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Have you made a 2011 New Year resolution involving food?

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Okay, other than the dieting and losing weight type of food-related resolutions, I was wondering if anyone added into their 2011 resolutions/plans things specifically to do with food? Restaurants the you WILL try this year. A recipe or type of cooking you WILL learn or some sort of exotic food or cuisine you must try.

It's easy for me to get into a rut as the BF loves to go to the same 5-ish restaurants always. So this year I made a list of five local and five within a four-hour drive that I want to try this year. More than half are cuisines that we don't normally eat.

Then I have a list of five foods that I will try this year, and a list of five recipes that are out of my comfort zone but that I will try.

(Oh, and despite all that, i do have the diet/exercise resolution as well). What are your food resolutions?

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  1. There's my usual, general "eat more fish" one. But I don't like fish, so I never get very far with it. I've decided to try to figure out ways to "sneak" the small oily types into stuff I do like as I really need the nutritional benefits (sardines, anchovies), but it's going to be an ambitious goal.

    Ever since we had the baby, going out has pretty much quit happening but I did resolve to try once again to find a decent babysitter so we can get back to going out to eat a few times a year with mr. RNR.

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    1. re: rockandroller1

      Rock, have you tried sardines with pasta? very good...and you are not eating it out of the tin...just sayin' it might help...I think Mark Bittman has a video of sardines with pasta if this helps you.

      1. re: Val

        I've bought them with that intention like 3 times, and then they sit and sit until I finally give up and throw them away thinking I won't ever eat them. I can't even bring myself to open the tin. I have several good recipes for them, including in pasta, but just always choose something else when I'm cooking.

        1. re: rockandroller1

          Well, maybe just try eating other fish and leave the sardines/anchovies alone...we don't have to ALL like them!

    2. Never to call a vegetable a "veggie."

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      1. re: beevod

        but will you call a sandwich a "sammie?"

        1. re: Firegoat

          Not even if captured by the Taliban.

      2. I'm going to make the same one I make throughout the year and every year: buy less junk and keep the fridge/pantry less full!

        Harder than it seems. ::sad sigh::

        1. I'm ashamed that I still have to make this resolution, but I'm just not good at keeping it. Better, but still not good. Mine is to waste less food.

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          1. re: Isolda

            This is my resolution this year also...for the first time. Hopefully it will stick.

          2. I actually managed to keep a few of my resolutions from last year including eating flax seed meal in my yogurt every day and to stop ordering the same dish everytime I go to my favorite restaurant.

            For 2011 my resolutions are to try to eat and cook a more Mediterranean diet and, after a friend just sent me this article about canned food and BPA http://www.consumersunion.org/pub/cor..., to stop using canned foods.
            So, after I make up one more big pot of bolognese to use up the canned tomatoes in my pantry, I will cut out canned foods (except maybe coconut milk since I don't think I've ever seen it sold in anything other that a can.)

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            1. re: EM23

              "to stop using canned foods."
              ~~~~~~~~~
              don't stop using them altogether, just limit yourself to buying brands that use BPA-free cans.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                HELL yes! You gotta have tomatoes and they aren't always in season...I live in FL and we've had a freeze recently (I had to SCRAPE ICE off my windshield on Tuesday to get out to work!) for god's sake...it will impact all of us! So, yes, consider the Pomi brand tomatoes, so lovely and NOT in a can...Eden Foods offers canned beans with no BPA...yes, limit them but don't totally exclude!

                1. re: Val

                  We've gotten off almost all canned goods in the last year as well, and we do use the Eden beans now, but the Pomi tomatoes were a horrible experience. I tried to make sauce with them and it was so bad I threw it all out. So we are still using canned san marzanos for sauce.

                  @EM23 coconut milk is available "fresh" (in the fridge section) by So Delicious, and it's very good! It's in cartons, like milk. They also make very good coffee creamer, that's all I use in my coffee now. I had to go dairy free for over a year while I was BF my baby and we made the switch to the So Delicious stuff then for coffee and never went back!

                  1. re: rockandroller1

                    just a heads-up to all of you that Trader Joe's uses BPA-free cans for their canned fish, meat, beans & corn.

                    however, all their canned tomato products, soups & stews are still packaged in cans with BPA.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      GHG, Val & R&R - thanks for your advice. Great to know about the beans and coconut milk - I didn't know that there are BPA-free cans. R&R'er, what store(s) carry the coconut milk?
                      I have no intention of giving up tomatoes! I used Pomi last year to make Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce (the onion and butter one) and it was nice so that was my swap out plan for tomatoes (except for the fresh in season of course). That reminds me of one more food promise for 2011...making & freezing fresh tomato sauce.
                      The only other canned food I love is A's Do Mar tuna - not giving that up.

                      1. re: EM23

                        re: coconut milk, Native Forest cans are BPA-free.

            2. I don't really believe in resolutions, but I am seriously thinking about joining the CharcutePalooza. I just used this as an excuse to finally buy Ruhlman's charcuterie book. http://www.mrswheelbarrow.com/2010/12...

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              1. re: Vetter

                This is so awesome. Great find. Thanks for sharing. I'm deffinitely doing this.

                jb

                1. re: Vetter

                  V

                  Thanks. The cured duck breast may find a home dangling from the rafter in the crawl space in the new year.

                2. Not really a resolution but each year I grow a unique veg in the garden. Last year it was asparagus peas; in 2011 I plan to grow soybeans.

                  I really need to make more charcuterie and cheeses. At this point I only do ricotta and mozzarella.

                  Help out cooking/serving food at the local shelter. I keep saying I want to do it but this year I really and truly must!

                  1. Having just got over food poisoning I would say my resolution is to eat out less. I have been eating out twice a day, not good for my budget, waistline or health. I also want to have more food projects like cassoulet.

                    1. I resolve to eat and drink only the best. No "garbage" calories. I resolve to make at least 1 dish out of every food magazine I purchase. I resolve to eat more sushi and less pasta. I resolve to keep my 2 year old from ever (or at least for the next year) having McDonalds, Burger King or any food from these agents of death pass through my childs lips.

                      1. i'm not big on "resolutions." instead, i prefer to approach the coming year with an action plan...but it just so happens that quite a few of the elements in my plan for 2011 are food-related:
                        - get my blog up & running
                        - write my cookbook
                        - teach a class on healthy, gluten-free living through a local college extension or community enrichment program
                        - *finally* find investors to finance my restaurant/catering company
                        - eat out more often
                        - cut back on dairy

                        1. Just a few off the top of my head:

                          1. Eat more healthfully and exercise more.
                          2. Try at least one ethnic cuisine that I've never had. May be challenging since there isn't many ethnic restaurants around here, but I think at least Vietnamese should be doable.
                          3. Expand my palate as far as wine is concerned, and learn better how to pair wine to food.
                          4. Learn to like one food that I've previously turned my nose up at.
                          5. Make at least one recipe per week from one of the tons of cookbooks I have that sit unopened on a shelf. My Top Chef cookbook that I just got for Christmas has me feeling inspired....
                          6. Develop my pantry better along with good quick and easy go to recipes, so I have fewer excuses to eat out as much as I do.
                          7. Learn how to make sausages, both fresh and cured/aged.

                          1. I like to set the bar very low and make my resolutions highly subjective.

                            1. Eat better food.
                            2. Drink better liquor.
                            3. To cook and eat an unusual species of animal this year (Three Toed Sloth, Wildebeast, or whatever).

                            1. I think all my resolutions this year are food related:

                              1) Waste less food

                              2) Learn some basic butchering skills

                              3) Teach my 6 year old son some new cooking skills

                              I'm vaguely toying with the idea of having a degustation dinner party in 2011. I was given a beautiful degustation cookbook, written by a fantastic local chef for Christmas, but I'm unsure as to whether I could actually pull it off. I just got so excited by some of the menus that this monstrosity of an idea has developed in my head. I think I'll let 2011 decide as to whether it happens or not.

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                              1. re: TheHuntress

                                i think your #3 is my favorite of all the resolutions i've seen so far - on this thread and on the other similar one that's also in progress right now - gotta train the next generation of Chowhounds! :)

                              2. I've been considering two vegetarian meals a week and 'only' three red meat meals a week.