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Old 08-10-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Five "Go to" recipes/dishes

I have a boarder coming to stay for 6 weeks while he is doing an internship in the area. He has asked me to teach him how to cook. I think everyone should have five "go to" dishes/recipes.

1. Scrambled eggs or an omelet
2. Cesar salad
3. Tomato sauce for pasta

I'm at a loss re: the other two. Steak comes to mind. Fish. Chicken. What are your five "go to" recipes/dishes? I don't cook using recipes, I cook according to what I have on hand. Obviously, I can handle teaching him how to make these three because of what's in the garden and pantry, but just don't know what the other two "go to" dishes should be.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:59 PM   #2
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Some kind of soup, eg, chicken soup!
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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An easy dessert, eg, pears poached in mulled wine!
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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Some kind of soup, eg, chicken soup!
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Stock from carcasses, meatloaf, spaghetti and marinara sauce, tuna steaks, boiled shrimp, potato salad!

OK, some more: beef chili, mushroom soup, tuna casserole.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #5
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I don't do pears (or bananas). Can definitely do mushroom soup and chili and meatloaf. I was thinking more along the lines of dishes he could prepare to impress s/one with his cooking skills...stock I can do (and I must say, I do very well).
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:05 PM   #6
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Definitely a chicken dish - Roast chicken would be the easiest.
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Absolutely something "chicken" and, as merstar mentioned. roast would be a good basic. Plus, from this there are all manner of chicken recipes that could result. Chicken salad, chicken and dumplings, chicken soup, etc.

I'd add that some form of pork dish would be another "go to" item. Pork chops are always a winner and can be done in the oven, in a skillet or on the grill. Pretty versatile.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:50 PM   #8
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I would do at least one baked item.

Cornbread, biscuits, popovers etc...

I am also a big fan of the process of using up things.

An example is the life cycle of a roast chicken or plain roast beef. Start with the big Ta Dah feast next a couple of leftover or makeover meals and finally the soup pot.
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Definitely soup, stew, etc. Grocery shopping would be a great lesson, too.

Any dish can be a "tah dah" meal. I think there is a big difference between good food and presentation. The good food part needs to come first.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:12 PM   #10
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One other thing I thought of.

See if you can work in some basic recipes for things most people buy instead of making these days. Things like salad dressing, barbeque sauce, basice white sauce with variations etc.... Learning to make a few of these basic items can save thousands of dollars over a persons lifetime in the kitchen and they taste better.
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