I’d like to consume less stuff. Gone are the days when it was enough to recycle. (In Boise, curbside recycling is much less comprehensive than in Seattle. I do feel really virtouous hauling my glass to the recycling center once a month. It’s very 1970’s.) Letting go of paper napkins was easy. I think paper towels and plastic produce bags are going to be a bigger deal. I’ve been thinking about this goal for a long time, but reading this article in Sunset forced me to admit I can do a lot more if I try.
I need to do something productive with our food waste. You’ll be hearing more about this in a later post, but this has been driving me crazy since I got here. I was used to composing everything and having the city just pick up the bin every week. I can’t stand the thought of all this potential compost heading for the local landfill.
This year I learn to make pizza – really good pizza. I usually produce a great topping, or a great crust, but not both and that’s getting old. I have a friend who has been making spectacular pizza for more than twenty years and I think it’s time I took some lessons.
Ditto for bread. I have a history with bread – mostly sourdough. I work on it every couple of years and then give up in despair, because the bread I can buy is so much better. It’s time to give the world’s simplest recipe, flour, water, salt and some type of leavening, another go.
I want to grow more of the food we eat. I’ve had vegetable gardens of one kind or another, going back to 1996, when I (okay, K.M.), built my first raised bed. But I’ve never really created the kind of garden I want – one that would feed us at least through the growing season. It’s a pretty weird goal to have while we are living in a suburban rental, but, I’ve been accepted as a gardening student with Peaceful Belly here in Boise, and I am hoping that working in their garden will be the spark that finally brings it all together.
I’d also like to post more often. I let last summer get away from me for a variety of personal reasons. But when I don’t sit down to write about this project, my goals slip away from me, and I miss the writing, at least now that I’ve loosened up and decided it’s okay to use the word “I” in every other sentence.
And I really need to improve my food photography. I’m not a half-bad amateur photographer, but that hasn’t always been reflected in this space. I want to take a little more time, and plan my shots a little more carefully. This means ditching the instamatic I keep in the kitchen and making a commitment to my digital SLR. And I’m going to need a tripod. But it would so worth it to take a picture worth sharing on Tastespotting.
How about you – what are your projects for 2011? Whatever they are, I wish you success, joy and a very happy New Year!