I can't stop being obsessed with cookbooks, especially the ones with all pictures included. There's something about the process from beginning to end, and the final tasting; all of that just makes me so giddy. Then I realized that I have only cooked a few dishes from each one that I had stashed in my pantry. Why bother buying another and another when I had yet to try the majority of what I had? 

So I decided to try to make every single recipe from each cookbook that I had. Well, that came out so outrageous and maybe even pretentious. But hey, I would be cooking dishes that I wouldn't normally dare, or even tried, such as kabocha squash or lentils.

I decided to pick a random book to start, and I documented my journey here. Thanks for checking this out, and please feel free to contact me!

I like the style of the book: very easy to read and it definitely projects passion food and family. Small intro to each recipe is nice.

I like the style of the book: very easy to read and it definitely projects passion food and family. Small intro to each recipe is nice.

Current Attack

Curtis Stone's What's For Dinner? 

He split his recipes by days of the week, rather than food categories. I made one of his dishes and loved it. From the look of it, most recipes have a good amount of ingredients and maybe some people will steer away, but I'm sure it will be good!

I'm not a fan of orzo, cucumbers, and I don't eat lamb. But for the sake of my own challenge, I will cook and taste all three if it called for it. If there's a link on the recipe, I have attempted the recipe and documented the outcome. Hopefully I finish this cookbook within reasonable amount of time!


Motivating Mondays

  • Grilled Chicken with Arugula and Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette
  • Chicken Masala with Cucumber Raita
  • Fennel-Roasted Chicken and Winter Squash with Endive-Apple Salad
  • Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
  • Grilled Pork Satay and Peaches with Carrot-Cilantro Salad
  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo
  • Poached Salmon with Orzo, Feta, and Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad
  • Angel Hair Pasta with Clams, Radishes, and Spinach
  • Cauliflower and Spinach Dal
  • Salt-Baked Russets with Ratatouille
  • Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes
  • Mango-Pineapple Smoothie

Time-Saving Tuesdays

  • Pesto-Glazed Chicken Breasts with Spaghetti
  • Korean Steak Tacos
  • Grilled Steak and Broccolini with Parmesan Tomatoes
  • Steak and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Ginger and Garlic
  • Grilled Moroccan Ground Beef Skewers with Couscous and Yogurt Sauce
  • Grilled Pork Chops and Vegetable Gratin with Caper-Parsley Vinaigrette
  • Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Sausage and Mash with Caramelized Onion Gravy
  • Halibut and Spinach with Orange-Pine Nut Vinaigrette
  • Pan-Fried Snapper with Fennel and Salsa Verde
  • New Orleans "Barbecued" Shrimp with Amber Ale
  • Fettuccine with Shrimp and Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Shrimp Rolls with Herb Aioli
  • Portobello Mushroom, Green Onion, and Broccolini Stir-Fry
  • Tipsy Palmer

One-Pot Wednesdays

  • Slow-Cooked Thai Chicken with Corn and Asparagus
  • Chicken and Chorizo Paella
  • Chicken Pot Pie with Winter Root Vegetables
  • Roasted Butterflied Chicken and Tomatillos
  • Grilled Trim-Top with Green Bean and Red Onion Salad
  • Grilled Lemon-Oregano Lamb Chops with Rustic Bread Salad
  • Roasted Pork Loin with Rosemary Salt, Shallots, Potatoes, Carrots, and Parsnips
  • Succulent Pork and Greens
  • White Bean and Chorizo Soup with Crostini
  • Bacon, Corn, and Potato Chowder
  • Potato and Bacon Frittata
  • Grilled Tuna and Vegetables with Garlic Oil
  • Kimchi Fried Rice
  • Mushroom Risotto with Fresh Herbs
  • White Sangria

Thrifty Thursdays

  • Chicken Cassoulet with Fennel and Bacon
  • Grilled Chicken-Sesame Chicken Salad
  • Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade and Blue Cheese
  • Asian Beef and Vegetable Lettuce Cups
  • Hearty Split Pea Soup with Cheesy Croutons
  • Winter Vegetable and Italian Sausage Soup
  • Conchiglie Pasta with Chorizo, Red Bell Peppers, and Spinach
  • Grilled Vegetable and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Crostini
  • Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar
  • Bow-Tie Pasta with Corn, Thyme, and Parmesan
  • Cinnamon Rice Milk (Horchata)

Five-Ingredient Fridays

  • Roasted Chicken and Brussels sprouts with Rice Pilaf
  • Grilled Chili-Rubbed T-bone Steaks and Corn on the Cob
  • Peppered Rib-Eye Steaks and Creamed Spinach with Blue Cheese
  • Grilled Harissa Rack of Lamb with Summer Succotash
  • Chipotle Pork Tacos
  • Two-Cheese Quesadillas with Chorizo and Hatch Chiles
  • Seared Ham Steak and Eggs with Smashed Potatoes and Sourdough Toast
  • Tomato-Salami Pizza
  • Pan-Fried Salmon with Broccolini and Orange Sauce
  • Seared Scallops and Peas with Bacon and Mint
  • Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette
  • Orecchiette with Brown Butter, Broccoli, Pine Nuts, and Basil
  • Spaghetti with Garlic, Lemon, Kale, and Parmesan
  • Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas
  • Bubbles and Sorbetto

Dinner Party Saturdays

  • Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks and Green Beans with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette and Chili-Gorgonzola Butter
  • Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Celery Root Puree, Carrots, and Shallots
  • Moroccan Braised Lamb Shoulder with Golden Raisin-Lemon Puree
  • Spiced Lamb Chops with Grilled Zucchini, Feta, and Olive Gremolata
  • Grilled Pork Chops with Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin
  • Grilled Halibut and Asparagus with Melted Leeks
  • Oven-Roasted Salmon with Cauliflower and Mushrooms
  • Asian Crab Cakes with Mango Chutney
  • Seared Scallops and Spring Vegetables with Coconut-Lime Sauce
  • Grilled Lobster with Sweet Corn Butter and Bacon Marmalade
  • Grilled Squash Blossom Salad with Pesto Croutons
  • Mushroom Ragout on Creamy Grits
  • Blueberry Gin Bramble

Family Supper Sundays

  • Whole Roasted Chicken with Tomato-Basil Butter
  • Southern Fried Chicken
  • Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with String Beans
  • Vietnamese-Style Chicken Soup with Noodles (Pho)
  • Roast Turkey Breast with Lemon and Sage Brown Butter
  • Pot Roast with Cherry Tomatoes, Fingerling Potatoes, and Olives
  • Steak and Mushroom Cobbler with Gruyere Biscuit Topping
  • Southwestern Chili
  • Classic Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes
  • Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Cheddar
  • Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches with "Fireworks" Coleslaw
  • Barbecued Spareribs with Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  • Honey-Glazed Ham
  • Lamb and Potato Hot Pot
  • Curried Lamb Shanks with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Potatoes
  • Homemade Fish and Chips
  • Mac and Cheese with Gruyere, Cheddar, and Bacon
  • Grilled Vegetable Lasagna with Ricotta-Tomato Sauce
  • Outdoor Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomatoes and Pesto
  • Tangerine Tequila Sunset

Something Sweet

  • Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
  • Banana Bread with Lots of Toasted Walnuts
  • New York Cherry Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Pecans
  • Oatmeal Coconut Butter Cookies
  • Spiced Apple Pie
  • Banana Cream Parfait with Gingersnap Streusel
  • Peach and Almond Cobbler
  • Bittersweet Chocolate-Mint Mousse
  • Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Lozza's Sticky Toffee Ice Cream
  • Salted Caramel Pots de Creme
  • Pear and Dried Cherry Strudel with Amaretto Custard Sauce
  • Caramelized Figs with Mascarpone and Honey
  • Peaches with Melted Bucheron