A lot of cooking goals came to minds I as thought about what I hope to accomplish in 2016. There are a few basic dishes that I'm hoping to perfect, plus some more fanciful ones that I think will be fun to try.
- Pancakes - I spent New Years Day making my first attempt, and the future looks bright for my homemade pancake game. Pancakes are so dependent on technique, and I'm definitely getting the feel for it. After perfecting the basics, I want to master fun add-ins like blueberries, banana, and chocolate chips. Making light and fluffy pancakes with decadent fillings seems like a necessary life skill, right?
- Homemade Bread - I think learning to bake great bread is a lifelong pursuit, and I'd like to start the learning process. I always have bread flour on hand (largely thanks to this famous chocolate chip cookie recipe) and feel inspired to put it towards its intended use.
- Brownies - I'm thinking probably skillet brownies, plus maybe a traditional baking dish version too. I'm hoping for something light and fluffy while still fudgy and super chocolatey. The gauntlet has been set.
- Sauces - I've been meaning to really develop my skills regarding the classic "mother sauces" for years now, and I'm making this the year I do it.
- Bouillabaisse - I go nuts for a great fish stew in a fragrant broth, and I'm surprisingly particular about this dish and find that it often falls flat at restaurants. I'd love to experiment and figure out exactly what I like best, and then have the ability to make it at home for a special treat. For the record, Walter's has a GREAT fisherman's stew.
- Pot Pie - This one is by request. When I mentioned to Doug that I was thinking about what I'd like to learn to cook this year, this was his first (very enthusiastic) addition to the list.
- Caring for Cookware - One of my broader kitchen goals this year is to take better care of my cookware, aka stop scorching and then having heat marks tattooed on onto my pots and pans. It's not a glamorous undertaking, but it's satisfying in its own right.