Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Aspirations


I couldn't be bothered to make any New Year's resolutions because, let's be honest, New Year's resolutions always get broken.  So this year, I resolved not to make any resolutions. (And yes I do realize that resolving not to make any resolutions is itself a resolution but you know what I mean.)  I'm going to make New  Year's aspirations instead- some worthwhile goals to work toward during the upcoming year. Goals that will thrill me if they come into fruition but that won't crush me if they don't happen.

Here are my food related 2011 New Year's Aspirations:

1. Try to make two or three meatless dinners per week. Eating more vegetables and whole grains instead of lots of meat will be healthier for us and better for the planet.

2. Plant a vegetable and herb garden in the back yard. I tend to kill plants with my black thumb so this will be a challenge. I also dislike any sort of outdoor activity that brings me into contact with dirt, rocks, plant matter, bugs, wind, rain or sun so, um, this should be fun. And by fun I mean not so much.

3. Try at least one new food per month. This shouldn't be too hard because I can go to the local Vietnamese supermarket and pick out almost anything on the shelves because I have no idea what 90% of the items are because I can't read the labels, which are often written in Asian languages I don't understand. And the produce section is full of exotic fruits and vegetables that I have never seen before but that I am eager to taste.

4. Start posting cooking videos on R&F. I have been meaning to but I just haven't. I have a video camera, a big kitchen and lots of ideas so I just need to get my act together and DO IT!

5. Host one dinner party per month for friends. I have a pretty dining room and even prettier friends. They should be brought together.

6. Donate food several times per year to the local food pantry, not just when prompted at the holidays.

7. Dine at NYC's Per Se, which I am absolutely certain is the greatest and best restaurant in the whole entire world despite never having been there before. Some things you just know. Thomas Keller is a genius. That is something we all know. Per Se is rather expensive so I probably won't make it there this year but a girl can dream!

All of those things sound doable, right? I better get started. Only 362 days left in the year to get them all done.

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