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Happy New Year 2014

What are my new year’s resolutions? I’ve got three:

I need to lose weight. As always. I lost ten pounds in 2013 using a low-carb diet. I didn’t talk about it on the blog, but I’m sure my regular readers noticed – the blog was meat heavy this year. I haven’t been good recently – I lost close to 25 pounds by June – but my weight drifted back up over the second half of the year. I need to re-focus, or try a different diet.

More simple recipes. Judy Rodgers passing shook me. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook was a huge influence on my cooking, with its straightforward approach to cooking. I publish a lot of gadgety recipes – rotisserie, pressure cooking, sous vide – because they’re fun, and because I like playing with new toys. I need to get back to basics. I’m going to publish more simple recipes this year.

Finish my next book. I’ve been procrastinating. I have two books about halfway done, and ideas for two others, but I need to focus on one of them and get it out the door. I need to remind myself – real artists ship.

Here’s a look back at my thirteen most popular posts of 2013

#1 Rotisserie Injection Brined Turkey

#2 Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

#3 Slow Cooker Texas Red Chili

#4 Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers

#5 Pressure Cooker Refried Pinto Beans

#6 Grilled Turkey, Dry Brined (Grilling Basics)

#7 Rotisserie Ham with Orange and Honey Glaze

#8 Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Garlic Butter

#9 Baked Italian Meatballs

#10 Grilled Cowboy Chop (Double Cut Ribeye, Reverse Seared)

#11 48 Hour Sous Vide Grilled Short Ribs (with Sous Vide Q&A)

#12 Rotisserie Prime Rib Roast, Reverse Seared on a Gas Grill

#13 Grilled Korean Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps (Daeji Bulgogi)

Happy New Year, everyone!

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6 Comments

  1. Brian Thomas says

    Those recipes all look good and I’ll be trying out more of them this year, especially the pressure cooker recipes. Recently got a Cuisinart 6qt electric pressure cooker. My wife and I love the grilled mini sweet peppers! Are they a hit with our two boys? Well, not so much but what can you expect with a 6yr old and a 3 1/2 yr old?

  2. I think I bought more cookbooks in 2013 than any year thus far, but yours Mike is the one I still use and turn to the most for entertaining and weekends at home with the family. Happy New Year!

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