today’s audience participation

What’s your favorite recipe or “signature” dish?


  1. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm |

    Texas red chili.

  2. geezerette
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

    What we call Hot Beef— it’s like Beef roast pull apart on home made buns. Or maybe Roast chicken with dressing–

  3. MikeG
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |

    Lasagna. WAY too much cheese, mixture of Italian sausage and ground beef. Washed down with really cheap wine.

  4. Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |

    My Fave, although only made through the Holidays, is Cran-Blueberry-Orang Sauce……. Becomes a Jam after a week. Just made a Peanut Butter and CBO Sammich for lunch tomorrow.

    Simple, follow the recipe on the fresh cranberry bag, substitute Orange Juice for the water, add a pint of Blue Berries at simmer.

    Yum. Otherwise, I have won awards for my Damn Yankee Chili. Pintos, Kidneys, Sweet Corn, sautéed steak cut small, Fresh Salsa, seasoning as you like, and…….. Brown Sugar. Trust me. In the Crock Pot all night on low.

  5. geezerette
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |

    Oh my — mouth watering dishes already— better get the recipe cards out —

  6. Jess
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

    Vegetable beef soup.

  7. bocopro
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm |

    Chicken & pork adobo with white rice and a green veggie side, such as broccoli. Hard to find a popular drink that doesn’t go with it perfectly: Pepsi, Coke, Sweet Tea, Red Wine, Beer . . . . . . .

  8. Merovign
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm |


  9. Posted December 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    I try never to sign any of the foods I make – you never know when somebody might claim food poisoning.

    Seriously, though…I do a mean chicken and gravy over biscuits.

  10. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |

    Eggs Benedict, but only with Virginia-smoked canadian bacon and farmer-ripe home grown tomatoes that have a great taste, all on buttered english muffins, smothered in homemade hollandaise sauce. For a Sunday brunch w coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice to warsh it all down……

  11. Veranda
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

    Rice balls

  12. Brad
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

    Enchilada casserole-

    A great way to use up old Doritos.

  13. Dave
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

    Kraft macaroni and cheese.
    Substitute Velveeta for the butter and throw in a handful of pepper jack. I’m gonna go make some right now.

  14. Paul Moore
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    I make a great rye bread, honey, vinegar, caraway seeds, omnomnom!

  15. Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    Boiled lobster.

    Caesar salad, home-made dressing.

    Steamed artichokes w/ home-made Hollandaise.

    Home-made chocolate mousse

    Champagne (store bought)

  16. rickn8or
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm |

    Corn bread, cooked in a cast-iron skillet my Mom got for a wedding present 75 years ago.

    Hey, I’m a bachelor with a microwave and crock pots. But some of the above stuff tempts me.

  17. Buzz
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm |

    Yeast rolls
    Garlic mashed potatoes

    Always requested for family get-togethers.

  18. Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    Rick remined me! Simple swap, make your box Cornbread, add sweet corn, the little can, and some diced Anaheim Chiles……. Nom, nom……

  19. Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    I’m too lazy to post my chili recipe right now, but my lesbian rock-star rumaki is to die for.

  20. apotheosis
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm |

    Potato & sausage casserole. With onions and cheese.

    And by “cheese” I mean velveeta, and lots of it.

  21. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm |

    ColJ, rickn8or,
    Yeah, two of my all-time favorite bachelor specialties.
    Can’t wait to lose another forty pounds so I can start cookin’ ‘em again.
    Right now, my specialty is hot-sausage & cheddar-jack omelets.

  22. Posted December 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm |

    Cioppino. West Coast seafood. Clams, mussels, shrimp, crab and salmon.

    Otherwise, Tympano. Three kinds of meat, three types of cheese, three different pastas, poured into a pasta shell and baked. With the pre-requisite sauce and veggies.

    Why yes, my mother is Italian. Why do you ask?

  23. mojo
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm |

    “I’m making… TOAST!”
    –Invader Zim

  24. SherryM
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

    I like to make My cheesy cornbread casserole.

  25. Roscoe
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 5:26 am |

    Pasta e Fagioli
    Osso Buco
    Sunday Morning Frittata

  26. kinlaw
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 6:21 am |

    Pot roast, cooked with red wine, taters and carrots.

    Really good spag sauce from scratch.

    But still love to make mac and cheese. (from the box)

  27. logdogsmith
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 6:37 am |

    I experiment without recording too much to have a signature dish. Nothing ever comes out the same.

    Also the internet has caused me to try something different all the time. I’m currently experimenting with sauces, having found a couple of excellent avocado sauces that are quite tasty. Found these looking for a fish taco sauce, but it goes equally well on pork and poultry. Not so well with beef.

    I’ve had a traeger smoker for about a year now, and it has changed my cooking significantly.

  28. OTA Mom
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 11:27 am |

    Slow-roasted beef tongue, hocks-n-beans, and chx-n-dumplins. Scalloped potatoes with ham and cheesy broccoli. My mother’s cornbread stuffing. Followed by “food for the gods” bars with dates, butterscotch chips, pecans, and coconut.

  29. OTA Mom
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    Oh, and deep fried chicken livers with garlic mashed taters.

  30. Zipser
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

    I get rave reviews for a meatloaf recipe that’s only slightly modified from a 60 year old Betty Crocker cookbook. Man did they like salt back then or what?

  31. Lance
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    I read alla your recipes & menus & just gained 6 lbs!
    This Porch has a buncha awesome cook & bakers,
    ‘cept for merovign, HogW & mojo!

    My long departed Mother was the bestest cook in my life.
    Dozens of her special recipes were totally nomnom &
    are racing through my memories since I read this post.
    The one think she baked that I’ll never forget was the
    world’s bestest strawberry-rhubarb pie with the filling
    from our garden!

  32. bocopro
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm |


    My mother was a Scots/Irish/English small-town girl from the Midwest whose culinary skills were about as good as Susan Rice’s social skills. Good woman, typical Scot with deep pockets and short arms, but her knowledge of what made things look and taste good ranked about the same on a 1 — > 10 scale as Slick & Shrillary’s knowledge of ethics and morals.

    Her veggies were unrecognizable as such, typically cooked completely down to parade rest in a grey-green mass, often sticking to the pot. Her meat dishes were basically gut wadding, generally resembling stewed mooring lines and tasting rather like styrofoam packing.

    She could, however, make great deviled eggs, and when I was a kid she sometimes made some first-class divinity candy for Christmas. Other than that, I’m damned thankful we lived near my grandmother until I got out of high school. Hey, we can’t be perfect, and she was otherwise as good a mother as I could ask for. She did, after all, have to go to work to feed me after she threw my bio-father in jail in 1941.

    I was fortunate to marry an Asian woman 50-some years ago who has developed super kitchen skills and great talent for improvising, often producing experimental creative delights which transcend mere cooking and rise to the realm of culinary artistry.

    And that, coupled with my self-indulgent overcompensation for early gastronomical deprivation, is what eventually led to my MI and subsequent dependence upon chemicals and self-denial to continue this awful habit I have of wanting to keep breathing.

  33. Posted December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

    Hmmmm… da posts, dey be disappearin’…

  34. mech
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm |

    I make a Lemon Chicken that once got me two marriage proposals in one night from two different ladies.

    Yes, I was such a maroon . . .

  35. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm |

    Razor Clam chowder.

  36. Posted December 4, 2012 at 11:17 am |

    Razor Clam Chowder is fine, but don’t forget the bacon, and don’t forget to cook the crap out of the clams first.

  37. OTA Mom
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm |

    I am so making Hog Whitman’s lesbian rock-star rumaki for my office Christmas potluck brunch, thanks for the idea!

  38. Lance
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

    OTA Mom (37) Just a word to the wise from us Porch Minkees
    that have know the HogW for many moons! Since that recipe
    is on another blog site, it’s prolly OK! But I’d test it out first!
    We wouldn’t want your whole office to have a ‘negative’ reaction
    to it! Jus’ sayin’! Please let us know how your office gang
    thought of it?