At The Kitchn, they’re asking about cooking resolutions for the new year.
Since cooking seems to be what we do most of these days (in fact, 5/6 of our Christmas gifts from other people were cooking-related), I thought I’d chime in with a few of my own kitchen-based resolutions (more like goals, these) for 2009:
-Make homemade mustard, at least once.
-Make pasta from scratch.
-Find a fool-proof recipe for the perfect soft-boiled egg (I once was so frustrated that I hurled my 3rd round of undercooked eggs off our balcony, and haven’t attempted them since).
-Find a bean recipe I love.
-Make a meat-free recipe at least once a month (though for me, using meat stock doesn’t count as meat!)
One other thing I’ve already made great headway on (though are still far from 100% converted) is eating more ethically raised meat and cutting out factory-farmed meats entirely.
We’ve done the easier part by only buying non-factory-farmed meat at home, but eating out is still a challenge. I saw a great approach to this on Slashfood, where Curt Ellis is dropping cards at restaurants that serve factory meat (after he finishes his vegetarian option there) to let them know that he, as a patron, cares where his meat comes from.
I think it’d be great if he made a second card for restaurants where he is able to get non-factory meats, to say thanks, and let them know that it made a difference.