I need your help. I am bored, bored, bored with my recipe repertoire. Everyone knows that if you're bored, you're boring and that is a great fear of mine; I never want to be boring.
A big part of my blahs toward cooking is, I'm sure, due to the weather. We just had the coldest May on record and I only pulled out the kids' summer clothes this week because it is nearly the middle of JUNE and I felt obligated. By June, I'm usually no longer cooking the heavy, hearty meals of cold weather (stew, roast, breads, and so forth), but have moved on to the lighter summer fare (grilled meats, cold salads, sandwiches). Here we are on June 12th, the mercury sits at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the furnace is pumping warm air onto my stocking feet and I've been cooking the same meals since the end of September--nine months. Blah.
We are a basic meat and potatoes family who are on a tight budget. I like recipes for meals that include "normal" pantry items. I do not have kudzu, loquat, or boletes (yes, I did google "unusual ingredients" for ideas). I do have basil, onions, Worcestershire Sauce, and black beans.
What are you making for dinner? Give me some links to good recipes. The health and welfare of my family is at stake.