Guess what? There is an official Pinterest Challenge that happens each season, organized in part by Sherry at Young House Love. I hope it’s OK that this food girl thought it would be neat to participate in this craft challenge. It just seems my 50-recipe challenge makes such a good fit …
This recipe challenge has been one of my best ideas.
It used to be that the idea of making something new was so much more appealing than the thought of making it happen.
We call those mental hurdles, right?
Luckily, all it took to get over this one was to publicly declare a 101-day challenge to make fifty new recipes. Now I keep track of tons of recipes I want to try on Pinterest (here’s my food board), pick and choose some each week that look fun, and make them.
Total recipes so far? Including these nine below: 24. I’m almost halfway there — and less than halfway through my 101 days! It’s looking good.
We have so many yarmy new foods in our life …
Simply Scratch’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Orecchiette Pasta in Brown Butter Sage Sauce
Hey, do me a favor: stop reading my blog. Right now (I know you didn’t finish; it’s alright). Make this pasta dish. Enjoy the aroma of browning butter. Discover the joy of crispy, pan-fried sage. Mix it with butternut squash and call it My Life Is Complete.
Shutterbean’s Coconut Maple Granola
I thought I was a clumpy-chewy-granola girl. I was wrong. This cereal is so delicately crunchy — the unsweetened coconut is paper-crisp! Next time I make this, I’m doubling the recipe. At a minimum, doubling.
… also her Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
SWEET JEEZUS these are ridiculous little devilish angelic heavy puffs of buttery sweet spicy dough melty sugar-crunched-edged treats from heaven or maybe the devil.
Make these only if you plan to feed a team of people who will empty the pan for you. You will curse yourself if you make this entire pan for just you and your husband and put the leftovers in a fridge, where they will taunt you and you’ll take a bite and then “ooh, just one more bite” and then “oh lordy I’ve just OD’d on this stuff — oh well let’s eat more!”
They’re the best cinnamon rolls ever. Obviously.
Soup Addict’s Have It Your Way Beer Bread
I liked this a lot! Earthy sweetness (either from the bit of sugar in the dough or my husband’s American stout brew). Crunchy top (thank you, butter!). Next time I’d omit the sprinkle of salt on top (those just didn’t look well after the bread was kept in a plastic bag).
Otherwise, we’ll definitely be making this again.
101 Cookbooks’ Bake Quinoa Patties
Quick — go look at Heidi’s version of these patties on 101 Cookbooks. OK. Now look at mine.
Huh? Some things I’d do better next time: Chop all the fixins into smaller pieces; not forget the feta; take her up on that panfry option, which I think would make for a nicer looking pattie.
The flavor of these was great. Husbandman liked them, too!
… also, her Oatmeal Crackers
Yeah, so I said I’d make these crackers, but to be honest, they were a little too complicated for my taste and seemed less tempting after having identified the perfect Beeson cracker.
Eat Live Run’s Soft Baked Fig Cereal Bars
Fruit and cake, right? These are nice little treats to have on hand. However, I made these decisions which made these more like cake and jam than fig bar:
» I didn’t have apple juice on hand. But I did have apples! I replaced the apple juice with one chopped apple and 1/2 cup water.
» I followed the cooking instructions then processed the fig mix as directed. What I didn’t do was follow my own instinct and cook down the filling further … it was just much looser than what you see in Eat Live Run’s photos. Instead of paste, I ended up with something like jam.
It wasn’t really too big a deal — these were still tasty. I just have notes for next time, is all.
Eating Bird Food’s Fruit and Nut Bars with Chocolate
Look at me making simple little errors! Here, I overprocessed the dried fruit then overmixed the final dough. This is what I got. They kinda tasted like health food. That’s not really a problem, right?
In any case, it gave me ideas for a future version of my energy bar …
Indie Fixx’s Sweet and Salty Toasted Chickpeas
Oh. I won’t say too much about this.
Annie’s Eats’ Pumpkin Doughnuts
Aside from my electric stove failing to maintain the oil temperature, these were fun to make and tasty to eat! The dough is a little soft (even after spending an entire night in the fridge), so I had to use tons of flour to keep it easy to handle; I also floured the doughnut cutter (and should have done that before each time I used it).
This made a ton of doughnuts, so make these for a crowd!