As is my tradition on the last day of the year, I take a few moments to evaluate how well I stuck to last year’s foodie resolutions,
- Be a lot more proactive about working on the blog. I’m so far behind right now (33 drafts in my folder right now, the events and menus haven’t been updated in like forever, etc) it’s not even funny. I need to devote as much time to the blog as if I were working.
Did horribly on this one – if anything, I’m even further in the hole – over 100 posts in my drafts folder. Lots of events I went to but never wrote about, reviews never posted, etc. I’ll try to salvage what I can, but a lot of it is hopelessly outdated now.
- Take better food photos, and learn how to use a DSLR camera. To this end, I’m starting back at CSCC in a few days to learn photography from the ground up.
I never did buy a DSLR camera (lack of employment keeps such luxuries out of reach), but I did indeed start back to CSCC, although not for photography. College has taken up much of my time for the last few months, and promises to do so for at least the next 2+ years.
- Take a foodie road trip to a nearby city (somewhere within driving distance, like Cincy or Cleveland, western PA, somewhere in Indiana, Kentucky or West Virginia) to check out their food scene and blog about it.
Did this one, sort of. I took a couple of trips to Athens, OH this past summer, and have posted about some of it, but still have a couple more restaurants I visited.
- Learn how to pressure can.
Nope, didn’t do this one.
- Cook at least one recipe from each of the cookbooks I own (who needs hundreds of cookbooks if you don’t use them?)
As if. Most new recipes I made this year were from the Internet or magazines.
- Work harder at cutting sugar out of my diet. Even though I lost almost 100 lbs this year, I know I could lose more (and break this damn plateau) if I ate less refined carbs/more protein. I want to make my health a priority and lose at least 50 lbs. this year.
Not nearly as successful with this one as I wanted. I lost about 15 lbs. this year. Better than gaining 15 lbs, right?
- Cover at least one local event per month for the blog.
I did at least one local event per month will all intentions of blogging about it, but never did get around to that part.
- Learn how to eat well on a limited budget.
I kind of had to do this, more out of necessity than desire.
- This summer, visit a local farm for a tour and blog about it.
Did this, never got around to blogging about it. It’s in that famous drafts forward, and somehow it seems wrong to blog about it when fresh veggies are months away. Thoughts?
So, that was last year….my goals for this coming year? Will be limited, that’s for sure. Being back in school means less time for things I love. But I do have a few hopes.
- Cooking time is at a premium, so I promise to make (on average) one new recipe a week.
- Still need to lose weight, and I know the key to that is to eat less carbs. I’m going to try to limit my consumption of refined carbs to one meal a day. Hopefully this will allow me to lose 50 lbs. in the next year.
- One of the Christmas gifts I got were brioche roll pans. I want to learn how to make brioche. And foccacia.
- I got a pizza oven this past year. I resolve to make time to use it at least twice a month once it gets warm enough to safely do so. Will probably use it more than that, but that’s the minimum goal I’m setting for myself.
- I want to make a batch of cheese from scratch this year. I may be something as simple as homemade ricotta, but I do want to give it a try.
Those goals are definitely within reach for me. What are your foodie goals for 2010?