30 day cooking challenge

[30 Day Challenge] Something on the Spot

[30 Day Challenge] Something on the Spot

Random Observation/Comment #390: The best meals I’ve ever made have been invented on the spot with the different ingredients I had available. Yay, backpacking! Recipe: Something on the spot – zucchini and sweet corn stuffing What do you do when you A) ran out of casserole dishes for making the planned zucchini and corn meal and B) have the last casserole...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Ridiculous

[30 Day Challenge] Something Ridiculous

Random Observation/Comment #389: Sometimes the creativity and bizarre combinations going into food will make it more appealing for people to try. Other times, you’re just freaking weird. Recipe: Something ridiculous – Ramen burger Luckily, the ramen burger was one of those things that everyone saw and had to try.  I totally made up most of the recipe. The only thing I learned...

[30 Day Challenge] Turkey Lurkey, I Love You

[30 Day Challenge] Turkey Lurkey, I Love You

Random Observation/Comment #388: I love the feeling of hosting a fun party where people loved the food and ended the night fully satisfied. I just wish there were less dishes to do. Recipe: Making Turkey Lurkey, Gravy, and Stuffing  The recipe I used for the turkey was the one I saw on Gordon Ramsey’s show.  I had a few months...

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Curry

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Curry

Random Observation/Comment #387: I don’t know what it is about curry, but it’s something next to mashed potatoes that I’ll always want to eat. Oh man, I should make curry mashed potatoes. Recipe: Something with curry – Curried cauliflower I erred on the side of caution with this recipe because I didn’t want to make anything too over-powering. Because we had a...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Sweet

[30 Day Challenge] Something Sweet

Random Observation/Comment #384: I’ve never been a big fan of sweets. I’m more of a savory kinda guy anyway. Plus, baking means I need to follow the recipe exactly, which feels much more like chemistry than art. Recipe: Something sweet – honey cupcakes Honey cupcakes use a lot of honey. We bought the good stuff form a farm near New Paltz...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Fun to Make

[30 Day Challenge] Something Fun to Make

Random Observation/Comment #383: “Okonomi” means “whatever you like” and “yaki” means “fried”, so I just fried everything I like. What a great idea. Recipe: Something fun to make – Okonomiyaki The only part I followed from the recipe was measuring out the mixture of flour, chicken stock, and eggs. I wanted to make sure to get the texture correct, but everything else...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Italian

[30 Day Challenge] Something Italian

Random Observation/Comment #380: I feel like everything Italian I eat today reminds me of visiting my aunt in Pennsylvania. Since I had Chinese food made by my mom every night, other cuisines are a pretty good treat. Recipe: Something Italian – Baked Ziti Once again, I adjusted the recipe, but I think for the better. I used extra ricotta cheese with the...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Amazing

[30 Day Challenge] Something Amazing

Random Observation/Comment #379: I love mashed potatoes. It’s become a bit of an obsession that I’ve controlled over the years. When it’s Thanksgiving, I eat it like a maniac and mix it with everything possible. That’s my exception day. Recipe: Something amazing – Garlic mashed potatoes I made a fairly simple mashed potatoes, but as mentioned in the last post with oxtail...

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Dip

[30 Day Challenge] Something with Dip

Random Observation/Comment #372: I don’t know how to pick the best avocado, and I think that means I still do not have the Force. .Recipe: Something with dip – Guac and chips I’ve made guacamole plenty of times in the past for picnics and tex-mex nights, but I really enjoyed this particular take on it. I think the diced garlic and bit...

[30 Day Challenge] Something Chinese Comfort Foody

[30 Day Challenge] Something Chinese Comfort Foody

Random Observation/Comment #371: I remember the first time I made congee in college – I fed my entire dorm room and then I was too lazy to do the dishes, so we didn’t have congee again until 2 months later. Recipe: Something Chinese comfort foody – jook/congee I didn’t follow the recipe at all on this one, but instead did my Mom’s...

[30 Day Challenge] Weekly Prepping

[30 Day Challenge] Weekly Prepping

Random Observation/Comment #362: There’s something about peeling potatoes that makes me happy. It’s just a simple task that reminds me of spending the summers in Pennsylvania making mashed potatoes with my gravy master uncle. Still thinking about you, Goo Jerng… Prepping will be a big part of this challenge. It’s important to optimize this process so the challenge doesn’t take...

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