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The Three Week Cooking Challenge // Conclusion

WHEW. It was a long three weeks. In part because we were cooking every single night (a rarity in the Alderman home), but also in part because I was so eager to get to my birthday weekend in Vegas! In all honesty, I have no clue what we ate for Week 3 of the challenge, but we held on strong and ate in every night.

By the end of the three weeks, we were craving eating out (are we the only ones like that?? is that strange??) and luckily we were headed to a city with some of the finest and most diverse food you can find within a 2 mile radius. As I ate other people’s creations, I was reminded how much I love food and why I love eating out so much. It’s not the fact that cooking is difficult (sometimes it is) or that you have a lot to clean afterwards (usually it is) or that you have to plan ahead every single day what you’re going to cook (yes it is), but the fact that my cooking isn’t nearly as good as others. There’s not much fun in my cooking or much “brava.” It’s just food. But aren’t we supposed to really enjoy food? Well, I really enjoy food when it’s cooked by someone else.

All that to say, I don’t think I’ll ever be a master chef, but I have realized it’s not as difficult as I thought it was and it’s doable to cook every night. It also helps that I got a PERFECT new cookbook for my birthday from a dear friend – Robin Takes 5: 500 recipes, 5 ingredients or less, 500 calories or less, 5 nights a week at 5:00 pm – I mean, is there a more perfect cookbook for me?!

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Now, enjoy some food porn from our Las Vegas vacation …

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{sausage balls, XNA}

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{vanilla + nutella creme puffs with banana gelato, Scarpetto}

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{arugula + parmigiano reggiano salad, sausage + peppers pizza, Otto Enoteco – Mario Batali}

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{housemade beer brat, Public House}

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{brunch, The Wicked Spoon}

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{decadence, Jean Phillipe Patisserie}

xo xo

You might also enjoy: The Three Week Cooking Challenge // Week 1, The Three Week Cooking Challenge // Week 2

One response

  1. Nicole

    Mille, I was such a horrible cook when I started, but practice makes perfect! I cook almost every night, or at least every other night!
    We love going out to eat, but mainly do it for food we aren’t so apt to make ourselves (i.e. sushi). Of course he loves his Guinness on tap and I love my specialty cocktails too…

    January 31, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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