2015: The Ultimate Food Challenge

Today, I had a good laugh reading the flurry of New Year’s Eve messages and words of wisdom for the new year. Goodness, people sure get so darn deep and smart on this day of the year. And (as you may have gathered through the tone of the first two lines by now) much of the 31-December’s of my adult years have been spent successfully failing to figure the impetus that is: mismatched clocks ticking over the Julian calendar and the thoughtful resolutions that people actually come up with.

My bubble was burst, however, when I stumbled upon this checklist on Popsugar (courtesy of which I would like to happily share for anyone whose resolution entails anything to do with:

EATING A LITTLE WISER

LOOKING A LITTLE LEANER

&

FEELING A LITTLE HEALTHIER

The Ultimate Food Challenge

So, back to that Julian calendar: there are 52 weeks in 2015 and 51 boxes to champion – work toward 1 box per week. 

Oh, and for all the good that it is worth, happy new year!

Clean out and reorganize your fridge.

Make a recipe from your Pinterest boards.

Learn a new cooking technique.

Go meatless on Monday for a month.

Flip over a fried egg without the yolk breaking.

Make tomato sauce from scratch.

Perfectly roast a whole chicken.

Break down a chicken.

Read a nonfiction food book.

Slow cook something.

Visit a winery and/or brewery.

Organize (and purge) your cookbook collection.

Cook a new-to-you whole grain.

Bake bread from scratch.

Master a family recipe.

Make a layer cake from scratch.

Invent your own cocktail.

Deep-fry something.

Cook dinner at home at least three nights a week for a month.

Make perfectly poached eggs.

Host a dinner party.

Clean out your spice rack.

Make a condiment from scratch.

Learn how to sharpen a knife.

Visit your neighborhood farmers market.

Make a soufflé.

Try at least one food that scares you.

Cook a steak to perfect doneness.

Learn a new French knife skill.

Pack your own lunch for a week.

Make homemade mac and cheese.

Learn to cut a whole pineapple.

Perfectly steam rice.

Feast on an ethnic food you’ve never had before.

Make hummus from scratch.

Organize your tupperware containers.

Pack a mason jar salad.

Create a well-stocked pantry.

Make chicken (or vegetable) stock from scratch.

Can/preserve something.

Brew coffee at home for a month.

Make homemade pasta.

Flip pancakes without them folding.

Follow a recipe to the T without making any changes.

Caramelize onions.

Churn a pint of homemade ice cream.

Grow something.

Ferment something.

Make an on-point French omelet.

Clean and put away dishes immediately for a month.

Find your signature drink.

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