I Resolve to Cook

I’m a list maker.  An obsessive list maker.  At work, I even color code my to-do lists. My coworkers probably think I’m nuts.  But I’m really just a disorganized person striving for order.  All of which is to say that I have nothing against list-making.  Actually, I adore it.

So it should come as no surprise that I have habitually written down my New Years Resolutions. Some years it’s just one or two goals, other years it’s a whole pile of them.  But this year is different.  This year, I’m content to be just the way I am.  So while I would love to lose those last 10 pounds, spend more time volunteering,  reconnect with old friends, and start to compost, none of those things are as important as being grateful for my life just as it is.

So in the absence of New Years Resolutions, my list-making self will just share with you my latest to-do list.  It’s really a to-make list.  It’s a list of those recipes I’ve been meaning to prepare, the ones I’ve bookmarked and remembered and forgotten and remembered again. My to-make list is actually miles long, but since my neurotic color-coding methodology would probably make your head spin, I’ll just share with you my top ten must-make totally-craving have-to-try recipes for the new year.

I’ve always loved Muhammara, a zesty, rich pepper-filled spread. This version from Taste of Beirut has been on my to-make list far too long. I just adore the idea of scooping it up with french fries like ketchup!

I’ve never baked with avocados, but I’m so drawn to the simplicity of this green-tinged Avocado Pound Cake  from Joy the Baker.

I know that Hanukkah is over, but I’m still in brisket mode. I love brisket. And I love rhubarb. But Brisket with Rhubarb and Honey?  Why not? Sounds like a brilliant pairing from Sassy Radish. And luckily, I still have a whole bag of rhubarb in my freezer from when I went on a rhubarb picking binge in June.

Sriracha Popcorn  from A Nutritionist Eats.  Simple. Spicy. Brilliant. ‘Nuff said.

I am addicted to Brussels sprouts and can’t wait to make these Roasted Brussels Spouts with Grapes and Thyme  from Weave a Thousand Flavors.  Earthy veggie, sweet fruit, fragrant herbs – sounds fantastic!

Sometimes indulgent needs to meet healthy, like with Scandi Foodie’s Brown Rice and Fig Tartlets

Rambling Tart’s Danish Puff  looks so indulgent and homey.  I can’t wait to enjoy with a cup of hot coffee!

I’ve been on the lookout for fun ways to use my slow cooker and this Slow Cooked Apple Butter from SkinnyTaste looks wonderful, and probably makes the house smell even better.

Aren’t these Spaghetti Nests from Angie’s Recipes adorable?

I love soda bread and have been eying this Oat Soda Bread from 101Cookbooks for months. I’ve been into herb butters lately, and this bread seems like the perfect vehicle for a big old pat of lovely butter.

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  1. I’m so glad you like the pastry, Katie! :-) That slow-cooked apple butter sounds absolutely heavenly. :-) Happy New Year, dear Katie!! :-)

  2. That is quite a list…wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  3. Katie

    These sound like excellent resolutions! Looking forward to reading up on how they unfold. Happy New Year!

  4. It all sounds and looks yummy! Good for you resolving to cook and be compleely happy with everything else! I need to cook more often–oh I cook dinner every night but I mean really cook something out of the ordinary. It’s just when I get inspired, it’s always something loaded with cream, butter or sugar. I must mend my ways! Thanks for a great post, Katie.

  5. Sounds like a delicious list! Happy New Year!

  6. I’m such a psycho list-maker also and I love the idea of food resolutions way more than other resolutions. I can’t wait to see you make all of these in 2012!

  7. This is a great list! I love the your loving yourselves the way you are… this is the best gift you can give yourself!! can;t wait to see your new recipe this year!

  8. Thank you so very much for the shout-out. I am honored to make your list! Your list is adorable and such an endearing post, this :) Happt New Year and here’s to many more delish eats :)

    chow:) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  9. [...] back a few months ago, when I made that lovely list of recipes I wanted to try?  Well, I promise that I haven’t forgotten.  That is not quite true, [...]


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