This time of year is all full of crazy when it comes to cooking and eating. First, the house is full of Christmas cookies. Second, between work and shopping and social events, there seems little time to make healthful dinners. Finally, did I mention those social events? And all the food?
I'm not much for making New Year's resolutions, but after a month of eating lots of very yummy but not so good for me food, I'm always ready to get back to normal. And that, in turn, leads me to think about what I want to do differently in the year to come.
Look Back on 2016. For the the first time ever, I became curious about the nature of my Weekend Cooking posts, so I did a little breakdown for the year:
- Reviews: 18 cookbooks, 5 food writing/memoirs, 6 movies
- Other: 9 recipe posts, 11 miscellaneous
Things I Wish I did in 2016. I had intended to keep good a record of all our dinners in 2016 so I could create pretty graphs and/or share interesting (to me, anyway) statistics on my cooking habits. That was a total fail. I gave up sometime in, oh, March!
I also wanted to write a great post comparing my electric pressure cooker (which I got last Christmas) to my stovetop pressure cooker (which I've had for 20+ years). Did I write that post? No! Both items are on my list for 2017; maybe next year will be different.
Looking Ahead. I don't see many changes for Weekend Cooking. I still want to read through some of my backlog of books and cookbooks, share winning recipes, and muse about food and cooking.
One thing I really want to get a handle on is our food budget -- or rather I'd like to make a budget. I am forever surprised at how much we spend on food each week, despite the fact that we don't eat meat every day, we buy no snack food or soda, and concentrate primarily on vegetables, fruit, beans, and grains. Part of the issue is our commitment to quality and our desire to to eat a fairly clean diet in terms of additives and pesticides. Unfortunately those choices often mean more dollars.
I also hope to do some organizing of recipes, both on paper and online. I don't always remember to pin recipes or record which cookbook something came from. And let's not even get into where I've stashed those recipes I cut out of old magazines. Argh. Every couple of years I spend a few winter evenings culling clippings and pinning recipes -- guess what I'll be doing in January?