Our foodie resolutions
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | 07:40 AM ET
It's that time again when we all re-evaluate the year gone by and look to the next. With some help from the
eGullet Society, we at Food Bytes have come up with our own culinary resolutions.
In 2009, I will eat more fruits and vegetables.
I will make more dinners at home.
I will find a way to make white fish exciting.
I will learn how to bake chewy cookies.
I will try quinoa and durian.
I will read Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop.
In 2009, I will eat more vegetarian meals.
I will make cost-conscious, home-cooked meals.
I will find a local butcher in my new neighbourhood.
I will learn how to match wines with dinner and to keep a smaller pantry.
I will teach a good friend how to prepare a rib-eye steak to medium doneness.
I will read books about eating more sustainably. And Ina Garten's new cookbook.
Have you ever read a feature where the person interviewed sincerely made you want to be a better person? Well, a recent New York Times profile on dynamo Jean Scardina has made me want to be a better baker. At 79, Scardina bakes 6,000 cookies - including chocolate shortbread, molasses crinkles, squares and pinwheels - to give to friends over the holidays. She is often up until 3 a.m. rolling and cutting and baking. After reading the article, I felt like a true amateur, with my humble double single batch of caramel corn that I make to give away to friends at Christmas. So in 2009, I resolve to be a better baker.
I will expand my baking repertoire to include some of Scardina's stalwarts such as Pfeffernusse and Yugoslavian Christmas cookies.
I will learn how to properly pronounce Pfeffernusse.
I will schedule my day more effectively to increase my yield.
I will start a recipe spreadsheet like Scardina to organize multiple yields and shopping lists.
I will learn the many wondrous joys of being generous.
In 2009, I will eat at a kaiseki restaurant.
I will make homemade pasta and ice cream.
I will learn how to do sous vide.
I will try to get an allotment garden and feed off of the vegetables I grow.
I will read Bottomfeeders from top to bottom and memorize all sustainable fish I can eat.
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From trends and culture to politics and nutrition, Food Bytes serves up tasty tidbits about food and the issues surrounding it that flavour our everyday lives.
About the writers
Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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