And I don't mean that in a bad way. When I started working on this idea, I had seen other bloggers challenge themselves to different projects, and I was particularly drawn to a kitchen project because, as a new wife, I was sort of flipping out about the whole cooking meals thing. Seriously, I've cooked before, but it was usually with my mom, and she was standing there telling me exactly what to do. And E is an incredible cook, so I felt that I was really going to have to step it up in the kitchen to be able to cook dinners and plan parties and do all the things I wanted to do in my brand new kitchen, but just didn't really know how.
So we've made 27 different soups. The project is tipped in the other direction, and we're heading into the second half of the year. Already I can tell how much my cooking abilities have changed. I feel so much more adventurous in the kitchen. I mean, we've made Gumbo, and Borscht, and some really far out flavorful soups like Chocolate Chicken Chili. We've made the American classic, Chicken Noodle Soup, and the traditional Armenian Tahn Abour (yogurt soup). We've followed recipes strictly, and then some we totally made up (like our Carrot and Ginger Bisque). We even (sort of) invented the dessert soup (Strawberry Compote). And with all of that we've never come up with something that was just not good.
I'm off to search for this week's soup idea. In the mean time, happy Sunday, and Bon Appetit!