Food Resolutions for 2007
Anyone making food related resolutions for 2007? Want to share them?
1) Be more creative in my cooking
2) Eat less in terms of quantity but more in terms of quality
3) Finally begin organizing all of my recipes in order to begin writing our family cookbook (I'd like to present a copy to each of my girls when they move out)
How about it Hounds . . . .
1. find better cheap, easy, healthy and real-food weeknight meals
2. cook a fancy meal at least one weeknight evening every other week
3. fewer carbs in the evenings
4. less sodium
Not really food, but it goes in my body: TAKE MY CALCIUM. It's stupid not to, because osteoporosis is a big deal in my family.
There are some good, inspiring ideas here! These are my resolutions for 2007:
1. Eat more whole grains.
2. Less take-out, more home cooking.
3. No more trans fats (not even that "under 0.5 grams so we say it's trans-fat free" food).
4. Less high fructose corn syrup - if it has HFCS, I probably don't need to eat it.
5. Learn how to roast my own chicken, rather than relying on the supermarket's rotisserie.
Most importantly, I need to pamper myself more with my favorite fresh fruits and veggies. Life is too short not to eat quinces, caramelized leeks, artichokes, kale, pears, or fava beans.
Cover as much of Food and Wine magazine's 100 Must Try Tastes for 2007 as I can
Learn and master authentic Indian and Mexican cooking at home
(of course) get my tush off of whatever I am sitting on and move it daily (goal of being comfortably back into size 12 pants- emphasis on comfortable; Long term goal = back to size 10, comfortably)
Better portion control
Make a new, never-done-before meal at least twice each week
Continue exploring southern hemisphere wines, especially Argentinian malbecs and wines from Portugal and Chile
Explore upstate New York wines
Grow my personal chef business
I "explored" an upstate NY wine just last night -- a bottle that one of my kids' friends brought here over the holidays -- and, if it's indicative of others from the region, I'd say my exploring days are over. It was from Bully Hill -- called something like Old Goat -- and it was, in a word, BLEEEECH!
1. Eat more locally grown/produced foods
2. Learn to prepare (really good) prime ribs of beef
3. Learn how to repair a broken bearnaise sauce (it ALWAYS breaks!)
4. Drink more good wine
5. Give away old cookbooks I no longer use to make room for more cookbooks I'll probably never use.
6. Try out the Zojirushi Bread Maker I bought 2 years ago on Craig's List
- Make more creative vegetable dishes and really enjoy them
- Learn to cook more meat dishes like my recent shortribs try for my carnivore son, especially with inexpensive cuts of meat.
- Buy a bento box and bring a bento box lunch to work a few days a week.
-Try more random restaurants without waiting for the Hounds to recommend them.
-- Add more healthy dishes (ones that we like!) into the regular meal rotation
-- Find lots of creative ways to eat more vegetables (roasted root vegetables, yum)
-- Make my first cassoulet. If it doesn't come out right the first time, try again. (If it does come out right the first time, definitely try again!)
-- Make a fritatta (another thing I've never done). See if I can find a combination of ingredients my teenage son will like and eat for dinner.
-- More braising.
-- Explore African cooking-- I got Soul of a New Cuisine for Christmas.
-- Keep exploring a variety of fillings for homemade potstickers until I have some real favorites.
It's much more fun to make food related resolutions than any other kind!
- up my running, because I won't lower my food/alcohol intake
- enroll in culinary school
- cook at least 5 times a week, even/especially if I have a bad day at work
- shop at the local market more, even in the winter when the walk is a cold one
- try new wines; been stuck on some favourites for a few months now
- finally construct my spice rack
- attempt fresh pasta again after last year's debacle
1) Clean out my pantry
2) Clean out my fridge and freezer (what is in there anyway?)
3) More homemade lunches, fewer purchased out
4) Continue to expand what I grow in my garden using only non-modified seeds
5) Remember that I don't have to eat something that tastes bad or average just beacause it is in front of me (good for office parties)
1. Eat more variety -- I'm a creature of habit and can eat the same thing day in and day out without a mote of bother
2. Eat more color-- I eat a lot of the same color, good stuff, but a lot of broccoli and spinach is not as good as a little broc, a little cranberries, a little tomato
3. Eat more fish -- maybe I'll even try salmon... again, even though I try it every year with new preparations and hate it ... wish it weren't so
4. Eat more good fats
5. Focus more on aesthetics, presentation, and eating with the eyes... making eating an experience rather than just a necessity and nourishment act
Re number 3: More fish is a great idea, but don't force the salmon if you really don't like it. (Everyone's allowed to have a few foods that they just don't like; and besides, there'll be more salmon for me. :-)
There's a great list in Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" cookbook - Twenty Fish Dishes for Fish Haters. It includes things like:
- Broiled fillets with pesto
- Red snapper with a buttered-pecan crust
- Roast cod with potatoes
- Herb-roasted monkfish
- Halibut simmered in soy sauce
- Grilled swordfish or tuna with mustard sauce
I'm going to try a bunch of these on my mom, who's not much of a fish eater. She's another one who really doesn't like salmon, no matter how much she tries.
1: Compost- spent my gift certificate at the nursery on a worm composter.
2: Like the learn more about wine...
3: If I don't have 30 minutes to relax and enjoy a meal, then grab an energy bar.
4: Farmer's Markets
5: Budget for organic
6: No non-organic dairy again EVER. At my age, more hormones is not a desireable thing...
7: Pay Attention! Enjoy!
1) Support the Slow Food movement by buying local and regional organic products.
3) Learn to make great cream of mushroom soup and tomato bisque
4) Learn to bake fantastic whole wheat bread
5) Explore cooking a few classic Thai and Indian dishes
6) Use the produce I buy before it goes bad