You’ve probably noticed from my weekly menu plans that I cook a lot of new recipes. Pinterest is my cooking Bible, and it makes so easy to find a recipe for any whim, including any ingredient, and at any skill level. But I think its good to reflect on what I’ve been cooking to make sure I remember what was good and what was bad! Sometimes a recipe is “bad” because the end result doesn’t taste good. Sometimes it’s “bad” because, while it may have been tasty, it wasn’t worth the effort. And sometimes a recipe is fine but just isn’t something I’m likely to make again. I try to remember to re-pin recipes I love on my Pinterest board called “Recipe Rockstars,” but I’m not always consistent about it, so it’s a good practice for me to revisit and share my finds with you here!
Here are a few rockstars from recent weeks that I should remember to include in my meal plans in the future:
Cornstarch is the secret to the universe, y'all! These little cubes of tofu come out so crispy and the sauce just gloms right onto them. I feel like I get every pan in the kitchen dirty, and the recipe doesn't really make for leftovers, but it's worth it every now and then because it's so good.
[Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Sausage, and Peppers](http://lilasapron.com/2011/10/07/oven-roasted-sausages-potatoes-and-peppers/)
Who knew that I liked banana peppers?! I skipped them one time and discovered that their tang and crunch really make this recipe. It's so easy but hearty and good.
The Pioneer Woman's recipes tend to be more involved than I like, but this one was simpler than most. I took it to a party and it got rave reviews. However, I spent like $20 just on the cheese for this dip, so bear that in mind!
I didn't feel like I got this exactly right when I made it, but it was close enough to a homerun that I want to try it again and perfect it. What a delicious concept: yumminess and soft noodles all cooked together in a pot!
[Baked Cheddar Eggs](http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/baked-cheddar-eggs---potatoes?keycode=ZPIN1113)
A second potato recipe on this list, from the girl who says she can't cook a potato! This was creamy and delicious, and really easy. Win, win, and win.
I feel like usually coleslaw is either tangy OR vinegar-y, but this one is both! And it holds up well; I portioned the leftovers out with our lunches over a few days.
[Chicken, Bacon, and Rice Soup](http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/02/chicken-bacon-rice-soup.html)
I could skip the bacon in this but overall this was the epitome of comfort food. It has a can of cream of celery soup in it and you don't want to be a snob and skip that ingredient. It added a little pep to the broth and made it just a little thick and creamy. So good!
Given how often I cook new recipes instead of old, let's not talk about the number of printed out/ripped-from-a-magazine recipes I have that I never look at! And not to mention the cookbooks! Oh la la! But I feed us well and, for the most part, I have fun cooking, and so I think that's what matters.
**Have you cooked anything delicious lately?**