Cooking Resolutions

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.

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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.

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7 thoughts on “Cooking Resolutions

  1. Chris

    Do you consider it a challenge to hit your meat-free goal? That is to say, have you found that every single thing you cook at home has meat in it? I’d be lucky if I make a recipe WITH meat more than once a month…

  2. peechie Post author

    You know, I didn’t think it was, but when I really look at it, most of our meals still center around a meat-based entree. It may not be a huge steak every night, but it’s a chicken thigh here, fish fillet there, bacon everywhere kinda diet. Mostly reasonable portions (2-3 oz meat per serving), but meat nonetheless.

    And I suppose I should be more specific, I mean meat-free dinners. I rarely have meat with breakfast, and probably at only 2-3 lunches a week.

  3. colleen

    I might be able to help with your soft boiled egg conundrum.

    bring about 3-4 inches of water (enough to completely cover the eggs and let them float) and a splash of white vinegar to just before a boil. Turn the burner down to a simmer. crack the eggs into the water and let them simmer about 3-4 minutes… I usually leave them in for 3 min and 15 or 20 seconds… but then I can tell when they’re close to done. Remove from the heat, give them a second while you grab a slotted spoon, and then scoop them out.

    Should be good to go. šŸ™‚

    We need to get together and cook stuff methinks. I’m thinking that we have stuff we can teach each other. Also, it’s the freakin’ new year. we should go for LUNCH together already, yes?

    Lemme know what works next week for ya.:D

  4. peechie Post author

    Thanks for the egg links and suggestions guys. One important distinction: I’m looking for a method for boiled-in-the-shell eggs. I’ve always called the out-of-shell method colleen describes “poaching” – which we do often.

    And they’re a pretty good substitute for a soft-boiled egg – but not nearly as satisfying for cracking off the top and dipping in toast fingers!

  5. clamb

    Oh i know … nothing like dunking the soldiers in the eggs. šŸ™‚

    The Egg Gadget is perfect for what you want!

    Now i go home to have eggs. mmmmmmmmmmm

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