I came across an article on MSN Food & Drink in January 2015 that outlined new things that foodies should try in the new year.
The article (now accessible via PopSugar) really inspired me over the years to make and tackle some of my own “foodie resolutions” as well as see how many I could cross off from this list. Today, I’m revisiting some of them, five years later, as a recap of what I’ve accomplished.
The very first thing on the list, clean-out and reorganize the fridge, still seems like simple food safety and common sense, but admittedly it is hard to tell when a condiment, like ketchup or mustard, might go bad. (Not that Dave and I usually have it around long enough—he loves ketchup on eggs and just about everything, it seems, and I’m always squeezing dijon in potato salad, dressings, sauces, etc.)
Anything that looks separated or has turned color should go, as a rule of thumb. Now, I like to label any condiment that I open with the date—even if it’s just the date written on the lid with a permanent black marker—as well as large containers of yogurt, ricotta, juice, and other things that are likely to sit until they’re fully consumed.
Probably like many of you, I was a “serial Pinner” for a while but would rarely make the recipes I saved. And now, I’m a bigger fan of Instagram and the trend (but now it’s serial ‘Gramming) pretty much continues. 😉 #2, make a recipe from one of your Pinterest boards, still reminds me of that one rare exception: a pin from Liquor.com that features a number of great bourbon-based cocktail recipes. I have revisited the page quite a few times, wrote about it, and still recommend the list to anyone who likes whiskey.
Several food books were on my list over the years for #9, read a non-fiction food book. Ones sitting on my “to finish reading” pile, collecting dust for the longest time and I have mostly given up on, include: Heat by Bill Buford, The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp, and Ratio all included. All started off good, but I just couldn’t finish them.