Monday, January 23, 2012

NYR 2011 Recap

I've referenced a few times my 2011 New Year's Resolution, which was to cook at least one new recipe each week in 2011.  Well I think I followed through rather well, at least when I had access to cooking supplies*.  So I thought I'd post about some of the successes.

I was given a rating, on a scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), for each dish.  We often came to an agreement on the rating, but as a disclaimer, I will remind you I live with a strict judge who's strongly against grade inflation.

*Our cross-country move meant our cooking supplies (skillets, ingredients, etc.) were in storage for about 10 weeks.

The stats:
64: the number of new recipes attempted in 2011
4: the greatest number of new recipes made in one single week
40: number of weeks I tried at least one new recipe
8: number of recipes that the Judge rated a 5!!
12: number of recipes that scored 4.5.  Not bad.
0: number of recipes the Judge rated a 1.  (One recipe almost got this grade, but I saved it at the last minute)

Now for the hits:
Tequila-Lime Chicken

Sticky Bun Pull-Apart Bread
Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Peach Cobbler
Mini-Pretzel Bites
Prosciutto-stuffed Chicken
Buffalo Chicken Pizza 
Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Sauce

If there's interest (I'm talking to you, sisters, since you're 50% of my readership), I can post links to the recipes that received the winning scores.

Edited to add: I added links to my inspiration recipes above (for the ones online). Hope you enjoy!


  1. Yum! I'm waiting to order the cookbook.

  2. I'm so proud I was there for one that got a 5! [Even if we gave the pretzel bites a 5 ourselves : ) ]
    I wanna taste those choc chip dough cookies after all the raving I've heard!!

    1. You definitely weren't supposed to divulge that secret!

  3. Awesome! I will have to try some of these as part of my challenge.


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