A New Challenge

After moving our couch and seeing the ridiculous stack of magazines and recipes I decided something had to be done. Our couch is moved once a month for band practice and I don’t want to have to keep schlepping the magazines around. So, in a two day frenzy I organized all of the recipes that I have been wanting to try in to binders. These binders are broken up into meats, breads, desserts, etc. Then there is a binder that says “Tried and True”. So, here is my challenge– sort of Julie and Julia style– I want to see how long I can cook dinner with out repeating a recipe. So far I have gone 22 days. This doesn’t include the week vacation we just went on.

My goal is to find new staples and to have a cookbook together full of family recipes for the kids when they get older. (I’m always dreaming about things I want for them when they leave!)

Want to know what has been cooking in our house? I’m trying to be good about taking pictures, so the family cookbook will have pictures, but sometimes I forget!
This is not in order:
Ravioli — frozen — soon I’ll learn to make these homemade :)
Tortellini– frozen
Taco Salad — homemade taco seasoning
Enchiladas — good but not best
Stuffed Cabbage — definitely the best I’ve ever made, recipe from Taste of Home
Homemade Pizza — Homemade dough and sauce
Little Caesars Pizza — band practice :)
Stromboli — homemade dough and sauce
Mexican Pizza — homemade dough
Rolled Flank Steak — not one I’d make again.
Nacho Chicken Bake — take it or leave it
Eggs Benedict — need to learn how to make Hollandaise, mine didn’t turn out very good — loved poached eggs!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Hamburgers — B2G2 from Earthfare
Rotisserie Chicken — Walmart — after parenting class on Sunday, always a winner :)
Hot Dogs — free from Earthfare — Memorial Day
Steak and Potatoes
Beef Stroganoff
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Orzo Stuffed Peppers
Chicken and Spinach Calzones — homemade dough and sauce
Steak tacos/ burritos — homemade tortillas and pico de gallo – delish :)

It’s been fun to eat new things and to make so many things from scratch. I LOVE making dinner from scratch. It seems like such an accomplishment and when it tastes good– like homemade tortillas– it makes the messy kitchen worth it!!