My 2012 Foodie Resolutions

I am usually not a resolutions type of person… Instead of making a list of goals for the entire year, I like to tackle things more in the short term. However, I do like to think about some over-arching ways that I would like to improve in certain areas over the year. Not surprisingly, that list always tends to include kitchen and food-related items. Last year was the first time I put down “resolutions” of sorts down on paper this site – you can check them out here. Looking back on them, I definitely succeeded at being more green, eating locally, and experimenting with ethnic food. However, I still have yet to master canning and sfogliatelle, so they get forwarded onto this list as a carry over. Below you will find the other food and baking-related goals I have set forth for myself this year. I’m looking forward to tackling them and sharing my progress with you!

Unfinished Business from 2011:

  • Master the sfogliatelle pastry.
  • Begin canning.

New Foodie Goals for 2012:

1. Eat 2 cups of leafy greens and 1 cup of fresh fruit a day, at least 4 days per week. This one might sound a bit crazy, too much of a stretch, and it might be, but I’m going to give it my all. Plus, late last year I found a recipe for an awesome green smoothie that can kill both of those birds with one stone. (Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing that recipe with you tomorrow!)

2. Tackle more homemade soups. There are few things I love more on a cold, blustery day than a pot of soup simmering away on the stove. It’s so comforting, especially since this is the time of year when everyone seems to be coming down with one illness or another. My goal is one new soup recipe per week until at least the end of February.

3. Stock the freezer! One of my worst food habits is not actually eating real meals and doing some serious grazing throughout the day. I’m talking saltines with pb&j or a piece of bread with a hunk of cheese and a handful of chips as meals. To counteract this, I want to stock the freezer with some super-simple meals that I can heat up quickly and easily. On my to-do list: muffins, bagels, soup (which goes hand-in-hand with #2 above), bean burgers, homemade pasta like ravioli and gnocchi, sauce, and pre-made pizzas. Here’s to quick and easy homemade meals!

4. Bake more bread. I noticed a serious downturn in the amount of homemade bread I made this past year and I want to make sure to reverse that trend this year. There’s nothing better than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. And that first warm bite slathered with butter? Heaven. I can also add this to the list of things that can keep the freezer well-stocked.

5. Master homemade versions of restaurant and boxed favorites. Sometimes, you just like what you like. Whether it’s take-out or an old recipe that uses box ingredients, I want to master some from-scratch recipes this year. Currently on the list: crab rangoons, spring/egg rolls, rum cake, and better than sex cake. YUM!

What are some food-related things on your to-do list for this year??
Please share them below!