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Starches

Garlic Noodles

Butter, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, and Parmesan seems like a funky combination, but it’s a delicious way to dress a side of noodles.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Breakfasts

Cheese Grits

I grew up on cheese grits — as a kid, I’d happily lap up a bowl for breakfast or lunch. For a more grown-up meal, serve them topped with barbecued shrimp or pork.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Starches

Eric’s Green Chile Mac & Cheese

This creamy mac & cheese spiked with ground beef and green chiles is a favorite at the book club holiday party.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Pasta

Cacio e Pepe

Shortly before I hosted my Italian Party book club dinner, Deb Perelman wrote about the challenge of making the perfect three-ingredient Cacio e Pepe and published her foolproof recipe on Smitten Kitchen. It was the perfect complement to the stew of kale, tomatoes, and beans known as Ribollita.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Starches

Laure’s Potato Salad

I’m usually not the biggest fan of potato salad, but Laure’s is so good. She includes instructions for getting the texture of the potatoes themselves just right.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Starches

Jamy’s Oil Field Potatoes

The easy assembly, feed-a-crowd size, and cheese sauce make this potato dish is a staple at every Bancroft family get-together.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Starches

Macaroni & Cheese

Have you ever promised a pre-schooler macaroni and cheese for lunch without realizing that you’re out of the boxed stuff? Your whole day may seem completely shot, until some fast Googling and a serendipitous stash of just the right groceries allow you to make the homemade version.

It’s actually pretty easy and is much, much better than the boxed stuff.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Starches

Leesa’s Green Chile Cheese Grits

These cheesy, satisfying grits are the perfect side dish for grilled steaks or baby back ribs.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour
Starches

Ultra Fluffy Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

These wasabi-spiked mashed potatoes are the perfect side for grilled salmon.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Starches

Khanh’s Breakfast Casserole

Khanh had this dish, also known as Buffet Potatoes, at a friend’s brunch. She said it’s delicious and easy, and most importantly, divine.

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes