Some of you needed closure on this year-long quest I’ve pursued. You asked me to stop procrastinating and share my Delicious Dozen recipes, because, wasn’t it about time? After all, it was my goal to have a collection of favorite family recipes before my little birdie number one left the nest for college. That birdie, Annie, flew away two weeks ago. Feeling the pressure of this obligation I spent time yesterday and today trying to decide which of the recipes that fell under the Contenders category would be sure-fire repeats in this household because they were nearly universally beloved, or at the very minimum memorable enough to be recognized as a repeat. Hah – did I set the bar too low? That’s the best I can do since I don’t cook that many repeats in my kitchen.
And yet, surprisingly, I came up with more than a dozen recipes that were both loved by all and memorable. Impressed yet? I was. It was interesting to see how many turned up in my list and to realize that, if I wanted, I would never need to experiment with a new recipe again since there was enough diversity and rotation potential in the recipes listed here.
While technically I’ve given you what you’d like, I know that some of you will ask which were the best of the best! Which would be the first I’d prepare for, let’s say, a week of family dinners. My answer is that it depends. It depends on the seasonal availability of ingredients such as tomatoes. It depends on our temperature driven appetite for heavy or light food. It depends on the time I expect will be available for cooking, given our family’s schedule.
On the other hand, there are very good reasons why anyone would like to narrow down a list to a dozen family favorites. Therefore, the next post will focus on why you might want to create a Delicious Dozen list for your own family.
Here is the list, grouped in very broad categories for easier review.