About this website

I began this blog to chronicle my attempts to try 365 new recipes in 2010.

2009 was a lackluster year, and I needed to do something to make sure that 2010 was better. I generally don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I devised one that I could actually keep – something with concrete steps and something that I, not external forces, would be able to control whether I succeeded. I had always enjoyed cooking, but somehow I’d gotten out of the habit of cooking. I was tired of uninspired cooking. I was tired of collecting recipes that I didn’t make. I was tired of cooking just to eat.

So in 2010, I decided to make 365 new-to-me recipes. I started off slow at the beginning, only meeting half of my goal for January, and not really keeping up in February. I gained momentum during the spring and summer, and in the end, I managed to make 367 recipes, all by Christmas Day, 2010 – a week early!

I enjoy reviewing the new recipes I make. While I only have a handful of original recipes posted, I hope that my reviews help others decide what recipes they’d like to try. I also try to give helpful cooking advice. I like to think that I have a variety of recipes here; I like involved cooking as well as simple recipes.

In 2010, I kept track of what I’d made month-by-month. Since then, I’ve kept track year by year, as well as compiled a list of all the recipes I’ve ever made. Each of those entries on the lists links to my review of it. I also have links to “bonus recipes” or some of my old favorites.

In each post, I generally link to an online source for the recipe in the text of my write-up. If there’s no online source, I type it out or summarize it. I list what substitutions or adjustments I made and I sometimes describe the steps of the recipe, but if there’s an online source you may have to click through to the original recipe for details. Sometimes I get a little lazy, and my recipe sources deserve to have other cooks and bakers visit their website.

As you can see, I primarily like baking, bread, breakfast, chocolate, and desserts. Fruits and veggies are also represented, though! If there’s something specific you want, clicking on a tag is the best way to find it; you can also try using the search box to the right. In 2010 I wrote about every recipe I tried, but I don’t do that now. I don’t blog about the failures now, but when I used the “fail” tag in 2010, it didn’t necessarily mean that the recipe was bad – it just means that I didn’t like it. It’s largely a matter of personal taste, but there’s no bigger personal failure than making something you just can’t bring yourself to eat.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe website, and that you try a recipe or two from it that you enjoy.

I began this blog to chronicle my attempts to make 365 new recipes this year.

2009 was, quite simply, a lackluster year. I needed to do something to make sure that 2010 was better. Although I’m not a New Year’s resolution type of person, I devised one that I could actually keep – something with concrete steps and something that I, not external forces, would be able to control whether I succeeded or not.

I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but somehow I’d gotten out of the habit of cooking toward the end of 2009. I was tired of uninspired cooking. Cooking just to eat – or dining out just to eat – symbolized what rut I was in. I was tired of collecting recipes that I didn’t make.

So in 2010, I decided to make 365 new-to-me recipes. I started off slow at the beginning, only meeting half of my goal for January, and not really keeping up in February. I gained momentum during the spring and summer, and in the end, I managed to make 367 recipes, all by Christmas Day, 2010 – a week early!

I enjoy reviewing the new recipes I make. While I don’t have any original recipes (yet), I like to think that by making and blogging about what I make, I can help others decide what recipes they’d like to try, too. I also try to give advice on what I’ve found most useful when I cook.

In 2010, I kept track of what I’d made month-by-month. I also have a list of recipes I’ve made in 2011. In addition, I also have a list of all the recipes I’ve ever made (which I’ll try to maintain). Each of those entries on the lists links to my review of it. In addition to the “new” recipes I’ve made, I also post about some of my old favorites. In 2010, those were called “bonus recipes.” I don’t think I’ve blogged about anything old yet in 2011! If I remake something, I generally have written up another post about it, and usually update the original post with a link.

In my reviews, I generally link to an online source for the recipe in the text of my write-up. If there’s no online source, I type it out below. I list what substitutions or cooking adjustments I made and I sometimes describe the steps of the recipe, but you may have to click on the link to the original recipe to see what the original instructions say and what the quantities are. I just don’t want to list the recipe every single time, and if I’m using a recipe from a source, they deserve to have others who want to make the recipe visit their website.

I’m trying to be consistent about tagging my entries. As you can see, I primarily like baking, breakfast, chocolate, and desserts. If there’s something specific you want, clicking on a tag is the best way to find it; you can also try using the search box to the right. The tag “fail” doesn’t necessarily mean that the recipe is bad – it just means that I won’t eat it. Often that’s a matter of personal taste, but there’s no bigger failure than making something you just can’t bring yourself to eat.

I hope that you enjoy this blog, and that you get at least a recipe or two from it that you enjoy.


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