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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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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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Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos Recipe

These taquitos are absolutely perfect. The filling is a great combination and creamy and cheesy. You can choose whatever heat of salsa that you prefer. The magic of this recipe, however, occurs when you fry the taquitos. In the hot oil, the corn tortillas go from soft and flexible to crispy and crunchy. The final …

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Steakhouse Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

When most people picture mashed potatoes, they think of mounds of creamy, fluffy, pale white potatoes. Mashed potatoes pair well with all kinds of dinner entrees. Whether you are having a roast chicken, beef roast, pork tenderloin, or turkey, mashed potatoes are a wonderful side dish. This dish takes cooked potatoes and mashes them together …

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35 Finest Brandy Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

Brandy Cocktails Brandy is a term that most commonly refers to a liquor made from distilled wine, the most famous of which are the iconic Cognac and Armagnac from France. Related: Kahlúa Cocktail | Tequila Cocktails | Whiskey Cocktails | Gin Cocktails | Rum Cocktails | Vodka Cocktail | Amaretto Cocktail | Cognac Cocktail | Mezcal Cocktail | Frangelico Cocktails | Grand Marnier Cocktail | Peach Schnapps Cocktail | Vermouth Cocktail | Sherry Cocktail | Triple Sec Cocktail 1. Brandy Cocktail Subtle, …

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35 Top Triple Sec Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

Triple sec is a French orange liqueur that is closely tied to cocktail history and the evolution of mixed drinks. It is an infusion of orange peels with a neutral spirit and sweetener to create a delicious liqueur that is present in all different families of cocktails, deeply versatile and elevating any drink it’s found …

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Cheesy Cracker Chicken Bites Recipe

Most people know that marinating meat can increase the flavor and tenderness of most meats. However, most folks use marinades that contain juice, vinegar, and other acidic ingredients when they marinate chicken, pork, or beef. The acids in the meat help to tenderize the meat and the flavors of the seasonings add to the taste …

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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.


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.