First, I have to start off by saying that this truly a first world problem and I am very grateful for all the food that we're able to eat. Having said that, my dilemma these days is feeling like I'm cooking the same things over and over again, and even when there's some variation it's basically the same flavor profile. When I go online to find inspiration it seems I come across more of the same ole. It's tedious to wade through all of the same stuff on sites like Tastespotting to find those few dishes that stand out from the rest. Recipe sites like Epicurious or even Google show mostly popular dishes at the top of the search results.
I have to think, given how vast and diverse the food world is, that there are a large number of dishes out there I haven't tried. Just thinking about all the possible combinations of ingredients and cooking techniques! Lately, I've started doing more ethnic cooking but finding recipes beyond those top 5-10 popular dishes for each ethnicity is hard (at least finding good ones is hard). There's got to be more to Chinese cuisine than stir fries or more to Mexican food than tacos and enchiladas.
So I'm asking fellow Chowhounders for recipes that they think 80% of the cooking population haven't tried. These would be recipes for weeknight dinners that can be prepared in about an hour or so. They would have to be online recipes as we don't have the budget to buy anymore cookbooks. My wife and I are pretty decent cooks and since we live in a major city we have access to a variety of ethnic grocery stores. Thanks in advance!