Early January is resolution time: Americans annually vow to reform their diets, exercise plans, and organize their closets. Forget all that stuff–I’m resolving to spend more time in the kitchen this year. Here are my kitchen resolutions for 2013:
- Learn to bake croissants. The holy grail of bakers everywhere, croissant dough requires laminating a block of butter inside dough by repeated folding. See baking instructor Ciril Hitz demonstrate laminated dough in this video. (And check out Hitz’s many other excellent baking videos on his YouTube channel.)
- Get rid of plastic food storage containers. Like most people, I have a motley collection of plastic food storage containers. A gift of pyrex food storage containers has given me a head start on this goal, but I’ll need an entire year to get rid of tubs stashed in the freezer and fridge. Why? I have the bad habit of microwaving things directly in the container, which provides greatest “yuk” exposure to whatever might leach out of the plastic. Going all-glass means I can microwave without risk of anything leaching into my luncheon leftovers.
- Eat more seafood. (Self explanatory, isn’t it?) Thanks to my fisherman brother, I’m making pretty good progress on this one. Speckled trout tacos, trout meuniere, and grilled redfish have all graced by table since January 1st. I’m hoping I can keep this trend going….