2015 cookbook challenge

Happy New Year!  Did anyone do anything exciting to ring in 2015?  Per usual, the Englishman and I celebrated New Year’s Eve with In-N-Out Burger, Champagne and movies.  I prefer to set goals at the beginning of each year rather than “resolutions” and one of my goals this year is to cook more new recipes, so I’ve decided to do a 2015 cookbook challenge.

Every year for Christmas and my birthday  I’m fortunate enough to be gifted with lovely cookbooks.  I’ll spend a couple of days pouring through them and writing down the recipes I want to make, and then alas, I’ll only make one or two from them and go back to old standbys.  And since I have accumulated quite the collection of cookbooks, it was time to do something about it.

cookbook lineupMy goal for the year is to create one new recipe from one of my cookbooks each week.  It can be as simple as a drink recipe, or a baked treat or even an entrée,  but it has to be something new.  Hopefully this will inspire me to get more creative in the kitchen!

The inaugural recipe of the 2015 cookbook challenge is Braised Winter Cabbage and Potatoes from Thug Kitchen.

braised cabbage and potatoesI chose this recipe for a couple of reasons:

1. It was the perfect New Year’s Day food since cabbage is supposed to bring good luck for the year.

2. I’ve been wanting to try braising cabbage for a while now and haven’t done it yet.

Thug Kitchen is a vegan cookbook, but I’m a pretty big carnivore, so I made it with beef stock instead of veggie stock and added ground pork meatballs on the side.

braised cabbage meatballsThis recipe is super easy to throw together and is full of good things like cabbage, carrots, potatoes and celery.  It was the perfect winter meal.

So if you are vegan/vegetarian/want to add more vegetables to your diet, then you should definitely grab the Thug Kitchen cookbook because who doesn’t want to eat like they give a f*ck?

1 recipe down, 51 to go!  What are your food goals for 2015?

13 thoughts on “2015 cookbook challenge

  1. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    This is such a good idea! I, too, am guilty of relapsing to the “tried and true” recipes, rather than continuing to try new things. I may have to try something similar to what you’re doing.. 1/month to start me out? Thanks for the inspiration and Happy New Year!

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