2017 Food Goals
One of my favorite things about this blog is that it challenges me creatively. I think everyone has a creative side, and we have to find out where we can express ourselves and get that satisfaction. Crafts don’t do it for me, but they do it for some people, but it can be anything. My “thing” is definitely food and being in the kitchen. Blogging about my adventures in the kitchen keeps me motivated because I can see my progress, and I can constantly find new ways to cook with old ingredients and everyday uses for uncommon ingredients. I did a few posts on resolutions already, but those were more generic: budgets and diets. My specific resolutions for this year are going to be exploring and mastering -ok maybe not mastering- but getting familiar and more confident with new types of food or ingredients. I don’t know how I landed on 8 as a good number, but it works for my Pretty Things posts, so I’ll stick with 8 for the food goals.
1. Marshmallows: Until I saw Ina Garten do it a 5 or 10 years ago, I never realized that marshmallows could be homemade. It was pretty naive of me, because of course every packaged item is derived from something homemade, right? I’ve seen so many beautiful iterations of marshmallows out there on the internet that I’m determined to make a few this year. Probably not as fancy as Baker’s Royale, but I already have a some ideas for summer s’mores and hot cocoa later this year (so stay tuned!).
2. Cheesecake: Cheesecake has always seemed daunting, and I’ve had a couple of springform pans collecting dust in a cabinet for years now. I used one to make a baked pasta pie (post for that is still in the works), but I feel like I should use it to make a really good cheesecake. I’m thinking lemon, ricotta, or vanilla bean…
3. Aioli: I put this on a pretty things list already, but I have to mention it again. It’s such a simple, but flavorful dipping sauce, and I can’t wait to dip some buttery artichokes into it.
4. Waffles: I used our new waffle iron for the first time today! It was a snow day, so we had a long morning. I’m working my way towards making a real Liege waffle once I get my hands on some pearl sugar. We hosted an exchange student from Belgium a few years back, and Jon still talks about the waffles her parents sent us.
5. Bread in a Le Creuset French Oven: This is so cool! I actually bought my first Le Creuset as a factory second at Marshall’s for about 40% of the retail price, and there is a teeny knick that’s hardly visible. I started looking around for interesting ways to use it, and who would have thought you could make bread in it? I’m so in.
6. Turmeric Latte: I’ve been wanting to do this for a couple years now, and I finally bought a big canister of turmeric. Jon wants to use it to whiten his teeth, I want it for face masks and turmeric lattes. I’m excited to share what I come up with (and if the teeth whitening thing works, I’ll let you know).
7. Bee Pollen: Bee pollen as a spur of the moment purchase, yes. I saw it in Goop Clean Beauty and decided to try it out. I’m thinking smoothie bowls, oatmeal topping, possibly in some granola. Again, I’ll be sharing any successes here.
8. The Spiralizer: This was my first New Year Food Resolution. Everyone’s been so spiralizing for years, and I finally broke down because it just looks fun. I bought the one most recommended, and I want to spiralize everything from cucumbers to apples to sweet potatoes. Again, tons of ideas!