Hi Friends! We’re Lisa and Janine!


We’ve focused a lot on cooking the last two challenges and we’ve been waiting for the chance to do more baking. From April 2018 to March 2019, we’ll be doing one baking challenge a month.

  • April: Cookies
  • May: American-style biscuits
  • June: Cake
  • July: Yeast Bread
  • August: Pastry
  • September: Scones
  • October: Sweet Rolls
  • November: Pumpkin
  • December: Shortbread
  • January: Tart
  • February: Baguette
  • March: Pie

We’ll be posting the 2nd and 4th week of the month. We’d love it if you joined along. Let us know if you want to guest post!

Mastering the Essentials (2017-2018)

Lisa found this list of essential dishes that ‘Millennials’ should know how to prepare. There were a few things that we thought we should try and some we thought we should perfect, so we planned a new challenge around it!  We’ve chosen 12 dishes from this essential list and we’ll cover one dish per month:

  • March: Roast Chicken
  • April: Steak
  • May: Pizza
  • June: Burgers
  • July: Margaritas/Cocktails
  • August: Red Sauce
  • September: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
  • October: Pork Chops
  • November: Mashed Potatoes
  • December: Chicken Noodle Soup
  • January: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
  • February: Meatloaf

The challenge: Each month we’ll both cook the dish at least twice, and report back.

The goal: To master these essential dishes, learn things in the process, and test out some creative cooking.

We won’t be posting every week, but we’ll try to blog a few times per month to talk about our progress and what we’ve learned.

How many of the recipes on the list have you mastered? Not very many? We hope you’ll join us in the challenge so that we can all be better cooks, and have some fun along the way!

52 Weeks of Cooking (2015-2016)

We saw this awesome challenge on Reddit. We both like to cook, but have been having difficulty making time to spend in the kitchen. We saw this challenge and thought it would be fun and a good way to cook at least one meal per week.

Here’s the way it works: We came up with one theme for each week for 52 weeks. Ok, actually we stole most (but not all!) of the ideas from Reddit. Our goal is to incorporate the theme into one meal a week, even if it is just as a side or a snack. Then we will take turns posting about what we made and how it turned out. Hopefully we’ll be able to try new recipes, share the old ones, and have fun cooking.

We’re really hoping to have our friends and family follow us and participate in the journey!

You don’t have to blog about it, or even post about it. All you have to do is try to make something that incorporates the theme each week. It’s up to you if that recipe is tried and true or something new (see how that rhymes??). We’ll talk about the next week’s theme at the end of the blog post, so that gives you time to think about a recipe and go grocery shopping. We’ve also listed the upcoming themes on the right-hand side (see how Janine created that widget?), so you can follow along there, too.

We see this challenge as just one more way to stay connected, so please comment on the blog, send us Snapchats, post on Instagram and Facebook (#landjcook52), whatever way you want to show us what you’ve been cooking. We’re looking forward to seeing what you guys make!