Sometimes recipes fail. Lately, I feel like I’ve been having a lot more fails. I’m not sure if I’m in a rut or just on a roll, but it’s always a bummer when it happens. I don’t mind so much when things fail (appearance/texture-wise) and still taste delicious, but when both appearance and taste fail, it kinda sucks. If it’s tolerable, I’ll eat it anyway, but sometimes it goes in the compost. Thankfully, I haven’t had to completely pitch many recipes though … maybe only a few.
Even though recipe fails are not my favorite, they’re valuable in teaching me what doesn’t work. It gives me the chance to try and try again. Really though, cooking involves so much experimentation, that failing is bound to happen. It’s just part of the ebb and flow of cooking. I accept it, even if I am bummed initially when it happens. Live, cook and learn, right?
Here are some of my recent recipe blunders. Surprisingly, they all look pretty good, but something went wrong in each. Feel free to share some of your most memorable or recent recipe blunders!
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and my very first turkey turned out fantastic! I kid you not when I say it was the best I ever tasted. Honestly, I didn’t know turkey could taste that good. Growing up, I always slathered it in gravy or cranberries because it tended to be so bland and tasteless. This turkey needed nothing and was so moist and flavorful. I brined it for over 24 hours, then rubbed homemade herb butter (grass-fed butter blended with fresh sage & thyme) all over the outside and under the skin. I stuffed the cavity with a quartered onion, leftover fresh herbs and one lemon (cut in half). The skin came out brown and crispy, just the way I like it (I can’t stand flabby skin — that’s when I won’t eat it) and I could taste flavors of the wine (from the brine) on the meat and skin. This will now be my go-to recipe for turkey! The rest of our meal consisted of roasted brussel spouts tossed with bacon and dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened), fresh green beans with sautéed shallots and chantrelle mushrooms (this tasted just like green bean casserole, but better!), my mom’s spiced cranberry relish, mashed buttercup squash, homemade neck/gizzard gravy, and almond flour biscuits (though neither of us ate one with dinner). For dessert, crustless pumpkin pie with 24-hour half-and-half yogurt as our (thick) whipped topping.
In the morning, before all the eating happened, Jesse went to Jiu-Jitsu and I got a workout in at Recreate. It was a fun Thanksgiving workout with 45+ others. A good time was had by all. After we got home (Jesse was there too because he helped coach class), I made us homemade almond flour biscuits with bacon, sunny-side up eggs and avocado. Then after eating, we Skyped with my parents back in Michigan and later, I got to Skype with my grandparents. Yay for technology! Anyway, here’s a photo recap of our Thanksgiving.
Naturally, I have a kitchen wish list and it’s actually a bit longer than what you see below (I just chose highlights). I’m sure you do too, especially if you enjoy cooking and spend as much time in the kitchen as I do. I don’t see myself buying any of these things in the near future because nearly all of them cost a pretty penny, but a girl can dream, right? In a perfect world, I’d already own all these kitchen tools. Do you have any of the things on my wish list? If so, do you think it’s a worthy investment? Also, I’m curious to know what’s on your kitchen wish list.
As you may know, I’ve been cooking a lot from Diane Sanfilippo’s new book, Practical Paleo, and have even posted a couple of the recipes. In honor of everything I’ve made so far, as well as her awesome book, here’s a little photo recap of the dishes I’ve tried. In case you’re wondering, all the dishes were delicious and are worthy of making again … and again … and again. Sorry, but aside from the dishes and recipes I already shared from Diane’s book (I mentioned below – in the captions of the photos – which recipes you can find in previous posts), I did not share the other recipes I tried. Hopefully, it’ll be an incentive for you to buy the book! I can’t keep giving away all her recipes, after all!