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New Year’s Food Resolutions

Make a food resolution you want to keep this year.

Every year, around Christmas time, my mom would sit us down with a pencil and paper and tell us to write our New Year’s resolutions. They started out ambitious: Become a professional ice skater. Write Thank You Notes for Ewok doll, purple knickers, penny loafers. Lose weight.

They become more telling in my teenage years: Lose Weight. Find boyfriend.

As a young adult, they included the usual suspects: “Drink” dinner only once a week. Stop smoking. Lose weight.

Lately, they’re a bit more mature: Breathe more. Exercise more. Lose weight.

This year, I’m making a resolution to stop with all the dumb resolutions and maybe make a list of things I’d actually like to do in 2012 rather than the things I’m going to stop doing. Or punish myself for doing. Or hate myself because I haven’t done.

So here are my “I Can’t Wait to Do These” Food Resolutions for 2012.

– Finally naming the best burger in SoCo
– Doing my top 25 Restaurants (on haitus since 2009! Jees)
– Redesign BiteClub
– Spend more time at the farmer’s markets
– Have a kitchen garden
– Explore the entire menu at a restaurant I really like
– Take more trips to SF (Commonwealth)
– Take trips to Napa (French Laundry, Terra high on the list)
– Get to know more local producers
– Take more pictures
– Cook more
– Stop worrying about losing weight and actually enjoy eating.

What are your “resolutions” both food and otherwise for this year?

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22 thoughts on “New Year’s Food Resolutions

  1. This year has contradicting “I can’t wait to do this year”s:
    1. Travel more to other communities in the Bay Area and sample more restaurants;
    2. Improve my cooking skills and restart cooking some of the really good things I used to make when I was younger now that I’m retired (that includes one of the best chocolate mouses ever);
    3. Find my “Cheers”, where everybody knows my name, that has good food and stays around for a while but is still within my budget;
    4. Control my intake of good food, especially on cruises;
    5. Broaden the variety of things I make by actually using the recipes in the cookbooks I have and continue to buy;
    and now the contradiction:
    6. Loose at least 25 pounds.

  2. This year has contradicting “I can’t wait to do this year”s:
    1. Travel more to other communities in the Bay Area and sample more restaurants;
    2. Improve my cooking skills and restart cooking some of the really good things I used to make when I was younger now that I’m retired (that includes one of the best chocolate mouses ever);
    3. Find my “Cheers”, where everybody knows my name, that has good food and stays around for a while but is still within my budget;
    4. Control my intake of good food, especially on cruises;
    5. Broaden the variety of things I make by actually using the recipes in the cookbooks I have and continue to buy;
    and now the contradiction:
    6. Loose at least 25 pounds.

  3. Plant a fabulous vegetable garden, fruit tress, and make it a place I want to hang out.
    Set up a kitchen that all cooks will enjoy using.
    Eat only “added value” food that is nutritious (not necessarily un-delicious)!
    Check out the farms and food in Santa Rosa.

  4. Plant a fabulous vegetable garden, fruit tress, and make it a place I want to hang out.
    Set up a kitchen that all cooks will enjoy using.
    Eat only “added value” food that is nutritious (not necessarily un-delicious)!
    Check out the farms and food in Santa Rosa.

  5. Do everything in my power–which I admit probably isn’t very much–to eliminate the word “foodie” from our lexicon.

  6. Do everything in my power–which I admit probably isn’t very much–to eliminate the word “foodie” from our lexicon.

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