I usually keep a running list of recipes I want to try. Most weeks I include at least one new recipe in my plans. Other times I am on a roll and knock several off my list. I try to experiment on the weekends when I have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen and Ross is here to help watch the little ones. Here are some of the recipes I have tried recently:
whole wheat noodles - These were pretty thick, but turned out okay. I was quite proud of myself for trying this out! Lucy and Julia didn't love them, so I think I need to try again with a different grain. (soft white wheat? spelt?)
Tammy's butter spread - This is an easy recipe to whip up. Having spreadable butter ready in the fridge is nice, but the taste is a bit more watered down than I like. I'm going to experiment with this some more and tweak the recipe a bit, maybe add less water.
Italian dressing - Success! I have tried several different homemade Italian dressing recipes and we never really liked them. This one was a success this week.
fajita seasoning - I can't remember where I found this recipe, I hope I still have it written down! Instead of buying expensive seasoning packets, I made my own fajita spice mix. It worked well, and although I didn't do the price breakdown, I think its cheaper. At least I can now make fajitas without having to have a spice packet on hand.
toasted spelt cereal - I picked up this recipe from some people that sell flour at our farmer's market. It looked good in theory, but actually was a big flop. The recipe did not include baking times, and no matter how long I toasted the crumbled cake it refused to crisp up.
kefir- A friend gave me some kefir grains last week. I'm happy to say that I have kept them alive so far. We've used kefir in smoothies and for soaking grains. I tried making ranch dressing with kefir, but it was about the nastiest thing I've ever tasted.
soaking - Ideally, the majority of the grains that we eat would be soaked or sprouted. I have never actually done this very much, aside from soaked baked oatmeal. Now that I have an unlimited supply of kefir, I've tried soaking a few things this week. Even if I don't soak a recipe for the recommended time, some soaking is better than none. I soaked some cornbread and then later read that cornmeal has to be soaked differently, lol. Oh well.
I still have a long list of recipes that I want to try! How about you? Do you often experiment with new recipes?