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A new feature for 2017!

Apologies for the inadvertent radio silence here this week! I’ve been very very busy being very not-productive. 😉

You know how cooking at home is a super-duper important part of living a frugal life?

And you know how it’s super easy to get into a recipe rut?

(I know it’s not just me.)

browning chicken for broth

the beginnings of a pot of chicken broth

Well, I thought that in 2017, it would be fun to commit to trying new recipes together.

I’m going to be bravely optimistic and challenge myself to try one new recipe per week. And I plan to post about it every Thursday.

Each Thursday, I’ll give a small report on the recipe I’ve tried and also share what my new recipe for the next week will be.

And you can do the same in the comments.

Now, one major obstacle for me when it comes to food blogging is the lack of decent light at dinnertime.

While this is surmountable with advance planning, I am not the sort of person who has time to make dishes and photograph them earlier in the day. If I’m going to photograph food, it needs to happen when I’m already making food for my family.

So, while I plan to share a photo of the dish I’ve made each week, it’s just going to have to be a not-that-awesome photo for the 2/3 of the year that dinnertime happens post-sunset.

(I know most of you probably aren’t that concerned about it. I’m mostly telling this to myself: Done is better than perfect, Kristen!   Just take the photo.)

Japanese Pork Ramen soup

Crock-Pot Japanese Pork and Ramen soup


I’ll try to stick mostly with new main dish recipes (because those are the most useful and also the most challenging to find, for me at least), but I’ll probably throw some new side dish recipes in too.

You all are welcome to join in as frequently or as infrequently as you like…you do not have to be as crazy as me and do this every single week. 😉

For this week, I’m planning to make white chicken chili from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook.

(I don’t think ATK publishes this book anymore, but there are lots of used copies available on Amazon.)

white chicken chili

I’ve never made or eaten white chili before, but I’ve always been curious to try it.

And I just made a big pot of chicken broth from the bones of two organic chickens from Aldi, so I’ve got plenty of broth on hand to put into this soup.

Hopefully it’ll be tasty.


If this idea sounds good to you and you’ve already got a recipe in mind to try, go ahead and share in the comments.

Let’s do this thing!   We are totally gonna get out of our cooking ruts in 2017.   Woo!

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Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

I'm looking forward to your new feature each week! Cooking at home is part of my New Years Resolution to heal my body, mind and soul, but I totally get bored of eating the same or similar thing every night of the week. Part of it is having to change my mindset where I think I have to be gastronomically tantalized on a Tuesday night after a full day of out-of-home work. To keep going with my resolution, I'm looking for recipes that can be made in less than 45 minutes (including chopping time), and involve ingredients that are readily available and don't depend on the consistently inconsistent whims of my local grocer.

I used to choose a new recipe from one of my cookbooks to try each week, on Saturdays when I had more time. Having a toddler constantly underfoot has made that difficult, but I'm starting to build a collection of tried and tested "weekend" recipes that make the whole family happy and provide me with tasty lunchy leftovers.

Also, I made potato bread using your recipe last night and it's 100% the best bread I've ever made. 10/10 will make again. Thank you!

Lori Zawhorodny

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

It IS so easy to fall into a rut. What a great idea, I look forward to following along. :)

Susie Serrano

Monday 2nd of January 2017

For the first time in my life I've made ginger snaps. We had a cookie bar at a New Years Day party & I made these Festive Ginger Snaps from Pinterest. I used regular molasses instead of light, which my friends say doesn't exist in our area of the CA Motherlide.


Sunday 1st of January 2017

I'm game and feel like I'm in a cooking rut. I'll start next week though as we are still out of town. Thanks for the inspiration


Friday 30th of December 2016

White Chicken Chile is the best! I hope you all enjoyed it. It's definitely a favorite of ours. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for introducing ATK and Cook's Illustrated to me. I found the cookbook at the thrift store ($5, yay!) and just today found 12 back issues of CI magazines (25 cents each, Yay!). I also watch Cook's Country on PBS. They all seem to be related? Anyhow, I have learned so much from them. So thank you! Blessings to you and yours in 2017.

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