Here's a review of how I did last year and my goals for this year.
Review Of My 2013 Food Goals
- Try cooking with new foods like fennel, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips.
I really liked fennel with green beans and roasted a bundle of parsnips in with some other veggies. Didn't try rutabaga or turnips though.
- Try out my new pressure cooker, got one for Christmas along with a
couple of cookbooks.
My first pressure cooker meal was chicken cacciatore. I also made beef brisket and another beef dish that I didn't document since I was busy cooking for guests.
- Make a whole beef tenderloin.
I tackled a tenderloin in the last couple days of the year, so glad I did.
- Buy more local fruits, veggies, meat, and eggs.
We went to the farmers' market pretty much every single weekend we were in town.
- Toast oats for oatmeal. Make tea-infused oatmeal. Make grapefruit oatmeal.
I didn't get around to toasting oats to make oatmeal, but I did make tea-infused oatmeal and grapefruit oatmeal.
- Make chicken livers because they're high in iron.
I'm scared of chicken livers because my mom tried to feed me cow liver during my childhood and I never liked the taste. But I do like duck liver pate, so I have high hopes for a chicken liver spread.
- Make some store-bought items at home (only made two of these)
Looking Forward To 2014Here are some of my food goals 2014. I've got a lot of things I really want to try, but these are the grander, more large-scale goals, not a standard recipes or dishes I want to try. I also transferred over everything that I didn't get done last year since I still want to do them.
- cook a whole fish
- make a flavored mustard
- make homemade baked beans in the pressure cooker or slow cooker
- Cranberry curd
- Make meatballs completely from scratch, starting with chopping the meat at home
- Hand pies
- Oatmeal smoothie
- Rice Krispie- and nut-crusted french toast
- tackle my fear of savory oatmeal (with a soft-cooked egg on top!)
- make the Cook's Illustrated beef picadillo recipe
- make pate a choux, the pastry dough for cream puffs, eclairs, gougeres
- make a nut butter - sunflower, almond, hemp
- Make some store-bought items at home -
- quick pickles
- buttermilk dressing
- Veggie burgers
- corn tortillas
- pita bread
- hamburger buns
I also want to go out for breakfast with our Breakfast Club group. We're slowly tackling a list of breakfast places around Madison, mostly "greasy spoon" type places.