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lilmomma Apr 16, 2010 12:52 PM

Can you really go a year and not make the same thing? That is amazing to me. I think I could go maybe a month. How do you do that?

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  1. greygarious Apr 16, 2010 01:47 PM

    I could, but I don't. If your priority is not repeating, you can't take full advantage of sales or buying fresh produce in season. Current thread dealing with this question:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7016...

    1. ttoommyy Apr 16, 2010 01:52 PM

      You would be Julie whatshername from the Julia and Julie movie if you did that.

      I like repeating favorite foods. It's comfortable to me. Eating a different meal every day for a year kind of scares me. If I go two weeks without repeating at least one favorite, I get antsy. lol

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        toomuchfat Apr 16, 2010 02:12 PM

        Eating the same thing all the time is for chumps.

        s/ Jared (of Subway fame)

        1. Michelly Apr 16, 2010 04:05 PM

          On the other hand, I'm making Thanksgiving turkey dinner only ONCE a year, since I'm the only cook in my family AND I don't like turkey.

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            stephle Apr 17, 2010 06:00 PM

            Funny you mention this - I'm having this exact challenge but with a twist. Last year I realized I was in a total cooking rut so made myself start cooking other people's recipes - from cookbooks, magazines, blogs, websites, you name it I cooked it.

            Somehow, I managed to complete over 300 new to me recipes in 2009. Have started afresh in 2010 and while I'm almost at 100, my goal is to do 365 new recipes. There were a lot of winners in last years bunch so it's really hard not to go back to some of the better recipes.

            I'll admit, I've been back to the well twice (but not in the last month) - once for a Peruvian Aji Chicken recipe from here on Chow and a second time for this Ribeye rubbed with a fennel rosemary rub (amazing).

            It's not easy to not repeat but can be done if you have an open mind and willing palate.

            1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Apr 17, 2010 08:54 PM

              If only I had the meal planning/shopping/cooking time to do that. I have enough cookbooks and old magazines to last me for about a decade of meals.

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                bluemoon4515 Apr 19, 2010 08:34 PM

                Exactly...I'd love to try a new recipe every day...but even if I could afford all the ingredients, I don't know where I'd find the time to plan and cook it all AND be a grad student. For the past few months I've been trying to do 1-2 new recipes a week...sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't.

              2. EWSflash Apr 18, 2010 08:43 AM

                I probably won't, there'd be too much stuff we'd miss here.

                Bravi to those of you who are giving it a shot, though!

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