On Chowhound there’s a fun thread going on right now on people’s Top-5 Cooking Goals for 2009. I thought I’d go ahead and list mine here. But why stop at just five?

1. Bake more bread! Seriously, it’s easy and so much better than store-bought. AND you can avoid pesky things like HFCS. My success with my loaf of challah has inspired me.

2. Eat more seafood. I know, I cook a lot of fish and shrimp but there are so many things that I rarely cook if ever. I want to try cooking more scallops, crab and lobster. Not necessarily as the centre of the meal but maybe incorporated into other things.

3. Make fancy desserts. I always flip through Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook and see lovely fancy desserts that I never think to make. This year, I’m making them.

4. Be more adventurous with my Mexican cooking. I love Mexican food and this year I’ve managed to acquire three different Mexican cookbooks. I’ve used them a few times each but I find that I always make food that I’m familiar with such as enchiladas or chillaquiles. This year I want to try some that other stuff.

5. Use my ice cream maker in the winter. I usually only use the contraption when it’s warm outside and actually didn’t use it once this summer. Time to dust it off.

6. Make my own pie crust. I’ve been too lazy to try this before. 2009 will be the year.

7. Join a CSA or go to the Farmers’ Market more often. When I lived in NYC I would always go to the Union Square farmers’ market at least a few times a week. Since I’ve been back in Toronto I rarely go at all.

I’m sure there’s more things I’m missing but this is a good start!

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