A new monthly challenge series designed to help home cooks hone their skills in the kitchen by trying new recipes and techniques or using new or less familiar ingredients!

Last year, one of my favorite bloggers, Sally, from Sally’s Baking Addiction, came up with an idea for a monthly baking challenge that I found incredibly inspiring and fun. I looked forward to her challenge posts each month and thought that this year I would institute something similar on House of Nash Eats, but with a slightly more broad approach!

See, one of the reasons I got into food blogging in the first place, along with sharing our favorite family recipes, was to create a space to challenge myself in the kitchen by attempting techniques or cuisines that were new to me or using ingredients that I might not have otherwise used much before.

In short, I wanted to hone my skills as a home cook. And it seems like many of you do too based on feedback I have received in emails, comments, and in conversations I’ve had with many of you on social media!

As a stroke of fortuitous luck that was totally unplanned, it just so happens that the blog name that I chose back when I started this blog has a built in acronym that is just perfect for a monthly cooking challenge right along the lines of honing our skills in the kitchen.

I mean, how can I not do a new series with a challenge element along those lines?!

What You Need to Know:

  • Early each month, I plan to post a new recipe along with a topic or theme for the month.
  • I would love to see what you make during the month based around the topic or theme. Some of the themes will be broader and some will be more focused, but I would really love to see what YOU come up with and hear how it went!
  • I will provide at least one or more recipes for you to try and link to any recipes from my archives that go along with that month’s challenge, but you are welcome to make any recipe you like that fits with the theme.
  • I would love it if you want to share your photos throughout the month using the hashtag #honecookingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page!

Additional Info About the H.O.N.E. Monthly Cooking Challenge

I have chosen each recipe, topic, or theme to be seasonally based, fun, and designed to help all of us (myself included!) stretch our skills just a little bit, while still being totally doable and not too intimidating.

I’m really excited about this series and I hope that you will participate so we can all grow and try new things together in 2018!

Watch for the January topic and a brand new recipe to go along with that is coming your way tomorrow!