Ah, talk about dreamy goals. I did some nice baking at Christmas, trying out cookie recipes, some carmel corn, and a few snack mixes. I didn't get to all the recipes I wanted to try, but I think tomorrow there will be cookies. To round out the year. Must have cookies.
I have so many recipes marked on various sites, and my cookbook collection continues to grow. I think January will be a good time to work on a whole month menu, making sure to include new recipes each week.
I'll be working to perfect my cookie skills. I want them to be just perfect, and nice to have with a cup of coffee. They must also be something I can share with others so I don't balloon up. We don't want that.
Breads might be something I can do this year. I think I've conquered my fear of yeast and its gnarly temperature requirements. I got the Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook for Christmas, and have several other books specific to breads.
We have three staple soups that are very good. I'd like to develop a nice vegetable soup as a standard menu item too, and have several recipes to try.
I have the most wonderful Chicken Pot Pie recipe I've culled from quite a few other recipes. It is so perfect. What I need is an easy and perfect crust. I've marked a number of possibilities. I do like a bottom and top crust.
Pies, pies. I am going to boldly work towards pie heaven. I have yet to find a blueberry pie recipe I quite like. Ick on almond flavoring in it. Just gross and overwhelms the berries. I had a Christmas request for Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie. Both turned out really well, even though I had to make a crust from scratch for the pumpkin. I think I can do the homemade crust now, though. Ive cheated with Mama Pillsbury's ready crust far too long.
Acquire two tools I don't have: a waffle maker (I love waffles, plus I've seen some recipes using waffles as a sandwich base that look good) and a deep fryer. We love fries, but they're not the same baked. Sizzle em!
I also want to make doughnuts!