The Recipe Diaries

I’m thrilled to be writing this post! For the past three years, I’ve been chronicling the title and source of every professional recipe that I’ve made. Doesn’t that sounds daunting? :) Well, it really hasn’t been.

The task has been very simple. All that I’ve been doing is recording a few words each time I go into the kitchen. However, after a few years, I’ve filled the back pages (kind of like an index) of my various diaries. One by one, the recipes flooded the pages, and now I want to put them ALL on my blog. . . all (to be determined number) of them!

So here goes nothing, in chronological order, every recipe that I’ve made during the past three years. . .

*EDIT – This list is pretty epic. It’s taken me a few hours to type. The bolded recipes are the really, really special ones and the orange recipes are the flops. I may or may not add links to the blog ones. If you have any questions about a recipe, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’d be glad to hunt it down for you! Also, I don’t except anyone to actually read everything that I’ve made. This post is mostly for myself, but please skim it and enjoy!

Note the dates. . . look at this progress!

The Composition Journal

  • Spanish Paella (with my BFF)
  • Banana Cake (an obsession)- Martha Stewart
  • Blood Orange Smoothies (blender disaster) – Own
  • Chocolate Cupcakes – Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Cake (for Dad’s 50th) – Birthday Cakes Cookbook
  • Panna Cotta
  • Home-made Pasta
  • Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins – Cottage Living
  • Leg of Lamb – Martha Stewart
  • Pickled Eggs in Beet Juice – Gourmet
  • Baby Artichokes – Martha Stewart
  • Pea Risotto – Martha Stewart
  • Lemon Cake (Mom’s birthday) – Martha Stewart
  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  • Rosemary Focaccia – Martha Stewart
  • Profiteroles – Gourmet
  • Garlic & Ginger Shrimp
  • Potato Perogi – Martha Stewart
  • Blueberry Muffins – I’m Just Here for More Food, Alton Brown
  • Banana Blueberry Corn Muffins – Martha Stewart
  • Oat Bran Applesauce Mini Muffins – Martha Stewart
  • Carrot Zucchini Muffins – Martha Stewart
  • Curry Cauliflower Potato Soup
  • Walnut Bread – Baking with Julia
  • Tzatziki & Hummus
  • Curry Yogurt Lamb
  • Ratatouille – The Cooking of Southwest France
  • Pesto
  • Cottage Cheese (chewy, like rubber!)- Alton Brown
  • Steal Cut Oatmeal (I usually love this stuff, but this was glue!) – Alton Brown
  • Carrot Cake Cookies – Martha Stewart
  • Rhubarb Compote – The Organic Cook’s Bible
  • Gingerbread Men – Cooking Light

The Pink Puppy Journal

  • Mango Lassi – Own
  • Gingerbread Pancakes
  • Ribs – FOOD
  • Cherry Coconut Bars (for Dad’s office) – Martha Stewart
  • Cherry Clafouti – The Cooking of South West France
  • Soy Chocolate Panna Cotta – Martha Stewart
  • Wheatberry Salad – Ina
  • Tofu Scramble – Martha Stewart
  • Arugula Almond Blueberry Salad & Coriander Dressing – Oprah
  • Cilantro Ginger Shrimp
  • Quinoa Soy Mushrooms (inspired by my Co Op) – Own
  • Blueberry Bread Pudding – Oprah
  • Buttermilk Cake (Tyler’s 18th) – Gourmet
  • Ancho Cayenne Pork – Real Simple
  • Oven Fries – Own
  • Indian Patty Pan Squash (bitter) – Cooking Light
  • Biscuits
  • Champagne Bread – Baking with Julia
  • BBQ Tofu
  • Chimichurri Halibut – Gourmet
  • Bulgar Bean Burger with Lime Mayo (fell apart) – Gourmet
  • Bagles – Smitten Kitchen
  • Kath’s Classic Oatmeal – KERF
  • Fried Oysters – Uncle Dick
  • Sunny Side Oats (won a contest on KERF!) – Own
  • Cherioats of Fire (won another contest!) – Own
  • Chocolate Sheet Cake – Birthday Cakes Cookbook
  • Chocolate Cupcakes (baked for an undeserving boy)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (for a middle school crush)
  • Manti Turkish Dumplings – Martha Stewart
  • Gundi Italian Dumplings – Martha Stewart
  • Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake – Cooking Light
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes – Sprinkles
  • No Knead Bread – Bread & Honey Blog
  • Fruit Cake – Cooking Light
  • Irish Soda Bread – Jeanette’s & Blueberry Hil Blog
  • Celery Root Fennel & Apple Puree – Ina
  • Molten Chocolate Cakes – Cooking Light
  • Morning Glory Muffins – Hogwash
  • 100% Whole Wheat Classic Bread – King Arthur
  • Duck Confit – Gourmet
  • Cassoulet (took 3 days) – Martha Stewart
  • Hot Cross Buns – Better Homes and Gardens
  • Low Fat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Good Housekeeping
  • Black and White Cookies (for CATS testing) – Martha Stewart
  • Classic Baguette – Martha Stewart
  • Dried (DRY) Cherry and Almond Scones – Bon Appetit
  • Pecan Linzer Cookies with Cherry Filling (on a disappointing Valentine’s Day) – Martha Stewart
  • Pink Lady Cake – Smitten Kitchen
  • Gingerbread! – Blue Kitchen
  • Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes – Martha Stewart
  • Blueberry Crisp – Martha Stewart
  • Apple Cake (Mom’s favorite) – Smitten Kitchen
  • Banana Spice Pecan Muffins (baked with a boy for his grandma) – Oprah
  • Mashed Potatoes – Deceptively Delicious
  • Light Chocolate Pudding (for the wisdom teeth) – Martha Stewart
  • Whole Wheat Pancakes with Berry Compote – Martha Stewart
  • Broccoli Slaw – Smitten Kitchen
  • Chicken Enchiladas Verde – Martha Stewart
  • Crepes – Martha Stewart
  • Panzanella – Oprah
  • Banana Pistachio Fig Muffins – Veggie Girl
  • Lower Fat Vegan Banana Bread – Bread & Honey Blog
  • Sweet Potato Falafel – Fat Free Vegan Kitchen Blog
  • Pizza by Chris Bianco – Martha Stewart
  • Baby Pickled Apples – Martha Stewart
  • Latkes – Gourmet
  • Pear Sauce
  • Eggplant Relish with Red Pepper – Gourmet
  • Eggplant Relish with Capers and Mint – Gourmet
  • Yogurt
  • Cinnamon Rolls (mega dry, but probably my own fault) – Cooking Light
  • Lasagne – Jeanette
  • Pita Bread – Baking with Julia
  • Pumpkin Bread – Gourmet
  • Hazelnut Biscotti – Baking with Julia
  • English Toffee – Julia Child
  • Chocolate Macaroons – Martha Stewart
  • Ginger Cupcakes – Cooking Light
  • Chocolate Mint Cupcakes – Chocolate
  • Cool, Creamy Chocolate Dessert (a big melty mess) – Cooking Light
  • Loaded Granola – Alton Brown
  • Apple Jell-O (I don’t know why I even tried, I hate Jell-O)
  • Pistachio Ice Cream (Dad’s favorite flavor)
  • Banana Oat Smoothie – FOOD
  • Pineapple Carrot Slaw with Tofu – Martha Stewart
  • Tofu Noodle Soup – Own
  • Basic Polenta
  • Mushroom Pizza
  • Sweet Potato Fries – KERF
  • Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf – Martha Stewart
  • Celery Root Remoulade – Alton Brown
  • Classic Burgers – Own
  • Beet and Goat Cheese Salad – Martha Stewart
  • Sugar Cookies – Jeanette
  • Oat Granola Bars – KERF
  • Cooked Cranberry Sauce
  • Cranberry Orange Sauce – Little old Russian Lady
  • Ginger Honey Tuna
  • Eggplant Tomato Bulgar – Real Simple
  • Welcome Home Pie (for Luca!) – Three Dog Bakery
  • Fourth of July Cookies (yes, I baked for the dog) – Three Dog Bakery
  • Carob Cupcakes (. . . for the dog) – Three Dog Bakery
  • Baked Eggs – Ellie Krieger
  • Tomato Bread Pudding – Gourmet
  • Fresh Calamari and Red Peppers – Oprah
  • Whole Wheat (fail) Bread (I tried it twice) – Baking with Julia
  • Cashew Butter
  • Pumpkin Butter – Smitten Kitchen
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • Zucchini Spinach and Rice Bake (undercooked rice) – Martha Stewart
  • Red Wine Poached Pears – Gourmet
  • Sauteed Chayote
  • Baked Apples
  • Banana baked in Ricotta – Martha Stewart
  • Orange Juice
  • Apple Pork (very good) – Own
  • Tabouli with Tomatoes and Cucumber
  • Poached Chicken
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise – Egg Cookbook
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caprese Salad
  • Red Fruit Puddings – Gourmet
  • Cranberry Pineapple Salsa – Gourmet
  • Chocolate Ginger Bars – FOOD
  • Lemon Cream Eggs with Smoked Salmon (truly great) – Bon Appetit
  • Guiltless Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Tricia’s Kitchen
  • Puff Pastry (incredibly difficult)
  • Mushroom Barley Pie – Gourmet
  • Farmhouse Butternut Soup – Gourmet
  • Chickpea Butternut Salad – Orangette
  • The “Baked” Brownie – Oprah
  • Mushroom Walnut Turnovers – Cooking Light
  • Mango Cranberry Guacamole – Gourmet
  • Mushroom Strudel – Gourmet
  • Basic Bran Muffins – Epicurious
  • Moroccan Butternut Soup – Cooking Light
  • Moroccan Spiced Scallops and Lentils – Bon Appetit
  • Root Vegetable Quinoa – Cooking Light
  • Buttermilk Blackberry Panna Cotta – Good Housekeeping
  • Endive in Bechamel – Cooking Light
  • Endive Gratin – Martha Stewart
  • Orange Berry Smoothie – Martha Stewart
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs – Gourmet
  • Serano Manchiego and Date Sandwich – Bon Appetit
  • Ham and Egg Bistro Sandwich – Food Network Magazine
  • Pizza Margarita – Gourmet
  • Braised Leeks
  • Light Ranch – Martha Stewart
  • Hummus and Feta Sandwich – Bon Appetit
  • Tofu Curry (with peanut butter) – Bon Appetit
  • Omega Date Granola (the best I’ve made) – Bon Appetit
  • Coffee Crunch Bars (really bad) – Orangette
  • Potato and Leek Soup – Own
  • Smoked Salmon Muffins (way too salty) – KERF
  • Pea Soup with Tarragon – Bon Appetit
  • Braised Brisket – Martha Stewart
  • Hoisin Butter Scallops – Bon Appetit
  • Irish Soda Bread (don’t make this, please)- Martha Stewart
  • Lemon Curd Olive Oil Tart (spectacular!)- Gourmet
  • Carrot Ginger Dressing – Martha Stewart
  • Smashed Broccoli – Gourmet
  • Ham and Mango Chutney Sandwich – FOOD
  • Spanish Tortillia – FOOD
  • Fire Cracker Cornbread – 101 Cookbooks
  • Whole Wheat Apple Muffins – Smitten Kitchen
  • Quinoa Nut and Fruit Bars (that I used as ammo when I was very angry) – Martha Stewart
  • Salted Buttermilk Plum Cake – 101 Cookbooks
  • Olive Oil Muffins (not with the calories) – Giada De Laurentiis
  • Double Chocolate Brownies – Martha Stewart
  • Carrot Ginger Smoothie – FOOD
  • Eggs in Purgatory – FOOD
  • Banana Bread – Cooking Light
  • Eileen’s Banana Bread – Cooking Light
  • Lemon Shortbread – Martha Stewart
  • Pecan Sticky Buns (don’t taste healthy!) – Cooking Light
  • Lighter Chichen Pot Pie – Martha Stewart
  • Deviled Eggs – Own and Deceptively Delicious
  • Oatmeal Muffins – Gourmet
  • Pecan Butter
  • Walnut Butter (bitter!)
  • Green Goddess Dressing – Bon Appetit
  • Glazed Carrots – Alton Brown
  • Parsley Salad – Alton Brown
  • Pate a Choux – Gourmet
  • Veggie Cassoulet (better-liked than the 3 day version) – Gourmet
  • Multigrain English Muffins (Martha! How could you?) – Martha Stewart
  • Apricot Bran Muffins – Hogwash
  • Apricot Muffins – Food Blogga
  • Rhubarb Goat Cheese Walnut Salad – FOOD
  • Pureed Butternut Squash – The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Paprika Veal Shanks – Gourmet
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – Own
  • Beet and Feta Pizza – Cooking Light
  • Tofu Nuggets – Deceptively Delicious
  • Mango Pineapple Chutney – Gourmet
  • Swiss Chard Frittata – Martha Stewart
  • Cherry Gelato – Gourmet
  • Roasted Vanilla Lemonade – Martha Stewart
  • Lamb and Mint Flatbread – Martha Stewart
  • Heavenly Hots Pancakes (not at all heavenly)- Gourmet
  • World Peace Cookies – Smitten Kitchen
  • Peach Cobbler – Southern Living
  • Cream Lemond and Herb Pasta – FOOD
  • Guacamole – Own and Mexican Everyday
  • Corn and Black Bean Salsa (the favorite!) – Family Friend
  • Pico de Gaio – Mexican Everyday
  • Ancho Steak Fajitas – Mexican Everyday
  • Coconut Lime Flan – Mexican Everyday
  • Fried Beans – Mexican Everyday
  • Stuffed Zucchini – Family Friend
  • BLT (why am I putting this on here?) – Own
  • Lemon Limeade – Own
  • Greek Swiss Chard Pie – New York Times
  • Coco Nibbles – Eat Me Delicious
  • Olive Oil Poached Salmon (surprisingly dry) – Cooking Light
  • Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Good Housekeeping
  • Garden Harvest Cake – Cooking Light
  • No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread – New York Times
  • Brioche – The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
  • Summer Fruit Pudding – Martha Stewart
  • Indian Spiced Halibut – Gourmet
  • Indian Spiced Potatoes – Bon Appetit
  • Asian Noodle Salad – The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Pear Walnut Salad with Pureed Pear Dressing
  • Red Cabbage and Blue Cheese Slaw – Smitten Kitchen
  • Carrots and Olives – Martha Stewart
  • Pepperoncini – Orangette
  • Fried Squash Blossoms – Own
  • Green Bean and Tomato Salad – Smitten Kitchen
  • Lemon Piave Pizza – Martha Stewart
  • Heirloom Pizza – Martha Stewart
  • Queso Fresco with Mojo – Bon Appetit
  • Avocado Soup – Martha Stewart
  • Avocado Soup with Spicy Bread Crumbs – Bon Appetit
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread – Gourmet
  • Rigitoni alla Norma – Gourmet
  • Nikki’s Healthy Cookies – 101 Cookbooks
  • Peanut Butter Steal Cut Oats- Eat Live Run
  • Banana Bread (the boyfriend’s favorite!) – Simply Recipes
  • Bulgar with Herbs – Gourmet
  • The Breakfast Cookie – The Fitnessista
  • Pear Tart – Martha Stewart
  • Lasagna Tart – 101 Cookbooks
  • Fried Tofu with French Beans (the dressing was sublime) – Bon Appetit
  • Kale and Potato Puree – Gourmet
  • Umbrian Fish Stew – Gourmet
  • Pear Ginger and Raisin Muffins – Gourmet
  • Raspberry Oat Breakfast Bars (disappointing) – Smitten Kitchen
  • Cranberry Oatmeal Bars – Cooking Light
  • Blondies (for Calculus class) – Simply Recipes
  • Peach and Plum Crisp – 101 Cookbooks
  • Fresh Tomato and Parmesan Tart – 101 Cookbooks
  • Bacon and Egg Pizza – Eggs on Sunday
  • Baba Ganoush – The Arab Table
  • Thin Mints – Eggs on Sunday
  • Butternut Squash Grilled Cheese – Deceptively Delicious
  • Eggplant and Olive Pizza – Gourmet

The Whale Journal

  • Butternut Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Deceptively Delicious
  • Applesauce Muffins – Deceptively Delicious
  • Egg Puff – Deceptively Delicious
  • Oatmeal – Deceptively Delicious
  • Sarlot Duck Fat Potatoes – The Cooking of Southwest France
  • 100 % Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (not as good as the bolded one) – King Arthur
  • Barley Chicken and Fig Salad – Martha Stewart
  • Onion and Fig Jam on Parmesan Arugula Toasts – Martha Stewart
  • Lamb and Eggplant Shepard’s Pie – Bon Appetit
  • Pumpkin Cookies!!! – My Aunt
  • Buffalo Shrimp and Blue Cheese Dip – Gourmet
  • Black Bean Brownies – 101 Cookbooks
  • Shrimp Risotto – Martha Stewart
  • Molasses Almond Granola (burnt it) – Cooking Light
  • Eggplant Goat Cheese Sandwich – Cooking Light
  • Butternut Soup with Spiced Seeds – Cooking Light
  • Butternut Squash Steamed Puddings – Cooking Light
  • Chickpea Pizza – Cooking Light
  • Lamb Tangine with Prunes and Cinnamon – Gourmet
  • Tomato and Eggplant Bake (best way to eat eggplant) – All Recipes
  • Banana Flax and Walnut Banana Bread – Martha Stewart
  • Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (LOVE) – FOOD
  • Chicken and Dumplings – Good Housekeeping
  • Roasted Apples and Onions – Bon Appetit
  • Lighter Beef Stew – Martha Stewart
  • Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Martha Stewart
  • Butternut and Goat Cheese Napoleons – Cheese Cookbook
  • Chocolate and Cherry Cookies – Martha Stewart
  • Lemon Poppyseed Yogurt Cake – Ina
  • Lemon Curd (not as good as Gourmet’s) – Cooking Light
  • Frosted Pumpkin Cake – Cooking Light
  • Black and Orange Halloween Pasta – Gourmet
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Own
  • Ginger Cookies – Once Upon A Tart
  • Potato Chickpea Masala – Gourmet
  • Bran Flax Muffins – Bob’s Red Mill
  • Vietnamese Yogurt – Gourmet
  • Autumn Millet Bake – Mark Bittman
  • Lemon Passover Cheesecake – Gourmet
  • Pumpkin Risotto (I used way too much pumpkin)- KERF
  • Texas Chili (made with the boyfriend) – Martha Stewart
  • Bakery Rolls (dry)- Cooking Light
  • Spiced Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Salad – Bon Appetit
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies – Martha Stewart
  • Cider Turkey and Gravy – Gourmet
  • Spatchcock Turkey (the real way to do Thanksgiving) – Martha Stewart
  • Cranberry Mustard – Bon Appetit
  • Golden Onion Pie – Gourmet
  • Cauliflower Gratin – Cooking Light
  • Rye Stuffing – Gourmet
  • Alpine Mac ‘n’ Cheese (something just went wrong) – Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cookbook
  • Apple Cranberry Crisp – Martha Stewart
  • Basic Bran Muffins – Farmgirl Fare Blog
  • Oat Bran Muffins – Cooking Light
  • Spiced Pumpkin Soufflés with Bourbon Molasses Sauce – Gourmet
  • Pie Crust – Cooking Light
  • Silky Smooth Pumpkin Pie – Smitten Kitchen
  • Coffee Cake – Deceptively Delicious
  • Banana Chocolate Walnut Cookies (dry) – Martha Stewart
  • Pumpkin Scones – Eggs on Sunday
  • Speculaas – Martha Stewart
  • Cheesy Chicken Mushroom Lasagna – Gourmet
  • Italian Bean Dip – How to Boil Water
  • Chocolate Layer Cake (extremely tender and moist!)- Good Housekeeping
  • Quinoa Mushroom Risotto – Bon Appetit
  • Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad- Deceptively Delicious
  • Corn Bread – Martha White
  • Maple Granola – Martha Stewart
  • Sloppy Joes – Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals
  • Duck with Raspberry Sauce (fancy, fancy) – Gourmet
  • Wheat Germ Oats (with a little butter!) – Cooking Light
  • Over-Night Oats – KERF
  • Magic Bars – Grandma
  • Salten Ganache Cake (bad idea for high schoolers) – Cooking Light
  • Whole Wheat Chocolate Cinnamon Banana Bread – Hogwash
  • Roasted Grape Parfaits – Cooking Light
  • Mexican Chocolate Pudding – Gourmet
  • BBQ Pork – The Bitten Word
  • Lexington Vinegar, South Carolina Mustard, and Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauces – The Bitten Word
  • Mexican Scramble – Glamour
  • Stewed Prunes – A Homemade Life
  • Jimmy’s Pink Valentine’s Cookies (a pain!) – A Homemade Life
  • Over-Night Mixed Grain Cereal – Cooking Light
  • Power Granola (no so much) – Cooking Light
  • Butternut Pear and Vanilla Soup – Orangette
  • Oyster Stew – Cooking Light
  • Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta – Eggs On Sunday
  • Yeasted Cornmeal Waffles – Gourmet
  • Roasted Banana Bars with Brown Butter Icing – Cooking Light
  • Sushi! – Own
  • Roasted Butternut Curry Soup – Ina
  • Cinnamon Almond and Cherry Biscotti – Epicurious
  • Chinese Pork Dumplings – Cooking Light
  • Steamed Chicken with Xiao Fan’s Dipping Sauce (awesome sauce!) – Gourmet
  • Lemon Dover Sole – Martha Stewart
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Walnuts – Martha Stewart
  • Lentil Bulgar Soup – Martha Stewart
  • Cherry Pie – Chukar Cherry
  • Granola – Hogwash
  • Cardamom Chicken Curry – Sauveur
  • Prune Brownies – Martha Stewart
  • Baked Potato Soup – KERF
  • Old Fashioned Beef Stew – Slow Cooker Cookbook
  • Mexican Chocolate Cookies – Cooking Light
  • Barley Leek and Mushroom Stew – Bon Appetit
  • Soft Polenta and Eggs – Cooking Light
  • Our Best Whole Wheat Pancakes – Cooking Light
  • Banana Bars with Pumpkin – Good Things Catered
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip (for prom!) – Cooking Light
  • Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins – Cooking Light
  • Carrot Cake Pancakes – Cooking Light
  • Muesli – Bon Appetit
  • Herbed Ricotta Tart – Cooking Light
  • Multigrain Boule – Martha Stewart
  • Fig and Walnut Biscotti (underbaked) – FOOD
  • Custard Oat Bran – Honor My Health
  • Indian Spiced Salmon – Cooking Light
  • Coriander Lime Salmon – Cooking Light
  • Everyday Granola – Orangette
  • Strawberry Galette (on the blog!) – Martha Stewart
  • Beet Borscht – Martha Stewart
  • British Flapjacks – Bon Appetit
  • Chinese Spinach Buns – Desert Candy
  • Banana Butter – Chocolate-Covered Katie
  • Concord Grape Sorbet – Gourmet
  • Mint Ice Cream – Martha Stewart
  • Low Fat Chocolate Muffins – Nosh With Me
  • Peach Jam – Martha Stewart
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding – Own
  • Hot Chocolate Butter – Chocolate-Covered Katie
  • Southwest Ground Beef Tacos – All Recipes
  • Maple Glazed Walnuts – Ellie Krieger

32 Responses to “The Recipe Diaries”
  1. This is a ridiculous list! You’re a cooking stud :-) Keep up the good work! Your next challenge should be to write out every one of those recipes on your blog!


  2. teenagehealthfreak says:

    Wowza!! You go girl!!!..this reminds me of Julie & Julia!! :)

  3. Daisy says:

    oh my goodness. cooking machine. awesome work. you should be proud!!

  4. mom says:

    Daughter dear, I had no idea how MUCH you cook/bake, but I remember fondly nearly all of these dishes. Ina’s potato & celery root puree, that lemon tart (olive oil crust), spatchcock turkey and of course the ultimate choc. chip cookies are some of my favorites….but sooooo many of the dishes you’ve made have been fab. Oh, man I can’t not mention that Apple Cake (unbelievable). How lucky are we to have you in the kitchen and as our daughter!!!!!

  5. Hahaha. . . Mom, did you just type “Fab?” Thank you. :)

  6. mom says:

    Yessssss, I did type fab. And I forgot about that apple pork of your creation…..also FAB;)

  7. This is AMAZING. Wow. WOW. I am speechless… you’re awesome! Seriously, now I look up to you more than ever. Gosh! All this stuff sounds so good… maybe you can re-chronicle every dish on the blog, plus a little bit of the side story! It’s a great Julie-style project, don’t you think? ;)


    • Thank you so much! The funny thing is, I remember making EVERY SINGLE ONE. I could tell you when I made it and who I made it for. Going through my journal and typing this post was a fun project. :D

  8. Rachel says:

    You remind me of myself! I really enjoy cooking and baking, and the people you make recipes from (Ina Garten, Martha Stewart) I have many times also. So as I look at your lists, I can kind of reminisce with you.

    I can’t believe you went through and listed ALL of them though — sooo much work. But, good for you. And, I think it was smart of you to write down when you made a recipe.


    P.S. It was really cute to see your composition books when you were little. It’s always fun to look back at what you wrote.

  9. Damjana says:

    Wow, so impress so much!
    That’s a great idea to put down the dishes you made, and oh such cute diaries!
    Which is your top favourite dish (if you have to choose only one)?

    • Hahaha, the most difficult question! Ina’s Fennel, Apple and Celery Root Puree is FANTASTIC. The flavors work so well together and my family has made it a Thanksgiving staple . . . It really depends on what category though!

      Like I said at the top, the bolded recipes are the EXCEPTIONAL ones. A lot of the normal font ones are great too, but BOLD means top-knotch.

  10. Claire says:

    Amazing! What a good idea to record all you cook, think I might start a list now. I’ve done a similar thing though with taking photographs of everything.
    Keep up the good work! :D

    • Thank you! I still want to keep a running list, but I don’t want to blog about every single recipe. . . I’m trying to figure out how to put it all on my blog and still keep things organized. :)

  11. kath says:

    That is quite the list!

  12. Oh my gosh, Sami! That is so cool! I am very, very impressed. I bet you’re an amazing chef. :)

  13. CourtandWhit says:

    I like how you have handwritten journals as recipe books, we just have a huge binder filled with printouts. Those will be great to keep for years to come :)

  14. aauntiem says:

    I love the notes you have made for the bombed recipes. You are hilarious!

  15. Daniel says:

    Wow, I just came across your blog and this is quite an impressive list of recipes you’ve made! I’d first like to congratulate you on a great accomplishment like this. ^_^

    Second, I have to ask – because I’m trying my darndest myself – do you have any tips for 100% whole wheat bread making? I noticed that you have a few 100% WW bread recipes listed and bolded, so I’m guessing you make them on a regular basis. I try to use as few ingredients as possible (like not using an overabundance of unnecessary added sugars, oils, juices, etc.) and I was just curious if you could lend a hand.

    Keep up the love for cooking!

    • I do have a few suggestions!
      1. Usually, I only use the times for rising as a guideline. It’s important to see that the bread has risen to fill then pan and poof over. Most of the time, I extend the rising time.
      2. Also, pay close attention to moistness of the dough. I’ve found that moister doughs rise more easily and have a better final product.
      3. Finally, “push” the bread by baking it to it’s full doneness. You shouldn’t take it out of the oven until it’s completely golden. Some people think that this will cause the bread to be dry, but that’s not true. If you cool your bread properly and then wrap it tightly, it will stay moist for days!

      This is the best recipe that I’ve made (I used maple syrup and canola oil). You could try reducing the amounts, but if you do so, I can’t promise such fantastic results. I hope this helps, and thanks for the compliment. :D

  16. ■Chickpea Butternut Salad – Orangette
    ■The “Baked” Brownie – Oprah
    Omega Date Granola (the best I’ve made) – Bon Appetit
    Butternut Pear and Vanilla Soup – Orangette
    im dying to hear about these recipes! especially the last one! your so amazing and inspiring, seriously, come live with me and we can bake together 24/7! i love to bake, but wind up getting over excited and adding every ingredient in my fridge because im in the mood than itll taste horrible! your such an amazing cook!

    • Yay! I get to give someone details. :)
      Chickpea Butternut Salad – MUST make!! I’ve made it at least five times, and I RARELY repeat recipes. The squash must be cooked, but do not caramelize it, because the flavors in this salad are fresh. The dressing, red onion, and cilantro are essential.

      The Baked Brownie – had the most amazing top, crunchy layer! It was like a crackly, paper-like coating that shattered in your mouth. Mmmmm. :) Super fudgy. I left out the cayenne and cinnamon and because I made them for my friends, but if I made them again, I’d definitely add the spices.

      Omega Date Granola – I’ll say it again, the best I’ve made! :) Sweet and clustery. The walnuts have a really nice roasted flavor, and I just love dates anyway.

      Butternut Pear & Vanilla Soup – Smooooooth and creamy. A sweet soup, and very complex and well balanced. I’ve probably made 10 butternut squash soups and this one is in the top three. (Number one is probably Gourmet’s Farmhouse Butternut Squash Soup with bacon and green apple).

      I’ve LOVE to bake 24/7. :D Thank you for your compliments.

      • Ahhhh! I wish I could be like you in so
        Many ways! I love to bake hut I’m just, bad at it! I mean I guess I just haven’t found the right recipe books yet! I’m super excited to try these recipes girl you’ve got me jumping out of my seat I’m so excited :) what recipe books do you reccomend? In a non creepy way, I’m your wanna be haha I wish in so many ways I was good at cooking because I spend so much time cooking but it just almost never comes out right! Grr, I’ve gotta get searching for a good book! Anyways, thanks for the reply it helped alot! Love your blog, so much! Have a great night <3

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