About a hundred years ago, I posted this thread, "Recipes so good you've made it at least 3 times--COTM Edition* " http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9262... asking for everyone's "tried and true" favorites from our growing archive of Cookbooks of the Month (see COTM archive here: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...).
Now I ask the same question, years later with many more COTMs under our collective belt, with a wrinkle:
Which COTM recipes are your tried and true WEEKNIGHT FAVORITES? Those you can get out on the table quickly?
Please mention the name of the recipe, the cookbook, and anything particularly memorable about the recipe including the secret, if there is one, to getting it out on the table quickly. Pantry stocked a certain way? Marinate in advance? Start with certain leftovers? That sort of thing, if applicable. Links to recipes, previous COTM reports, photos, whatever entirely welcome but not in any way essential.
I've been paging through my old COTM notes and I realize that when I started participating in COTM 6+ years ago (sadly I was not a COTM'er from inception), I had oodles of time to shop for ingredients, prep, whatever. That was before I became a Mom. And cooking was really my primary hobby. Now, looking back at my favorites, I realize I often tackled a recipe specifically because it was a challenge and I wanted to learn. My husband and I could sit down for dinner at 9pm and it wouldn't be a problem. This kind of leisurely cooking just doesn't suit my lifestyle at the moment as keeping my child from bouncing off the walls during the coldest winter on record is my current hobby. (Someday I can do more leisurely cooking again, I hope?)
Anyway, please help me look at my cookbooks in a fresh new light. Which COTM recipes have become a part of your weeknight repertoire?
Also, for your reference just because I worry about losing track of these kinds of round-up threads, BigSal has been soliciting everyone's favorite COTM recipes annually since 2011: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9262...
And EAH recently asked everyone to chime in with their top five cookbooks from COTM. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9686...
* My original query of "recipe so good you've made it at least 3 times" was inspired by Katie Nell's non-COTM-edition query here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3903... and here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6164... which are two of my all-time favorite chowhound threads, even though not COTM related.
As for me, I remember having particularly good luck with Vietnamese month, lots of Casas recipes, Italian Easy, and Gourmet Today. Several of Grace Young's recipes, too, though I'm a person who is slowed down by a lot of chopping sometimes. I'll have to dredge my mind for favorites from those books and report back.