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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Foodies

By Sues and Chels of the “We Are Not Martha” food blog

New Year's Resolutions

It can be easy to get stuck in a foodie rut. You cook and bake what you’re good at with about 100 different variations 100 times a year (ahem flatbread and ice cream… not that we would know or anything). You stay away from what you’re scared of (ahem croissants). But at the end of each year, you want to be able to look back and think about all the skills you learned and all the food you ate in the past 12 months and realize how far you’ve come. You also want to be able to say, “I’ve had the best year in food EVER!” While resolutions can be tricky little buggers, we recommend laying out some goals for yourself so that next year can be your best food year ever. Here are our food resolutions that we will be making come January 1. Be sure to check in with us next December and make sure we’re held accountable… After all, one cannot live off of flatbread and ice cream alone!

  1. Try something you’re scared of: Everyone has that one thing (or 10 things) they’ve always wanted to make, but are scared to. For Sues, it’s croissants. Try to pick a couple things that have been on your “I really need to try making that…” list and spend a day in the kitchen. At the end of the year, you’ll feel like you’ve truly grown. Better yet? Try something new in the kitchen (albeit small) every single week for the year! Homemade doughnuts are a great place to start if you haven’t already.

  2. Homemade Doughnuts

    Sues and Chels recommend homemade doughnuts for a baking adventure. (Photo Credit: We Are Not Martha)

  3. Don’t be afraid to order takeout: We all love being in the kitchen cooking, but also need a break from time to time. Sure, you can hit up the newest hot spot in the city, but you also shouldn’t feel guilty about sinking into your couch and calling out for pizza or Chinese every now and then. Everyone needs time to relax and decompress and sometimes reality television and greasy takeout is just what the doctor ordered… Even for so-called “foodies.”

  4. Join a CSA: Not only does joining a CSA mean that you’ll have the most fresh and local produce possible all season long, it will also force you to get more creative in the kitchen. Get a box full of kale and zucchini? You’ll figure out how to utilize it in ways you never thought possible. CSAs can be pricey and generally yield a good deal of produce, so don’t hesitate to split one with a friend. For bonus points? Join a meat CSA, too!

  5. Take a class: Cooking classes are offered in cities around the world. The next time you’re traveling, or even if you’re just looking for an activity in your own town, sign up for a cooking class! Whether it be a cocktail course, a cake decorating class, or even just a cooking demo where you watch an instructor prepare dishes for you, participating in cooking classes is a fantastic way to expand your knowledge and even meet other foodies!

  6. Cooking Class

    Go outside your comfort zone with a local cooking class. (Photo Credit: We Are Not Martha)

  7. Do the opposite of what you’re used to doing: If you always cook, try baking more. And if you prefer baking, try cooking more. Chels used to almost never bake but last year she challenged herself to start by making simple cookies and treats and is now hooked! It’s always fun to get out of your comfort zone to add a new talent into the mix.

Meet the Bloggers

We Are Not Martha

Chels Adams and Sues Anderson are the food blogging team behind the food blog “We Are Not Martha” where they write about all things food and lifestyle. Chels is a graphic designer, and Sues works as a freelance writer and social media consultant.