Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking ahead to a new year

Another year comes to a close and it’s time once again to make New Year’s Resolutions. Plans for the future, dreams, wishes, goals, whatever you want to call them. But apparently most of us make them.

Some of us make ours only to break them in February, but some of us make them and check back with ourselves at the end of the year to see how we fared in fulfilling them. I think that making resolutions is like making a business plan for the year – but for ourselves, personally. Goals are good – measuring them, even better. How else do we improve ourselves if we don’t set goals?

Some of my resolutions are probably not unlike many most of us have: exercise more, eat less, read more books, watch less television, get more sleep, etc. But one I also have is to challenge myself more in the kitchen. I mean expand my skills by cooking with foods I don’t usually cook with, trying new techniques, and new ethnic cuisines I haven’t yet explored. Like most of us, I find I cook the same kinds of things (Mediterranean being the most prevalent) over and over again. Regional American foods, Middle Eastern, and Latin American foods appeal to me lately and I want to explore them more. I am excited to begin the search for new recipes, and their preparation, and then to sit down to enjoy them.

Whatever your new year’s resolutions are, I hope cooking something that takes you out of your comfort zone is on the list. And if it is, I wish you all the best on your culinary adventure!

Happy New Year!

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