Sigh. There is a part of me that says "Why even bother"? Cuz this is the third year in a row that I, ahem, didn't do even half of my cooking resolutions. Okay that's not even close. I did one. One out of nine. That's as close as I got. But as this postcard says "Resolve to renew all your old resolves". So I guess I just take the old resolutions and roll them over into 2010. Again. I'll be ecstatic if I complete all of them. Over the moon if I do half. Still dang pleased if I can cross off two. Pretty sure I can complete at least one. Maybe. So here we go again....
1. Cook with Phyllo Dough - This may be the easy one. Have you seen those cute little rounds of brie wrapped in phyllo with a bow? Determined to make one.
2. Make six of the cookie recipes from the Martha Stewart Cookie Cookbook - This originated years ago when I first picked up the Martha Stewart Christmas Cookie magazine. I actually did bake one of the recipes. That means only five more to make in 2010.
3. Make a complete Rachel Ray 30 minute meal - I'm determined to actually only take 30 minutes. I hear it can be done. I hope to prove it either way.
4. Beer Can Chicken - Am I the only one who has never made this?
5. Have a couple over for a formal dinner (complete with appetizers, veggies, main dish and dessert) - I need to get over this fear of having to call for pizza should I mess things up. I just need to find a couple who REALLY likes pizza just in case.
6. Decorate a Cake - I say I get half points for this as I made several birthday cakes last year and at least frosted them. A third of a point? Anything?
7. Cook something with rhubarb - Memories of my first taste of rhubarb in one of my Grandmas Strawberry-Rhubarb pies still haunt me.
8. Make at least one food item as a Christmas present - DING DING DING. Though I kinda overdid this. Lime Meltaway cookies. Buckeyes. Hershey Pretzel Bites. Butterscotch Brownies. Chocolate Cocoa Nib Shortbread. Preserved Meyer Lemons. Honey-Preserved Clementines. And, the pièce de résistance, Bacon Jam. Never again will I try to make so many food gifts at Christmas. Cross this one way off the list.
9. Better use of leftover fridge ingredients - I made a list of what was in the fridge and in the pantry. Several times. Never used them. There are things in there that have probably been there since the Clinton administration. I will figure out a use for them. Before they take over the world.
10. Make biscuits - Or more importantly, make biscuits that don't resemble hockey pucks.
Not exactly rocket science. I've seen folks put some amazing things they want to accomplish in 2010 on their food resolutions lists. But I know myself and I'm happy with attempting these simple little things this year. Though since I actually did one of the ten above, that means I have to come up with one more resolution. I'm still thinking about that one. Any suggestions?