I have found myself yearning to do more in the kitchen – be more creative and try things that I’ve deemed “too hard” in the past. So, I’m challenging myself (and those who follow) a Beginner’s Kitchen Challenge. It will be 10 recipes or skills to do over a 10-week period. I am aiming for one per week because this life season is crazy (and budgets are tight!).
So here it is – skills I want to hone & recipes I want to try…
- Bake your own bread (maybe get crazy and add some fun fillings like herbs, cheese, or fruit!)
- Cook a FULL bird (turkey, chicken, quail – it doesn’t matter. I was SO nervous when I made a turkey the first time, but it is a necessary skill!)
- Make your own salad dressing (or two, or three, or four! I have always wanted to do this, but haven’t. I know this is normal in some homes, but we’ve only done store bought here!)
- Make homemade pasta (from scratch – no store-bought noodles. Again, maybe add something different! There is a Shaye Elliot recipe for pasta that I’ve been dying to try HERE.)
- Make homemade poptarts (this is admittedly the most random on this list, BUT we’re looking for something unique to make for Christmas morning, and we’re a family of poptart lovers. I’ve heard of some GREAT recipes, and I am excited to try it out!)
- Make homemade Mac & Cheese (with all the fixin’s – obviously! For us, it will probably include bacon and a million types of cheese.)
- Make a homemade pizza (crust & all – I have been telling Ethan for YEARS that I want to do this so we can make a pizza with toppings we all like!)
- Make your own pesto (maybe even make this the same night you make the homemade bread – yum!)
- Make your favorite breakfast dish from scratch (That means, pancakes, waffles, and fritatas from scratch! For me, it’s Eggs Benedict!)
- Make seafood (Ethan and I enjoy seafood, but have never attempted to make anything! We will probably do some kind of seared salmon – but I am VERY tempted to try a lobser too!)
I will post about specific recipes (successes and disaster) as I am making them! I *might* have an artisan loaf rising as we speak, but it’s quite plain and I think I can do better!
Happy Adventuring in your Kitchen!