Posts Tagged ‘The Kitchn’

There’s a lot of uncertainty in life, and though it can be daunting to face it all, there’s excitement in the possibility of something new and exciting being around the corner. I stayed up until 4 am last night (this morning?) for a combination of silly reasons, but that weird, semi-insomniac stint got me thinking about a variety of things that all boiled down to me asking myself one thing: am I limiting how much I get from life by being afraid of failure? The answer was a resounding yes. It doesn’t matter what aspect of life I looked at; any shortcomings and regrets that came up all stemmed from that one fact. So, what am I going to do? I could say that I will stop being afraid, but that’s completely unreasonable and unrealistic. Instead, I am going to face my fears and hit them head on like a freight train of awesome, because that’s exactly what I am. A freight train of awesome. I vow to step outside my comfort zone whenever the possibility arises and hopefully, this will teach me to let go, to better myself and push my limits.

Now, I like to quantify my successes. How does one quantify something like conquering fear? I’ve decided to make little to-do lists that will encourage me to do things that I may otherwise not do. The first list? Things that I’m scared of cooking/baking. I’ll start small and then move up from there!

2011’s Official Kitchen Challenge List:

1. Perfect brownies
2. Making my own loaf of bread
3. Souffle
4. Pannetone
5. Monkeybread
6. Steak
7. Fudge
8. Jambalaya
9. Truffles
10. Scones
11. Biscuits
12. Pizza Dough
13. Soft Pretzels
14. Bosnian Baklava
15. Peanut Brittle (or any brittle, really)

I hope to add a ton more things to this list in the future, but I’m going to start with these 15 items and see how it goes. Stay tuned for more lists to cover all the facets of my “V punches uncertainty & fear in the face” quest.

Kitchen epiphany courtesy of this Weekend Meditation post on The Kitchn. If you have time, read a bunch of their weekend articles and get inspired!

Also, here is a sexy car:

Sorry for all the feelings, but they sometimes happen.

Bis später!
-V

P.S. Happy Pi Day!

Since there is no point in my life at which I stop thinking about food, I am a huge fan of cooking & baking blogs. For the most part, I will follow links to amazing recipes and be pretty loose, blog-wise, but there are a few that I will visit every single day, eagerly anticipating new posts.

Serious Eats

Covers all the different facets of food culture; food and drink, both recipes and restaurant reviews. Posts several times per day, so no matter when you’re bored, there’ll be new content to browse!

The Kitchn

The Kitchn is pretty recipe- and technique-centric, and I find I’ve learned a lot of little tips and tricks that make my kitchen adventures that much easier.In addition, they show cute, functional kitchens (readers’ kitchens, I presume) and review interesting new gadgets. Ace.

Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Two twenty-something New Yorkers cook up a storm! Very accessible recipes for us youth (hahaha) and great ideas for entertaining.

Love & Olive Oil

Classic, delicious savory recipes, but mind-blowingly delicious sweets. Chocolate cookie dough truffles? Heck yeah!

Not So Humble Pie

A lovely scientist in the kitchen. Her recipes can be a bit more complex, but man, are they ever appetizing.

So there you go! Enjoy drooling over recipes and learning things about cooking.