I hate New Year’s resolutions. In a few days, the gym will be packed whenever I have to use the treadmill because I can’t walk outside for some reason or another. Of course, by February, it won’t be packed anymore. And that’s why I hate New Year’s resolutions. Most of them are too hard to keep. They’re almost always something we don’t want to do but think we should.
A few days ago, a friend of mine posted the following screengrab from social media:
I love the idea of having a fun New Year’s resolution. I’m not sure about Pasta Quest, but I think it could be fun for me to cook one new dish each week to try some new recipes, practice my cooking skills, and use my cookbook collection.
I love Milk Street for taking me outside my comfort zone; their dishes are always much more exotic than I’d usually cook. I bought this cookbook a couple of months ago to add to my collection. I decided to find something in the cookbook to try for dinner tonight and wound up picking the Sumac-Spiced Chicken Cutlets with Tomato-Onion Salad, mainly because I knew I already had all the spices and pomegranate molasses (thanks to Helen Rennie). It’s a secret ingredient in a lot of my sauces now) and would only need to pick up the chicken and produce from the grocery store. I liked it so much that I will definitely add it to my repertoire. I was recently watching Helen Rennie’s YouTube channel, and she has a video for Salmorejo. Helen doesn’t live very far from me, so when she has tips about shopping, I find them more helpful than her viewers who live farther away might. She mentioned in this video that Campari tomatoes are pretty good year-round in New England, so I bought those. In-season summer tomatoes would probably be heavenly in this dish. I found it pretty easy to make as well. I can’t print the recipe here for copyright reasons, but I highly recommend anything by Milk Street, so check out the book. I was really pleased with the results. I rarely take pictures of meals I cook (baked goods are another matter), but I had to take a picture of this meal. It was so pretty.
This is a New Year’s resolution I can get behind.