Every household has requests for favorite foods and meals, ours being no exception. Some of our favorite things to make may not get made often, but get a huge reception, and may become special things that our family eats or recipes that we make over and over. Family gatherings and friends often request items once we know we make them. Please do let me know your impressions of our favorites, and share your own!
Brownies: I’ve become known for bringing cakes and desserts, especially to church gatherings, and often asked about my brownies. While I do use a mix for these, I load them up with chocolate chips (a whole small bag) and marshmallows (half a bag). The marshmallows at the top usually cook and burst, making a bit of crunch where they appear. If you make these, make sure to bake for exactly the time allowed unless the actual batter hasn’t cooked; they are extremely gooey and can make appear uncooked when it’s just the melt from the chocolate chips.
Chicken in a Biscuit: This recipe came to me from a family friend while in high school, and I do still pull it out once in a great while. A filling of chicken and cream cheese is sealed into puff pastry, such as crescent roll dough, and baked in the oven. It is divine, and can also be done casserole style with the dough laid across the top. I cut up the chicken into small pieces and cook it in a skillet with onions and seasoning before adding it to the mixture.
Crab Dip: Hot or cold will do. Our hot crab dip recipe comes from a woman at our church and is everything you’d want in a warm dairy-seafood dip, while the cold one is my mom’s, traditionally made for new year’s eve parties and finished the next morning for breakfast.
Mac ‘n Cheese: While rather self explanatory, my version uses the cheese sauce from Kitchen Treaty. I’ve made many, many versions of mac and cheese, this this is by far the best. DH’s family eats this at just about every gathering and holiday, which I, understandably, wholeheartedly embraced. This image is one before baking–tons of sauce!
Raisin Pie: This is one I make for Dad, and me, mostly, either at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. It’s an annual event where I look forward to eating it, and other people get the chance to try it, as well. Over the last few years I’ve come up with a version I like very much. To me, the lusciousness of this pie requires a deep pie plate, an entire large (12–15 oz.) canister of raisins, and I never use a top crust. The sauce made with the boiling water from the raisins is absolutely delicious on its own, as well.
Ramen: Once in a while, we enjoy a large bowl of ramen. It’s very comforting, rather like chicken noodle soup, but more substantial and great on a cold night. I recently got large ramen bowls for serving this, so even better. Mine is usually made with stock, veggies, and of course, Asian style fish cakes.
Tater Tot Casserole: One word: YUM. This is probably the one meal that DH requests the most. Our favorite version is here, with a great ham flavor. But no matter what you put in it, it’s cheesy, creamy, and full of potato goodness. It is not the same without the sour cream.