Diner hamburgers and fried chicken are two good recipes for lunches or dinners. Marion Cunningham's yeast raised waffles is an example of a diner breakfast recipe.
To make diner hamburgers, heat 1/2 teaspoon to a cast-iron skillet. Meanwhile, divide ground chuck with at least 20 percent fat into 4-ounce mounds.
Increase the heat to high, and place the hamburger mounds into the pan. Use a metal spatula to press the meat into 4-inch patties. Season the patties with salt and pepper. Cook the patties, undisturbed, for two minutes, and then flip. Cover each with a cheese slice, and cook one minute longer.
For fried chicken, heat oil in a heavy pan. Separately, combine 6 cups flour with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Pour 2 cups buttermilk into a separate bowl. Cut 2 whole chickens into eight pieces each.
Starting with the breasts, dredge the meat in the flour, dip in the buttermilk, and then submerge in the flour. Push the flour into the chicken, and then submerge gently in the hot oil. Follow with the thighs, legs then wings. Cook the chicken for 15 minutes, remove from the oil, and pat dry. Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes before serving.
To make the waffles, dissolve 1 package yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, and set aside for 10 minutes. Add 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar to the yeast, then mix in 2 cups flour and 2 eggs. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Heat a waffle iron. Whisk 1/4 teaspoon baking soda into the batter, Pour 1/4 cup batter over the waffle iron, and cook until golden.