Happy New Year dear readers! I know some people are quite cynical about celebrating the changing of the year. I am cynical about a great many things, but I still see a new year as a chance. A chance to reinvent yourself, to try something new, to celebrate leaving the old crap behind. Is it an artificial point in time? Yep. Could I do any of those things at any time during the year? Yep. None of that is the point. The point is that it’s a new beginning. The start of a new cycle. The dawning of a new age. I think you see where I’m going with this…
All this being said, I don’t do “resolutions.” At least not traditional ones. I know I need to lose weight, exercise more, spend less time looking at a screen…but I find that those are promises that are too easily broken. I do, however, make some commitments to myself. One year, I promised to try one new thing each month. That led to me luging (doing a sport while lying down? Brilliant!) and eating some weird food. This year I’m making a similar commitment. I’m promising to say yes more. Not in an “I’m going to over-commit myself and get stressed and be a terrible person” kind of way, but in a “wow, that sounds like a cool opportunity that I might not get again” kind of way. Favorite artist is coming to town? Yes! There’s a cool art class in my area? Yes! A crazy new restaurant is opening? Yes! Road trip? Yes! You see what I mean, right? If 2016 taught us anything it’s that nothing lasts forever, so seize every chance you get to do something awesome.
To kick off my Year of Yes, I went to my old standby, the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook. By now, you all know how I feel about this masterpiece. I hope you’ve gotten your own copy by now. I made Claire’s Roast Chicken for our New Year’s Day dinner and it was spectacular. I followed the recipe as written except that I rubbed the skin with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt before cooking. I served it with a simple salad. The leftover chicken got pulled off the bones for later use in chicken salad or some other dish that I haven’t decided on yet.
I hope 2017 brings you much joy and delicious food! Cheers!