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.