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Monday, January 5, 2009

Food-to-Do List (2009)

I don't really do New Year resolutions; we all know that few people truly stick to them and I don't like the idea that "something is wrong with me and I must fix it in the new year."

That said... I LOVE to-do lists!

So my food-to-do list for 2009 includes the following...
  • Jam

  • Pickle

  • Buy a candy thermometer

  • Don't break my new candy thermometer (third time's the charm???)

  • Compost

  • Start a garden patch behind my house

  • Buy Mark Bittman's new book, Food Matters

Care to share any of your 2009 food goals and wishes?

7 comments:

catherine said...

i like your to-do list! last year was the first i've ever had a cooking/food-related resolution - to cook the cuisine of a different country every week - and after a cross-country move, it kind of fell apart.
your list seems doable! i've always been intimidated by anything that requires a candy thermometer... the jam would be a fun project. good luck; i can't wait to hear about your successes. :)

kitchenplay said...

Thanks Catherine! Yeah, the candy thermometer thing can be tricky. It takes a while to get up to the temperature you want and when it does, it moves fast. plus, if the thermometer is too close to the hot bottom of the pan, it will break... but I'm determined...

re-run-doo-run said...

i compost! I dont even have a garden, or any patch of grass for that matter. I keep the scraps in the freezer and then take them to the city drop off. A bag of frozen rotten food on the subway, it makes me giggle...
lov'n the blog...
-megansenior

kitchenplay said...

Thanks Megan... I'm waiting to have the funds to get my compost bin so i'm doing the freezer thing in the meantime too!

And I was looking at your website the other day... your pics are great...

catherine said...

i live in an apartment, far from the nearest compost drop-off point, but have been wanting to compost too. i *do* have a little deck outside. you mentioned a compost bin. what does that entail?

kitchenplay said...

The bin is where the "magic happens," so to speak. It's where you put all your food scraps to eventually decompose and mingle together to make the compost. From what I've read, you want something that animals won't get into and the compost odor won't escape from. Unfortunately, the smaller compost bins tend to be pretty pricey. This is the one I'm thinking about getting... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00022PV2I/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

You need to be able to turn the compost regularly or you can get worms to do the job for you. This website has some good starter info... http://www.composting101.com/

I'll definitely be posting more on the blog as I get the process going.

Andrew said...

Andy's to-buy list for 2009:

1) A proper griddle. It is impossible to make good pancakes in a saute pan.
2) A pizza stone, so I can make single-serving size anchovy pizzas.
3) An enamel-coated porcelain casserole, to make cassoulets, etc. Cuisinart makes an inexpensive, high-quality alternative to Le Creuset.

Culinary resolution:

Use all the food in my fridge! It all goes bad.