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Let's Dish: What Are Your Culinary New Year's Resolutions?

Let's Dish: What Are Your Culinary New Year's Resolutions?

Every January, we are filled with renewed determination to be more organized, stop smoking, or lose weight. While I make plenty of common New Year's resolutions, since food and cooking are such an important part of my life, I make culinary resolutions as well. Whether it's sharpening my knife skills, learning an unknown kitchen technique, or experimenting with exotic cuisines, I always feel like I have something new to learn.

After reading Michael Ruhlman's Elements of Cooking, I've been wanting to make my own veal stock from scratch — a long, drawn-out process that takes more than a day. But the famous author and Next Iron Chef judge has made so many arguments about veal stock adding depth and body to sauce that I simply have to try incorporating it into my dishes.

What kitchen accomplishments are you determined to make in 2009?


Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
1- Eat mostly local/seasonal/sustainable foods 2- Learn to love meat/poultry/seafood again (11 years as a vegetarian is a loooong time,lol) 3- Cook more and eat out waaay less 4-Invest more time and money into healthier foods (no more frozen nuke-em meals and definitely NO MORE skimping on cheap food but splurging on new shoes I don't need but really want). Oh, and CaterpillarGirl...I'm oddly on board with the whole hunt my own food thing (mostly after reading omnivore's dilemma)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
1) hunt and kill my own game and prepare it myself. 2) eat more local foods 3) not to eat one block of ramen in 2009
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My resolution is to try a lot more new dishes when I cook. Lately, I've been rotating the same things over and over again. Now that I have a new mixer and a subscription to Bon Appetit, I'm dying to try out a few new dishes for my husband. Oh, and I also want to plant an herb garden this spring...I really want fresh herbs to use!
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
how can i start gluten-free diet
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 8 years
make more then half of what i eat vegan :-)
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
I definetely want to get away from recipes and start creating my own dishes. That'll be quite hard since there are so many fun and tasty recipes out there, but I'll sure try. Oh, and be more resourceful with my money when grocery shopping :]
wunami wunami 8 years
To lose weight. Which means I should eat less. So I guess I have to stop eating random junk and just the good stuff.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Invest in some better equipment of my own since the ex kept our kitchen. Poo head :)
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Heres mine: To actually hand make every meal. No more frozens!!! Its so hard to live alone and cook meals for one (for dinner, mostly, i make my breakfast and lunch.) If i cook an actually dinner i make too much and i HATE being wasteful like that, so i usually make whole wheat pasta or mac and cheese... i'm 20, so its ok, right?... haha
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
To start using my kitchen more. I love to cook, but cooking for one is such a pain in the rear. So this year, I resolve to find more 'for one or two' recipies to start cooking at home. Plus, I'll be healthier for it too!
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I want to pre-cook and can some basics. Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, jams/jellies, beef/chicken/veg stock etc. I also have a two-pound bag of semolina that is begging to be made into pasta. I want to try recipes and not always make dinner up as I go along. I want to actually go to the local farmer's market instead of just thinking about it every week.
herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
Learn to make more Japanese dishes. Actually get my butt to local produce market instead of just thinking about it every now and then. Cut back on the dairy.
hfomega hfomega 8 years
Karelynn - I don't know how much you use a slow cooker, but is almost completely gluten free recipes since the author's daughter has Celiac.
hfomega hfomega 8 years
My boyfriend and I have a growing list that includes making gumbo, chocolate mousse, and brining a turkey. We decided that we want to cook more and eat out less.
kia kia 8 years
Karelynn, you can do it and find yummy stuff you'll adapt to. Nigella Lawson's mother is celiac and she has some great stuff in her recipe collection. I love her Clementine Cake. I have ubiquitous food allergies and have had to do adjust, but it gets easy over time. My food goal this year is to tackle Bouillabaisse. My husband has wanted it every year for his birthday but picks something else closer to the date. This may be the year.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
More of the same.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
1. Eat more whole grains and less "bad fats". 2. Bake more cookies to send in care packages to relatives away at college and working abroad. :) I might have to work a second job to pay for the postage. LOL ;)
WorldTrekker WorldTrekker 8 years
Make one new recipe a week. I did this last year and now have a whole new list of favorite recipes!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I'd like to start using more exotic ingredients, and I need to learn how to cook healthy food that my husband and children will actually eat!
ThreeBowls ThreeBowls 8 years
I am doing a whole series of posts on this over the next week as I have a lot to be resolute about in the kitchen in '09! Here's the short version, all starting with Rs because I am being too cute by half: 1. Resourcefulness - using up the weird ingredients I bought over the past year. 2. Repetition - stop being seduced by the novelty of new recipes and get good at a select few by doing them a lot. 3. Research - learn more about the science of cooking. 4. Restraint - stop doing these giant cooking projects and focus on one thing at a time. 5. Readiness - help myself stick to health eating by having stuff made in advance. 6. Reward - keep practicing my ice cream making skillz! :)
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I don't have any culinary resolutions. But I have started to eat healthier a few weeks ago. Sometimes I get in a hurry and end up ordering what I call quickie food. And almost none of it is healthy for anyone.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I want to become friends with more chefs, learn how to make delectable homemade pasta (since rustic Italian cuisine is so in), get to know cheese better, and experiment with more exotic cuisines.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
my culinary resolutions? i think that these may be the only ones that i make 1) try to eat more organic and locally grown foods 2) take cooking classes 3) not get on my man's case for what he eats! (since i'm a veggie and he's not)
Karelynn Karelynn 8 years
I have to start a gluten-free diet for the new year (and keep it up for life), so my new ways of eating are going to be pretty strict. Celiac disease is pretty unfriendly, it's going to be tough to give up normal breads and cookies and such - but I'll manage.
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