I only hit about half of my kitchen goals for 2013, which is fine. This year, mine are going to be a bit more technique and habit based than specific dish/project based.
*Cook More With What I Have: This is a reminder in general to waste fewer ingredients and cook more economically. I’m pretty good at Clean out the Fridge Cooking when I do it – I just have to make sure I’m actually doing it.
*Master Omelet Technique: “Master” may be ambitious but I’d like to at least try to make mine look a bit more pretty/French-ified. Especially given the fact I practically make eggs daily.
*Find a way to Organize My Spices: Poor John may have to help me with this one, as I think the smart bet is to convert our pantry into more of a cabinet format for this. But it needs to be done.
*Filet a Whole Fish: If my brother-in-law can do it, so can I!
*Get My Knives Sharpened: I have a home sharpener but I think my good knives really need a complete reset before I use it for any more touch-ups. Plus I found out they do it at Union Market, so that’s easy.
Conquer My Fear of the Mandoline: I have to use it at least three times successfully this year.
Order an Animal Again, and Make Something Ambitious With Part of It: I dropped the ball on this last year and don’t want to miss it again.
Conquer my Fear of the Charcoal Grill: John’s pretty much the only one using it right now. Maybe I’ll smoke something!
Finally Make Goat: Third year’s the charm?
Make Fresh Mozzarella: I mean, I already did ricotta.
Take a Cooking Class: This is sort of a Treat Yo Self one, but I haven’t taken one in a few years, and it’d be nice to stretch myself. Plus I don’t do much in the way of hobbies right now anyway.
Make Homemade Crackers: I have a recipe for this and have always wanted to try it.