New Year's Resolutions
I always dismiss New Year resolutions as silly but I still secretly make them. Whether or not I keep them, we won't discuss. Still, as The City Cook approaches its first anniversary and because so much of my cooking is now done in public, I feel obliged to make a few food-related promises.
- I will stop apologizing for making the same favorite meals over and over again.
- I will finally learn to make my own duck confit instead of paying too much for someone else's version.
- I will do my best to try at least one new recipe a week.
- I will learn more about using chili peppers and other sources of heat in my recipes and I will share this on The City Cook.
- I will stop being afraid of baking cakes by actually attempting some of the recipes I've saved for angel food, spice and chocolate cakes. If I fail, at least I can still lick the bowl and enjoy gaining five pounds from eating raw cake batter.
- I will buy only organic eggs and dairy products.
- I will throw away any gadget in my single tool drawer that I haven't used in the last year.
- I will find a source for inexpensive parchment paper that doesn't require me buying 500 sheets at a time.
- I will make meatloaf more often (one of my husband's favorite dishes).
Finally, I will try to find a way to convince all of you that the reality of home cooking bears little resemblance to what we see on television or in glossy magazines. It is imperfect, messy, far more time-consuming than 30 minutes, often private, and always rewarding.
Have a happy, healthy and delicious New Year!