese for over 50 years. if i figure out how to post a recipe, i'll do it, but from reading other comments, it may not get published in our lifetime.
Apr. 8, 2011 5:32 am
Sparky, would you be comfortable posting the recipe in this thread? I'd love to try an "heirloom" mac and cheese!
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I've loved cooking since I was a kid, and still have my first (very battered) cookbook. Other than cooking, I adore interior design, writing, and playing bridge. Oh... and tasting new wines (or old favorites).
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As I've grown older, my tastes and philosophy have changed. I now use organic ingredients whenever I can, and I prefer using unprocessed ingredients.
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Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
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Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
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Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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