But then we lost a bit of enthusiasm this morning while flipping through cookbooks.
We were reminded of how many fancy dishes we'd attempted--shelling out big bucks for specific ingredients, spending hours prepping everything, and hovering over the stove--only to feel a let down at the end.
And even when they turn out fantastically, sometimes we wonder if it's worth the effort.
We made the caramelized onion and bacon croissants pictured above for a brunch a few months ago. They turned out great and got rave reviews from everyone!
But with every buttery mouthful, we were remembering the hours of pounding butter, turning and rolling out layers, waiting for dough to chill, and shaping each croissant.
They were so labor intensive, we wonder if we'd ever make them again.
What was the most complicated dish you ever made? Was it worth it?!
(Image Credit: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)