Sticking with the theme we set for ourselves -- productivity -- I think I've finally settled on what I hope to accomplish in my kitchen over the course of the year. And now, after spending the last two weeks settling back into a normal routine and getting us into a good homeschooling groove, I'm ready to dive in and begin making progress on my kitchen goals.
A few of these are on my 50 before 50 list, so I'm giving myself a double incentive here, but most of them are simply different food items I really want to make from scratch to cut down even more the amount of processed foods we consume. There truly is a simple satisfaction to be had from cooking from scratch. Improving the health of my family is an even bigger incentive! And whether or not I accomplish each and every item on this list, I know that making the effort will be half the fun. :)
During the busy seasons of life, I've resorted to purchasing breads rather than baking my own; I'd like to cut down on that by baking on a regular basis and keeping extra in the freezer. Another thing I hope to do more of is soaking grains before baking. Attempting to bake bread outdoors this summer using a solar oven and/or a dutch oven sounds like a challenge, but I'm going to try it anyway. Finally, I want both Daniel and AnnaLynn to learn how to bake bread this year. :)
Bake a really good loaf of sourdough bread (#12 - 50 before 50)
Homemade Poptarts :)
26 new muffin recipes for Muffin Monday [as of 9/26, we've added 15 new muffin recipes]
Taco/hot sauce (trying to recreate my favorite restaurant's version...)
Italian dressing (to replace the Wishbone -- Daniel's favorite)
Blue cheese dressing (for Dan)
Dill pickle relish
Fermented dill pickles
Lord willing, we'll be able to start getting raw milk again this spring! But even if we don't, we'll still be able to make the following:
Ice cream -- any flavor!
This is an area where we all really need to be careful! We're trying to cut down on our sugar intake this year and will continue using whole cane sugar (sucanat/rapadura), organic sugar, and/or raw honey in place of white and brown sugar when called for.
Crispy nuts (Nourishing Traditions style)
Donuts - apple fritters & old fashioned! :)
Caramel corn w/o corn syrup
Onion soup mix
Lemon extract (like vanilla, only lemon)
Make & can homemade tomato sauce (#22 - 50 before 50)
Switch to using a cast iron frying pan instead of non-stick
It looks to be a productive 2012; I sure hope so, anyway! I'll be sharing updates and recipes throughout the year as I attempt to meet my goals. How about you? What are your kitchen goals this year?
Sharing with Simple Lives Thursday & at the Homestead Barn Hop :)