Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recipe Challenge Final Thoughts & Favs

Well, well, well, it's done.  This post is a little late though as I was recovered from the meat coma I've been in since finishing up Street Food Chicago.  Yup, meat every single day.  And I was bringing leftovers for lunch too!  LOL

Anyway, this was a lot of fun.  I loved being prepared each week with my shopping list and bookmarked recipe pages.  Despite having to prepare something each night, it was actually easier.  No thought involved.  This is the one aspect of the challenge that I'm going to continue with each week.  Less money at the grocery store on things we may end up tossing and having to use much less of my brain each evening when meal time rolls around is awesome.

Although there were really only a few recipes I truly disliked over the past month, here are a few of my favs.  I hope you enjoyed all the recipes over the past four weeks and will dust off those magazines and cookbooks on your shelves, open 'em up and give something new a try!

Martha's chili and focaccia
Martha's shrimp pot stickers (probably the one I'm most proud of and the most time consuming)
Coconut pancakes with citrus salsa from Bon Appetit
Rachel Ray's Sausage & Pepper Pizza
Chicago Street Food's Chicken Shawarma
Which week was my favorite?  They were all fun for different reasons.  I will tell you that my body felt the best during the Martha Stewart week.  Probably due to the "light" recipes?  And Bon Appetit was fun because it was new and always so scary for me.  Chicago week was great because it was all kid friendly (at least for my fairly picky kiddos anyway).  Rachel comes in last.  :(  Sorry Rachel, it was just a bit boring now that I'm a fancy cooker lady.  LOL


  1. I loved this recipe challenge, you made a LOT of delicious foods & made me want to dig out my old cookbooks & actually use them :) For that I say thank you!!

  2. Aww, thank YOU Andrea for visiting. Can't wait to see what you prepare.

  3. Wow everything looks delicious!

  4. Hey fancy cooker lady... where do you go from here? What is on for your next challenge? I have truly enjoyed your blogs about this challenge and will be missing the daily dose of fancy cooking accompanied by great photos! I use your blog in my kitchen all the time, in case I haven't told you that :) Even my 15 year old knows to bring up your blog when I am looking for a recipe :P

    Make it a great day!

  5. You've made a lot of delicious food lately. I've really enjoyed reading about the challenge and your responses to it. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Glad you made it through! Your favorites are definitely good ones! I love Martha's pot stickers, I've made them before! YUM!

  7. Thanks girls! It was fun and yummy for the most part.

    Marge - thanks for the lovely compliment. Means a ton to me! :)