I'll search, but it's more inspiration ā la Adam Perry Lang.
My go-to for guests is the forum bird, but that's been done to death around here, so I'll go with Coniglio All' Ischitana. Something about rabbit in garlicky tomato sauce just makes me happy. I like it with lots of thick sauce and a hunk of bread to mop it up.
A go-to around the house that I do a lot I ripped off from some seafood place I went to in Vancouver. Basically all it is is sauteed chicken (they used breasts, I use thighs) and mushrooms in a Hoisin sauce wrapped in lettuce. It takes like 10 minutes and makes the wife happy. Reheats well too.
Home made popcorn.
1 handful of popcorn kernels, unless you prefer more. or less.
enough oil to coat the kernels and have a small pool underneath.
I like EVOO, and grapeseed oil, esp lemon-infused varieties...though I did have 1 garlic infused oil that was suprerb (most of them are awful)
garlic salt, to taste. Must be applied immediately after removing from heat.
pan about 12-15X the volume of the corn you are using, about 4 qt for one z-sized handful.
place 'corn and oil in pan with loose-fitting lid over high-heat
pop until popping slows to 1 kernel/s....-ish
dump in bowl, immediately salt...stainless steel mixing bowl is traditional
total time: 10-ish minutes...if you clean your pan while it's hot.
Been enjoying and developing this recipe/approach for nearly 20 years, hope you enjoy it too!
Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.
Funnily enough, my true go-to (especially for a crowd where I need to truly entertain as well as cook) would also be a Bolognese. I started with this recipe, and have customized from there, but it's rarely the same thing twice. I always skip the celery, usually skip the liver, and often sub the meat (just use a salty meat then a meaty meat). It's always a hit, probably because everyone hears "bolognese" and then expects Prego "Meat" Sauce.
My Chiles Rellenos.. If only they took a quarter of the time they take to make!
The Pommes Boulangere from Coliccio's Craft of Cooking is so badass. It's a PITA to peel a bunch of fingerling potatoes, but it's sooooooooooooooooooooooo worth it.
"See... the problem here is that... my little brother, this morning, got his arm caught in the microwave, and uh... my grandmother dropped acid and she freaked out, and hijacked a school bus full of... penguins, so it's kind of a family crisis... so come back later? Great."
-Lane Myer (Definitely not as in Oscar Mayer)