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sallys-top-10-favorite-dishesI'm sharing my Top 10 favorite dishes with you, hoping this will spur you on to try some new foods.

Anyone who cooks is always looking for new recipe ideas. I’ve been cooking for many years. It all started when my mother would not let me in the kitchen as a child to cook. I’m sure she was afraid I’d make a mess.

So, when I married, I didn’t know how to boil water. I began taking every cooking class I could find. Then, I traveled to Europe to learn to cook, taught cooking classes, and became a restaurant critic for a big city newspaper with a weekly restaurant review column. Finally, I started my website "Sally’s Place", that is devoted to food, wine and travel.

In all those years, I’ve accumulated many recipes; some good and some not so good.

Sally's Top 10 Favorite Dishes

  1. Grilled Beef Tenderloin: Marinate beef in a garlic, black pepper, Lea & Perrins, lemon juice, and olive oil with a dry mustard paste. Sear on all sides on the grill and cook until desired temperature.
  2. Beef or Cheese Enchiladas: Corn tortillas are softened and filled with either a mixture of ground beef, enchilada sauce and grated cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese by itself.
  3. Butternut Squash Lasagna: Vegetarian lasagna made with butternut squash, fresh sage, hazelnuts, cream sauce, and cheeses.
  4. Indian food: Tandoori Chicken, Saag Paneer and Basmati Rice. Although I can make the saag paneer (spinach and Indian cheese) and basmati (Indian long grain) rice at home I do no have a tandoor oven so this is a meal I order at Indian restaurants. Don’t forget the accompaniments of mango chutney and raita (plain yogurt and diced cucumbers).
  5. Eggplant Parmigiana: This layered Italian dish offers slices of baked eggplant covered with marinara sauce and cheeses.
  6. Grilled Salmon: Not only is it good but it is good for you, but I prefer a light sauce such as lemon piccata or a marinade of vinaigrette dressing.
  7. Moussaka: A layered Greek eggplant dish including ground lamb or beef, béchamel sauce and ricotta cheese.
  8. Cold Boiled Shrimp: This appetizer calls out for a red sauce made of ketchup, horseradish sauce and freshly squeezed lemon.
  9. Seafood Stuffed Artichoke: Remove the choke from a large, fresh steamed artichoke and add a mixture of diced shrimp, crabmeat and green peppers, cubed Swiss cheese and mayonnaise and bake. This is perfect as an appetizer or light lunch entrée.
  10. Fried Chicken: I left this for last, as it is a real treat that I don’t often allow myself to eat. Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and Per Se restaurants has an excellent recipe online that includes brining the chicken pieces before they are fried. And yes, this recipe is worth the extra work.

For more cooking tips, visit Sally's Place. 

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