Crossing the Finish Line

Recipe 8: Salmon with Chermoula in Parchment
Victories 8, 8.1, and 8.2: Overcoming my reluctance (OK, fear) of cooking seafood, cooking a fish without stinking up the whole apartment, and exploring the potential of small kitchen appliances

One Jar Closer

Recipe 7: Pickled Red Onions
Victories 7 and 7.1: How easy it is; getting one step closer to fulfilling my dream of mastering the art of pickling and canning and having my kitchen lined with beautiful jars of jams and pickles.

Winning Over Canine Critics

Recipe 6: Hope and Winky’s Cookies
Victories 6 and 6.1: Sharing my cooking with the dogs I love; they liked the cookies!

The Joy of Hosting

Recipe 5: Potluck Quinoa
Victories 5, 5.1, and 5.2: Getting fluffy and separated grains by spreading them out on a baking tray as soon as they’re done cooking; “planning ahead” so that you have something healthy and simple at the ready; hosting a friend at home and enjoying it with her

Breakfast in All Its Glory

Recipe 4: Chicken-maple-apple Breakfast Sausage Patties
Victories 4 and 4.1: Accepting this definition of sausage: “highly seasoned ground meat formed into a patty,” and having enough time to cook and eat a full (and

An Easy Win

Recipes 3 and 3.1: Roasted Mushrooms on Toast and Mushroom Spaghetti      
Victories 3 and 3.1: Roasting mushrooms (simple as that) and discovering that mushrooms can go great with pasta without any sauce

Defy and Conquer

Recipe 2: Julia’s Caesar
Victory 2: “Abandoning convention” by using mayonnaise instead of raw egg to make Caesar salad dressing

The First Little Victory

Recipe 1: Olive Oil­–Fried Eggs with Yogurt and Lemon
Victory 1: Making perfect fried eggs (thankfully, Julia Turshen and I agree on the definition: fully set egg white and runny egg yolk) by creating and trapping steam in the