Another Kind of List

by lifeundeveloped on January 8, 2012

Now that it’s the new year lots of people are faced with the pressures of making a resolutions list.

I for one have never been someone who jumped on that bandwagon.

Of course there are things I’d like to change in my life, but I don’t feel that it’s necessary to put so much emphasis on it just once a year.

So this year, instead of declaring how much weight I want to lose or what bad habits to drop, I’m making another kind  of list.

A Kitchen Resolution List

What does that mean?

It’s almost a bucket list of sorts, full of recipes and dishes that I’ve never made before on my own.

Things that I said I would always attempt to make but never got around to it.

So here it is…

Bread

I’m a bit ashamed to say that the last time I made a loaf of bread from scratch is probably culinary school.  Even then I wasn’t completely on my own, but in a small group.

Sure I’ve made biscuits and pizza dough from scratch, but I’m talking about a crispy baguette or a pullman loaf for sandwiches.

So this year I want to make an effort to make an occasional loaf of bread at home.

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Stuffed Cabbage

This was a dish that was always in our dinner rotation growing up.

It is definitely one of those meals that is the epitome of comfort to me.  Yet I’ve never attempted to make it myself.

I think it’s time I change that!

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Homemade Pasta

Now I’ve actually made homemade pasta on occasion, but not nearly as much as I would like to.

Hell there was a day in culinary school where I made fresh pasta all day long.

For Christmas this year, I got a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid mixer.

Now there are no excuses. Fresh pasta will be in my near future.

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A Good Curry

You know like the one’s you get at a restaurant.

Full of seafood and spices with a hint of coconut and other aromatics.

I know you can buy curry paste and pre made curry seasonings at the store, but I think it would be neat to make your own curry from scratch.

This may be a bit of wishful thinking, but definitely doable.

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Sausage

Along with the pasta attachments I also got the grinder + sausage stuffer attachments for the KitchenAid!

Again no excuses for not making homemade sausage!

Although I’m sure it will take me a bit of relearning since I again haven’t made sausage since culinary school.

But I’m up for a challenge!  It will pay off in the long run.

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Rice Pudding

I absolutely adore rice pudding.

It’s one of those desserts that was very much a childhood staple growing up.

Usually we just bought it from the store, but on occasion my Grandpa would make a batch.

It’s about time I revisit this childhood favorite.

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Tamales + other Mexican specialties

I’ve eaten tamales on numerous occasions and have seen them getting made, but have yet to make them myself.

Since getting a tortilla press for Christmas I definitely want to make it a habit to start making my tortillas from scratch.

I have no excuses because I have two bags of masa flour to use up!

Other Mexican specialties I’d like to make: posole, mole, etc.

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French Macarons

I have no problem eating them, but I’ve never made them.

I hear they are a little tricky to make which worries me because I do not have a whole lot of patience when it comes to baking and pastry.

Again though, I’m up for the challenge.  I want to see what all this fuss is about!

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Dried beans

I very rarely cook using dried beans at home.

I always go for the convenient canned varities.

I still will use canned beans for go to things, but I want to start cooking dried beans too.

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In addition to those items listed above, I’d like to just make a conscious effort to reduce waste in my kitchen.

Maybe through repurposing kitchen leftovers into a new meal, which I do sometimes, but I could do better for sure.

In doing so, I hope to control my spending on food and ingredients.  Sometimes I feel I get a bit carried at the grocery store sometimes.

So I’ll try to plan out one or two big meals a week and repurpose them throughout the week.

Do you have a kitchen resolution list?  What’s on your list?

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Hope to be back soon with a new recipe to share, now that I’m feeling better!

Vanessa :-)