Starting off the new year

As a new year starts, we often find ourselves making resolutions with the hope of improving our lives or better connecting with others. These tend to  include things like spending more time with family, going to the gym, spending less money, quitting smoking or drinking – you name it.

For 2013, I have a number of resolutions. Not very surprisingly,  most of them involving food… My hope is to learn new things, inspire others and generally be more productive in the kitchen. Here are my food-related resolutions:

First: Photograph and post at least one meal a day on The Grilled Peach, even if I didn’t make it myself and don’t have a recipe.

Second: Learn to properly bake bread (thanks to a gorgeous bread cookbook and pizza baking stone from my mother-in-law).

Third: Push myself to cook more and more unusual and new things – otherwise called exploring to the max the fantastic cookbooks we already own.

Fourth: Have more meals with friends. Talk with them about food, their relationship to it, where it comes from, how to cook it, how it affects our bodies, etc.

Fifth: Waste less food. This includes doing larger-scale preserving and canning, and also means eating all our leftovers before they go bad!

So, to start off 2013, here’s a picture of the first thing I ate in the new year (4:00 am snack when all the late-night diners are closed) – spicy popcorn! Toppings are: olive oil, smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne powder, salt, pepper, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Try it!