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My Food Resolutions for 2011 
Dec. 29, 2010 8:13 am 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 12:25 pm
It’s that time of year again (it seems like I am starting a lot of blogs out that way recently) where people are reflecting on the year that was and what the coming year will be. There are Best of Lists and Worst of Lists. There are trends that caught fire and trends that faded away. There are outlandish predictions and high hopes. And of course, there are the New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them and we all break them. A lot of them are recycled from year to year. We proudly proclaim things like we are going to lose weight, go to the gym and actually workout, try something new, get rid of something old, make peace in the middle east, send in an application to Survivor, try pork rinds for the first time or be a better person….yadda yadda yadda.

Since a lot of resolutions are recycled from year to year, I don’t really have a problem recycling some of my New Year’s Resolution blogs either. Last year I wrote a blog that nobody read where I ditched the normal resolutions I mentioned above and decided to make a few Food Resolutions instead. Some of them actually worked out (AR accepted my Alligator Chili recipe -< ) and quite a few of them did not. So without further ado, lets get to this year’s list of Food Resolutions for 2011:

I resolve to take a class in culinary knife skills. I think my knife skills are adequate for the cooking I do but my lovely wife does not agree. She says I will never get on a cooking show if I don’t improve but the kind of show I would want to do wouldn’t need great knife skills. She is probably right but I can be a stubborn husband.

I resolve to finally send in an audition tape for cooking show like Master Chef on Fox or Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network. No Hell’s Kitchen for me. The cheftestants on that show could screw up a glass of cold water. (In a side note, I did recently stay at an Embassy Suites where the breakfast chef proudly told me that they came in sixth one year on Hell's Kitchen) My experience with the What’s Cooking ? folks at this summer got me thinking about it again.

I resolve to be better about my overall food blogging. I promised to report from the road earlier this year and then proceeded to write about one restaurant. That was just plain lazy. In fact, I promise to write about the things at the end of just about every blog that I never do write about. (of course that could just be a comedic crutch of which I have so many that I could qualify for a comedic wheelchair)

I resolve to give Middle Eastern Food (Lebanese in particular since the Boss is Lebanese) a better chance. I had some seriously lemon lemon chicken that wasn’t that bad when I broke down and went with him last week but I draw the line at Kibbeh Nayyeh.

And I resolve to get yet another recipe from my list of submitted recipes accepted on the Allrecipes site. One of them is even an old recipe that I was told to re-submit so it could be matched up with the community video we made & posted. (<  - Snickerdoodles) I currently have 12 published recipes but I see nothing wrong with wanting at least a Baker’s Dozen. 

So those are my Food Resolutions for 2011 and I will feel good if I can follow through on at least one of them again. What are your Food Resolutions for 2011 ?

Come back next time when I talk about ruining my resolution to lose weight by halftime of the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day when I attack the leftover desserts from our New Year’s Eve dinner party or when I talk about the latest disparate batch of ingredients my wife threw at me in an attempt to get me CHOPPED by the kids.

Happy New Year !!!

And for those of you that are interested – here is the link to the 2010 Food Resolutions -<
Dec. 29, 2010 8:27 am
well, sounds good. Hope ya stick with it. Hope you'll get accepted on a cooking show. When you do, don't forget your AR friends! I don't make resolutions, I know I won't stick with it.
Dec. 29, 2010 8:35 am
I would never forget my AR friends luv2cook - Happy New Year
Dec. 29, 2010 8:37 am
Food resolutions! Interesting! Not sure I have any off the top of my head (you know, other than not eating too many of the bad ones) but I will think about it! First one I can think of - I resolve to learn some of my Nonna's recipes, even though I know they'll never be as good as they are when made by her. Also, I resolve to find a man to cook for! lol. (Preferably one who is less picky than the last one!)
Dec. 29, 2010 8:45 am
Hi Alex - my wife would love to have her Nonna's recipes but none of them were ever written down and her mother hasn't passed them on either. Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 8:52 am
You've got some pretty specific goals! Good luck keeping them in mind through the coming year! My goal is to eat healthier by getting more vegetarian, specifically raw food vegetarian.
Dec. 29, 2010 9:04 am
Raw food vegetarian is very ambitious sueb - that type of challenge has tripped up many a TV cheftestant over the years. Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 9:07 am
Great idea. I resolve to: 1) Let DH do more of the cooking, even when I don't really like what he picks. I will draw the line when he mixes beef and poultry. 2) Stop baking as much; we love it, but it's hard on the waistline. This will be hard. 3) Learn how to turn on and use the grill. 4) Eat more meat and vegetables, less bread. 5) Learn how to cook/grill meat really well. I can bake a chicken or cook a steak, but there are ways to make it better, I'm sure. I would love to improve my knife skills, learn to remove the bones from a chicken or turkey prior to baking, all sorts of things. But I can learn how to grill-well. It will be first. Thanks for the idea of cooking resolutions, Doug-great idea!
Dec. 29, 2010 9:28 am
Grilling is easy Elle - why do you think us men can do it ? I need to stop baking as much as I do too but that's really just around the holidays. Good luck & Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 9:56 am
Interesting blog and resolutions. I was taught some culinary knife skills this past year and have learned that it is really about the type of knife for what specific task; the weight of the knife and how comfortable it is for you to handle in hand. This has made a huge difference in being able to cut quicker and with more precision. My resolution is to cook less with meat and more with the veggies. Happy New Year!
Dec. 29, 2010 9:56 am
I've always been lazy and let the men do it, Doug! Life is so much easier if someone is out watching the meat while I'm fixing a salad and vegetable. Pure laziness on my part. I want to expand my reportoire of marinades and sauces, add some fruit salsas, and generally change the way we eat meat and vegetables. I have some good recipes to start-I just need to make it a priority. Happy New Year to you & yours!
Dec. 29, 2010 9:59 am
okay, okay, here's my resolution... I will(reluctantly)try to allow hubby more time in my, oops, I mean the kitchen. He just kind of takes over and never leaves, lol! Now, I wouldn't do that to his garage, would I? (Hmmm... maybe that's why the tool box is always locked.) Honestly, though, he's a great cook and is a master at making pies, something I cannot do to save my life! Thanks for the blog, Doug! Happy New Year, everyone!!
Dec. 29, 2010 10:03 am
Hi Janet - are you & your knife skills anywhere near NJ ? I love one knife in my drawer more than the others so I know I over use it. less meat & more veggies is what we need to do as well. Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 10:05 am
I love cooking with fruit & mixing it into sauces and other things Elle. And good for you for letting the men cook, we need to feel useful for something more than changing the channel & taking out the trash.
Dec. 29, 2010 10:06 am
Great Blog, Doug! BTW - your Alligator Chili was a HUGE hit at "Wild Game Day"! I resolve to try quinoa. I resolve to cook fish or vegetarian once a week (OK, twice a month). I want to work on my knife skills too - maybe I'll take a class at Viking Cooking School by my house (can't get that tucked knuckle thing down). The others are non-food related and probably a little TMI, but I'm definitely going to make a sincere attempt at those too. Happy New Year!!!
Dec. 29, 2010 10:07 am
Hi Jammin' Bread - my wife wouldn't go near my side of the garage with the tool bench if her life depended on it. Too many potential creep crawly things. Good luck on letting hubby into your, I mean THE kitchen. Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 10:18 am
I am not too far but not close enough to NJ. I too have one favourite knife at work and I over use it. I need to have one of these for me at home, it would make things easier here for me. Keep on blogging!
Dec. 29, 2010 10:54 am
Hey Doug, I did leave you a lil' message on the buzz section, Have a great New Year and Congrats! *</;*D
Dec. 29, 2010 10:56 am
Great blog Doug! I have resolution is to teach my husband how to cook and to make your Alligator Chili. He keeps asking me to make it HHMMMMMM.... so maybe that will be his first dish to make!! I hope you and your family have great New Year and see ya on the flip side in 2011!!! ; P
Dec. 29, 2010 11:20 am
Hi Staci - glad to hear the gator worked for you all. I also understand it was a big hit at the Alabama-Florida tailgate party. I know exactly where that Viking Cooking School is because I have a client across the street. Love that coffee shop over there too. Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 11:28 am
Hi anna - sorry I missed the Buzz comment - I am seeing more & more diabetic friendly cookbooks & recipes these days. I am sure that you will be able to find a very happy medium. Thanks for checking in and have a very Happy New Year !
Dec. 29, 2010 11:30 am
Good afternoon dragonfly22 - I think hubby should learn how to make the gator chili. It;s definitely man tested & man approved. The other guys will be really impressed because he made something out of an animal that could kill you. ...Have a very Happy New Year !!!
Dec. 29, 2010 2:01 pm
I like resolutions and I can even stick to most of them. Fortunately, I don't have to add "exercise more" to my list, because after many years of putting it on the list and then promptly ignoring it, I started doing it 16 months ago on a REGULAR basis. I still need to add "get more sleep," I suck at sleeping. I am wracking my brain trying to come up with some food resolutions...maybe I'll plant a real garden this year. I am curious about your "goal" of getting another recipe do you accomplish that? I see so many people on the Buzz that wait and wait and wait and wait...just hoping it will happen. I'm curious to know your thoughts on that. Happy New Year!
Dec. 29, 2010 6:16 pm
I so love the idea of getting to "start over" every year. I know, we aren't really starting over, but please, don't confuse me with the facts. When the old year turns to the NEW YEAR, I'm flooded with feelings of excitement. I look forward to making changes and opportunities for improving my life. I get to put away the past and look forward to the future. As for my Food Resolutions: I've pretty much mastered my cupcake making passion. Now, I want to take a cake decorating class to learn how to make them really beautiful. I will continue my Sushi Classes; next one is in January and I WILL LEARN TO USE THE PRESSURE CANNER (got one for Christmas)if it killes me. Alrighty, there you have. It's in writing. Maybe no one will remember my resolutions to hold me accoutable.
Dec. 29, 2010 9:26 pm
Great blog Doug and good luck on getting on a show. Chopped, perhaps? Elle, I know what you mean about the grilling. I've always been scared of lighting the gas grill. Finally conquered that one this past summer and would like to "grill better" too. We'll have to compared notes (or ask Cat Hill's DH for tips).
Dec. 30, 2010 4:34 am
Enjoyed the blog, Doug. Good luck with the audition tape! It would be totally excellent if you got your shot. Make it happen! We are all pulling for you. (By the way, I have also observed that the powers that be at the cooking shows are total knife skill snobs. They do judge you on that level. I would go along with the wife on this one.)
Dec. 30, 2010 4:53 am
Good morning ElCay - I need to exercise more & sleep more but the only time I have is 4am to 5am so which to do ? Got the gator hili on last year because it was unique & I was persistent. A slight twist on a recipe will only twist in the wind but a bold innovation will get noticed. My 2 cents. Call customer service at 1-888-noanswers for refunds. Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 4:54 am
Good morning Candice - Once it's on the internet, it is forever. we expect updates on the decorating & canning. Sushi however, well there is nothing wrong with it that a fire can't fix. Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 4:56 am
Good Morning Magnolia Blossom - you know I have always thought they should have a Home Cook version of CHOPPED - how many people out there play CHOPPED whether they know it or not with what's in the fridge & cupboard on a nightly basis ? Good luck with the grill. Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 4:59 am
Good morning Cookie Momster - I hate to admit it but I have made this food show resolution every year for at least 5 years...thanks for the support. I'll see if I can't make it happen. Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 7:20 am
Enjoyed 2010/2011 versions Doug. My "resolution" which is somewhat food related actually started about 8 months ago (well, actively and AGAIN). Having gone through chronic medical issues over the last several years I have really one downhill overall. I decided that by the time I am 50 (3/27/12) I will be YOUNGER & HEALTHIER!!! Since 2006 I have actually lost and kept off about 125 lbs but still have more I would like gone ; ) Have lost almost 20 since April 2010. Little changes are all I am doing so that I WILL continue. Had total R knee replacement in May so I finally can exercise more which is a major help!!! That is my continued Resolve to be YOUNGER & HEALTHIER by the time I am 50!!! Would LOVE to watch you on a cooking show and I'm going to have to go with the wife too.....improve those knife skills!!!! Submit that tape!!! BakE Well my friends!!!
Dec. 30, 2010 7:27 am
Doug, good blog and a thought-provoking subject. Let me take this oppo to thank you for some excellent contributions over the last few months. I may not always have commented, but I thank you very much!
Dec. 30, 2010 7:29 am
Hi Grams - You are awesome and we are indeed the same age. When I get out of bed in the morning it sounds like Snap Crackle & Pop getting run over by a Milk Truck. I failed when I said I didn't want to be fat & 40 - well now I am with you - I will not be Fat & 50 ! (5/4/12) Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 7:31 am
Guten Tag Swiss Phil (I believe Bern is a german speaking province). Your blogs amaze me with their content & pictures. Thank you for stopping in and have a Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 11:03 am
First time I've read any blog--and I liked your ideas. I just had lunch in Shallotte NC at a restaurant in a gas station. Delicious Philly cheesesteak with deep fried chips. Was in New Hope PA over Christmas.
Dec. 30, 2010 11:08 am
Good one Doug! I resolve to find veggie recipes that the BF will actually EAT and MAKE HIM EAT THEM! LOL Cut down on carbs, and of out. BLAH!
Dec. 30, 2010 11:08 am
Good afternoon Beverly - thanks for making mine the first. Glad I didn't scare you away. New Hope is a great little antiquing town with some really nice little restaurants too. Hope you are driving somewhere warm. Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 11:10 am
Hi Brooke129 - if only veggies tasted like cupcakes or bacon....lost me there for a second....I'll see you all on the "dreadmill"...good luck & Happy New Year !
Dec. 30, 2010 11:54 am
Great blog Doug! And very inspiring as well! I am resolving to get in my kitchen more this year- I sort of let cooking go by the wayside the last several months. I resolve to try learning some more Chinese recipes, as I have always been intimidated by them. Good luck to you with your resolutions- I will be looking for you on TV! God bless and Happy New Year :)
Dec. 30, 2010 12:34 pm
My Food NY resolutions are: Practicing perfecting my flour tortillas, testing more recipes from my "recipe box", get over my fear of yeast & bake more bread. Oh, and hopefully blog more. Thanks for your blog & I thought your snickerdoodle video was pretty cool. I love your kitchen.
Dec. 30, 2010 1:09 pm
Thanks 1stLady!!! Gonna go find the snickerdoodle vid! Other than my Grandma's Famous Sugar Cookies, (which are not your typical sugar cookie, more like a flaky pastry-NO sugary top! - I digress) Snickerdoodles are probably my FAVORITE cookies!!!
Dec. 30, 2010 1:35 pm
Okay, didn't find Snickerdoodles, but found the ICA blog - teaser that is! Can't wait to hear about it!!!Is there a link to the Snickerdoodle Vid? New here, so not sure if I am just overlooking it or if it is from somewhere else? Would love to view it......anywho----Congrats on the ICA adventure!!!
Dec. 30, 2010 2:53 pm
I just received a email from Lidia Bastianavich (sp?) you know, from Lidias Italy on PBS. She is asking all of us not to waste food as a resolution. She mentions that the world actually produces more than enough food to feed everyone and yet there is hunger (and pollution)due to food waste. I hate to waste food but I think I could do better.
Dec. 30, 2010 7:04 pm
Are you REALLY serious re middle eastern food? I love it and have used some of the recipes from this site (approx 40 or so)....good luck on your resolutions and Happy New Year too!
Dec. 31, 2010 7:15 am
Happy New Year Puck ( aka RMFGJL) - 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit in China - can't remember seeing rabbit on any menus though....good luck in the kitchen, it's stress relief for me.
Dec. 31, 2010 7:19 am
Happy New Year 1stLady - I have never tried to make tortillas, you may have given me an idea for another resolution. I have a bread mavhine that I used to use a lot, you got me thinking about that too. Thanks for the compliments on the video and the kitchen. It's my second man cave.
Dec. 31, 2010 7:22 am
Happy New Year Grams - you can either click on the link above right after I mentioned the video in the blog or you can go to the video section of allrecipes and then click on Community - it's where members can post videos of themselves making their favorite allrecipes recipes
Dec. 31, 2010 7:24 am
Happy New Year maddysmom - I think we can do better than that too. Lidia does make a lot of food when she cooks but then again, my italian mother in law cooks for an army every time she cooks no matter how many people are there. It's the italian way or so I am told.
Dec. 31, 2010 7:25 am
Happy New Year roxiegirl - never really was exposed to middle eastern food before and the stuff I had was bad. I'm still not trying kibbeh nayyeh no matter what
Dec. 31, 2010 9:04 am
i love your food resolutions. Esp. the audition one. But man, I love middle eastern cooking, so yes try it at a better restaurant. I hope you make some others too... something that would make eternal effects on you.
Dec. 31, 2010 9:18 am
Excellent blog! I just talked my husband into taking a culinary knife skills course w/ me...thanks for the idea. Get on that lebanese food - you'll LOVE it if done right. My parents were born in Lebanon and Syria....I have lots of recipes written as mom did them, so not exacts. You should also check out any cookbook or video from Helen Corey for authentic technique. Happy New Year, Doug!
Dec. 31, 2010 9:19 am
Happy New Year Rose - I think this last restaurant the boss took me to might be the place that wins me over. As for the other resolutions, we can re-visit those in a few weeks
Dec. 31, 2010 9:37 am
Happy New Year TOMGIRL - Let me know how that knife skills class goes with your husband and with this kind of support for middle eastern food, I really am going to have to follow through on this resolution.
Dec. 31, 2010 1:02 pm
Hi Doug - with your wide range and varied tastes, I'm surprised Middle Eastern food hasn't caught with you. Tiptoe through Avon's recipe box, she has the background and a lot of personal recipes from her mother. Saying middle eastern is a lot like saying oriental - there are big differences country to country and let's face it, there are bad cooks in every culture. As for Kibbeh Nayyeh, there are cooked and raw recipes, both beef and lamb. If you would eat Steak Tartare, then Kibbeh Nayyeh isn't too big a stretch, but maybe you would be happier trying a cooked version. Rachel Ray does quite well and has commented often that she has never learned the knife skills. I have to admit I often wonder how many trips to the ER those chefs had to make to learn those skills. I found mine improved enormously when I invested in a good 8" chef's knife. I hope you succeed in getting on a cooking show, you do come across well on the camera, very natural and relaxed. Happy New Year!
Dec. 31, 2010 1:31 pm
Happy New Year BigShotsMom - it took me a while to appreciate indian food so I can see myself embracing middle eastern too. You see the cheftestants on CHOPPED & Top Chef cutting themselves with more & more frequency. I would rather take a little longer with the knife than add a finger or two to my dish. Thanks for you nice comment.
Jan. 1, 2011 4:55 am
I pledge to eat healthier this year and follow the FAST program.
Jan. 1, 2011 9:09 am
Happy New Year lechef - good luck on your goals !
Jan. 1, 2011 9:27 am
I resolve to finally get all the family recipes organized into a binder before my mom finishes chemo. It is a big project with four shoeboxes involved. I have to cook them, type them up and filed them all. Then I have to find a service that will make copies and bind it for various family members by next Christmas. They are bugging me. It will be worse then scrapbooking as I am trying to include family photos with the recipes.
Jan. 1, 2011 10:07 am
Happy New Year Dawnmarie - it may be a pain but what a wonderful idea. I lost my mom just a few months ago and I am finding scraps of recipes stuck inside of books & folders everywhere.
Jan. 1, 2011 3:24 pm
Great attitude and blog Doug! I would LOVE a knife skills course, even though I believe I'm pretty good, finding a class like that around here would be like finding pulled pork at a bar mitzvah. I found your video and watched it, and just as I was about to comment on that oh-so-sweet-but-sad little cookie sheet, I saw the Razorback magnet on your oven front! Woooooo PIG Soooooie! You get after those audition tapes and I'll have all of Arkansas and half of Texas voting for you!
Jan. 1, 2011 6:09 pm
Happy New Year mimosa - lovin't that pulled pork line - I have some clients in Little Rock I need to come visit - thanks for the vote of confidence
Jan. 1, 2011 7:14 pm
My resolutions are to spend less but make the same healthy foods. My budget is goin' on a diet of it's own! I also plan on doing more preserving/canning and I am hoping to fit in expanding my bread making to sourdoughs and wild yeast baking.
Jan. 2, 2011 11:08 am
My new year's food resolution is to try and make one recipe in my recipe box a week.
Jan. 2, 2011 2:03 pm
Goodness knows that I need a knife skills course. Don't get me wrong, I'm fairly handy with a knife (and at only 16), but I'm always trying to make my time in the kitchen more efficient. It's hard to keep up with homework, a job and still cook good-tasting dishes. Granted, I only cook once a week, but it's still enough. A(tentative) resolution is to make something with tofu in it. It'll be a sort of revenge... I've been forced to eat thing I certainly don't like, and the cooks knew that. Maybe I can trick 'em into eating something that I love. I also want to make a variety of vegetables, or at least find new ways to make the ones I already do.
Jan. 2, 2011 2:20 pm
Happy New Year What's for dinner, mom? - I think we are all going to try to squeeze a little more out of our food $$$'s and this is a great place to get tips. Good luck
Jan. 2, 2011 2:21 pm
Happy New Year panini goddess - keep us updated on how you do & what you make - especially if any of my recipes are in your box
Jan. 2, 2011 2:22 pm
Happy New Year Soaring_Eagle_1 sounds like you have quite a bit on your plate already. Good luck with it
Jan. 2, 2011 4:50 pm
Good luck to you, Doug! I hope you make it onto a cooking show... I watched a marathon on new year's of America's Worst Cooks and I think that's about where my innate skills are (sans recipe!). Hopefully you will get on show for the talented. :)
Jan. 2, 2011 6:05 pm
Happy New Year KintheKitchen ! When I started cooking, I could barely boil water for hot dogs. I am sure you don't belong on America's Worst Cooks.
Jan. 3, 2011 1:53 pm
Hey Doug! My food resolution is to make real japanese ramen including the noodles from scratch. My FIL send us a chun kinfe block for christmas with a huge clever, Im ready to get to work :) Maybe you should try out for Next Food Network Star :)
Jan. 4, 2011 4:49 am
Happy belated New Year Jenwee99 - I think I need a bigger cleaver myself - I need to get better at hacking apart chickens & fish. Good luck with the ramen
Jan. 4, 2011 6:09 am
Happy New Year! Great goals you've set! I could do with a knife skills class myself. This year I'm going to conquer and yeast don't seem to get along, but I did have some success in 2010 so we'll see if I can improve on that! And I want to make homemade cannoli and doughnuts at some point this year. Those are two things that have been on my "life list" that I should be able to knock off! ;)
Jan. 4, 2011 6:15 am
Happy Belated New Year Christine M - good luck with the bread & the yeast - my bread machine used to like me....and now that you mention doughnuts, there is a box of Cafe du Monde Beignet Mix in my cupboard that has been mocking me
Jan. 4, 2011 6:46 am
Happy New Year Doug! Believe it or not, I actually KEPT my resolutions last year! (1st time ever!) I ditched the HFCS and white flour (like Dr. Oz sez), became a vegetarian/pescatarian (can't give up seafod!), and I lost 15 pounds! This year, I only resolve to CONTINUE my good work and get healthier. I learned how to make my own pizzas from scratch (whole wheat dough from my bread machine) and we discovered a lot of new veggies we never tried before! I need to be in excellent shape, 'cuz I'm going to Disneyland in 137 days, 5 hours, 14 minutes and 13 seconds!!!!!
Jan. 4, 2011 7:18 am
Happy Belated New Year msntnkrbll - congrats on your resolutions from last year and good luck with this year - Disneyland is a great target for your goals !!!
Jan. 4, 2011 8:29 am
ugh. Resolutions. So I said more water, less coffee (unless it's black, no sugar or cream) and lose baby weight that I've had for a year now with no good reason. Oh and to plant a better garden this year. I have a compost bin that is dying for planting season to come!
Jan. 4, 2011 9:34 am
my resolutions are very practical and this year I chose a resolution that I WILL KEEP...I resolve to eat supper 7 times per week, ha! have not broken it yet. I also resolve to enjoy desserts at my leisure and never feel guilty for the 5lbs that creep up, I loose them as soon as the snow disappears and the spring work starts-Have a great 2011!!!
Jan. 4, 2011 9:42 am
Happy Belated New Year b.riddle - I always say more coffee but that probably has more to do with my commute than anything else and good luck on the garden this year, the weather & my brown thumb combined for a less than stellar effort myself last year. Good luck with the baby weight too - I still have the sympathy weight from our first and she turns 13 this year
Jan. 4, 2011 9:43 am
Happy New Year redneck gramma - I think those are the kind of resolutions that we can all live with - have great 2001 yourself
Jan. 4, 2011 10:44 am
One of my goals is to eat more homemade low fat food. I have a huge dairy allergy so it becomes a huge challenge when looking for a recipe. The gator chili was a bit too out there for me but I do cook with a lot of tomatoes and don't usually like to eat meat. I'm trying a slow cook chicken enchilada recipe tonight.
Jan. 4, 2011 11:26 am
Happy Belated New Year CindyLooWho - no worries on thinking the gator chili is a bit out there - it is. Pregnant Wife with strange cravings was the inspiration once upon a time. What time will the enchiladas be ready and do you have an extra seat at the table ?
Jan. 4, 2011 12:37 pm
Definately some good food resolutions, mine will be just cook more in general. Thanks for the inspiration Doug! I have the worst time cooking real meals for dinner by myself at night while DH is working. He is the most amazing cook and cooks for me all the time when he is home but M-F I am left to cook dinner myself and I hate it. I have been getting better about finding easy recipes and cooking a real dinner a couple times per week, well more like once a week, but I really need to make the effort to make dinner every night except when left overs need to be eaten. It's really easy for my hubby to create some amazing meal out of nothing, whereas I have the hardest time putting things together for a dish or meal. I always need a recipe to follow and he just throws stuff together and turns out wonderful every time. I have told him to join those cooking shows as well, he is very talented and could open a restaurant if we really had the time and money to invest, but then I'd be left at home at night again while he is working making delicious food for others. I guess I could be his taste tester and dish washer! So anyone out there reading, if you have any super easy and delicious meal ideas or recipes I can make myself at night send em on over!
Jan. 4, 2011 1:32 pm
Happy Belated New Year Ashley - you sound just like my wife when we first got married. The more you cook, the easier it gets. As for restaurants well, do you know how to make a small fortune in the restaurant business ? Start with a large fortune.
Jan. 5, 2011 1:15 am
I don't generally make resolutions, and it is no different with food. lol I am through with auditioning for reality TV shows, I did American Idol twice and America's Got Talent once, and as much as I think it would be fun to do a cooking competition on TV, I wont. I'm just too much of a free spirit, I wanna do what I wanna do when it comes to certain things, especially cooking, I've realize, for TV. hahahaha Anyway, but I am (in the last few weeks) finally beginning to cook a lot more Asian dishes, primarily Korean and Japanese. This is mostly b/c I have been learning Japanese for 2yrs, and am beginning to learn Korean, so I dunno, it just got me interested in the food. How could you NOT like Middle Eastern food? j/k But seriously, I LOVE their food, I find it so much more itneresting and flavorful, pretty much all food that isn't American (and English) is more interesting and flavorful. :p Though that's prolly just me, I've always loved cooking and eating non-native cuisine. :) I wish you luck in your resolutions, an if keeping resolutions is anything like keeping a diet, keep a diary of how often to "keep" your resolutions, it'll make you think about it more. :) Maybe, hey it works well with food! ;P God Bless ~Amy
Jan. 5, 2011 4:44 am
Happy Belated New Year Amy - I appreciate your comments and thoughts. Keeping a diary or a journal or even a blog could all help. and isn't English Food really just a contradiction in terms ? B-)
Jan. 5, 2011 9:41 am
Food Resolutions - take a cooking class with my hubby for fun and to maybe get him a little more interested in working in the kitchen with me, focus on healthy eating with all the good fresh veggies and fruits we buy and be satisfied to lay off the baked goods this year, watch Food Inc which has been in my Netflix queue forever and be conscious about what I buy and prepare for myself and my family, stick with meal planning and following them, love what I eat and eat what I love and what my body loves and needs!
Jan. 5, 2011 10:50 am
Happy New Year SANDRA_92083 - sounds like a great list of resolutions - good luck getting your husband into the kitchen - onbce he gets there, he is bound to like it
Jan. 5, 2011 6:52 pm
I have one food resolution that I really hope to achieve and that's to stop throwing away food that I never got around to cooking. I am not awful in that department but there are times when I have just plain gone overboard when something looked so good at the farmer's market or was a special at the fish counter and my head was giddy with all the possible dishes I could create which of course leads to buying all the accompanying ingredients. Then reality sets in and the husband forgot to tell me he ate a very large and very late lunch and the next day we had to be gone all day out of town and would be getting home too late and then friends would come over for an impromptu cocktail party (so I might get to use up some of those lovely finger-type foods at least but alas, no main dish was called for by anyone) and as a result the meal planning went out the window while too many ingredients went to the garbage. I thought that once we were both retired it would be a whole lot easier to plan three meals but it turns out it's harder. There is now no longer a set schedule for much of anything. I'm not complaining but I have indeed vowed to make sure that I don't over-buy and that I use up what I bring home, even if it's just to make the dish and freeze it for later if at all possible. Wish me luck! And I hope all of you have an excellent 2011, in health, wealth and happiness.
Jan. 6, 2011 5:31 am
Happy New Year KATSINTHEKITCHEN - I think that is an excellent resolution and one we should be considering in our house - with us, it is expired yogurt & expired cottage cheese that plague us the most
Jan. 16, 2011 6:04 pm
Good luck. Last year I vowed to eat more organically and eat ,ore locally. I accomplished both by joining a food coop. This year I vow to organize my recipes, and continue with last year's goals, adding meat and more dairy to the said goal.
Jan. 20, 2011 5:50 am
Hi hamburgmommy - I thought my garden was going to be my food co-op last summer but the heatwave destroyed it - good luck
Feb. 14, 2011 12:25 pm
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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