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.

I Eat La: Recipes for Oven-Fried Catfish, Green Beans & Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

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