Do it! Projects for 2012

I was just writing out some kitchen resolutions for 2012: things I want to learn how to do, things I want to get better at doing, and things that I really enjoy and want to make sure that I keep doing. I realized I have a perfect year of cooking laid out, with one big project for every month, things like…. learning how to make fresh pasta (I’ve only done it a handful of times in the past) and learning how to make cheese (never done it!).  It’s a year of from-scratch-do-it-yourself-local-fresh-inspired-homestead-kitchen skills.

In 2010, I loved reading the Hungry Tigress’ Can Jam, and learning how to make bacon with the Charcutepalooza last year was absolutely spectacular.  I want to continue challenging myself to tackle new projects and skills, keep my cooking inspired, and my kitchen and pantry filled with amazing treats.

Instead of focusing on one specific technique for a year, I’m planning a year of twelve different skills, mainly centered around making foods from scratch that I may not currently be doing, or that I want to do more of, especially thinking about those last few ingredients that I still buy at a store, even though we supply most of our own vegetables, canned goods and fresh eggs.  I’ll be posting the results here, with recipes and photos like usual, but some tutorials for people who may have little or no experience with that particular area of cooking.

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If you’re interested in turning this into more of a group project, e-mail me by January 15, 2012 at thejamgirl@gmail.com and I’ll get something organized.

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I’m not interested in spending a lot of money on fancy equipment and ingredients or doing work that doesn’t make me all warm and fuzzy inside.  It should be fun.  These ideas are also about consciously budgeting time to do things I enjoy, so that in October, I don’t look in the pantry and wistfully think about how I wish I’d made some time to pick blackberries for jam.

P.S. Grow it Cook it Can it turns one year old today, and it’s so much fun looking back at the cooking projects from this year.  Thanks you for reading and I’m excited for another year of flowers, jam, tomatoes, prosciutto, pickles, chickens and all that other stuff that’s so much fun.

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10 thoughts on “Do it! Projects for 2012

  1. Happy anniversary to your blog, Caroline! I love reading all your posts and looking at your lovely photos-truly inspiring! All the best to you and yours for 2012.

  2. Happy Blog Birthday! Love, love your posts and as a newbie to both blogging and growing, canning etc., find it’s all very useful and inspirational. Long may you continue!

  3. Definitely something I’ll be interested in seeing! I definitely want to make a conscious effort to expand my culinary skills this year. Unfortunately, I’m not a blog-haver, so I’m no help there.

  4. Congratulations on reaching your one-year mark!

    Discovered you at the Taste of Mendocino event and really enjoy your blog. Sadly, the farmers markets you go to are too far away for me. Looking forward to seeing how this year’s projects develop.

    1. thanks craig! the taste of mendocino was such a fun event, hopefully I’ll see you at something like that sometime in the future.

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