Like many, Michelle Ryan has difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions. But she’s going to give it a go (again) with these six in 2012.
Raise your hand if you make New Year’s resolutions. Now keep them up if you stick to them. (It’s OK, this is a judgment-free zone.)
I make tons of resolutions, it seems, like exercise more, eat better, learn new things. And usually by today, Jan. 3, I’m still trying to get going on them. Before too long, it seems like I give up or lose enthusiasm for missing a day of the new routine.
Part of my problem is the extended college football bowl season (which this year stretches to Jan. 9), and part is my resolutions have no measurable focus.
So this year, at least where it comes to food and cooking, I’m going to try to change that with these six resolutions.
1. Expand my taste buds. This could be a hard one, especially for a reforming picky eater like me. But I fell in love with zucchini last year, and the least I can do for myself is see what else I could be missing out on at the dinner table.
2. Eat in more often. I get in a hurry–or get lazy–and opt for picking up lunch or dinner or “cooking” a frozen “meal.” It gets the job done, sure, but it doesn’t hold the same satisfaction–or health benefits–that a home-cooked meal does.
3. Use my kitchen gadgets. I’ve got plenty of time-savers and gizmos that promise efficiency, yet ironically, I get too in a hurry to use them. Now that I’ve resolved to cook more often, I can put these gadgets to the test to see which ones I should keep around.
4. Exercise my creativity. Too often I get boxed in by following recipes or decorating instructions to the letter. And when I do step out of the box, like with a recent attempt at making Sweet Potato Cupcakes, I’m pleasantly surprised by the risk.
5. Read more–about food. To my book collection I’ve been adding cookbooks, baking books, decorating and flavor books and so on. I read plenty of food magazines, but I’m thinking it’s time I curled up with a good book about cooking every now and then too.
6. Learn more–about food. I’ve already got plans penciled in to accomplish this one in 2012. There are three more cake decorating courses covering flowers and fondant on my 2012 schedule, along with some local cooking classes that I’ve committed to take.