Two Year Review

Two years ago yesterday, I began this blog.  Coincidentally, today I am posting the last in a huge backlog of recipes tried and written up, but not yet posted.  It is the 545th recipe posted and dates from November 2012.

The delay came about because I wanted to be sure I linked this recipe to its unique Ethiopian ingredients and it was only recently that I was finally able to prepare Mitin Kimem.

I am not quite caught up yet, but the half-dozen recipes I still have to post are no more than a week old, not years old.  And in about a week I will mostly be posting only as new recipes are tried.  That will give me more time to improve other aspects of the site.

The biggest change this year was getting my first smart phone and with it the ability to take  my own pictures.  So all new recipes now are accompanied by my own images and even older posts are being updated with my own images as quickly as possible.



500+ recipes and ….. big news!

This afternoon’s post will actually be the 512th recipe since I began this blog nearly two years ago.  So let’s see where we are.

Good Breakfast Food:  114 of 241 recipes tried and 127 still to go. All recipes of cooked cereals, eggs and smoothies posted.

Salads—including salad dressings:  99 of 229 recipes tried, but also another 200 added since I received a gift of salad recipes.  Just as well.  Salad eating is generally healthy eating.

Soups: My goodness only 76 of 239 recipes tried so far.  I try to have as many soups as I do salads.

Meals with Bread or Pastry:  Looks like this is where I have been putting more effort—105 out of 274 recipes.  All 20 of the sandwich recipes have been tried along with about 20 each of sandwich spreads, burgers, pies and wraps.

Meals from the Oven: 97 of 358 main-dish oven meals.

Meals in a Pot—stove top meals prepared in a Dutch oven, kettle or saucepan: the soup pot has been busier than the oven 108 of 289 recipes

Meals in a Skillet—more stove top meals but the sort one makes in a frypan or wok:  but only 73 tried of these 246 recipes

The Staff of Life—recipes for all sorts of breads and crackers—also noodles and dumplings:  51 of 232 recipes

Desserts:  a mere 26 of 291 recipes   I can see that if I ever get to the end of this quest almost all the last recipes will be desserts and I will probably be posting only once a week.

Extras—everything else:  well I have tried 90 of these, but it is a huge category of 337 recipes. I have tried over half the beverages, but not many of other sub-categories.

But the major milestone in my life recently has not been recipe 500 posted, but an addition to the family:  my first grandchild.

Me as grandma1So if posting gets a little ragged you can guess why. Of course when he is a little older, I’ll have more incentive to make cookies.

Two steps

It seems I have hit another sort of milestone—in fact two of them.  This week I posted the final offerings in two breakfast sub-categories:  hot cereals and breakfast eggs (mostly scrambled).  In fact one dish (Kin’che) does double duty as it is a hot cereal combined with scrambled eggs.

I also decided to start a new breakfast category: smoothies (or instant breakfast). Of course, there are lots of other breakfast recipes that I haven’t tried yet: many more pancakes, muffins and granolas.

This has inspired me to start a new page: gluadys’ favorites.  On this page I will post a small selection of my favorite dishes from each of the menu categories I work with. And I will probably change the selections from time to time.  So if you want a quick peek at what I consider the very best casserole or salad or sandwich, this is where to look.

Be patient though.  I won’t get all categories up right away. Meanwhile the regular menu or category list will take you to all posted recipes of that type.

Milestone 200

Head Shot 3686Today I put up recipe #200. From the day I first began posting it has been 1 year, 2 months and 22 days. I also posted the last hundred recipes in  100 days. Would you believe there are still another 200 in the queue?

In fact the first one still in the queue is dated more than a year ago.  Good thing I manage at least to write up the recipe with comments as soon as I try it.  Sometimes there is such a long stretch between trying it and posting it, I have forgotten how it turned out and whether I liked it or not.

One thing I have decided at this point is that I am not going to add more recipes to the queue.  I will post a new recipe within 24 hours of trying it, and also schedule some from the backlog.

So next post will be yesterday’s supper: Curried Cod

Coming out of hiatus

No, I haven’t stopped my quest.

But having reached 100 recipe posts as well as all the cookbook posts, I decided to take a bit of a break.

Instead of posting more recipes I have been doing some background work, including beginning a page listing the recipes alphabetically.  This will be my permanent record of recipes tried.

You will note that not every recipe in the index is linked to a post.  This is because, since I am trying recipes in published cookbooks, rather than creating my own inventions, I need to keep copyright protocol in mind.

When I contacted various authors, they were very supportive, as long as the available recipes were only a small sample of recipes in the book.

So you get a quick link to only ten recipes from each book.  And, in a bit, I will also need to remove older recipes altogether. So if you have a favorite among the unlinked recipes, download it while you still can. Try searching by category or a menu topic such as main ingredient.

Too late?  Then you have two options:

1. Go buy/borrow the book. (preferred option)
2. Send me an email. Only one request per email, please.


Now to get on to posting more recipes.  100 up, and at this point 250 more already tried, typed up and ready to post.

The stats

Altogether my 11 current cookbooks contain 2,744 recipes, not counting variations.  If I try at least one new recipe every day without fail, it will take 7 ½ years to try them all. Of course, there will be days I won’t try a new recipe.  So probably it will take closer to a decade.  Should have started when I was 20.

I have sorted the recipes into 10 categories:

Good Breakfast Food (240 recipes)

Salads—including salad dressings (224 recipes)

Soups (239 recipes)

Meals with Bread or Pastry (275 recipes)

Meals from the Oven (361 recipes)  almost a year’s worth of main dishes right there

Meals in a Pot—stove top meals prepared in a Dutch oven, kettle or saucepan (288 recipes)

Meals in a Skillet—more stove top meals but the sort one makes in a frypan or wok (253 recipes)

The Staff of Life—recipes for all sorts of breads and crackers—also noodles and dumplings (232 recipes)

Desserts (291 recipes)

Extras—everything else (341 recipes).

Each of these is further sub-divided into five or six categories, because I can get obsessive about organization and classification. But the point is to try recipes and enjoy good food.