A New Year in the Kitchen: Kitchen Aspirations for 2012?

It's a new year, fresh and full of potential. This is a natural time to take stock and consider what changes you want for your kitchen. Any additions or subtractions or new cooking goals? Did you receive a new appliance or cookbook over the holidays that is inspiring you?

What changes or new things do you want to see in your kitchen this year?

Of course, any time of the year is a good time to revamp or make changes but when the year is fresh, it can sometimes inspire us to start fresh, too. Not in a New Year's resolution kind of a way, which is often bound up in a lot of judgment and guilt. We're thinking more along the lines of exciting discoveries or a dedication to learning an unknown skill or cuisine. Will that new stand mixer inspire a year of cake baking or bread making? Do you want to start to host more dinner parties? Buy less processed food?

For me, I'd like to learn more about cooking in clay pots and, somewhat related, work my way through Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty. Keeping fresh veg in the house is always a challenge, so I'm hoping I can stay more on top of the crisper drawer in the coming year. Finally, while I'm not thrilled to be moving again this spring, I am looking forward to what a new neighborhood and kitchen space will bring to my cooking.

Please share with us your hopes and aspirations and inspirations for cooking in 2012 in the comments below!

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