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2011 Food Resolutions

Someone had to start it and I could not find if someone else had.

Here are my 10 (no order):

1 - Learn to cook some Latin food
2 - Reduce my burger and pizza intake by 20%; Grind my own burger meat at home
3 - Learn to make better "flavored" pastas
4 - Learn to make lower-calorie every day meals (in conjunction with Mrs J)
5 - Exercise more
6 - Learn more braises
7 - Use the pressure canner more
8 - Cut the darned tree down that eleimates 5 hours of sun from my veggie garden
9 - Do a better job with veggie garden
10 - Learn to dry the spices from the spice garden

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  1. I was just thinking about this!

    Following your lead, in no particular order:

    1- Find a breakfast that appeals to me and start eating it.
    2-Make brown bagging lunches more creative and healthier
    3-Further my lacto fermentation experiments
    4-Get my nukazuke going
    5-Learn to use my smoker
    6-Increase my repertoire of quick and healthy dinners
    7-Have enough room in the freezer so I can finally use my ice cream maker
    8-Work through my pantry supplies more efficiently
    9-Get my garden going earlier
    10-Less calories, more exercise with no loss of flavor!

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    1. re: meatn3

      meatn3, you can certainly find plenty of inspiration here on CH for #s 1, 2, 6 & 10! there are many threads about all four of them on the Home Cooking board & on this one...and i'd certainly be happy to offer some suggestions if you don't find enough to work with.

      as for #8, if you start a thread on HC asking for ideas on ways to use up ingredients in your pantry, you'l likely get a good response, and discussions like that are a lot of fun because we all end up finding inspiration for cleaning out our own pantries :)

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thanks GHG! I have many of the threads saved. I just need a swift kick to get me to do it!

        My pantry is an issue since I got so many sample products at my last job. While it was great, many are things that I usually don't think about. I think I'll follow your suggestion and start a thread or three - and watch the chow magic happen!

        Happy New Year!

      2. re: meatn3

        Agree with both you and Jfood! Great resolutions:) I've been thinking along these same lines...
        1) I was never a breakfast eater until the last couple of months. Lately I have been very much enjoying steel cut oats almost every day for breakfast, sometimes with a chopped apple, or a banana, or some berries or raisins. I tried doing them in the crockpot, but didn't care for the results. I just do a batch on the stove on the weekend, and keep them in the fridge and microwave during the week. My alternate breakfast is scrambled eggs ( 1 whole egg and 1 egg white) and 35 calorie a slice oat toast, with jam. The other thing i have been enjoying for breakfast, (or any time, really) is a smoothie, which I make with 1 cup of Almond milk and about 1/2 cup of frozen berry or fruit medly, whirled in the blender.
        2) Brown bag lunches have also been a challenge for me in the past....now I usually have some kind of home made soup available....lately its been a lot of turkey soup, but also vegetable, black bean, butternut squash, and this week I'm making a Weight Watcher's tomato soup...Progresso also makes some great light soups....I also often pack dinner leftovers for lunch...or salad...usually add some protein...deli turkey or ham, low fat cheese, and I have been using the spray salad dressings, but would like to learn how to make more of my own dressings (low cal)...
        6) since starting Weight Watchers in November, I have found that planning meals is key to being successful....so I am developing a pretty good repertoire of quick and healthy dinners...sites I use are Gina's Skinny Recipes and Weight Watchers, as well as Cooking Light. This year, I want to also work on finding acceptable ways to lighten up other recipes that we love (sort of like your #10!)
        9) I ordered seed catalogs the other night:)
        Happy New Year!

        1. re: meatn3

          I did your number 3 this year. You will be kicking yourself for not making it last year's rez. Have fun! You have a lovely list!

          4 sounds dirty! Isn't that a pickle? Yep... still sounds dirty.

        2. The number one item for growing a good vegetable garden is sunshine. Most people say the dirt, but it's not even number two. Two is drainage, three dirt. Lose the tree. Get Mrs. J out there to yell timber!!!!

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          1. re: James Cristinian

            Good dirt, or rather soil, has good drainage. If not, it aint good. :)

            Resolutions? I have things I want to try, but they don't really fall into resolutions, more like projects. I want to raise some pigs. I want to roast one of them whole. I did one last year and it turned out very good, but there's room for improvement. Not too mention different methods of cooking. Last year I used a home made caja china box. I may use it again or try spit roasting.

            I'm also on the process of making salami at home. I have a curing chamber and all the equipment, now I need to complete my reading and purchase the ingredients.

            jb

            1. re: JuniorBalloon

              Not true at all, and not to get into an arguement, but you can have beautiful alluvial soil, but if it doesn't drain, it won't grow veggies well. On to the pigs, my wife loves pigs, we have maybe fifty of all shapes and sizes in our place. They are not real, but she loves them. How can you raise and kill a pig? Let me put this in perspective, I fish, and now that I'm over fifty, I sometimes look at a stringer of specked trout and feel almost bad for them, until I realize how good they are going to taste. I'm rambling, but when you cook that pig, my wife would be the first in line to eat it. By the way, we had bacon this morning.

              1. re: James Cristinian

                "you can have beautiful alluvial soil, but if it doesn't drain, it won't grow veggies well" True dat. Was only refering to veggies.

                As for the pigs? Same as the fish. Focus on the bacon. Mmmm.

                jb

              2. re: JuniorBalloon

                Junior. Your post made me chuckle. It is so off the wall and so ambitious! We will see if you want to slit Mr. Cutie Piggy if you raise him from when you were able to hold it in your hand.

                Write in for pointers when you break out the pig box. My hubby has done one or two a year for (gulp) 20 years or so. he has it down. I will try to keep my eyes peeled for it.

                Here is a fun article/blog entry you might find interesting: http://www.ethicurean.com/2007/04/12/...

                1. re: Sal Vanilla

                  Wow....I am so jealous. I would love to participate in such an adventure. That would be a great learning experience. As it is I'll be doing mine from Michael Ruhlmans book and searching the web.

                  Does your husband use a Caja China box? Or does he cook them some other way?

                  Thanks for the article.
                  jb

            2. 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.

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                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                  It may have been #3 on my written list as they came to mind, but it's my true number one priority. My list #1 is a given really, but I've been trying to learn more about wine for the last year or so. This is the year to do so more actively/aggressively.

              1. 1. Plan weekly menus more consistently.

                2. Make a breakfast bread (instead of buying muffins, doughnuts, pound cake).

                3. Grow more of my own herbs and greens.

                1. This year I hope to:

                  1) Waste less food, particularly the beautiful fruit and vegetables we have delivered fresh every week.

                  2) Teach my 6 year old son how to prepare a basic dinner and how to bake.

                  3) Learn some basic butchery skills.

                  I also mentioned on another post that I am vaguely thinking of hosting a degustation dinner party this year. I have been given a beautiful degustation cookbook for Christmas and having been inspired by its pages a very (stupid?) part of me is wondering if I could do it. I think I will start cooking out of its pages and perhaps aim to host a degustation later in the year, maybe to celebrate the spring...