New Recipe Tuesday

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions.  It’s never really been my thing.  I think if someone wants to start something, start it on a random Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.  Change patterns when it works to change them and waiting until the weekend, the next month, or a new start to the year rarely works for me.  Instead, I have often tried to increase a skill over the course of a year.  The last few years it’s been quilting, knitting, knife skills, or other things.  This year as I was thinking about the things I hoped to do throughout the year, I felt like I was in a cooking rut.  So, I decided that at least once a month I was going to intentionally make a new dish.
Since I live alone, a new dish often lasts the entire week. But, I was telling a friend about my plan regarding this and she decided to join me in this adventure for the time-being.  So, once a month, and generally on a Tuesday, we take turns cooking, and then eat together and watch Glee & New Girl.  It gives us that nice plan for socializing and we get to try new dishes.
So far, we’ve made Chicken Parmesan, Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, Gorgonzola Cream Pasta, and other entities.  The dishes have all been winners, but I anticipate there might be a date in the future when we end up eating cereal or grilled cheese because something doesn’t turn out.
Have you been trying new recipes this year?  Or made New Year’s Resolutions that you’ve stuck to?  Do you have a dish I should add to the New Recipe Tuesday rotation?
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New Years Resolutions

I’m not much for making resolutions in the new year. However, I have traditionally figured out one skill I would like to build in a new year and focused on this. One year it was knife skills, another year it was knitting. As I begin to think about this year and what I would like to do better, it’s bread making. I asked for and received a nice serrated knife for Christmas and thus have begun to think a bit about the breads I would like to make. Foccacia and other breads of that sort are on my list. Otherwise, yeast breads are basically there.

I’ve also joined Daring Bakers at www.thedaringkitchen.com and am excited to complete the first of the many challenges which I plan to take part in through this. I think it will help me to expand my repertoire quite a bit. In thinking about expanding my cooking skills, I’m also hoping to make my list of 100 dishes I’d like to try. Goodness knows I keep running into things I think I’d like to make. It’s time I started writing them down J

The final thing on my list today is that in 2011 I hope to figure out what kinds of food I can make to make me feel good. Rather than committing to a specific eating plan or otherwise, I want 2011 to be the year I once again find my flair. To do this, I believe I need to feel good about myself. I believe that certain foods can affect how you feel. So, I’m embarking on a test of my digestive system. By cutting a certain type of food out of my diet/or practicing different food practices throughout the year, I’m hoping to find out what dietary items make me feel good. Here’s what I’ve got on my list:

  1. No sweets/sugar-free
  2. Meat-Free/Vegetarian
  3. No processed foods
  4. No gluten
  5. No lactose

I’m willing to add others if there are suggestions. I will be starting with sugar-free/no sweets, as it is just a good way to start the year. In this, I will do my best to not eat sweets and cook in a sugar-free way. It’s also just a good way to detox after the holidays. If you have recipes/ideas, please send my way. The one exception I have will be my sister’s birthday on Saturday. I promised to make her a cake. I plan to stay sugar-free during January and February.

Happy New Year!