Don't you wish you could peer into the future and see what's ahead for the year?...sometimes I do, sometimes I don't...but I've been thinking about a couple of things I'd like to get around to this year...in no particular order and nothing necessarily ground-breaking:
1. Cook simple--I don't see myself as a fancy cook...I do like simple, rustic, just good food. Maybe this year, I'll tweak with tastes, combinations...who know?...it's fluid, nebulous and you'll see the results here
2. Good knives--I had good knives that I left in my previous relationship. I don't know why I did that. Not a bright move. But for Christmas, I received a Wusthof 6-in chef's knife and I'm embarrassed to tell you that it puts EVERY knife in my drawer to shame. That they are even called 'knives' is an embarrassment to the mere definition. I feel like King Arthur with Excalibur. I'd like to add a sibling to my Excalibur.
3. Baking and breaking bread--this is a continuing challenge for me. The results have been okay, not bad, edible...but it's really a skill I want to hone.
4. Better budgeting--I can spend a lot of money on groceries. Sometimes I forget I'm cooking for one...on occasion, two...rarely for more. I vowed to myself that this is the year to get my financial ass in order and be more frugal and responsible. I can easily spend $50 on groceries for a two-week period and when you think about it, that's kind of crazy. My Italian Pantry is stocked, hell, overflowing...so following the advice of a friend, it's time to rein it in. I did my grocery shopping last night. I spent $16...I need eggs...add $2 more before the end of the weekend. Now I have to keep it up!
...not a bad start...