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PROGRESS UPDATE
A goal of Megan on their 101 Things in 1001 Days list with a status of In Progress.
 
 
 
 
 
Basic white bread-- I'm still working hard on this one, but baking just doesn't come easily to me. I'm hoping another batch or two will get me better at it.
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Anne-Marie O'Neill Practice makes perfect!
about a month ago
Megan My girlfriend, who is a bread wizard, is going to help me through my next attempt.
about a month ago
 
 
Other notes for this Goal:

For my April cookies, I found a recipe for lemon blueberry cream cheese cookies. My girlfriend and I followed the same recipe together. We got nearly identical batches of lemon blueberry cream cheese scones. They are moist and soft and delicious. But they are definitely scones. Unexpected but tasty.

Slow-cooker split pea soup-- I pretty much read a dozen recipes for this one, figured out what they all had in common, then made it up myself based on that. I'm getting a lot more confident in my ability to do that and it feels great.

Homemade soft pretzels-- This was a bakealong date with Smeg, and I was very skeptical due to how bad I did at bread last time. But it was very simple and a lot easier-- only 3 minutes kneading and 10 minutes rise time. They came out great and taste almost like mall or movie theater pretzels.

Honey butter roast carrots-- These were extremely simple and extremely delicious. Tasted like Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. This is also the first time a glaze for carrots hasn't wound up burnt for me.

Spinach and ricotta puff-- This one was disappointing, kind of bland and soggy. But it was good practice with puff pastry and I'm excited to try doing a similar kind of puff with a different filling sometime.

Lemon asparagus pasta salad-- A super super spring-y recipe. This was very simple to make and I liked it a lot, but it doesn't keep well-- the sauce loses a lot of the lemon flavor by the second day. I'm keeping it in the rotation, but next time I'll be doubling the asparagus and halving the recipe overall so it doesn't go bland in the fridge.

Blackberry infused earl grey iced tea-- This one was super easy. Just muddling half a pint of berries in some sugar, pouring some strong tea over it to steep, and straining it over ice. The blackberry and the bergamot are lovely together, and when you pour in a little cream it makes beautiful swirls. I'm hoping to try this again soon with some other combos, probably raspberries and mint tea.

Earl grey tea cookies-- I had to tinker with this a lot to get a dough that wasn't too crumbly to roll, and even then they came out on the dry side. But I think it'll be a good cookie for dunking, and I can keep figuring it out. I really want it to work (or a similar recipe) so I can try other flavors of tea.

Turkey meatloaf with zucchini and feta-- I wasn't sure what to expect from this recipe, but with some tinkering with the spices it came out actually tasting exactly like store-bought turkey meatballs and way healthier. I'm not sure about the feta, but it should be fine without it next time.

Irish apple cake with custard sauce-- I was a little nervous about doing this one, mainly because I know custards are easy to get wrong and curdle, but it went very smoothly. It's a very traditional style cake recipe, almost more of a quickbread and not as sweet, but I liked it a lot.

Korean beef bowls-- I cobbled this together from a couple different recipes and was surprised at how easy it was, and how many of the ingredients I already had in my pantry. The only thing I really had to buy was gochujang, which wasn't $ and I'm likely to use in a lot of stuff.

Cherry tea cake cookies-- This was such a frustrating recipe. The dough was super crumbly, to the point where I was quadrupling the cherry juice just to hold it together. The cherry flavor also wasn't very strong even after that. But I added cherry juice to the glaze as well, and that helped some, and the cookies came out pretty tasty-- just not a strong cherry flavor. Not sure whether I'll make these again or not. Maybe with some tweaks.

Mocha oatmeal cookies-- These came out pretty good, but I actually enjoyed the dough more than the baked cookies. Which means it's still going in my recipe box with one less step.

White Hot Chocolate-- This was extremely easy to make, just milk and cream and a bar of good quality baking chocolate whisked together in a pot. I added a very small splash of peppermint extract. It was way too sweet for me, but that should be easy to adjust with less chocolate.

Homemade Sloppy Joes-- This was one of the recipes for my "random page of a cookbook" goal and it. Was. So. Bland. SO bland. I made it, ate half a sandwich, then promptly headed back into the kitchen to begin doctoring up the sauce. Damn you, 1950s!

Ginger-Lemon Cookies-- These were fun to make, but I didn't care for them. My brother ate the entire batch, though, so I guess that still works out. I did love the sugar they're topped with, which has lots of lemon zest and candied ginger, so I think I can adapt one of my other cookie recipes for the same flavor using that sugar.

Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate & Pistachios-- This is my first time using pomegranate, my first time using fennel, and I believe only my second or third time using beets and definitely not BEETS like this, so it was a lot of new elements. It was still a pretty easy sheet pan roast, though, and I like the flavors a lot. Next time I would definitely halve the amount of pomegranate seeds.