Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)
This is a tasty, zesty side dish that can easily become a main meal. Serve soupy with warm flour tortillas or crusty bread, crumble corn bread on top, or scoop up with tortilla chips. Like mac and cheese, it's a great comfort food. It is easy to make because it doesn't require constant attention and is good for everything from a family meal to a football party. It can easily be doubled. Check flavor before serving and alter seasonings to taste if necessary. Top with more onion and cilantro as desired. If there are any leftovers, they hold up well and taste great the next day.
Vietnamese Beef Pho
This pho lemongrass soup is served with a plate full of fresh garnishes and various sauces — this allows each person to season their serving to taste. The soup is somewhat unusual because the meat is cooked in the serving bowl. The beef is sliced very thin, almost thin enough to see through; you might want to have the butcher slice it. The boiling hot broth is poured over the noodles and raw meat. The meat is quickly cooked in the hot broth while you garnish the soup.
Hot and Sour Chicken Soup
Very good and very easy to make Asian soup. My husband is a chef, and he said that this was fantastic! (He's hard to impress.) We finished the pot in one sitting.