Culinary New Years Goals

So, it’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals. In the past I’ve skipped the whole, “new year, new me” pledge because deep down inside I knew that I wasn’t going to follow through with anything on my list for any substantial amount of time. This year, however, I changed things up and set a few goals for myself. Personally, I decided that I would read at least one book a month (I’ve started with a Harry Potter book. I’m a big kid, I know! Honestly, the older I get the more I love HP!!) and I’ve decided to challenge myself to go out more.

In addition to setting a few personal goals, I also set a few culinary goals. I’ve decided that I want to become a stronger baker, learn to make pasta and expand my culinary repertoire to include some culturally diverse dishes. I went to the library (hint-hint: a library is a great place in general, but a lot of libraries have a ton of great cookbooks. You can check out as many as you want and keep them for an extended amount of time. It’s a great way to make recipes from of the best and most popular books without spending a ton of money) and randomly found this cookbook entitled, “Persiana”. All of the recipes seem great and packed full of spices and flavors. I’ve decided to start my culinary exploration with Middle Eastern food and I can’t way to make a ton of recipes out of that book.

New Year’s resolutions are always challenging to keep, whether they are personal goals, professional goals or culinary goals. I think the key to sticking with them to choose small goals and to not beat yourself up when you, “fall off the wagon”. So here’s to those of us who have set goals for 2019! May we try a little harder, push ourselves a little more and reach our goals!

This was my first attempt at making pasta. The pictures turned out great, but the pasta…not so much. It kind of all fell apart when I started to cook them. I’m determined to make good pasta this year!
I want to make the PERFECT pound cake!

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