A couple of years ago, I did a crash course of 10 Go-To Recipes for a client. She feeds a teenage boy, a preschool girl, and a meat-loving, vegetable-hating husband. We tried to hide veggies wherever we could. Her “necessities” were:
- Turkey dinner (with mashed potatoes and gravy)
- Chicken (or turkey) pot pie (made with the leftover turkey from the first lesson)
- Beef stew
- Baked haddock
- Fettucine Alfredo with shrimp (or chicken or whatever)
- Chicken (or shrimp or pork or whatever) stir fry
- Macaroni and cheese
- Healthier chicken fingers and fries
- Steak au jus
- Spaghetti and meatballs
Another client was a newly engaged woman. She and her fiancée try to eat healthy, and she was interested in being able to recreate things they typically order out. She wanted:
- Chicken breasts stuffed with asiago and asparagus
- Chicken pot pie (everyone seems to love this one)
- Barbecue chicken in the crockpot (she wanted more crockpot recipes in her arsenal)
- Penne a la vodka
- Wild rice salad
- Beef stroganoff (their guilty pleasure)
So, what would you include in your list of must-know recipes?
What are your basic go-to recipes, the ones you can remember the ingredients to, so you can pick them up when you’re running through the grocery store at 5:30 pm, without a list?
What was the first thing you felt you had to learn to cook?