This was the third year I did a 52 in 52 project and it was by far the most challenging to get into and stick with. The first two years (read 52 books, take 52 photos) were pretty easy considering I love reading and photography is easy with an iphone… but cooking… cooking has always been something I’ve meant to fall in love with but never made the effort. I’ve had a pinterest board dedicated to Delicious Food and Drink that I don’t think I used a recipe off of until this year. It started out rough, I found myself with a stomach that didn’t really feel like eating many things and I thought about scrapping the project many times. But something, maybe my pride, stopped me from quitting, and about half way through the year I found myself in the thick of it, cooking, baking and catching up on the weeks missed.
I chose 52 dishes because cooking has always been something I wanted to do, but never something I wanted to give time to. It’s like exercising, I go through phases of loving it and doing it a lot, but then months and months will go by with not a single dish (or push up). I think my hesitance was born out of inconvenience and lack of confidence. I haven’t had my own kitchen in a while and I’m not good at using other people’s (even when I’m renting and allowed to) and while I know I can make a mean pancake, I’ve been scared of cooking meats, doughs and things not from a box. This project was meant to push through all of that.
Cooking over 52 dishes brought me a new found confidence in the kitchen, it taught me a little more about loving the process and it also added a couple of cook things to my pantry. It brought about a curiosity. The growth that I have made in the cooking department and the confidence that I have acquired is what made this project so worth it.
Below I’ve provided links to my favorite dishes of the year. Enjoy!
Next year I will not be holding myself to 52 dishes, but I will continue to cook, and to bake, and to enjoy.