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Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012: Eat and Repeat Recap

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I really loved my 2012 challenge, which involved eating at one of the "Best New St. Louis Restaurants" and then recreating one of the dishes Ryan or I ate there. One of the reasons I like eating out is that it often inspires me in the kitchen. Putting myself up for this challenge ensured that I actually followed through on that inspiration. Ryan and I had fun talking about the dishes at each of the restaurants, trying to decide which would be the most fun to recreate. While none of my dishes were exactly like what we enjoyed in the restaurant, they were all close, which was not only a boost of confident but also a great reminder that you don't have to eat in restaurants to eat well! See below for the full year's challenge in detail--there are links to each of the 12 posts, 6 restaurant posts and 6 recipe recreation posts!

January--EAT: Salt
February--REPEAT: Bacon and Egg Risotto, inspired by Salt

March--EAT: Home Wine Kitchen
April--REPEAT: Arugula Salad with Browned Butter Vinaigrette, inspired by Home Wine Kitchen

May--EAT: The Block
June--REPEAT: Spicy Squash Pickles, inspired by The Block

July--EAT: Half & Half
August--REPEAT: Buttermilk Pancakes with Mascarpone, Berries, and Granola, inspired by Half & Half

September--EAT: Bogart's Smokehouse
October--REPEAT: Slow Cooker Applesauce, inspired by Bogart's

November--EAT: PW Pizza
December--REPEAT: Bacon, Steak, and Blue Cheese Pizza, inspired by PW Pizza

One Year Ago: Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
Two Years Ago: Pork with Spicy Red Plum Sauce
Three Years Ago: Peanut Butter Temptations