Category Archives: Kitchen Bootcamp Challenges

Challenge: Holiday Recipes (Kitchen Bootcamp November/December)

I cannot believe that October is over already. Between waiting for our little baby to arrive and then adjusting to life with a newborn in the house (and, we’re still working on that part!), October just breezed right on by. November is here, and it’s time for a new Kitchen Bootcamp challenge!

In the last week or so, there is a chill in the air that I hadn’t detected before. The days are getting shorter and it is dark by dinner time each night.  Fall is definitely here, and I am reminded that the holidays are right around the corner.  Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and then the Christmas season is in full swing.  I know our holidays are going to be quite different this year, but I’m excited to start creating some new memories.  And, of course, I’m excited to start working on a few new holiday recipes.

So, I thought it would be fun to do another two-month Kitchen Bootcamp challenge focusing on holiday recipes.  It’s a bit of a different challenge since I’m not choosing a specific chapter in The New Best Recipe. We’re all busy this time of year, and I know that it can be difficult to add another thing to the agenda.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be in the kitchen trying a handful of new things for the holidays.  Don’t you just love gathering new recipes and working on a menu for Thanksgiving dinner?  Or perhaps you can’t wait to find the perfect new cookie recipe to try for a holiday cookie swap? Well, that’s what I’d love to hear about for this month’s challenge!

If you’re looking for some inspiration, I’d definitely recommend checking out some of the recipes in The New Best Recipe.  If you’re nervous about making a turkey for Thanksgiving, check out the Poultry chapter (chapter 7) for all the information you need for turkey, gravy, and stuffing.  Need dessert inspiration? You’ll likely find the chapters on Cakes (chapter 19) and Pies and Tarts (chapter 20) to be quite helpful. The Vegetables (chapter 4) and Appetizers (chapter 1) chapters may also be particularly helpful if you’re looking for side dishes or snacks for hungry guests.  The book is a great resource for all kinds of recipes!

Of course, even if you don’t have a copy of The New Best Recipe, you are more than welcome to participate in the challenge. Feel free to use whatever sources you have on hand. The point of the challenge is to try something new, and you can be as creative as you’d like!

Since we’ll all be sharing some great holiday recipes that others may want to try, I’d like to post the roundup on Thursday, December 20th.  So, in order to have your blog post included in my roundup, please submit it (including a photo, if you would like a photo included) by Wednesday, December 19th.

Please Note – The links to The New Best Recipe provided in this post are Amazon affiliate links.  If you purchase this cookbook (or another item) after  clicking on my link, I receive a small percentage of the sale price, which helps to keep My Kitchen Addiction up and running. Thanks!

Challenge: Yeast Breads (Kitchen Bootcamp September/October)

Time for a new Kitchen Bootcamp challenge!  Since I will be otherwise occupied towards the end of September and the beginning of October, I have opted to do an extended challenge this time around…  But, I think it’s a good one!

With the arrival of fall comes the arrival of baking season.  In the heat of summer, the last thing I want to do is crank up the heat in my kitchen by baking all afternoon.  I always welcome the cool fall air since it always puts me back in a baking mood.

Since we’re doing a bit of an extended challenge, I thought we’d tackle a good topic (and one of my favorites!)… Yeast Breads!

Don’t stop reading!  Baking with yeast shouldn’t be scary, and the fall is the perfect time to get started.  Plus, I think you’ll find that The New Best Recipe (our current guide for Kitchen Bootcamp challenges) covers the basics of baking with yeast quite well (look for Chapter 17).  You’ll find everything from tips on technique, measuring and kneading to recipes for sandwich bread, crescent rolls, bagels, and even doughnuts.  There’s something for everyone… And, every level of experience! Continue Reading

Challenge: Eggs and Breakfast (Kitchen Bootcamp August)

I have to admit that this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp challenge is a bit of a selfish choice on my part… Lately eggs and breakfast foods have been one of the few things that I really enjoy eating on a regular basis.  I think it is partly due to the fact that I haven’t had an appetite for regular foods for the majority of my pregnancy. Of course, it is also due to the fact that eggs and breakfast foods are fairly fast and simple to prepare. And, with only two short months left until baby arrives, I’m finding that I don’t enjoy being on my feet in the kitchen quite as much as I used to. I’m all for fast and easy!

So, for this month’s challenge, I decided that we will tackle the Eggs and Breakfast chapter (chapter 14) in The New Best Recipe. I know that the rest of you probably have a more adventurous appetite and more energy for the kitchen, so you’ll be happy to know that this chapter’s not all fast and easy recipes.  In fact, it covers a lot of ground.  You’ll find great recipes and techniques for preparing everthing from eggs to waffles and pancakes to bacon and home fries.  I’m pretty sure we can all find something new to try!

Want to participate in this month’s challenge? Simply prepare a recipe that fits the eggs and breakfast theme and post about it on your blog.  (Of course, recipes should not be taken directly from The New Best Recipe or any other source without proper attribution.) Then, come back here and submit your blog post (along with a photo if you would like me to include a photo in the roundup).

The roundup of everyone’s recipes and blog posts will be posted on Friday, August 31st.  So, please be sure to submit your blog post by Thursday, August 30th.

Please Note – The links to The New Best Recipe provided in this post are Amazon affiliate links.  If you purchase this cookbook (or another item) after  clicking on my link, I receive a small percentage of the sale price, which helps to keep My Kitchen Addiction up and running. Thanks!

Challenge: Crisps, Cobblers, and Fruit Desserts (Kitchen Bootcamp July)

For many of you, summer is now in full swing. That means that fruit season is also in full swing.  I know we’ve been enjoying all of the fresh and local fruit that we’ve been receiving from our fruit CSA so far this summer.  And, there is plenty more to come!

So, when Mardi from eat. live. travel. write. recommended the Crisps, Cobblers, and Other Fruit Desserts chapter (chapter 21) from The New Best Recipe for the July challenge, I was on board right away. Crisps and cobblers happen to be some of my favorite desserts, especially this time of year.

The New Best Recipe includes some great cobbler, crisp, shortcake, and pandowdy recipes (among others!) that serve as a great starting point for this month’s challenge. I especially love that the recipes leave a lot of room for creativity… You can mix up the flavors with whatever fruits are looking good at the farmer’s market.  And, you can dress them up with homemade ice cream, spiked whipped cream, and any dessert sauce you are in the mood for making! Continue Reading

Challenge: Salads (Kitchen Bootcamp June)

June is here, and it’s time to announce the new Kitchen Bootcamp challenge!

Since our CSA started a few weeks ago, we’ve had more lettuce than I know what to do with.  So, you might say that I have salads on the brain.  I try to mix things up and be creative, but I can always use a little help when it comes to salads.  So, I thought it would be fun to tackle the Salads chapter (chapter 3) in The New Best Recipe this month. Are you with me?

Of course, if you aren’t up to your ears in lettuce, there are plenty of other options for this month’s challenge! The chapter covers everything from great recipes for homemade mayonnaise and dressings to ideas for great ways to jazz up your lettuce salads to tuna and chicken salads. There’s something for everyone…  And, hopefully we can all eat a bit more salad this month. I don’t think that would be such a bad thing!

I’ll be using The New Best Recipe as my guide for this month’s challenge, but you are welcome to use whatever sources you have available to you. And, of course, feel free to be creative and come up with your own ideas, too! The point of the challenge is to try something new!

Want to bounce ideas off of other Kitchen Bootcamp participants? Be sure to check out the Facebook group.  It’s a great place for discussion during the challenge… And, it’s a good way to ask questions, as well!

I’ll be posting the roundup on for this month’s challenge on Friday, June 29th, so please be sure to submit your recipes no later than Thursday, June 28th to be sure that your blog post is included! And, as always, if you would like to have a photo included in the roundup, be sure to submit it along with your blog post.

Please Note – The links to The New Best Recipe provided in this post are Amazon affiliate links.