My mom is a great cook. She's taught me everything I know. I can usually come close to making everything she makes pretty much just like she makes it. If I'm not sure how she makes it, I call and ask.
My Dad is not terribly picky but he knows what he likes and how he likes it. Because of this, my mom usually stuck with the things she knew Dad really liked. She wasn't always introducing new recipes for us to try. Occasionally she would but for the most part she stuck with the old tried and true.
I've noticed myself in a rut with cooking. I have probably 10-15 meals that I make over and over and over. I don't have a picky husband. Patrick will pretty much eat whatever I put in front of him. He may make a comment like "this isn't terrible but I'm ok if you don't make it again," but he'll eat it. :)
I've decided to try out one new recipe a week. It may just be a new take on an old classic but it will be something new. I want to grow in my ability to cook and create meals. I'll be letting you blog readers know if I find any gems. I'd also love to know if you have any recipes that are staples in your house. You can leave them in the comment section or email them to me... I'd love that!