New Year’s Resolutions for Foodies

on December 8, 2011
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Eat Fresh

During the summer months, eat plenty of juicy tomatoes, berries and veggies; in fall, pumpkins and squash, and in the winter make the most of cabbage, parsnip, citrus and pomegranates. You can typically tell what's in season by what's plentiful and cheap at the market; snap up ingredients while they're fresh and plentiful and use them at mealtimes. Recipe: Winter Salad of Oranges and Pomegranate

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Explore Cookbooks

A'la Julie Powell from the popular blog/memoir turned movie, Julie and Julia, motivate yourself in the kitchen by diving into the works of culinary greats or chefs you admire. It will improve your skills and you'll have a blast doing it! Recipe: Julia Child’s Chocolate Spongecake

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Challenge Yourself

Don't be afraid to try recipes which appear hard, complicated or require a technique you've never attempted before. Just go for it. Boil your first lobster, whip up a souffle or creme brulee or stack that four layer cake you've always dreamed about. You can't fail (or succeed) if you don't even try. Recipe: Poached Lobster Tails with Lemon Butter Sauce

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Eat More Chocolate

While most people resolve to eat less, we say indulge a little! Chocolate, in moderation, can be a sweet saving grace at the end of a long day and our tunnel of fudge cake makes a celebrated decadence after dinner. Recipe: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to be Heart Healthy

Adjust your diet to take care of your body's most important muscle—the heart. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, such as salmon, at least twice a week to get plenty of cardiovascular healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Recipe: Jon's Simple Salmon Supper with Roasted Cauliflower

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Bake More

Baking shouldn't be left just for the holidays and special occasions. Flour your counter as much as possible this year and explore the wide world of cakes, tarts, brownies and breads. Recipe: Gateau Basque

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Dine Adventurously

It's easy to fall into eating the same dishes over and over again. But we challenge you to live your foodie life to fullest by trying recipes from every corner of the globe. Here is one of our favorite dry soup recipes from far-away Cambodia. Recipe: Kway'teo

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Eat More Veggies

Fresh vegetables are a key component to a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. If your veggie routine is a rut of carrots and peas, change things up with a slew of different seasonings or add more atypical veggies to your diet such as Brussels sprouts, eggplants and leek. Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Cook with Your Kids

Spending time with your kids in the kitchen is fun and creates perfect bonding opportunities. Not to mention, teaching cooking skills and culinary appreciation early will do wonders for your kids' health and keep them away from those pesky frozen dinners once they leave the nest. Recipe: Quick Kids’ Pizza

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Resolve to Sit Back and Relax

Take time for yourself this upcoming year and don't spread yourself too thin. Each evening, sit back with a mug of our toasty hot chocolate chai and relish your resolution successes. Recipe: Hot Chocolate Chai Mix

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