However, at the beginning of 2013, I do like to take the time to re-examine some of the things that work and don't work...and make a fresh start, so to speak. So I thought I'd share some of my kitchen resolutions, or more properly said, kitchen lifestyle changes, that I want to continuously work on in the coming months.
To cook from scratch as much as possible, and rely less on processed, pre-made foods. To me, this is a great goal for many reasons, and also a very satisfying accomplishment. Last year, I made some progress in that department, adding homemade pancakes, marinara sauce, and chicken broth to my list.
|Roasted chicken with red potatoes and carrots.|
|Cajun chicken scampi|
To expand my baking skills. I remember when I first started baking many years ago, I was afraid of messing up and thought using a boxed cake mix was the way to go. But, it took countless hours in the kitchen and botched-up batches of batter (try saying that 20 times over and over again!) for me to finally feel comfortable with baking. And I still have so much more I want to learn!
|Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.|
|Raspberry French macarons|
And lastly, to not be afraid of going out of my comfort zone. One of the things I enjoy about this blog is that it encourages me to try foods I would never have thought of eating before. Like, pasta with butternut sauce or buttermilk mashed potatoes, for instance. Try something different, experiment a little, you'll be glad you did. I know I am!
|Pasta with butternut sauce|
|Buttermilk mashed potatoes|
So what are some of your kitchen resolutions, or should I say, kitchen lifestyle changes? I hope that, no matter where you are in your cooking or baking journey, my suggestions inspire you to be courageous, try new things, and mostimportantly, enjoy making a home-cooked meal as much as I do! With God's help, we can make 2013 a very blessed and delicious year!