Happy New Year (early)! It’s a time of joy and celebration!
Do you like to go out? Cook something special? Look back on the successes of the past year?
New Years is a classic time for reflection. A day to sit back and take stock. To celebrate victories and create “best of” lists.
I like to think of my blog as a place to find recipes and tips that are tried and true. I test all ideas and those that are not up to par are never heard from again.
Until today. Here is a different type of Top Ten… My Top Ten Failures of 2012
The Worst of 2012
Strata (three tries). Do you like quiche? And French Toast? Doesn’t a casserole full of eggs, veggies, cheese and bread cubes sounded delicious? First recipe: bland. Pumped up recipe: bland. Completely new recipe: bland. What’s the definition of insanity?
Grandma’s Gingerbread. Reprising Grandma’s homemade egg noodles worked like a charm. How hard could gingerbread be? Don’t ask. Next Christmas I may try again using mild molasses, which my mother told me is the key. After I made it of course.
Individual Whole Peach Pies. Since a peach is one of the world’s most amazing foods–and these little pies were stunningly beautiful, I was drooling to give this a try. They forgot to mention that large peaches won’t fit into muffin cups (oops). Four somewhat shapeless pies later, I learned that with no added spices & little sugar, they were also somewhat tasteless.
Winter White Vegetable Soup. The picture was beautiful. I ripped it out of a magazine in 2003 and put it in my hope chest, even though the ingredients looked a little bland. Alas, I learned… if it looks bland, it probably is. Alternative lesson: toss old recipe file?
Moving the “Squirrel Proof” Bird Feeder to a “Safe” Spot. This was actually a post that got published, I guess prematurely. Before I knew the squirrel would win. For the third time. ‘Nuf said?
Decorated Cookies. You know those beautiful cookies you see for all the holidays? Colorful Santas, scary spiders, lacey snowflakes… How hard can they be? Well… at least we ate them.
Cranberry Toffee. Again, it looked wonderful in the photo. Imagine a holiday candy with phytochemicals! During cooking, it had a sweet, fresh-fruity taste. But by the time the molten liquid hit the appointed temperature, it tasted burnt. Okay, did I really expect a candy to double as a serving of fruit?
Mint Extract. I use mint extract in a few recipes and thought it would be fun to make my own. Soaked my homegrown peppermint leaves in vodka for weeks. The blog post showed a product that was green and fragrant. And mine? Looked brown. Smelled brown. Actually tasted brown.
And this isn’t even the whole list…
But still I go into the new year generally happy with my 2012 and thankful for my readers who inspire me to always do better. And I resolve to learn from my mistakes.
Except for the squirrel who I expect will continue to win…
Best wishes for a great 2013! Cheers!
- Christmas Cowboy Cookies in a Jar
- Creamy Carrot Soup (Without Cream!)