Retro Sundays

I created the Retro Sundays series to help newer readers easily navigate the very best of this blog's enormous back catalog of content. Each Retro Sundays column serves up a selection of the best articles from this week in history here at Casual Kitchen.

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This Week in History at Casual Kitchen:

Turning a Bad Recipe Into a Good One: Lime and Chipotle Shrimp (August 2007)
Some recipes look great on paper, but suck in reality. Here are tips on how we took a recipe flop from Simply Recipes, made a few key modifications, and turned it into an amazing addition to our recipe collection.

Countdown: Top Ten Low Alcohol Drinks (August 2008)
These beverages generally have 1/2 to 1/3 of the alcohol in a typical standard drink, so you can keep your head about you during a night on the town. Just like my Top Ten Alcoholic Drinks of Summer, and my Top Ten No-Alcohol Drinks, this post captures a ton of search traffic. Also, see the debate raging in the comments about the exact components of a Shandy.

The Food Spending Poll: Results and Conclusions (August 2009)
I decided to do an informal poll of Casual Kitchen readers to see how much of our disposable income we spend on food. The results were, quite frankly, a shock.

Southern Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collards (August 2009)
I share tons of inexpensive yet healthy recipes here at Casual Kitchen, and I even coined a term, laughably cheap, to describe recipes that are so wholesome and cost so little that you can't help but laugh out loud. This recipe is one of the greatest examples of "laughably cheap" ever: a healthy, hearty stew that weighs in at a preposterous 45c-65c a serving.

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Melissa said...

I like your version of Elise's recipe better. Lime Chipotle Shrimp. Serve over rice. Just sounds better to me.

Regardless, I'm glad you put that disclaimer in there about Elise's recipes 'cause otherwise we'd be fighting hehe. I've made 17 (I think, at least count) of her recipes and 14/17 were great. I trust her more than any other "biggie" food blogger out there.

And that food spending topic never ceases to be interesting, eh?

wosnes said...

Retro Sundays and Friday Links are my favorite posts each week.

I find that many "bacon wrapped" recipes sound great -- but the recipes often aren't as good as they sound. I have to agree with Melissa about Elise's recipes. I don't know how many I've tried, but only a few didn't work out or I didn't like.

I think a lot of the reason that people spend more than you would think on groceries is what I'd have to call impulse shopping. It's not the impulse purchase while one is shopping -- it's the middle of the week decisions to make something different than originally planned or just not planning.

Daniel said...

Melissa--yes, simpler, easier and much better. And agreed, her recipes in general are excellent. This particular recipe was an outlier, which fortunately yielded a really good modified version.

Wosnes, thank you! I always appreciate when a reader takes the time to leave feedback, and I'm happy to hear you're enjoying those regular CK features. I'll keep 'em coming.