10 Classic Dishes That Belong in Every Family's Cookbook

Baked Pasta

A baked pasta dish like ziti, lasagna, or mac & cheese makes you feel snug. Spaghetti al forno can provide most of the food pyramid in one dish. It suits hectic schedules.

Bread Roll

Bread smells and sounds amazing. Steamed, fried, or baked, every culture has their own version. Bread may carry sauces, butter, leftovers, and more. It's essential for a family recipe book.

Roasted Chicken

Restaurants worldwide serve chicken, the original white meat. Cheap and easy to cook. Easy-to-make whole roast chicken is versatile. This traditional recipe proves homemade is better than rotisserie.


Homemade pancakes taste like Sunday mornings. Pancakes—buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip, or banana—are linked with leisurely breakfasts and brunches. Try these airy pancakes for your family cookbook.

A Tender Roast

Regardless of flavor, roasts should be tender. Roasts become buttery after hours of cooking. Sunday roasts provide this purpose. Beef pot roast promises. 

Pound Cake

A pound cake recipe is useful for unexpected guests or special occasions. A pound cake's ingredients weigh a pound at the start. Many learned to bake it first. 

Good Gravy

Gravy goes with meats, veggies, and bread, so share it. Gravy enhances tastes. Teach your kids, nieces, nephews, and other relatives to make smooth gravy—or cheat with minced mushrooms.

Chocolate chip cookie

Why chocolate chip cookies? The fragrance of them baking beats tasting the dough fresh out of the bowl. Warm chocolate chip cookies and cold milk are fondly remembered. 

Apple Pie

Pie-making isn't "easy as pie," despite our claims. Pie's versatility and personalization make it great. Apple pies deserve their popularity. Apples represent fall and Christmas.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a popular side dish at barbecues and picnics. Olive oil or mayonnaise? Eggs, chives, whatever. This classic American dish is infinitely adaptable.

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