What is this?

I 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 than 30 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.


149 comments on “What is this?

  1. howtoclimbamountain says:

    Thank you for reading and following my blog! I appreciate it!

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  2. What a great idea! It reminds me of the book/movie Julia & Julia. If you haven’t seen it; check it out. You’ll love it. Thank you for following my blog and welcome to the fence jumpers.@sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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  3. bookheathen says:

    Good luck with your self challenge!.
    Thank you so much for following my Bookheathen blog

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  4. What a great idea. I’m surprised you had such a good response. You’ve the makings of an interesting recipe book in that.

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  5. Tweety says:

    Thank you for for following my blog Journey To The Stars. I’m just starting out and I can’t wait to put up more content. I’ve only read “A Foodie Thanksgiving” and your “What’s This?” page and I’m loving it. Your writing is engaging, your blog is very attractive, and your photos are beautiful.

    When you get the chance please check out my other blog, https://thecreativecanary.wordpress.com/.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.


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  6. What a great idea. I’ve come to the right place for recipes then

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  7. Awesome idea! So did you make them?

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  8. quiall says:

    What a brilliant idea! Well done. Thanks for following my blog.

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  9. fatsochef says:

    Thank you for the follow! How interesting! What started you off on blogging! Good luck and keep cooking! 👍🏻😀👌🏻

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  10. I like the philosophy behind your blog!

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  11. rlishman84 says:

    Love the idea behind your blog! Thanks for stopping by The Long Way Home 🙂

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  12. Joëlle says:

    What a fantastic idea, this is such a great way to remember people you love!
    Thank you for following my blog. Any problems with the French, just let me know!

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  13. Hi, Thanks for your support and following my website. best wishes for the New Year

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  14. What a neat idea and premise for a blog!


  15. Susan says:

    I love the story behind the inception of your blog! It’s just wonderful!
    And thank you so much for the follow!

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  16. Thank you for following my blog. Hoping to get some food inspiration from yours. Mwah x


  17. Charles says:

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog!
    Your site is great, I look forward to reading more if it!



  18. happywife603 says:

    Hello! What a beautiful idea to start off this blog! The few posts I’ve read ( and will be excited to read more…) are just awesome. Thanks for reading and following my “happy wife, happy life” blog, too. Keep on writing! 🙂

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  19. Diana says:

    Thank you for following and reading my blog! Good luck on your challenge, looking forward to all the baking recipes you post.


  20. foodieliza says:

    Thank you for starting following my blog. Looking forward to all the recipes you try.

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  22. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. Looking forward to reading your posts and getting inspired to try some new recipes myself!

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  23. Love your posts! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. It’s totally optional if you want to accept.

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  24. Su Leslie says:

    What a fantastic idea, and inspiration for a blog. Thanks for following ZimmerBitch and introducing me to your project. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  25. tonyroberts says:

    I see you are following my “Delight in Disorder” blog. Great! Thanks.

    I have just moved my blog within the website, “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org) I hope you’ll join me there. You can subscribe on the left sidebar under the heading, “More Delight.”


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