Next week I’m going to tell you about the very best things I made in 2012, but before I do that, I thought I’d take a little trip through the biggest kitchen disasters of this past year. Usually when I go to the trouble of picking out a recipe, shopping for the ingredients, making it, and photographing it, I get sortof bummed when it doesn’t turn out that great, and then I promptly forget all about it. However, last week I saw that one of my favorite food blogs, How Sweet It Is, posted a recap of all her biggest failures of 2012. I enjoyed reading it so much that I figured I’d go ahead and post my disasters, too, just in case anyone else experiences happiness at the misfortune of others.
Without further ado…
That doesn’t look even a little bit good, does it? Sometimes it’s not worth it to be too healthy — as this lentil-kale-sweet potato dish taught me.
Another healthy overreach.
I did eventually find a vegetarian chili recipe that I really liked, but this one had an alarming number of green peppers and failed to impress either of us.
This may have won the prize for least-appetizing-looking dish of the whole year.
My husband actually liked these baked scallops OK, but I thought they inexplicably managed to taste kindof funny, kindof bland, and wayyyyy too buttery, which were three attributes I didn’t realize could coexist in the same dish. Do not want.
I was super excited to try these potsticker burgers (potstickers! burgers! hooray!), but they were bland and boring.
This spaghetti with peppers and sausages didn’t taste all that bad, but the indigestion we both got after eating it ensured I’d never make it again.
Thai beef with cabbage and peanuts. This was actually inedible — one bite and in the trash it went.
OK, so this sweet potato curry soup actually tasted pretty good, but I could never bring myself to post it, since it looks like something that leaked out of a diaper.
Sorry for that image.
Chicken in walnut sauce! Doesn’t that sound good?
Here’s hoping for a more successful 2013! Look for the best recipes of 2012 on Monday (no diaper references, I promise).