Welcome to Behind the Plates everyone! I am SO excited to start posting and interacting with all of you. I had been racking my brain to come up with the perfect first post. Should it be a recipe? A review? A piece on travel? I wanted to share something to give a taste of what the blog will be. I settled on my New Year’s resolutions and goals. I know I am a bit late on these given that it’s late January but I had written them down back in December-so they count!
I felt that it was appropriate because it will give a glimpse into some of the food/travel adventures I hope to embark on for this year. Did I mention that this list of resolutions is entirely, and a bit selfishly, food and travel related? I anticipate some great successes, maybe a few failures and lots of fun stories to bring your way with these goals.
Resolution #1- Take a knife skills class.
I don’t claim to be anything but a recipe and a cooking enthusiast. I also don’t intend to be a chef anytime soon.However, there are a few basics I think every novice to advanced home cooks should know. This is one of them…and I plan to learn.
Resolution #2- Learn how to roast a whole bird (turkey, chicken, etc.).
It’s a fundamental technique and recipe that I have just never tried. It has always been a bit intimidating to me. This year I plan to conquer this challenge!
Resolution #3-Be more confident in the kitchen.
Take more risks, use fewer recipes, and try creations of my own. I tend to use recipes as a crutch or guideline. I would love to learn to be more adventurous and develop more recipes on my own.
Resolution #4- Get back to wine.
I used to be a large enthusiast of wine. This is not to say I don’t still indulge but in the past I would actively work to gain knowledge about different varietals, wine regions, etc. I would like to take the time this year to learn more and grow my appreciation for vino!
Resolution #5- Read more.
For those of you who know me you may be thinking, how is that possible? I am an avid reader (My mom is a school media specialist- aka the school librarian. She runs through books faster than anyone I have ever met and I am lucky to have had her habits rub off on me a quite a bit). Although I love to read; I tend to stick to fiction books. My goal for this year is to step out of my reading “comfort zone” and read more cookbooks, technique books, food writing, chef exposes, etc.
Resolution #6- Visit someplace I have never been.
This is an everlasting goal that will never leave my list. This is because once I reach it I will just move down the list to another place I have have not seen. I hope to see as much of the world as I can. But I do plan to visit one place, if not more, that I have never been this year and of course share all the noteworthy details.
Did you have any foodie or vacation resolutions or goals for the year? If not, you should make a list of some fun and attainable things you want to accomplish this year surrounding your favorite hobby or passion. Learn a little more, do a little more, dream a little more!
…all for the love of the dish!