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Bacony Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

These are incredibly easy to make, mashed full of deliciousness (like cheese and bacon, hence the title), and while they’re not going to trim your waistline any time soon, they’re gonna taste god damn delicious. Serve em up with a grass fed flank steak slathered in chimichurri sauce, and some sweet roasted carrots with spiced greek yogurt and …

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Mushroom and Swiss Beef Casserole Recipe

If you eat out very often, chances are that you have come across the Mushroom and Swiss cheese hamburger. This classic flavor combination puts together the tastes of sauteed mushrooms, savory beef, and tangy Swiss cheese. There is just something magical about this hamburger. With a delicious, savory sauce and the wonderful texture of sauteed …

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Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Sauce

Chicken is a low-cost, low fat, high protein option that many people choose for their dinner. But, after a while, boneless skinless chicken breasts can get a bit dull. Many people grill or broil chicken with a variety of seasonings and serve salads and vegetables with it for a healthy dinner. This recipe for Chicken …

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Creamy Skillet Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Pork chops can be a tricky meat to prepare. In the past, pork was bred selectively for excellent marbling throughout each muscle. This made the pork very tender and moist. The downside is that pork from that time period was very fatty. As people began to become more conscious of the health effects of consuming fatty …

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Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken pot pie is a very popular wintertime food. Despite the fact that it is loaded with carbs and the low-carb trend is very popular, there is still something so appealing about the simplicity of this meal. When the weather gets wet, raw, and cold, digging into a dish of chicken pot pie is warm …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

Do you have a hankering for a Reese’s Cup but you’re trying to cut back on sugars and increase the protein in your diet? If so, you may want to check out our recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars. This recipe has all of the flavors of your favorite candy, but includes protein, the …

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Bread Machine Parker House Rolls Recipe

Parker House Rolls are a recipe that is distinctly New England in origin. Legend has it that these delicious rolls originated at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in the mid-1800s. This hotel still exists in Boston, although it now exists under the name of the Omni Hotel.  The story goes that the hotel had a temperamental …

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Alfredo Pasta and Chicken Casserole Recipe

What could be better than creamy pasta, topped with cheese and combined with chicken? Our recipe for  Alfredo Pasta and Chicken Casserole is great for feeding a crowd. It is filling and delicious and avoids many strong flavors, so most people will enjoy this wonderful, cheesy casserole.  This pasta recipe takes its inspiration from the …

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25 Best Pesto Recipes (All Types)

In your kitchen, do as you like, some of the greatest Italian pesto chefs say. There are variations on the classic basil pesto recipe to cook up a storm when entertaining. From vegetable dishes, salads, and gourmet sandwiches, pesto recipes add taste and aroma. The slopes of the famous Italian Riviera’s Liguria region are known …

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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Kitchen appliances are wonderful things, making certain tasks much easier. If you have ever had your stove stop working suddenly or had your kitchen remodeled, you probably remember what it was like to try to feed your family without your typical kitchen cooktop. Kitchen appliances like slow cookers are a great solution for stop gap …

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25 Best Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes (All Types)

When a sweet summertime appetite strikes, many turn to chocolate ice cream as a treat. However, with handmade chocolate ice cream, you can create unique blends of chocolatey flavors any time of the year. Fudge, coffee, peanut butter, or mint, there is just no end to the delicious combinations. And with delicious recipes in mind, …

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25 Best Mexican Potatoes Recipes (All Types)

Potatoes are inexpensive, versatile, and filling. They also risk being bland. On the flip side, Mexican food is never bland. Make your potatoes the Mexican way, and there’s zero chance you’ll be accused of dishing up boring potatoes! Here are 25 exciting Mexican potato recipes for you to try: from healthy snacks to decadent mains, …

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25 Best Gumbo Recipes (All Types)

Louisiana’s official dish, gumbo, is a savory stew that typically includes a wide variety of meats, seafood, poultry, and vegetables. Of course, every accomplished cook likely has their own tried-and-true method for creating this dish. Still, we’re confident that many of these variations will make delicious additions to your recipe collection. Slow-cooked meats in a …

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35 Best Strawberry Ice Cream Recipes (All Types)

Ice cream is among the most popular dessert of choice in America, with most of our taste buds going all in on vanilla. However, connoisseurs and casual lickers alike know that strawberry-flavored ice cream sits high with the leading pack because of its creamy, sweet caramel-like aroma that pauses our calorie-counting insecurities and rejuvenates our …

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37 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipes (All Types)

Whether you like it smooth or lumpy, mashed potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods that very few can resist. It is known and enjoyed worldwide partly because of its versatility, richness, and decadence. And, although many might consider it only suitable as a side to a family meal, it is a delight as …

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46 Best Sweet Potato Muffin Recipes (All Types)

Sweet potatoes are a versatile superfood enjoyed for their taste and health benefits since 750 B.C. Use them in muffins that boost the immune system and delight the taste buds. These naturally sweet tubers are the perfect ingredient in sweet or savory muffin treats. Sweet potato muffins are moist and delicious, whether combined with spices, …

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40 Best Cinnamon Rolls Recipes (All Types)

When it comes to sweet treats, there are just certain types of goodies that you can crave anytime and gives you a drooling mouth when you see them. Cinnamon rolls are one of those treats. A warm dough covered in a generous amount of icing, glaze, or a drizzle of different flavors – heaven! You …

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25 Best Chicken Tetrazzini Recipes (All Types)

Luisa Tetrazzini was a well-known opera singer in the early twentieth century. She made her American debut in 1905 after touring Europe, Spain, South America, and Russia. The Palace Hotel’s chef was so impressed by her that he named his baked chicken dish, Chicken Tetrazzini, after her. We won’t be shocked if you want to …

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30 Best Strawberry Muffin Recipes (All Types)

Muffins have been an easy, versatile, all-time favorite for many years. Nothing beats a nice breakfast muffin with your morning coffee and a quick, sugary, and delicious teatime snack to re-energize for the rest of the day. Do you have some left-over strawberries? Make some strawberry muffins! Everything pairs well with strawberries, so make it …

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25 Best Chicken Bites Recipes (All Types)

Chicken bites are yummy bite-sized chicken breast pieces seasoned and cooked by baking or frying until juicy and tender. They are similar to chicken nuggets but without the extra ingredients of different chicken parts that nuggets include. Chicken bites can be made as healthy as you prefer and served in several different ways. They are …

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69 Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes (All Types)

There aren’t many dishes that bring back childhood memories and the idea of comfort and indulgence quite like the classic macaroni and cheese. It is an easy and convenient meal that can be prepared for one, a couple, or a crowd. It is also a dish that can be adapted to your budget and according …

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40 Best Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipes (All Types)

Cinnamon rolls are delightfully soft and pillowy, with a luscious sugar and spice interior and an oozy cream cheese topping. Imagine all that encapsulated in a cookie, and you’ve got cinnamon roll cookies. The huge advantage of these cookies is that they don’t contain yeast and don’t need time to rise. They also have a …

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26 Best Zucchini Bread Recipes (All Types)

When life throws you zucchini, you’d be astonished at what you can do with it – especially with baked goods. Zucchini helps give baked goodies a beautiful texture and moistness and adds nutrition to bulk cakes, muffins, and bread! Also, when prepared for bread, zucchini has a light flavor, so it goes well with anything …

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26 Best Ham and Cheese Rolls Recipes (All Types)

Ham and cheese are hugely popular savory fillings for rolls and snacks. It is tasty, gives a good amount of protein and fats, and is often a healthier option than choosing jellies or spreads with much sugar. Ham and cheese don’t have to be fillings for a boring sandwich. Using a flaky pastry or pillowy …

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50 Best Salted Caramel Cookie Bar Recipes (All Types)

Cookie bars are some of the least time-consuming and plain-sailing sweet affairs to bake. However, everything else worthy of confectionary praise in this field usually has hard-to-decipher instructions or takes too much time. The mission then becomes finding a recipe that works for you without compromising. I mosey to the table with arms full of …

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50 Best Quesadillas Recipes (All Types)

Quesadillas are a go-to comfort food that has seen us through all the twists and turns this world has thrown at us. The origami of cuisine is always there for you, be it a hearty breakfast, gourmet dinner, snacks for game day, dessert, or munching around the BBQ. Plus, the versatile dish can be adapted …

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25 Best Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipes (All Types)

Chicken dishes have been popular since Babylonian times, from at least 600 BC. Chefs and aspirant foodies continue to try out wet and dry marinade recipes for grilled chicken. Moistening and infusing the chicken with oils, wines, vinegar and rubbing in herbs and spices, even honey and molasses, enthrall cooks and delight many palates. Choices …

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27 Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipes (All Types)

Oatmeal is the perfect ingredient for any delicious cookie. Apart from being versatile, it is packed with heart-healthy nutrients, fiber, protein, and anti-inflammatory properties. And vital minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Wholesome oatmeal cookies typically contain fewer calories than regular sugar-laden versions. You also have the flexibility to add other tasty ingredients ranging …

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Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake Recipe

A delicious, cinnamon-spiced hearty dessert, our recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake is the perfect dessert for chilly winter evenings. You can toss the ingredients in the slow cooker when you get home from work and by the time the dinner dishes are washed, you will have a tasty dessert that is ready to …

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Apple Spiced Pancakes Recipe

Is your family tired of your boring old pancake recipe? This recipe for Apple Spiced Pancakes will breathe new life into your breakfast recipe repertoire. Subtly flavored with apples, cinnamon and ginger, this recipe is a great autumnal twist on pancakes that the whole family will love. Cooking seasonally is something that all of our …

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Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie Recipe

There is nothing like a slice of pumpkin pie to wrap up the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Featuring the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and the creamy, silky texture of pumpkin, our recipe for Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie is just what your family wants on their Holiday Dinner table.  Pumpkin pie is an annual favorite. …

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50 Best Salmon Recipes (All Types)

Salmon is a versatile ingredient that is common in most world cuisines. It will enhance any meal whether you’re splurging on top-quality fresh fillets or smoked salmon or getting by on the canned variety. Plus, it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help decrease inflammation in your body and support brain health. With …

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31 Best Bruschetta Recipes (All Types)

Bruschetta is a scrumptious dish made with toasted Italian bread, drizzled (or rather drenched) in olive oil, and topped with tomatoes, garlic, olives, cheese, etc. It is delicious any time of the day, whether you want it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or appetizer, and it works as a main meal or side dish. The great …

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Breakfast Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Boxed baking mixes make everyone’s lives easier. After all, most of the time, you simply dump the powdery package contents into a bowl, add an egg or two, maybe some oil and water, and poof…in just a few minutes you will have a delicious batch of muffins, cookies, or pancakes.  Studded with tiny bits of …

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Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

While ice cream is a favorite treat for warm, sunny days, sometimes commercially produced ice creams can include strange unpronounceable ingredients. Often, things like high fructose corn syrups are included along with preservatives and artificial flavors and colors. Many people are sensitive to these kinds of ingredients and think that they must forgo ice cream …

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Apple Biscuits With Honey Butter Recipe

Biscuits are wonderful quick breads that are quite popular in the Southern United States. They are often made of a simple white flour dough and feature plenty of butter and buttermilk. However, once you have mastered the basic biscuit recipe, there is no reason to stop there in your culinary adventures. What tastes more like …

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Easiest Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

In fact, the average American consumes about 20 pounds of ice cream every year. This works out to about 4 gallons of ice cream per person, per year! Unfortunately, many commercially made brands of ice cream feature a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. High fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and artificial colors are probably on the …

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Pineapple Dream Cheesecake Recipe

Do you need a delicious, creamy, tropical tasting dessert for your next family dinner? This recipe for Pineapple Dream Cheesecake is all of the above. Featuring layers of cream cheese, whipped topping, and coconut all encased in a crunchy graham cracker crust, this dessert will have everyone asking for seconds. Everyone loves eating a homemade …

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10 Different Types of Recipes

So many recipes and so little time to cook them all; however, knowing the many types of recipes will help you add to your repertoire of culinary talents.

Every food has a buddy, and learning food pairings is essential to becoming a competent cook. Some foods fight against each other when paired, while others have complementary flavors.

Building a collection of recipes for every occasion takes time and experimentation. However, the results of any cooking adventure are tasty as long as you do not burn the meal.

Appetizer recipes also have different types.

Appetizers can start a meal and are often for occasions where snacks are in order, like when serving cocktails.

Canapes — a canape comprises a small piece of bread, toast, puff pastry, or cracker. Toppings for canapes include

Hors D’oeuvres — you can make hors d’oeuvres with items from the meal you are preparing. However, you can serve hors d’oeuvres at events, holiday gatherings, and meetings; the assortment is endless.

Crudité — crudité can include fresh fruits, vegetables paired with sauces, and dips that accentuate the flavors of the food you serve. Pickled foods are often seen on crudité platters, including olives. Crudités are one of the quickest and easiest ways to put out finger foods unless you grab take-out chicken nuggets or fingers.

Cocktails — shrimp cocktails from restaurant menus are what we are most familiar with. However, appetizers that go with cocktails of the drinking variety include canapes, hors d’oeuvres, and crudité platters. You can serve these items for business or pleasure at cocktail, indoor, or outdoor gatherings. Because when people drink cocktails, a little protein and carbs help dampen the effects of alcohol.

At the beginning of many meals and events are beverages and cocktails.

Strawberry lemonade with crushed ice and thyme.

One does not think of recipes for drinks and cocktails as they do for food unless they are a mixologist or Sommelier. However, there are beverages for when it is hot, ones for when it is cold, and others because it is brunch, dinner, or happy hour.

Cold beverages — lemonade, iced tea, and flavored teas are easy to make for meals and special occasions. Many recipes are available if you do not have one of your own.

Hot beverages — are more than coffee and hot tea. Hot drinks include hot chocolate, Irish coffee, and hot ciders. Like cold beverages, many recipes available will give you recipes that go well with what you are drinking.

Alcoholic beverages — like various foods, some alcoholic beverages will go better with certain meals than others. For example, grilling and cookouts call for beer and fruity drinks, while Mexican food goes well with Sangria or margaritas.

Dinners that are more formal call for wine, and if you want to get real fancy, serve a different wine with every dish.

Breakfast and Brunch

The morning meal is the one I enjoy the most and can make the entire day go better. Preparing a brunch, however, often means guests and special recipes.

Breakfast Types

Every food we eat has an origin, and breakfast is no different. Brunch is the same. A brunch can be prepared to feed yourself or a large party of family or guests. After breakfast, brunch is my favorite meal of the day. It means special recipes and beverages and is often a gathering of friends.

American Breakfast

The composition of an American breakfast is as varied as the country, and demographics play a significant role in which American breakfast items are the most common.

Continental breakfast

A continental breakfast is what more Americans eat, though, and can include

These are standard fare at business events, hotels, and motels. However, many Americans skip breakfast and either grab and go to a convenience store or get breakfast from a fast-food restaurant.

English breakfast

The American breakfast has evolved from classic English breakfasts, which are mildly different. English breakfast is typically comprised of the following.

Brunch recipes for every occasion

This is my favorite meal to prepare if I am cooking for a crowd. The possibilities are endless, and brunch can include items like

Caramel cake topped with macaroons and caramel.

Add cake to your library of recipes.

I make one cake very, very well: an upside-down pineapple cake. This cake is easy, requires little thought, and goes with any meal. Everyone needs a cake recipe that is easy to prepare for guests or one you love so much that it comes out perfect, even when you don’t feel like cooking.

The four methods of making a cake are:

Cookies and cookie bars

There are seven different ways to make cookie dough.

Pies, tarts, and specialty recipes

Pies, puddings, and fruit salads like ambrosia are all desserts that do not fit with cookies or cakes. Although pie is often categorized with cake and has a few similar ingredients, how it is prepared and cooked is different.

Cream pie filling is pudding. Whether it is cooked pudding or instant is up to you. A pie made from a pre-cooked crust, filled with pudding, and topped with whipped cream is fast and can save the day if you want something for dessert in a hurry.

Making a perfect crust is an art form, and many recipes exist. However, frozen and refrigerated shells and sheets of pastry dough work well and save time. Fruit pies are easier to make with pre-bought crust also. Therefore, a premade crust can save a lot of time when making a pie with fresh fruit.

Crème Brulee and cherries jubilee fit the category of a specialty dessert along with lava cake because, along with a fresh-made cheesecake, they are the king of desserts. If someone makes them for you, or you find them in a restaurant, indulge yourself because these delicacies have become hard to find and expensive.

Entrées

The main ingredient that you build a meal around is your entrée. Whether it is a casserole with everything baked in or thick porterhouse steaks grilled to perfection, every meal has a star component.

Entrees come in every variety, from composed dishes to roasts, steaks, stews, and even soups. However, the entrée for most meals is the meat served or, in the case of a casserole, the main dish.

Prime rib garnished with garlic and thyme.

Beef — is one of the most versatile meats we consume, whether it’s steak, ground beef for hamburgers, meat for stew, or stir-fry. Beef recipes include roasting, braising, stewing, grilling, and smoking.

Poultry — poultry dishes include chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, game hen, and quail. You can cook chicken in hundreds of ways, and it is one of the least expensive meats you can buy. The others listed here, including turkey, are more challenging to prepare and cook and are more costly than chicken.

Pork — chops, pork steaks, Boston butt, pork tenderloin, bacon, sausage, and many other items are made from pork. Pork is often the entrée of a meal and can be pan-seared and cooked, roasted, smoked, or made into barbeque.

Fish/shellfish — like steak fish and shellfish are expensive. So, whatever you are doing with your seafood, take care not to overcook it. Of course, you want it done, but an overcooked shrimp or piece of fish loses its delicate flavor and becomes rubbery.

Potato casserole on a ceramic container.

Casseroles and one-dish meals — you can add any of the above meats to a casserole. Throw in some rice, pasta, a few other ingredients, and a little time, and you get a hearty meal. These dishes are fast and can be combined with fresh veg or salad to round out your meal.

Condiments, sauces, and dressings

Most of the condiments, sauces, and dressings we use are premade. However, many recipes for sauces, dressings, and condiments are better than premade ones, with fewer ingredients to mess up the flavors.

You can make ranch dressing from a kit, and Thousand Island dressing combines mayo, ketchup, pickle relish, cheddar cheese, and other essential ingredients. Other salad dressings are also easy to make, and you can use yogurt as a base when sour cream is called for and come up with personal recipes.

Hollandaise sauce is necessary when making eggs benedict, and is good on cooked vegetables, as is cheese sauce. Fortunately, you can buy it in a packet, boil water, stir it in, and you are done.

Gardens full of salads

So many salads, so little space, but there are only three types of salad.

Green salads — you make a green salad with a combination of lettuces, and they can be as individual as you are. Generally, green salads have tomatoes, onion, cucumber, shredded carrot, and croutons.

Composed salads — a basic green salad can quickly become a Greek, antipasto, or chef salad. These are called composed salads and use a base of salad greens on which you pile charcuterie meats, cheeses, olives, and several other ingredients, depending on the recipe.

Vegetable salads — potato salad, broccoli salad, carrot salad, and Cole slaw fit this type of salad.

Pasta salads — pasta makes a good base for a cold summer day as a side or a meal. Like green salads, you can add meat, cheese, and veggies for texture, vitamins, and an extra flavor.

Meat salads — tuna salad, ham salad, chicken salad, and salmon salad are packed with protein.

Fruit salads — you can make a fruit salad with any seasonal fruit. A platter of seasonal melons, grapes, and other fruits makes a light dessert, snack, or addition to a brunch.

Sandwiches — besides breakfast, sandwiches are easy to make, fast, and filling. You can make cold sandwiches, or hot sandwiches, for any meal of the day.

Breakfast wraps are easy and only require a small flour tortilla, a scrambled egg, cheese, and a cup of coffee, and your day will be well on its way.

Many sandwiches have cultural significance, such as the Cuban, which is made like a submarine and has a beautiful combination of flavors. The same goes for an Italian or meatball sub.

Corn beef and rye would not be the sandwich it could be without the bread and sauerkraut. However, a hamburger works well on grilled bread when turned into a patty melt as on a bun.

Soups and stews — these are the ultimate comfort food, and there are many types of recipes for soups and stews made with beef, chicken, pork, and other hearty ingredients.

Vegetables and side dishes — every meal needs its companion foods. Meatloaf screams for mashed potatoes and gravy. Stir-fry without rice is just a bowl of veggies, and pork roast and sweet potatoes have very compatible flavors.

FAQs about types of recipes

Can I substitute recipe ingredients?

Most recipes are created with specific ingredients. Some ingredients can be substituted while others cannot.

Are recipes seasonal?

Some are especially for recipes from fresh, in-season fruits or vegetables.

Are frozen entrées as good as fresh?

Some of them are, and food producers can make some items cheaper than if you buy the ingredients and make them from scratch. Lasagna is a prime example because of its ingredients. Making a pan of lasagna is time-consuming, and frozen products are almost as good as a scratch recipe.