I've been cooking for about 10 years now. However, because I'm a self-taught who learned the trade using cooking publications like Epicurious, Food & Wine, etc...my repertoire have consisted of dishes like "Tom Kha Gai" (A Thai Coconut Soup), "Garam Masala Scallops over Acorn Squash" and "Roast Duck with Port-Garlic Sauce". Recently, while scanning over my recipes collection, I realized that I have very few recipes that are, for a lack of a better word, "normal" (DH's word, I swear!).
On the one hand, I suppose I should take it as a compliment, I... guess... On the other hand, shouldn't most self-respecting cook know a decent recipe for most classic, comfort dishes? The dishes that most people know well and love?
I suppose it's too late for a new year's resolution, but this year, I'd like to make it a goal to find the best version of as many of the classic comfort food as I can cram into my "try a new recipe" schedule (I like to try at least 1 new recipe a week). However, the first step is to identify WHAT THEY ARE. And what a better place to ask than the boards!!
So, please help me come up with a list of "Things every decent cook should know how to make" (I'm mostly interested in main dishes...). Also, please feel free to include a recipe if you have an awesome one to share!
This is my current list:
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Um... That's it! I'm drawing a blank. (It's been a long day for me...) What other recipes out there should one add to one's "Comfort Food" collection? Again, feel free to include your favorite recipes!
Thanks in advance!