One of my goals this year was to make a new recipe every week.

While I didn’t meet that goal, I did actually try a try a substantial amount of new recipes. Some have become favorites, cough cough Imperial Travel Biscuits, cough cough. Others, I wouldn’t make again even if they were my only option for preventing death by starvation.

So, here is every new recipe I tried, along with my thoughts on it.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken:

Verdict: Tried 2/6/23 Fine. Maybe I’ll make it again. My mom would probably like it.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Chicken:

Verdict: Tried 2/18/23 Terrible. Too much mushroom flavor.

Chocolate Cherry Cake:

Verdict: Tried 2/25/23 Fantastic and easy to make. Everyone at the Makerspace loved it too!

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken:

Verdict: Tried 3/8/23. Ok, and honestly the best recipe out of the three times that I’ve attempted to make orange chicken. But, I’ve decided that take-out orange chicken will always be a million times better and that I should not try making it again.

One Pan Fish:

Attempted to try 3/14/23 but discovered that the recipe was now behind the New York Times paywall. So instead, I improvised and created my own pan fish recipe. It turned out great!

The recipe was this. Melt a small amount of butter in a pan over medium heat. Season Tilapia with salt, pepper, and adobo seasoning. Drizzle half an orange and 3 tablespoons of ginger bear over the fish as it cooks. Continue cooking on medium heat until done.

Fish Tacos with a Special White Sauce:

Verdict: Tried 3/29/23. Just ok. I made a few changes to the recipes including substituting Trout for Tilapia. I hated the white sauce!

Dutch Oven Apple Cake: (Recipe from the McNabbs aka my friends who are master Dutch Oven cookers.)

Verdict: Tried 4/6/23 and really enjoyed it. This was my first time using a Dutch oven and overall all it worked pretty well. The only thing to do differently in the future is use charcoal instead of just wood.

Yellow Imperial Travel Biscuits:

Verdict: Tried 4/22/23 and they were fantastic. I didn’t use ginger and just put lemon juice instead of lemon zest. Next time I will probably let them be in the oven for longer than 15 minutes.

Dutch Oven Pot Pie: (Recipe from the McNabbs)

Verdict: Tried 5/5/23 while camping at Shenandoah National Park. I used canned chicken and pre-made the dough to minimize prep time. However, both of these turned out to be poor choices and I was left with a dry mess of a pie. I will definitely try the recipe again, just with real chicken and making the dough right.

Alli’s Chicken Tomato Risotto: (Recipe from Alli Baranski)

Verdict: Tried 6/12/23 Really enjoyed the contrast between spice and the lime juice. However, in the future I will probably half this recipe, as I made way too much tomato sauce for just myself.

Sweet Potato Fries:

Verdict: Tried 7/5/23. I used too much salt and burnt the fries on the bottom rack of the oven, but other than that they were great. Will make it again.

Carrot Cake:

Verdict: Tried 7/16/23. I didn’t use my Grandmother’s carrot cake recipe because she didn’t send it in time for my co-workers birthday, but the first result for carrot cake on Google did not disappoint.

Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby:

Verdict: Tried 7/21/23 Amazing! Such a fun new breakfast item. Good, hot and even better a day old.

Mashed Potatoes: (Recipe from my mom.)

Verdict: Tried 8/26/23. This was my first time making mashed potatoes and it was pretty simple. Will definitely have to experiment with this more though to make it more flavorful.

Buffalo Chicken Dip: (Recipe from my co-workers wife.)

Verdict: Tried 9/11/23. This has become a staple at my park’s employee potlucks. Fantastic, but don’t eat too much as it can make you sick. (Also, I would not recommend playing kickball after eating this.)

Apple Pie:

Verdict: Tried 11/23/23. Note I used a store bought crust instead of making it, but it still turned out to be a Thanksgiving hit.

Crockpot Bread:

Verdict: Tried 11/23/23. I was kind of shocked when my mom told me that she made bread in a crockpot, but it turned out surprisingly well.

Crockpot Beef Stew:

Verdict: Tried 12/03/23. Absolutely fantastic! This may be my favorite crockpot recipe tried this year in spite of burning the beef a little bit.

Hershey Kiss Peanut Cookie: (Recipe from my grandmother)

Verdict: Tried 12/03/23. This Christmas staple in my family is always good. I did end up making the cookies too big though.

Dutch Oven Chocolate Cherry Cake: (Recipe from the McNabbs)

Verdict: Tried 12/06/23. My favorite Dutch Oven recipe thus far. A hit at my park’s Christmas party and super simple. I will definitely be making it again on my next camping trip.

Now my plan is to continue attempting to try a new recipe every week in 2024.

So, if you have recipes you think I should try, send them to me!

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