Something New in the New Year

I was recently inspired by a TED talk by Matt Cutts who talks about doing something new for 30 days. Instead of making a traditional New Year’s resolution, I decided to embrace this idea for 2015.

My January activity was to cook something new every day. This has been a pretty easy task with which to start my endeavor.  I love to cook and frequently try new recipes or create my own.  One of my more memorable new recipes were these delectable  Orange-Scented Cake Donuts with Milky Earl Grey Glaze.


This Honey Hefeweizen Boule from The Beeroness blog was wonderful. This blog is a treasure trove of amazing recipes that all include craft beer, which is a huge bonus in our family.


Amelia gave me the Seriously Delish cookbook by How Sweet It Is blogger Jessica Merchant for Christmas.  It has been a bountiful source for yummy options including Thai chicken lettuce wraps, fig and prosciutto toasts, and a slightly altered version of shrimp and corn quesadillas.

Some days I’ve been inspired to create my own original recipes.  I think my favorite was a turkey pot pie that included roasted cranberries, butternut squash, and carrots with sauteed mushrooms topped with cheddar, chive mashed potatoes. An arugula, pear, and pomegranate salad with fig dressing was also a success.

On occasion the day has come and almost gone without having cooked something new.  So I’ve mixed up a new cocktail.  I called this a “Citrus Surprise”.  It had orange and grapefruit juice, and blood orange vodka….I think.


This “boozy milkshake with toasted marshmallows” as Hannah referred to it was inspired by a cocktail she’d had in Philly.


One day I really was pushing it and just made hot tea with steamed milk from the new espresso machine Amelia gave us for Christmas.  It was surprisingly comforting and yummy.

The last dinner of January was orange-ginger salmon packets with kale, sweet potato, broccoli, and oranges with a teriyaki type sauce.  They were beautiful and delicious.


I’m making Buffalo Wing Popcorn again today for our Super Bowl spread tonight.

I’ve loved this “something new for 30 days” idea this month. We’ve definitely had more variety than we might have during a regular January and I truly enjoyed incorporating a new recipe into each day.

This month I am aiming to go somewhere new everyday.  This may be as exciting as going to Houston in a few weeks to run the Houston Rhythm and Blues Half Marathon with Mike and Amelia. However, some days my someplace new may simply involve popping into a new shop or driving down a different road as I make a small detour along my ordinary path.  I’m excited to see where this plan will lead me.

What do you think about the “try something new for 30 days idea”?  What would you like to try?





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