We interrupt the Rylie posts with a little bit of kitchen blogging (it’s in the name of the blog after all)
- Clean while I cook – I want to do a better job of cleaning dishes as I cook so there’s not a mound of dirty dishes left after dinner
- Use our cookbooks more – I enjoy cookbooks (Kelley might say too much), but in the hustle and bustle of a normal week, I tend to choose recipes from blogs or quick online searches. There’s nothing really wrong with that, but we have this bookshelf full of great books at home that I’d like to use more often
- Cookbook In, Cookbook Out – I saw a suggestion online that might help control my
hoarding problemgrowing collection of cookbooks: If you add a cookbook to your collection, you need to give one away. If you’re related to me, you might be getting a gently used cookbook later this year
- Use our specialty tools more often – We have a bunch of tools that fall into this group, from the slow cooker and pressure cooker to the ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchen Aid. I hope to use them more.
- Share/blog about kitchen stuff a little more – No one wants to hear about what we ate for every meal, but we do occasionally make some truly delicious meals, snacks, etc that we’re pretty proud of, so I’d like to brag about them just a little bit more. Plus, I should take some pictures.
- Farmers Market – We’ve made a decision to not renew our Community Support Agriculture (CSA) membership in 2013. I’d like to replace this with regular trips to the farmers market. (Side Note: We absolutely loved being CSA members for the last 4 years. We got exposed to vegetables we never would have purchased otherwise. However, after a fun four-year stint, we’ve realized a few things: (1) We are never going to eat all the greens that come in the CSA boxes in Spring, (2) We know what out-of-the-ordinary vegetables we will now seek out (Celeriac, Rutabaga) and those we will not (turnips, patty pan squash), and (3) My meal-planning process is much more effective when I don’t have to factor in the vegetables we already have on hand)
- Keep Canning – My biggest 2012 kitchen accomplishment was probably the amount of jam I made over the summer (many thanks to “Food In Jars”). I don’t think I’ve had store bought jam in over a year, and Bourbon Peach was a personal favorite this year. I’d like to make more of the Bourbon Peach jam, plus get even more adventurous with some other fruit/spice/herb combos. And maybe even find a spot for some vegetables.
- Juice – Kelley got me a juicer last year and I used it a lot for the first few months, then it sort of got stowed away. It’s healthy, and (usually) delicious, so I’d like to get back into that habit
- Garden Improvement – 2012’s biggest garden accomplishment was starting most of the plants from seed in the basement. I wanna do that again. And I want to keep the tomato plants under control for once. And keep harvesting in August and September (at least I had a good excuse in 2012 for getting lax in this area)
- Baby Food – Rylie is just starting to eat solid foods. I pureed some butternut squash this weekend. Later in 2013 when she’s eating solids a lot more and we’ve made sure she’s not allergic to anything, I’d like to make some more home made baby food. Not exclusively (you’re safe, Gerber), but at least on weekends and stuff when we have a little more time.
In addition, there a few specific food items that are on my list of goals for 2013:
- Home made stock – I want to make my own vegetable and chicken stocks this year. Not exclusively — don’t worry Swanson — but at least a few times
- Bread – I went through a home made break kick a couple years ago, then sort of stopped. I want to start that again — since it’s so much more delicious than store bought
- More Fish – It’s quick, and it’s healthy. Kelley and I have discussed making sure we eat fish once a week. Given our track record, that might be too aggressive, but there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to eat it 2-3 times a month
- Pork Buns – We both have loved them every time we’ve had them, and we keep talking about making them. Now it’s on a list.
- Creme Brulee – I want a reason to pull out the kitchen torch again
There you have it — a bunch of goals for this year. What are your kitchen resolutions for the year?