6 Fabulous Food Resolutions for 2013


Happy new year!

I quit making big life resolutions a couple seasons ago, but last January, I wrote about my food resolutions for the coming year. They were simple and straightforward and accessible, since they came from the space where I spend the most time–the kitchen.

As I compiled an eating wishlist for 2013, I thought about how I like to cook and how I like to eat – and what I’d like to cook and eat more and less of. Nothing too esoteric, I promise. Scroll down to see my food resolutions for the year.

Are you making any food-related resolutions? I’d love to hear in the comments.

**Food Resolutions to Make in 2013**

1. Host more dinner parties. Dinner parties are dead. Long live the dinner party. Either way, I love dinner parties – hosting them, going to them, watching the progression of the evening from slight awkwardness to complete ease. We have yet to add a dining room table to our small apartment, but guests never seem to mind perching their plates on their knees. Still, I find excuses not to host: people are busy, I don’t know which friends to pair with other friends, I’m tired. No more, not in 2013.


2. Eat more fish. Fish is probably what I order most at restaurants, but since sourcing great-tasting, fresh, sustainable fish can be a challenge, I don’t cook seafood at home as much as I’d like to. Yet with Blue Moon Fish selling ultra fresh bass, flounder, and tuna at the Grand Army Plaza farmers’ market, I shouldn’t keep making excuses when I crave pan-fried trout, cod cakes, or linguine with clam sauce. Here’s Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, which tracks the best fish to eat by region.

3. Cure. Armed with Ruhlman’s Twenty and my mom’s advice about making gravlox, plus Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s words from two cookie swaps ago about how easy it is to make corned beef, I finally want to get to it. Imagine a hash like this one with homemade salmon, or a reuben with home-cured beef.


4. Waste not. From the half-used package of semolina flour in the the pantry to the lingering chili in the back of the fridge that I can’t possibly eat one more meal of, I sometimes want nothing more than to clear the shelves of unwanted food. But this year, I plan to throw away as little food as I can. Maybe I’ll even spend a week cooking delicacies only from what’s already in my pantry–even when I think there’s nothing in the house to eat. Rather than looking out, always cooking something new, I’ll look inward. You with me?


5. Go potatoes. It might sound nuts in our post-carb age to talk about incorporating more fingerlings, yams, and russets into my diet, but I love potatoes oh so much (as does Alex), and they’re such a nice break from bread. That means trying new varieties, plus making more hash browns (pictured), more tartiflette, and more gratins all year long.


6. Complicate things. With a wedding, grad school, and never-ending work and assignments, 2012 was a year of cooking simply. This year, I want to embark on complex cooking projects now and again: making dumplings from scratch (even the dough), following a recipe from the Momofuku cookbook, or fermenting vinegars or yogurts at home. Complicated cooking projects make a fun date, too.


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  • http://www.savvyeat.com Julie @SavvyEats

    In 2012, I discovered the joy of hosting dinner parties, and I can’t wait to host more in 2013. I’m all about your first resolution!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Nice! You’ll have to hold me to it.

  • Lisa

    I’m planning on cooking with less meat in 2013.

  • www.vegetarianventures.com

    I love your resolution to do more dinner parties! Pairing friends is always the most awkward part for me and that has inspired me to say ‘eff it’ and just do it! I am hoping to make more kitchen staples as a way to lessen my processed food intake (bbq sauce, bread, pasta, cheeses, etc).

  • http://www.facebook.com/kate.harris.39904 Kate Harris

    2013 is my year of cooking adventures! I have already made my first batch of pork and spinach wontons (skins made from scratch too!) served up in a ginger broth! I plan on trying to make my own ginger beer too!

    I have to make sure I cut back on food wastage and eat everything I buy too!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Love this! Ginger beer sounds amazing.

  • http://www.servingseconds.com/ Melissa Zeidan

    So true about throwing too much food out…guilty! Great food resolution…you’ve inspired me to do the same.

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Yes! Plus, honestly, I think repurposing leftovers can be fun…

      • http://www.servingseconds.com/ Melissa Zeidan

        btw…you planning to attend Alt in SLC later this month?

        • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

          I’m not – we’ll actually be on our honeymoon! Are you?

          • http://www.servingseconds.com/ Melissa Zeidan

            Oh, lucky you! Have an amazing time. Yes, I will be there. Very excited…my first year!

  • Kerry W

    LOVE the dinner party idea. I don’t really have an eating space so it makes dinner parties tough, but I’m planning to entertain generally at least once a month. I’m also diving into Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking to learn everything I need to know about the ingredients, techniques and science I use in the kitchen. Oh, and a photography class so I can better record my successes!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      That’s just my problem, Kerry! But I’m trying to remember that people never really seem to mind sitting on the couch while they eat and perching their plates on their knees…

      • Kerry W

        I guess the key is making items that don’t require too much cutting? That seems like it might get a little dicey with plates-on-knees.

  • Tânia@Packing For Mars

    I’m a dinner party person – love going to them and throwing them – and I think that dinner parties are still around, we just call them something else. I agree with you on the potatoes (giving hash browns a go and I love tartiflette!) and I also want to complicate things. Good luck in 2013! Congrats on the book too :)

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      So good to know I have allies in the potato-loving tribe…tartiflette is the best.

  • MissAlyssa

    I cannot explain how much I love your idea of food resolutions!! And I adore #5, Go potatoes :)

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Thanks, MissAlyssa!

  • http://twitter.com/SeafoodLadyOrl Maureen C Berry

    I love that you’re going to eat more seafood! It IS hard to source sustainably-caught fish. but no longer an acceptable excuse not to try and find it. Farmers markets abound, even in landlocked states like TN and KY where I live. Go seafood!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Yes! So healthful and delicious. I’m on it.

  • olivedoesthecity

    Love your food resolutions. I am totally with #4. Crazy what I can make with what is actually in the pantry.

  • Flavia

    These are such great food resolutions, Cara. I enjoyed reading this post so much. I am looking forward to your upcoming posts (I always do!). I have been making food resolutions for the past few years as well, including trying not to waste food. Some of my other food resolutions that I carry over from one year to the next are: keep learning how to bake bread, buy organic produce, and try new recipes. Thank you for sharing this post. And, potatoes…YES. Love ’em. Happy New Year!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Thanks for sharing your resolutions, Flavia. Bread baking is an ongoing one of mine too! I slacked on it in 2012 though. Have you ventured into sourdough?

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