It seems like there’s always an occasion that involves you cooking something. We all have those tired, old go-to recipes when it’s just too hard to think of something else. But, at some point everyone gets tired of the same old thing and clamors for something new. So, here are a few recipes to spice up your repertoire the next time you need to throw something together – regardless of the occasion.
Hosting a dinner party
When you’re hosing a dinner party, you want to put your best culinary foot forward. You can’t do that when you make something boring. The next time you’re inviting people over, try a vegetable-barley pot pie. Pot pies are a great option for a dinner party because the filling can be made in one pot, but everyone can get their very own serving. Plus, everyone loves pot pie! This recipe is definitely more special than the old, standard chicken and turkey varieties. Be prepared to make copies of the recipe for your guests.
Hosting a brunch
Everyone loves brunch. However, perhaps everyone’s a little tired of scrambled eggs. With just a little more effort, you can throw together these scrumptious baked eggs in ham baskets. This dish is almost too beautiful to eat (almost). It’s also easy to put together and doesn’t require very many ingredients. It’s amazing that just a slice of deli ham, an egg, a little cream and some seasonings can combine into this heavenly dish.
When someone is sick
It’s no wives tale that chicken soup has curative properties. It really does make people suffering from a cold or flu feel better. However, canned soup isn’t the way to go. It’s far better to make everyone’s favorite elixir from scratch. Fear not, making homemade soup doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. This soup requires just seven ingredients: broth, chicken, carrots, onions, celery, herbs and egg noodles. If you have the time and inclination, you can make the broth from scratch pretty easily, but canned or boxed will do just fine.
After a bad day at work
When we have bad days at work, the last thing we want to do is to start putting dinner together – even if nothing beats sitting down to some warm comfort food. (Hunger trumps stress, every time.) A bowl of this turkey chili may be your perfect compromise. It can be put together in about 30 minutes and the cinnamon notes are the key to making it sweet and spicy at the same time. It’s great on it’s own or spooned over some tortilla chips for nachos.