6 months down! Recipe recap

In my quest to learn 50 new recipes in a year, I’ve hit the 6 month mark!! (Well, the 6 month happened while we were away, but clearly no cooking/baking was going to be occurring during that time.)

As it stands now, I’ve made 32 recipes
– My busiest month was January
– 4 were dessert recipes
– 6 recipes came from some form of a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook
– I made 6 Pioneer Woman (or Tasty Kitchen) recipes
– My slow cooker was utilized 10 times
Rachael Ray made an appearance in our repertoire 5 times
– Out of 32 recipes, there are 3 that I wouldn’t make again

Not bad!! I’ve already got 2 new recipes to learn this week (maybe 3).  Here’s a breakdown of what I’ve made so far!


1. Keys-Style Citrus Chicken – Better Homes & Gardens

2. Easy French Onion Soup – Kyla Roma

3. Best Lasagna. Ever. – Pioneer Woman

4. CrockPot Thai Curry w/ Chicken – A Year of Slow Cooking

5. Spaghetti w/ Artichoke Hearts & Tomatoes – Pioneer Woman

6. Cheeseburger Soup – Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (BHG)

7. S’mores Fudge – Baking Bites


8. Sweet Potato Chili – A Year of Slow Cooking

9. Grapefruit & Avocado w/ Cilantro Cream – Healthy Heart Cookbook (AMA)

10. Cilantro Lime Rice – Cooking Mexican Recipes (blog)

11. Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos – Tasty Kitchen

12. 5 Ingredient Tortellini Soup – Rachael Ray

13. Crock Pot Asian Chicken Wings* – RecipeZaar


14. Chicken and Asparagus in White Wine Sauce – Cooking Light

15. Slow Cooker Barbeque – AllRecipes.com

16. Red Beans Creole – Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (BHG)

17. Crock Pot Hot Wings – RecipeZaar

18. Chili-Garlic Glazed Salmon w/ Thai Style Rice* – Cooking Light


19. Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup – Rachael Ray

20. Pita Bread Salad – Rachael Ray

21. Oven Roasted Mushrooms & Asparagus – The Sweets Life

22. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (Crock Pot) – Just Another Day in {Our Midwest} Paradise, who got it from Jeans Friday.

23. Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting – Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

24. Ribeye Steak w/ Whiskey Cream Sauce – Pioneer Woman


25. Citrus-Spiked Steak Salad – Rachael Ray

26. Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Baking Bites


27. Monster Cookies (w/ Pretzel M&Ms) – SimplyRecipes.com

28. Tuna Steaks w/ Broccoli and Couscous – Rachael Ray

29. Ginger-Tomato Chicken* – Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (BHG)

30. Raspberry Chicken w/ Plantains – Indoor Grilling (BHG)

31. Chicken Taco Pasta – The Pan That Can cookbook (BHG)


32. Slow Cooker Green Chili Tacos – (I made chicken) – Tasty Kitchen

*Would not make again


  1. You've been busy in the kitchen! Monster cookies with pretzel m&ms sound unbelievable!

  2. Shoshanah says

    Now that we finally have a crockpot, I really need to start trying out more slow cooker recipes. Do you have any that stand out as favorites?

  3. Suburban Sweetheart says

    Yum to almost EVERYthing! I'm moving back in with my mom soon, for a bit at least, and I'm going to try to start cooking. Shopping will be much easier with a car…

  4. Jessica (Bayjb) says

    Oh my gosh I'm so glad you posted this because I'm dying for new recipes. I'm in a desert!!! We must discuss more

  5. I love this!! I am totally stealing your idea for next year, haha! We are in such a recipe rut right now. We are both so insanely busy that we are lucky if there is homemade food at all….ugh. Must turn that around.

  6. Impressive–you've had a good 6 months, especially considering how busy you've been! Looking forward to seeing what you make in the next 6!

  7. Practically Perfect... says

    Oooh – I am bookmarking this post! These are some great recipe ideas 🙂

  8. Stella Blue says

    OMG, I'm going to have to try to convert some of these to vegetarian, they sound so good!


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