Something about cooking just makes a place feel more like home.Saturday night I made my first home-cooked meal in San Salvador: spaghetti bolognese (it was actually just ground beef sautéed with garlic and a jar of Classico pasta sauce, but “bolognese” sounds better) and caesar salad (romaine with store-bought dressing).But still — I felt like purchasing ingredients from the grocery store and cooking a meal with the embassy-issued welcome kit’s cooking supplies on our first full day in town was a small achievement. Baby steps, right?Sunday morning (well, I slept in, so it was more likely around brunch/lunch time) I made us breakfast. Weekend breakfast has been a tradition in our household for some time.We do it up big: sometimes pancakes and bacon (with the BEST maple syrup from Costco — Kirkland brand, obv.) and other times sunny-side-up eggs with homemade hash browns — and I mean real hash browns, not the cut-up potatoes that restaurants serve under the guise of “hash browns” that are really, in fact, home fries (I am serious about my breakfast potatoes): peeled, shredded and riced potatoes (ricing is key to get all the moisture out) — and sausage links (links > patties).Sometimes we go crazy and do something like cinnamon French toast or omelettes. I’ve even been known to poach an egg or two. And of course, the star of every breakfast, every day of the week, is coffee from our Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew Coffeemaker. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival in our UAB.Hello, old friend.Sunday night I made dinner again, one of our favorite dishes: Filipino chicken adobo, though not my favorite slow-cooker version adapted from Skinnytaste.com (see first photo) since my other favorite kitchen appliance has yet to arrive.I am really looking forward to the arrival of our UAB and HHE so we can really get cooking! But we are making do with what we have for now.What are your favorite recipes? How do you make a new place feel more like home?