Here are my resolutions for 2010:
Try something new:
The most fun I've had over the last year has been trying out new things:
- Rotisserie recipes (like Rack of Pork and Beef Tenderloin)
- Pickling last summer's bounty
- Entering the Taste of Akron steak cook-off
Oh, yeah, and writing a blog. What I love about food is that there is always something new to explore. I haven't decided what the next thing is, but I'm leaning towards one or more of the following:
- Ethnic cuisines:
- Homemade bacon
- Rotisserie Stuffed Cornish Game Hens
- *Yes, I know, Stuffing is Evil. They said I was mad! Mad! Bwahahahaha!
**My brother-in-law Travis gave me a Japanese cooking package for Christmas - a cookbook, dried seaweed, kombu, dried sardines...now I know which one to lead with...
Use the cookbooks I have:
Instead of buying a bunch of new ones, dig into the cookbooks I already have. I bought some great cookbooks last year, which I enjoyed reading. But I didn't cook much from them. A recipe here, a recipe there...and that was about it. I read them more for inspiration and flavor combinations than as a direct source of what I'm going to cook. This year I will cut back on my cookbook purchases, and focus on what I already own.
*But…Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue is coming…and so is Rick Bayless's Fiesta at Rick's…and Robb Walsh's The Tex Mex Grill…and that's just in May.
**Darn. I've already broken this resolution, haven't I? It's just a matter of time.
Eat healthier, and blog healthier:
Yes, this blog has been very heavy on the Meaty Main Dish side of recipes. They're fun! I love cooking them, and writing about them. Not to mention eating them. But I don't feel like I'm giving an accurate picture of how I actually eat. I'm going to try to get more interesting side dishes posted in the new year. *But don't worry - I'm not giving up on the meaty main dishes entirely. In fact, I'm trying to line up a pork belly so I can give it a try on the rotisserie.
What do you think? Any suggestions? What are your cooking resolutions for the new year? Leave them in the comments section below.
Happy New Year, everyone!
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