So, let’s take a look-see and figure out how I did with my Goals for 2014 in January…
I didn’t cross anything big off yet, but it is still early in the year! As far as the monthly goals for Cookbook Roulette and cooking up three magazine and newspaper recipes, I did really well (factoring a week-plus of being sick and wanting to only eat toast!).
Newspaper recipes tried: Sloppy Joes (from the Houston Chronicle, date unknown) that were good, but not photographed; Mediterranean Pasta Salad (from the Miami Herald); and Focaccia with Creamy Vegetable Spread (from Miami Herald and recipe can be found on this blog). Three made, one posted.
Magazine recipes tried: Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups (Cooking Light, November 2013); Fudge Brownie Muffins (Southern Living, February 1995); and a sinful Snickers Pie (Bon Appetit, June 1993) that will be posted next week.
So far, so good, right?
The cookbooks tripped me up a little bit. I was really excited because the three cookbooks I picked randomly were ones that I had never used! The first cookbook I chose was:
I let Miss E choose the recipe page and then I couldn’t find any dried ancho chiles. I have since located some and am making my recipe from this book this week.
The second book was:
I got this when D and I were engaged and haven’t ever used it. It has great tips for parties and how to plan them and recipes too. I knew when Miss E chose the page for the recipe that we would have a problem. She chose Cream Cheese and Olive Canapes, which look cute, in a retro sort of way:
Except that I HATE pimento-stuffed green olives. I was willing to give it a try because I might be surprised, but N to the O. No, no, no. Giant thumbs down from all of us at TPH. I needed to brush my teeth. That yucko. The upside here is that 1. I tried a new book, 2. I remembered how much I like pumpernickel bread, which I have not had in a long time, and 3. I got to make cute little carrot flowers that the Misses loved and proceeded to eat all of once this little
torture experiment concluded. Silver lining, right?
The final cookbook I chose was:
I have a good story about this cookbook and a great recipe to share! Actually, I have two recipes – I chose this book again randomly for this month and made another delicious dish from this book again tonight! Loving Cookbook Roulette so far! Anyone else want to play along with their own cookbooks? I’m looking at you Mom! 🙂