A local diner served a version of a "hot brown" sandwich, baked in an individual gratin dish. When they closed, we all missed that dish and have tried to get as close as possible to the recipe. This is the best attempt and produces a truly cheesy sauce with potential for lots of different uses. Assemble the dish either in individual, oven-safe ramekins or a 9x13 casserole dish.
A true comfort food, meatloaf has many variations. I like to keep things simple, yet flavorful, so try this one. The ingredients never have to be exact, so you can adjust to suit your family's preferences. Add some instant mashed potatoes and green peas and the kids will clean their plates. And speaking of the little people, put out the ketchup for squeezing on the meatloaf. Yum.
From BH&G Heritage Cookbook, so I'll give the exact ingredients and proportions, but this is a recipe you can customize to your taste. No bread or packaged stuffing mixes yet so easy to make. And no vague directions to make your favorite cornbread mix cornbread. This one requires you to make the cornbread using the included recipe and it's well worth it. Prepare the cornbread way ahead and freeze to save time during your holiday gatherings. This one multiplies easily. The texture is perfect, not gummy since no bread. It's the real deal so give it a try this Thanksgiving.
Deviled eggs are the perfect "bring a dish" dish for any occasion, all year round. These are pretty much the classic version but with a nice kick that comes from the hint of prepared horseradish. Adjust this ingredient depending on your diners' tolerances.
I was looking for something a little different when making cookies this past Christmas. This fit the bill perfectly! They're light and crispy and you can see light through them, they're so lacy. The dough becomes stiffer as ingredients are added. I didn't use a mixer but you could and would need less arm muscles.
Great for holiday gifts. Multiply recipe and divide prepared mixture into 1 cup amounts, put in decorative jars or just zipper bags with the preparation directions attached. Good to keep on hand for yourself too!