Sometimes, my family gets a little tired of being guinea pigs.

Trying to come up with new recipes can sometimes result in, let's call them, exotic dishes. So I thought I’d share with you some basics in my repertoire that my family really enjoys.


Last Saturday evening, while my husband and older daughter watched football and my youngest went to a holiday party, I puttered in the kitchen cooking a supper of some of our most-loved comfort foods. I had picked them up on the morning’s trip to the farmers market.

One of their favorites is fried catfish, but I didn’t feel like hovering over a hot pot of grease outside, where I usually fry so I don’t stink up the house. While there’s no substitute for fried catfish, this oven-baked version is pretty darn close.

For sides, I cooked up a pot of green beans and potatoes. This is a pretty traditional version, but a family favorite. And my girls have always loved corn on the cob. With this recipe, you can infuse some corn-complementary flavors while the cobs cook.

When we all sat down to supper, I didn’t have any food critics at the table.

Teresa B. Day is a local food writer and author of the “I Eat BR” blog. You can reach her at