The Three Recipes

I’ve been keeping track of how many new recipes I try each year since 2011.  I’m not sure if anyone else does this, but I use it to prevent getting into a “dinner rut”.  As a type-A , lover of lists, this one has helped me branch out and try new things instead of cooking the same few dishes over and over again. I actually got the idea from my friends’ mom in Japan who keeps a list of all of the people she has over for dinner and what she serves – so there are no repeats.  She has a ton of dinner guests, as you can imagine.

My list started out being caled “50 for 2011” and it was a New Year’s Resolution of sorts to try 50 new recipes in 2011. I’m really into Resolutions that require you to do something instead of abstain from doing something. Isn’t “Drink more tea!” better than “Don’t eat dessert”? I digress. Back in 2011 my list reached recipe #56.  In 2012 it reached #60 and in 2013, the year Emmett was born and our lifestyle changed drastically, I was up to #94.  I cooked 103 new recipes in 2014 and 94 in 2015. In 2016, my list made it all the way up to #114 for the year.

A little bit of what 2018 is looking like so far.

So,  you can imagine my surprise when, last year, despite being pretty consistent with blogging about food on the Irish Boutique’s website, I only cooked 71 new things.  And that was a meager 57 before the Holidays. I’m not sure exactly what happened.  I know morning sickness had something to do with it, but I’ve had that with every pregnancy so why were my numbers so good in previous-pregnant years? I don’t know. But, I think it may have something to do with the kids getting pickier and wanting to eat the same things over and over again.  I try really hard to make sure we eat together as a family and we eat, at least generally speaking, the same thing. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s good to have goals. Though it looks like this one is putting us all on the toddler diet.

Of course, it may also be because we have more kids, things are just busier. There are more pizzas and grocery store rotisserie chickens than ever – which I refuse to feel guilty about. Still, I’m a competitive person, especially with myself.  So, this year I’ve upped the ante.  I’ve decided to identify three new recipes that I would like to try each week.  This will not only give me a framework for shopping and meal planning, but hopefully, result in better 2018 numbers.  Even if I don’t actually end up cooking all three each week. We’ll see how it goes. And I will post updates on my progress.  The real test will be when I go back to work after maternity leave. Wish me luck!

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