reverb10: sometimes trying is enough

December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)

Many of the posts I've read on this topic explored the idea of doing v. trying and when I first read this I had the same resistance to the term but then I realized there are quite a few things where trying is not half-hearted, where trying turns to doing like in cooking. In the past few years I've committed to cooking more and trying new recipes; some have worked and some haven't. In cooking, its all about trying, trying new kinds of tastes and varieties of food. This year, I wanted to bake more and I have, though I still haven't tried a cake or pie, yet. Mostly I've made muffins and cookies and brownies. So, in the new year, I'd like to continue this trend of cooking and being more adventurous with food, trying new things and being okay when it doesn't work out.

I've tried a lot of new recipes which have become my favorites: homemade mac-n-cheese; baked pork chops, tequila lime chicken and cheesy potato soup. I've also tried recipes that were disasters like the sticky pineapple crumble and chicken marsala in the crock pot. But this is what trying is all about, figuring out what works, what doesn't, what you can change for next time. See, I don't think trying is about not doing; I think it's about embracing the journey in between and realizing that sometimes the attempt is enough.