One of my favorite blogs (Finding Joy in My Kitchen) is having a Countdown to 2012 - Main Dish Favorites. I'm just catching the tail end of this countdown but I do have a few main dish favorites for 2011.
I made a terrific discovery in 2011. I discovered that I can BAKE spaghetti sauce. Yep! It can be done. It bakes in the oven like roast & potatoes. Turns out thick and rich, and the best part? No toiling at the stove.
#2 Nachos for a Crowd (recipe from Homemaking on the Homestead)
I tried a new recipe which would be a great addition to any potluck. To us, it is very similar to Nachos Bell Grande at Taco Bell. Very yummy! I use my own precooked pinto beans (frozen) but it could be made with canned refried beans or any canned bean you prefer.
#3 Best Homemade Pizza Crust Ever! Homemade Pizza Rocks!
I make my pizza crust using the 5 Minute a Day Bread recipe. I learned of this recipe from an article in Mother Earth News. But, the authors have several terrific books. I make everything from hot pockets to crusty bread, and even english muffins with this easy, simple recipe for dough that I can keep in the fridge up to two weeks! Supper is never far away with pizza dough in the fridge.
I have made lots of other yummy meals in 2011. Actually, it was quite fun seeing them all. I made new and old recipes like:
- Girls Night - Homemade Empanadas while enjoying the new season of American Idol!
- Juicy Burgers - an old favorite from the early days of our marriage.
- Baked Fried Chicken and Baked Fried Fish
- 3 Ingredient Chili