Foodie Resolutions 2016: The Outcome

Happy new year everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season.

Once again, now is about the time of year to do some reflecting. And for the second year in a row, I am reflecting back on partially-completed foodie goals. Womp, womp. Life got in the way.

The bright side: I posted a foodie resolutions mid-year update back in June, at which point nothing was accomplished. I’m happy to report that something, even if it wasn’t all of my goals, was accomplished in the remaining 6 months of the year.

My final verdict for 2016 is 2 for 5 goals completed. Here’s what they were.

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On Pinterest: “BYOL” (Bring Your Own Lunch)

We’ve all carried a lunch box at least once in our lifetime. Maybe for some of us, though, the last time we likely got into the routine of bringing a lunch from home dated back to grade school.

Taking lunch to work for me has been hit-or-miss. Sometimes I remember, and other times my lunch ends up forgotten in the fridge or on the kitchen counter as I’m rushing out the door. Some of these ideas, though, just may inspire me to plan ahead to bring lunch more often.

See ideas for easy lunches to make, pack, and take to work curated from Pinterest.

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What is Kombucha?

Last year, I took a long weekend and drove down to Maryland to see my friend. At one point during the visit, we were eating dinner and I saw her open up a curious, brightly colored orange drink. It wasn’t a soda, but made a similar “fizzy” noise every time the cap was taken on and off.

The drink, as it turns out, was kombucha, a beverage made by fermenting tea and other flavorings with a bacteria and yeast starter called a scoby. The smell was sour and fruity, like oranges or lemons. I took a sip and wasn’t turned off, but my first taste left something to be desired.

Earlier this year, though, I came across a whole shelf of kombucha varieties in the organic section of Wegmans. I was determined to try it again to see if I could develop a taste for what was supposed to be an incredibly nutritious drink and a source of natural probiotics.

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Foodie Resolutions 2016: Mid-year Progress Update

It’s already half-way through June, a time when I planned to touch-base with an update on my foodie goals for this year to check on my progress.

In case you missed seeing the post on my old blog, foodie resolutions came out of an article on MSN Food & Drink that outlined new things that foodies should try to do in the new year. This is the second year in a row that I’ve set these goals for myself. Although I didn’t complete them in entirety last year, I still had fun writing about them and going through the process. You can read a recap of the goals here.

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Introducing From Anna’s Kitchen

Hello, and welcome to From Anna’s Kitchen!

From Anna’s Kitchen is a resource for food lovers everywhere. My goal is to share with you real food and real experiences from my kitchen, both successes and failures that we’ll all learn from along the way.

As some of you may know, I live in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philly. Marketing is my day job and while it’s something I love and have studied for a number of years — 8 years of undergraduate and graduate-level business courses included — food is my real passion.

In my off-time, I’m constantly in the kitchen, at a restaurant, by the grill, visiting a brewery — you name it. If it involves food and drink, then I’m there. There’s nothing that I can think of that I don’t like when it comes to food, with the exception of maybe some cuts or types of meat, which I recently started eating again in moderation after being an ovo/lacto vegetarian (not vegan) for 14+ years.

On From Anna’s Kitchen, you can look forward to seeing homemade recipes that I promise have never touched the inside of a cardboard box whose name rhymes with “Eddy Brocker” (if you catch my drift…), many of which will be vegetarian-friendly or with options to easily make them vegetarian. I love taking photos and am always striving to improve my skills, so my posts will often be complimented by photos that I take in my kitchen and garden. From time to time, I’ll also post ratings and reviews of various products or services, photos from events and trips, and more.

I’m always happy to answer any questions that you might have, too, whether it is about a recipe that you saw or a technique that you wanted to try, as well as accept feedback and requests for things you’d like to see or how I can improve future posts. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to get in touch; leave a comment on the most recent blog post or contact me directly and I’ll get back to you.

I look forward to opening up my kitchen to you. In the meantime, you can learn more about me or follow @fromannakitchen on Twitter. If there’s anything you want to know, ask away in the comments or send me a message!