What's Your New Year's Food Resolution?
- FoodWacky Jan 2, 2014 03:36 PM
Although I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, it seems like the time is right to cook more international cuisine.
To make more items myself... So if I want to indulge, I need to take out the mixer. At least this way, I'm eating quality ingredients if I'm having a treat.
I just made a batch of Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery and Alice Medrich oatmeal raisin cookies to compare. They're completely different technique and composition. The Bouchon one blew me away... I never liked oatmeal cookies till today
I adopted this practice a few years ago. I can't remember which of the big name chefs mentioned it, but it hit home: if I want "junk food", then eat it, but only if it is homemade. So, burgers, fries and cookies are all fair game, as long as I take the time to make them myself and use top quality ingredients.
Unfortunately, I love to cook so it hasn't been as big of a deterrent as it should be, but we never, ever purchase fast good anymore.
I made the Bouchon oatmeal raisin cookie dough last week too.
We are loving them. I tripled the recipe,but followed it to the letter. That's a lot of salt and cinnamon! Very good though.
I made a big batch so I could hand them out to neighbors for New Years, but then I got a cold and no one wants baked goods from the neighbor with sniffles.
We bake off ten or so each night and I have them with milk. My husband gets his with chocolate chips added in and I think next time I'll just add chopped chocolate.
How do the medrich ones compare?
I'm doubling the number of garden beds I have with a goal of growing 80% of the produce we eat (my fruit trees are too small to provide enough for us at this time so we will still have to buy some things.
My goal is to eat/ preserve as much as we can and share the rest. I'm going for zero waste. I'll be looking for lots of new ways to prepare things. :)
What we save on produce will be spent being able to buy organic chicken, grass fed beef and wild fish all the time instead of just some of the time.