Resolved – eating well in 2011
January 3rd, 2011
03:45 AM ET
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Per author and former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, via Twitter, "Resolutions go in2 effect 2MORROW, yes? Since Jan. 1 and 2 fall on a weekend, Jan. 3d is the good-behavior starting point, RIGHT?"

I agree with the stave-off sentiment, but in 2011, I've got a particular "good behavior" mandate for myself that has nothing to do with incorporating more vegetables into my diet (if I do even more of that, I will actually become kale, and that'd make it hard to type), upping the cardio (that's a plan for a lifetime, not just a year) or cutting down on coffee (which would just make life suck for the people around me). It's not about self-deprivation - rather the opposite.

Call it carpe diem, gathering ye rosebuds or an ode to Erma Bombeck - I'm going to open some Amarone or olio novello on a random Tuesday, bust out the fancy Fortnum & Mason marmalade for a solo breakfast and eat that stunning tomato before it rots on the countertop. Good food and wine were meant to be consumed, it's a crime to waste them, and sorry to get all Stuart Smalley on you, but we're all worth it.

I'm not sure what holds me back from using the nicer things that I buy and am given - twelve years of nun-drilled lessons in abstemiousness, perhaps? The resultant dearth in self esteem and belief that I am not worth wasting the good stuff on? Panic that I won't cook it artfully enough? An irrational fear that Gordon Ramsay is going to drop by unannounced and critique the contents of my cupboard?

Whatever the reason, I am simply disgusted with myself when I finally get around to allowing myself to take a taste of a superior edible I've been saving for a special day, and it's past its prime. The cheese has molded, the special locally-milled flour hauled back from points South has gone all weevily and the kick of the cardamom has dulled.

I pride myself - and this blog - on honoring quality producers, but not fetishizing food. It's time to put my money where my mouth is. In 2011, I want to use food at its peak - not let it moulder and fade. That's not the intent of the creator (or the Creator, if you swing that way), and if it drives me to invite a friend over to share in the bounty, that's even better.

They'd better show up hungry.

Gonna join me at the table, or have you resolved to steep clear of edible temptation? Share your food-based resolutions in the comments below and we may feature them in a future post.

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  1. JBJingles_from the humble abode@Kat

    Hmmm, I have a jar of lemon curd in the cupboard for about a year or two with all intentions of making something fabulous with it...time to break it out! Thanks for inspiring me! :)

    January 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  2. RichardHead

    Ummmm it is almost the same time that I posted earlier this morning. Kat-Does this mean I have been talking to myself ALL day long? This will NOT look good when Dr. Phil releases his findings and You are trying to walk around wrapped up like a Mummy from the Egyptian Period!

    January 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Dunno about you, but I'm a hologram.

      January 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • RichardHead@Kat

        Wrong Movie-This is Not Soylent Green! You feeling O.K. and did SLT stay out of the cross Bar Motel?

        January 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  3. RichardHead

    I must concur with Kat on this New Years Resolution! Before hitting Wally World Saturday evening I check out my pantry for needed items,both for myself and WD. Sitting on the shelf is an unopened jar of Huber Winery's Blueberry jam from Borden,Indiana. I remember purchasing it and with great anticipation of tasting it on toast or a nice PB&J when we returned to Texas,there it sits unopened in all it's splendor.Oh,and did I mention this was purchased over 2 years ago? Does the mantra "When in Doubt,Throw it out" apply to unopened jelly? Why am I seeing images of "Omega Man" in my head? So Kat,Don't get down on yourself about this. We are all in the same dilemma.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
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