I have food(ie) resolutions to achieve as I get ready to unleash my anticipatory optimism on 2021, which includes Reuben egg rolls.
I’ve always been fond of New Year’s. I always feel a sense of optimistic anticipation as December creeps towards January. It feels like hitting the reset button. There’s something liberating about a reset, even if it’s manufactured. I’m cynical approximately 98.8% of the time, but the 1.2% of the time I’m not is expended like so much confetti on New Year’s.
Despite my partiality to New Year’s, I’ve never been one to make resolutions. Because the time to make a change and stick to it is when you’re ready to, and shouldn’t be dictated by an arbitrary date.
And now to contradict myself. Sorta. I have some food(ie) resolutions to work towards as I get ready to unleash my anticipatory optimism on 2021. Maybe I’ll complete them all in 2021, maybe some will carry over into 2022. Whatever. It’s good to have goals.
Food, cooking, and writing have been a significant part of life for many years, but those things have meant more to me in 2020 than ever before. So I’m celebrating that by challenging myself to the following New Year’s Food(ie) Resolutions.
Attempt even more Mexican (and Mexican-ish) dishes.
Like pozole. And chile Rellenos. And homemade tortillas, and empanadas, and alambre, and a homemade salsa that doesn’t suck. My attempts at scratch salsa-making have been no Bueno.
Do… something with chayote.
I wrote an article about this odd-to-me squash a few years ago and was intrigued by it. Mostly because it’s advised to wear gloves when preparing because it oozes a substance that makes your hands go numb. Why WOULDN’T I want to eat something like that?
Bake a cake, from scratch.
I’m not a baker. But I’m coming around. I’m leaning towards either carrot cake or coconut cake. Or maybe I’ll one-up myself and make both.
Create onion ring poutine with green chili gravy.
My husband has a good idea every once in a while.
Make killer fried rice.
I have it in my head that this is one of those “simple” dishes that are hard to execute well. Kind of like how easy it is to screw up cooking an egg. Which I still do regularly. Maybe I should buy a wok….
Make Reuben Egg Rolls.
There was a place in Minneapolis that has long since closed that made some delicious AF Reuben Egg Rolls. I miss them.
Find a local food product to fall in love with at the Farmer’s Market.
Some of my favorite products have been local finds. And supporting small businesses gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside that people tell me means I did something good or helpful but I’m pretty sure is just gas.
Last year my Farmer’s Market find was Gilman Cheese thanks to my Mom. They have a bunch of fantastic quality cheeses at an affordable price. I spent a lot of money on Gilman Cheese last summer (worth it) and even made this Harvest Vegetable Bacon Apple Melt in honor of one of my favorites.
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Do you have any food(ie) resolutions for 2021? Share below!
Sorry for the lack of pictures. Here are some cookies (Ghirardelli Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies).