Happy New Year Everyone! Thank you for all of your support with this blog in the last year, it has been wonderful to document all of our culinary adventures. We’re looking forward to a delicious 2012!
In the week between Christmas and New Year’s there is a relaxing pace in all of our lives. People aren’t stressed at work and are enjoying the extra time with family and friends. We have more time t0 read, sleep and relax. I always look forward to this quiet time of the year.
In year’s past, Sam and I have gone out to a nice dinner on New Year’s Eve. This year was similar, but rather than going out, we had two of our friends over for dinner. While Sam had made the entree (filet mignon, roasted broccoli, shrimp and grits), our friends brought over a cream cheese soup and poached pears with cardamom cream (both were finger licking delicious- I can’t wait to try out both recipes). It was a peaceful evening: wonderful conversations, mouthwatering food and amazing company!
Everyone has a list of resolutions as a new year begins. There is something nice about starting with a fresh, new calendar. Rather than resolutions, I make goals. I was thinking about the goals I had for this blog, for our kitchen, and I decided to write them out for all of you to see them- then you can hold us accountable! (these are in no particular order)
1. Make more breads from scratch. Although we had made some breads (Double Rise Wheat Bread, Dinner Yeast Rolls), I’d like to make them more often, rather than buying. This includes making bagels from scratch, it’d be a fun weekend project. Any recommendations on good bread books?
2. Make more pasta from scratch. Takes times, but it’s well worth it. Any good recommendations for pasta cookbooks?
3. Try to make some Polish dishes, for example I’d love to make pierogi’s or gołąbki. I’ve seen my mom make them, and they taste significantly better than store-bought.
4. Have less kitchen waste. For the most part, I think we’re pretty good, but I would like to have a compost pail. The problem is that I don’t know where we could drop off our compost (here in DC)- anyone have any ideas? It’s definitely something I’d like to look into.
5. Take a food photo class. As we make more recipes, I want them to look as appetizing and gorgeous as they taste!
6. Try making a yogurt or cheese from scratch. I’ve seen kits to make various cheeses- has anyone ever tried it? If so, I’d love to hear recommendations!
7. Travel more! I actually make this a goal every single year, but it’s a good one to keep reusing. What does it have to do with food? You get to try new dishes, new flavors and enjoy every single bite! Although it’s only January 1st, we have a couple of trips planned, they are:
a. Boston, MA
b. Charlottesville, VA
c. the Outer Banks (NC)
d. honeymoon (TBD- we’ll keep you updated, but it’ll be someplace warm!)
e. Philadelphia, PA
So if you have any suggestions/recommendations for things to do, places to visit, or foods/restaurants to try, we’d love to hear them!
8. Grow our readership and community! Check out our Fifth Floor Kitchen Facebook page! We hope to do some updates to the blog, which is a day by day learning adventure. Remember, we’d love to have feedback if you’ve tried a dish, made changes to a recipe, if you have questions or just want to say hello! The three favorite blog posts from 2011 were: Blueberry-Rhubarb Crumble, Zucchini Enchiladas and Carmel, Pretzel and Nutella Bars (so if you haven’t tried one of these- definitely make them soon)!