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Nostalgic family recipes that bring us around the table

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Feel-good food for the family

Thanks to the internet, we've all got access to an endless amount of new recipes. Sometimes, though, it's the oldies-but-goodies that really hit the spot. Try one of these nostalgic recipes the next time your family gathers for dinner.

1. Mac and cheese

Feel-good food for the family

What's not to love about the gooey goodness that is mac and cheese? This recipe offers a smoky flavor with a crunchy topping — the perfect comfort food.

2. Meatloaf

Feel-good food for the family

Meatloaf always seemed somewhat unappealing when we were kids. As we got older, though, something about it became kind of comforting, right? This Bloody Mary Meatloaf isn't your mama's recipe, but we promise it will still hit the spot.

3. Green bean casserole

Feel-good food for the family

Did you ever have a holiday as a kid without green bean casserole? Our version is dished up in individual servings, so there's no fighting over who got the most crunchy onion topping.

4. Shepherd's pie

Feel-good food for the family

We love how shepherd's pie takes all the best comfort foods and just piles them up on top of each other. This version adds even more yummy layers.

5. Spaghetti

Feel-good food for the family

It's impossible to get tired of this dish, we promise. It's easy, delicious and a fav among most kids. Bonus — our version only uses one pot.

6. Chicken cordon bleu

Feel-good food for the family

This classic dish will never die — it just gets better. Our version adds pasta. You can't go wrong with that.

7. Potato salad

Feel-good food for the family

You can't give a picnic or a cookout without a big bowl of potato salad. This version skips the mayo in favor of blue cheese dressing. Oh, and did we mention the potatoes are cooked in bacon fat? Yum.

8. Peach cobbler

Feel-good food for the family

Grandma's peach cobbler, straight from the oven. Nothing says summertime like a warm plate of that, right? We've got an easy, three-ingredient version that you can make on the grill. Three cheers for not heating up your kitchen.

More recipes the family will love

Caramel apple pie
Mustardy mac 'n' cheese with peas

Cinnamon roll pancakes

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