Happy New Year, Rookie Readers!
I love making (and keeping, with various degrees of success or failure) New Year's Resolutions. The whole process of reviewing my values and priorities, and strategizing to optimize my life, is inspiring and invigorating.
For the last few weeks I have been contemplating this little corner of the blogosphere and how my food related resolutions might dovetail with Rookie Cookery. What follows is a list of resolutions for 2009 that I hope to share with you in the year ahead.
In order for these (and other) Resolutions to be successful, I must ask and answer this question for each one: How will I know when I have succeeded? What benchmarks will I look for, that make the fulfillment of my resolution concrete and measurable?
I don't have an answer to that yet. But rest assured that as I address each of these resolutions in future posts, I will make those benchmarks explicit to myself and my readers.
And yeah--the list might be too long already. Try not to laugh audibly at me. I promise to spell out the particulars later. But here goes!
Rookie Resolutions (For Food) 2009 (in no particular order)
1. Make Rookie Cookery blog more useful for myself and others
2. Simplify and streamline food planning and preparation
3. Zero in on a few distinctive flavors and ingredients that provide delicious variety while avoiding Condiment Clutter.
4. Learn more about spices and herbs
5. Clean out the fridge, freezer and pantry, and learn to love quick grocery shopping trips
6. Explore and cook from my cook books; learn new traditional food favorites, especially Scottish. Add more healthful, nutritious options to the regular rotation.
7. Organize the pantry (again)
8. Entertain more; small dinner parties or larger informal gatherings-- have food ideas that are easy and good for gatherings
9. Improve my gardening skills, continue to grow some of our food
10. Learn more about quality wines, cheeses, and other artisanal foods
11. Buy or grow organic, fresh and local food as much as I can afford
12. Find a local source of organic eggs and research raising a couple of chickens myself
13. Visit the farmer's market more regularly, both the local one and ones new to me
14. Bake bread more often
15. Although vegetables will still dominate the plate, learn about different cuts of meat and how to prepare them
16. Write about food related books I am reading
17. Be available to help teach my son Ethan to cook
18. Don't drink soda. Drink water instead.
That's it! And those are only the food related resolutions!
Don't worry. No pressure. One of my other resolutions is to be kinder to myself and set myself up for success, not failure. I'll do my best to make these fun and achievable.
What about your food resolutions? Tell me about them in the comments!