We’ve started the New Year, which means that it’s time to make some new resolutions. Since going to the gym and drinking less have proven to be short-term resolutions, here are a few that (hopefully) might stick.


1. Cook more.

Really cook (pizzas and quiches don’t count). Dust off your cookbooks and concoct a new recipe each week! You’ll get the hang of it after a while.


2. Bake more cakes.

Baking is just as important as cooking, so get your aprons out and bake some cake!


3. Host a Dinner Party.

It doesn’t have to be a fancy one! After perfecting your cooking skills, there is nothing more rewarding than showing them off to your friends. Talk about food, enjoy a meal, and open a good bottle of wine.


4. Learn about wine.

You don’t have to join a wine club, just pay attention when you go out and someone orders wine you enjoyed. Take a picture of the bottle and remember where it’s from. We also recommend that you buy wine from your local wine cellar instead of the supermarket. It’s not more expensive for one (we’ve checked), and the vendor will be able to guide you to some tasty stuff.


5. Branch out.

Instead of heading to the same aisle and grabbing the same food every week, why not wander around and discover some new ingredients?


6. Expand your spice cabinet.

Depending on which part of the world you’re from, you are probably used to a particular kind of spice or herb. It’s time to see what else is out there! Buy curry, herbes de provence, za’atar, sesame oil, etc.!


7. Buy a new cheese every week.

You can obviously still buy your favourite cheese (we wouldn’t dare come between you two), but why not try to get a new one with it? Think about it, that’s 52 new kinds of cheese in a year. Before you know it, you’ll be a cheese expert.


8. End Food Waste.

More than 2 billion tons of edible food is wasted each year. Tips to reduce waste include: planning meals ahead, buying ‘ugly” fruits and vegetables, being more creative with recipes, requesting smaller portions, composting, and donating excess food.


9. Go Meatless Once a Week.

One of the biggest food ideas of 2010 was Meatless Monday. By cutting out meat just one day a week, you’ll be forced to try some new dishes and will end up eating healthier as a result. #MeatlessMonday


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