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1. steak tartare

2. 20 y.o. Bourbon

3. stove top, indoor smoking

4. one new food (raw or prepared) each month

5. produce biscuits that rival Brendan Cox's

6. host a sit-down, formal dinner for 8

7. dine at Komi

8. prepare at least one dish/meal, each month, from each of the magazines I receive

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1. take a culinary roadtrip/vacation (place based on restaurants)

2. I second the 20 year-old bourbon - a tour of the Maker's distillery to boot is in order.

3. regularly buy SOL produce/products

4. learn to use my knives like a pro

5. Host a mini-Oyster riot for friends. Get shuckin'!

6. Create a signature sauce/marinade for summer grilling

7. Keep a wine journal with labels.

8. Dine for pleasure...not (just) for work.

Speaking of dining for pleasure...In 2007, I enjoyed "first time" dining from coast to coast - my Top 7 restaurants: (in no specific order):

- Minibar (DC)

- Bistro Maison - McMinnville, OR

- Robin's - Cambria, CA

- Vintage Kitchen - Norfolk, VA

- The Source (DC)

- House of Nanking - San Francisco, CA

- The Edgewater Inn - Seattle, WA

I was very lucky to work with some delicious local restaurants, dining frequently at the Occidental, Westend Bistro and BlackSalt among others...

2007 was good to my belly. Perhaps my 9th resolution should involve exercise of some sort.

Happy New Year - may it be a delicious year for all of you.

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I might eat, but I'm certainly never drinking again.

Yeah. What she said. I need to find a new hobby besides eating and drinking with you wonderful people. I'm serious. Do you know how much weight i've gained since I met you guys in 2005? I called a friend yesterday so that she could help me brainstorm about new ways to spend my time. I asked her, "So, how do regular people spend time?"

Here are the options I'm considering:

1. replacing my eating and drinking out with working out. (The best laid plans . . .)

2. taking an acting glass. (did this last winter and had fun.) (notice the slip!)

3. making some kind of volunteering commitment (to substitute for my eating and drinking commitment).

4. working longer hours (gotta love this one!)

5. finding friends who don't drink or eat out -- hello fuddruckers vegetarian!

6. learning to knit.

Yep. That's all i've got. Any other ideas???

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1. Put away my credit cards and only eat out when I can pay cash. (Wife's on board with this one, as well.)

2. Eat less red meat.

3. Cook more--see #1.

4. Buy and drink good wine, but leave the Parker 95+ ones alone. There are lots of good $15-20 wines around and even some good daily quaffers for less.

5. Lose another ten pounds.

6. Spend more time with good friends.

7. Go on more long walks/jogs with the dogs.

8. More long road trips in the roadster.

Hope all here have a wonderful 2008!

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2007 has been such a great year...but here's what I want to do/try in 2008!

1. Have dinner at Komi

2. Take a knife skills class

3. Work out at least 5 times a day and run in the GW Parkway Classic 10-Miler in April

4. Read some non-food-related books

5. Raise over $3,000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (last year I raised about $2,200)

6. Drink more water and tea (instead of diet soda)

7. Visit NYC one more time before I move

8. Experiment with making my own sushi

I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year!

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1. Improve my knife skills- I want to work on various techniques and taking apart proteins such as chicken and fish efficiently

2. Learn to make sauces and different kinds of stock besides chicken

3. Make breads such as sourdough from scratch

4. Eat more fish and vegetarian dishes, while buying more quality meats from the farmers markets

5. Learn to can

6. Use my pressure cooker which I bought last year on sale after Christmas. It scares the bejesus out of me

7. Thoroughly avail myself of the amazing ethnic cuisines here in NoVa-become a pho and dim sum expert

8. Just plain eat out more often

9. Get to Eve's Lickety Split lunch at least once a month

10. Get more in depth with the wonderful cookbooks I already own by trying many recipies from each book/cuisine

11. Make my own yogurt and soft cheeses - will be Zora-like by this time next year :(

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Just one resolution in the food realm: continue the process of reforming myself from being a picky eater. Last night alone, I tried two new things, one of which were trotters prepared by my two lovely NYE hosts. I quite surprised myself by enjoying them so Waitman/Heather, let me know next time you're cooking some up. :(

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I only have one resolution and that is to experience 52 new culinary experiences in 2008. My first one was today when I broked down a dozen artichokes into hearts. So 51 more to go. Some planned upcoming experiences making a bisque, eating the tofu dish at Hong Kong Palace, eat Ethiopian food, and make my own bacon.

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3. Work out at least 5 times a day

A lot of free time on your hands? :(

1. Go for a special occasion to the Restaurant Eve Tasting Room

2. Finally go for a full dinner service at Proof (it's amazing that I have not done this yet)

3. Lose 25 pounds before my wedding in July

4. Save money (which will unfortunately mean eating out less)

5. Get a Global 8" Chef's knife and learn to use it properly

6. Try at least 10 things from my new grill cookbook

Happy New Year everyone!

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Mid-year update

1. steak tartare

2. 20 y.o. Bourbon

3. stove top, indoor smoking

4. one new food (raw or prepared) each month

5. produce biscuits that rival Brendan Cox's

6. host a sit-down, formal dinner for 8

7. dine at Komi

8. prepare at least one dish/meal, each month, from each of the magazines I receive

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Go to 12 new restaurants Complete

Organize more DR events Complete

Tone up/ exercise more Partially complete

Offer to cook at home more, rather than go out Complete

Help out at my favorite charity Complete

Enlist my daughter to help out more in the kitchen partial complete

Lose 30 pounds total failure

Liquidate the abundance of Wine I have accumulated total failure

69% success rating... not to bad

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