The Challenge

IMG_3518I got married in 2015. I did a lot of other things too, but one of the cooler aspects of getting married was the fact that I asked people to write a favorite recipe on the back of their RSVP cards.

I didn’t inherently want to try three different versions of chicken pot pie; I was just interested in the people I know and love, and the recipes that mattered to them. I also didn’t really think that very many people would do it, so it was sort of a one-off “cute wedding thing.”

I was wrong: of the 70-odd invites I sent, more thanΒ 30Β people sent me a response with a recipe. Some of them were labeled as heirloom recipes, some were labeled as quick and easy, some of them were eventually incorporated into my wedding gifts!

There were so many stories that were related to food that I knew were just begging to be told. I also am a recovering processed-food junkie and thought it might be good to give myself a bit of a challenge to keep me away from the frozen pizzas. A storytelling and cooking challenge for 2016.

So here it is (subject to potential modification). In 2016, I will:

  • Make all 35 recipes. I want to reach out to whoever sent the recipe in some way to let them know I made it and see if they have any stories to share about it.
  • Write about the experience of making the recipes and any modifications I made, especially modifications to save packaging (a pet cause of mine) or make the meals healthier (I will be honest if healthiness sacrifices flavor).
  • Have at least 4 dinner potlucks where I get to try out some of these recipes on others, and start building my community here (most of the recipes are from friends and family who are far away).

So that is it: 35 recipes, 35ish blog entries, and 4 dinner potlucks. Can I pull it off? No idea. But you can bet that I’ll give it my best effort.

15 comments on “The Challenge

  1. daynawolf says:

    Have you ever read the book Julie & Julia? Your challenge reminds me of the authors quest to recreate Julia Child’s cookbook on Mastering the art of French Cooking. It’s very inspiring. Good luck to you!

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    • I honestly started this before I read that book, but once I started reading it, I felt like “I’m doing something similar!” She tried to get her life back together through something she loved, and I’m trying to get better at cooking and keeping in touch with friends. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my site! πŸ™‚

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  2. Chibimoekko says:

    Thanks for stopping by mine πŸ™‚ Oh, my, I was just thinking the same thing about “Julie & Julia” too since I just watched the movie last month. Sounds like a fun challenge. Good luck πŸ™‚


  3. This is exactly what I’m doing as well!:) thank you for stopping by! The only difference is I’m picking out recipes right out of the internet.. The Julie & Julia effect. All the best for your challenge😊


  4. Sophie says:

    The initial idea of asking for recipes on your RSVP cards was genius! I love it! And what you’re trying to achieve now is great too, at least it gives you an extra purpose of thanking your guests beside cooking healthy food πŸ™‚ Good call!


  5. mizmouse86 says:

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but can I just say how much I LOVE this concept? Food and family/friend history? Love it! Excited to read the rest of the archives and catch up!


  6. MRW says:

    Such a wonderful way to create keepsakes and memories. πŸ™‚


  7. OlenasCrafts says:

    I love your idea! It’s such a good way to connect with people. I see you are well on your way!


  8. I wish I had thought of that.
    I might try and wangle some when I post my Christmas cards. πŸ˜€


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