Unblogged: The Ones That Didn’t Make the Cut

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With food blogging, there are some recipe posts that never see the light of day for whatever reason.

It could be that the recipe still needs a bit of tweaking, or maybe it’s that the photos aren’t stellar. Or maybe it’s just me being picky, lol. Whatever the reason, these are the dishes that usually don’t make it to the blog, but I thought they’d make a fun blog post, especially now at the end of the year when it’s time to reflect back.

Here are a few dishes that just didn’t make the cut…

Aqua Fresca

Aqua Fresca

I made this recipe in late spring, but waited too long into the summer to blog it, and at that point I had already seen like a million similar recipes! (Well, no, not really a million, but enough recipes to make me feel like another would be unnecessarily redundant.) I love it though; it’s super refreshing and perfect on a hot day.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

This was Julia Child’s recipe that I made with a few minor adjustments, and it is absolutely incredible. I was going for a French bistro look in the photos, and although I think the photos are ok, they aren’t exactly what I had in mind. I was still willing to blog it though. Actually, I meant to blog this recipe several times, but the post kept getting pushed back because other more pressing posts kept coming up, and finally I said to heck with it…it’s just not meant to be! No worries though, if you Google “Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon” you’ll get a ton of results for the recipe (and it is absolutely worth making!).

Bacon and Egg Macaroni Salad

Bacon and Egg Macaroni Salad

This salad was good…really good, in fact. It’s a creamy mayo-based pasta salad with turkey bacon, hard-boiled eggs, a couple veggies, and a super flavorful dressing thanks to the addition of things like olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, sweet paprika, and garlic powder. The issue was that no matter how many times I looked at these photos hoping to change my mind, I really just couldn’t get on board with them. Looking at them now, I know the pictures aren’t terrible…maybe this is just a case of me being picky, but either way, this salad did not make it to the blog.

Creamed Cabbage

Creamed Cabbage

I am totally in love with this recipe and truthfully, I could eat it for lunch five days a week and be a happy girl. There are two reasons why this dish never made it to the blog though: 1) I feel like the photos don’t do the dish justice, and 2) the recipe uses a touch of all-purpose flour (to thicken up some milk and give this dish a creamy texture), and I wanted to remake it into a grain-free dish. I am still planning to work on this recipe, remaking it grain-free and retaking the photos, so hopefully you’ll see this one on the blog at some point.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were delicious, and I thought the photos were decent. I was all set and ready to blog it, and then I just felt like there were too many flourless peanut butter cookie recipes out there…does the world really need another? I’m going to go out on a limb and say probably not…but they were tasty nonetheless. And I promise you, if I come up with a more unique take on this ubiquitous recipe, I will share it.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are no words to describe how amazing these cookies are. I wasn’t planning on blogging them…actually, I only made them because one day I was dying for chocolate chip cookies and I wanted to branch out from my normal recipe for chocolate chippers. I found this recipe online and made them (the only tweak I made was to add a little sprinkle of sea salt on the cookie tops before baking), and then decided to snap a few pictures because they were just so pretty. But since the recipe is Jacques Torres’ and is already available all over the internet, I didn’t see any need to post it on my blog. (But if you like chocolate chippers, I highly recommend Googling the recipe and making these cookies!)

The list could go on for at least another half dozen recipes, but that’s probably enough. :)

Food Bloggers: How do you decide which recipes don’t make it to your blog?

Non-Food Bloggers: What sort of recipes would you like to see more of in the upcoming year?

Happy (almost) New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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16 comments to Unblogged: The Ones That Didn’t Make the Cut

  • Lovely dishes and treats.

    Happy New Year!



  • I think the Aqua Fresca needs to make the blog this upcoming year!!! Hope you are enjoying the holidays :)

  • Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog

    What a fun post! I have the same “problem” (if you can call it that). Some food photos are just sitting in a folder waiting to be put on my blog – but some will just never make it on there!

  • Kate

    I’d really love to see the Bacon and Egg Macaroni Salad recipe! Where can I find it online if you don’t plan on posting it? Did you make any changes? Thanks!

    • Kate, I started with Rachel Ray’s recipe, and made the following changes: used lemon juice instead of vinegar; used 1 finely chopped fresh red bell pepper instead of pimentos; added 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder; added 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika; added 2 stalks finely chopped celery (just to get another veggie in); and added a couple of spoons of mayo to make the dressing creamy. It is definitely a delicious pasta salad – hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

  • Glad you decided to post. There are some pretty good dishes here — I particularly liked the bacon and egg pasta salad and the cabbage dish.
    Happy New Year!

  • cde

    What a cool idea. See you got a blog post out of it didn’t you. Sometimes I make stuff and then just end up deciding that the dish isn’t worth blogging about. Kind of similar to you

  • All of these dishes look fabulous to me, but my eye is obviously not as professional as yours! Happy new year!

  • Shannon Younger

    Your macaroni salad would be something of interest (it looked/sounded tasty and appealing). Speaking of cabbage…would love to find a really good cabbage soup, especially one with cheese. Have been searching and experimenting for months now without coming up with just the ‘right one’. Soups, stews and savory breads, veg dishes/salads, in general…

  • Robyn

    The creamed cabbage looks devine! Are you able to send the recipe along.. I’m okay with grains ;)

    • Robyn, After I included the photo of the Creamed Cabbage in this post, I received quite a few emails from people asking for the recipe so I decided to post it. I want to make it again and take new photos, but I expect to have the recipe up by the end of the month. If you’d like to make it sooner, please let me know and I’ll email the recipe to you. :)

  • Happy new year Faith!
    These recipes look good to me! :)

  • lin

    Thanks for the blog..Happy New Year

  • Bliss

    Hi, I love your blog. If you’re still taking input, I’d love recipes that can be frozen and reheated well, or those that are good for giving away (new moms, new neighbors, etc.). Please do post a creamed cabbage recipe, I’ve never tried it before!

    • Hi Bliss, I am always taking input – thank you for contributing! It’s funny you mention recipes that can be frozen and reheated because lately I’ve been thinking that I need to share more of these kinds of recipes! Especially recipes that are made in a single skillet or a single baking dish…or a crockpot! I will definitely work on more of these kinds of dishes.

      Also, after including that Creamed Cabbage photo in this post, I received quite a few emails from people asking for the recipe, so I will definitely be posting it. I’m going to make the recipe and take new photos, but I expect to post it by the end of this month.

      Thanks for reading, and thanks again for your input!

  • Oh I love all those recipes!! The pictures and styling are absolutely gorgeous. – I find deciding what goes on the blog a difficult one. I have a day-job and, particularly in winter, by the time I come home, have cooked the dishes and styled them it is already dark and artificial lighting is never as nice as daylight. I have therefore also a massive folder of un-blogged recipes on my computer which I plan to blog at some point in the future or re-cook and shoot. x

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