Maybe Matilda: 6 Recipes I Love (that you should totally try)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

6 Recipes I Love (that you should totally try)

Is it just me, or is there a very unfortunate ratio of great recipes to terrible recipes online? Like, for every 4 recipes you find bouncing around on the internet, insisting they are the BEST recipe of all time and the author’s family’s ALL-TIME FAVORITE, only 1 of those will actually be worth printing out and adding to your recipe binder and repeating later.

Not just me, right? (Just say yes. It helps my self-esteem.)

Of all the many recipes I’ve tried over the past few months, here are 6 I think are total keepers.6 favorite recipes from

1. Moist Sweet Cornbread: Cornbread is one of my go-to side dishes for a lot of dinners—it goes so well with so many entrees, it’s quick to prepare, everyone in my family enjoys it, and the leftovers make a great breakfast the next morning. Many versions I’ve tried are too dry and crumbly, but this recipe’s name is no lie—it is incredibly moist and sweet and delicious. Definitely a keeper.

2. Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet: Sweet potato, green pepper, eggs, and sausage—it strikes me as an odd combination, but somehow, it works, and works wonderfully. This dish is quick to pull together, healthy, and delicious. We love it, and despite the word ‘breakfast’ in the title, it’s become my go-to dinner for those nights when I have almost no time or ingredients. (A note: I prefer it wish Italian sausage instead of ground beef.)

3. Orange Chicken: Asian dishes are always a hit over here, and this one is no exception. The fresh orange flavor is fantastic, and the sauce is so good, I’m always tempted to drink it straight from the pot. I like to add a little extra ginger as well as a pinch of red pepper flakes to give it a tiny bit of heat—yum.

4. Gloria’s Perfect Cinnamon Rolls: I’m always skeptical when a recipe claims to be the best anything. It’s quite a claim, and I’ve been let down too many times by ‘The BEST’ recipes. But these might actually be the perfect cinnamon rolls. The dough is so soft and smooth, the finished rolls are incredibly tender, and they freeze and reheat beautifully. I’ll be making these again and again.

5. Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs: This moist and tender chicken topped with a sweet and spicy sauce is fantastic. A word of warning, though: unless you really like things hot, consider using less sriracha in the sauce than the recipe calls for. I use half to two-thirds the recommended amount. I always serve it over this Savory Coconut Rice, and top it with lots of green onion and cilantro.

6. One Bowl Chocolate Cake: My mom offered to come over and make dinner for us recently, so I figured I’d whip up a dessert . . . then realized I had practically nothing in the pantry. This cake comes together using just the barest of pantry staples, but it’s rich and moist and irresistible. I topped it with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting, and immediately started in on a hefty slice without waiting for my mom to arrive. Such a great hostess.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite recipes!


  1. I've made a similar breakfast skillet and was all, "eh," about it. I think the trick for me is to cube the sweet potato, rather than shred it. The texture just ruins the recipe for me. Will be trying this recipe soon!


  2. Oh I love all your recipe posts. I must try the cornbread for sure.

  3. Oooh, I bet I'd like it even better that way. You're right, the shredded sweet potato is a little different. I didn't mind it, but I can imagine that having it cubed would make it even better.

  4. Oooh, these all look so good! I have been looking for a good Orange Chicken recipe for ages. Thanks!

  5. Love that two of the recipes are from Mel's kitchen cafe--honestly, I've gotten some of my biggest hits from her site. Haven't tried those cinnamon rolls, but I'm feelin' like that's gonna have to go down soon.

  6. So much love for Mel. She's just so reliable. I hate that so many recipe bloggers seem to focus on just a pretty picture, rather than the recipe actually being great.

    And YES to the cinnamon rolls! Perfect weekend breakfast. They are awesome.

  7. I bet you'll love it! I often save some time by just cooking the chicken in a large skillet instead of baking; still get great results. It's a good recipe!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! I baked the cinnamon buns today and they were excellent. My kids said they would have gladly finished the entire batch, if they were allowed to do so. ;) I'm also going to try the breakfast skillet (for dinner) sometime this week.

  9. Aren't those cinnamon rolls delicious?! I can't wait to make them again. Maybe this weekend.


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