“My Two Cents: Treat Yourself”

Rebecca Pellman has had it with New Year’s diet resolutions:

“Here’s a crazy thought: what if I don’t want to shed those holiday pounds quite yet? What if I earned them after a good-but-sometimes-tough year, capped off by finding the perfect, softest, button-down blue plaid shirt for my boyfriend for Christmas, only to have him cruelly reject it? What if I already eat pretty healthy most of the time? What if I don’t have too many lbs to lose so I’m not sweating it?”

Bound and Determined

Among all the news articles today about New Year’s resolutions is a great one from Sarah Grey at Serious Eats. One of her suggestions for 2015: master a new cooking technique.

“Whether you choose to learn baking bread, homebrewing beer, a butchery method (like breaking down chicken or carving a whole fish), a preservation technique (like smoking meats, canning fruit, or pickling vegetables), or a flashy skill like stretching pizza dough or making noodles Lanzhou-style, constant practice will allow you to understand the nuances. If the dough’s too sticky or the fish isn’t fresh, you’ll know it right away. You’ll get the little things right.”