Why Make Resolutions?
It’s been a fun 7 months (so far!) of blogging about the culinary geography of America’s Flyover States. And it’s heartening to realize that I’ve barely scratched the surface—lots more to discover and blog about! So, in the spirit of New Beginnings and a Blank Slate, I thought I’d share some Flyover-themed New Year’s Resolutions.
In 2015, I resolve to:
- Visit more farmstead cheese producers, specifically
- Champaign, Illinois’s Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery for their farmstead goat cheeses and goat gelato
- Defiance, Ohio’s Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese to revisit Charloe, which I tasted a couple of years ago
- Visit Zingerman’s Deli and Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Make a pilgrimage to Springfield, Illinois to taste their signature Horseshoe sandwich (consisting of bread, hamburger patty, fries, and a cheese sauce
- Trek out to some new-to-me farmers markets and get to know some other farmers
- Make a Sugar Cream Pie—it’s Indiana’s official state pie and, since I’m now living in Hoosier Land, it’s time I made (and ate!) one of these
- Blog about issue facing Heartland farmers (NOT the beholden-to-Monsanto industrial farmer, but rather the small-scale producer
I may be adding on to this list (in fact, I’m SURE of it!) And I’ll be sure to post any additions. Well, there is ONE big resolution that I’ve not mentioned yet—that is to cook in my NEWLY REMODELED KITCHEN! Starting some time in January, I’ll be having my kitchen renovated (basically a gut job). So, whether you want to or not, you’ll be hearing all about it. Given my love of food and cooking, this is something I’ve been living for. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve LOVED my quite dated kitchen and have spent many happy hours (and “happy hours”) in it. But it’s time for me to modernize it. I won’t feel too keen on washing dishes in the bathtub, but it’s a sacrifice I’m ready to make.
And My Wishes to You
May your 2015 be filled with love, happiness, joy, and Flyover Food! Happy New Year!