Kitchen Resolutions

I don’t like to make New Year Resolutions – I think that if you want to make changes to your life, start now! Don’t wait until the 1st of January! But I suppose it’s symbolic – a new year, a fresh start; wipe the slate clean and start all over. I don’t have any ‘personal’ resolutions to share – not because I feel particularly private, but I don’t have any (I make them year round, eh?). The trips to the gym continue as planned, mental self-improvement is always on the agenda, the quest to find the perfect fork plods on – but I do have a few “Kitchen Resolutions”:

1) No dirty dishes in the sink overnight and start unloading/drying more consistently.
I know I’ll make exceptions for this – who wants to clean up after a party?

2) Continue daily sweep.
After the ‘Infestation 2009’, I brush my small kitchen tile space religiously.

3) Push the boundaries of my baking – let’s try a stretch of 12 new recipes. No past repeats.

4) Buy what you will eat. Don’t buy for what you might eat.

5) Unless something breaks, no new kitchen gadgets.
Exception: Kitchen Aid Food Processor…Daisy’s getting a sibling!

I think that’s a pretty good start. I should print this out and tape it on my fridge. Tomorrow. Heh.
I should note that as an amendment to Resolution #5 – I will still accept kitchen gadget gifts! I was gifted a lovely and heavy-duty non-stick mini Madeleine pan for Christmas! Lovely! It’s definitely something I have hesitated to buy for myself in the past, but have always wanted. So hooray! Thanks to Maple Pecan for the gift, and J for the suggestion!

Instead of typical sponge Madeleines, I made hazelnut shortbread.
And it was deeelicious.

Hazelnuts are something I always have in the freezer. Unfortunately, they are unpeeled so I have to plan long in advance before using them in a recipe. They must be toasted and peeled, something that can take quite a while – not to mention potentially disastrous!
My method: pour hazelnuts in a shallow frying pan and gently toast over LOW HEAT. Shake the pan/stir nuts often to avoid spot burning. You can toss out burnt nuts, but the smell will linger for-e-ver. Once the skins have started to crack and peel, pour the nuts in a small bowl lined with a kitchen towel and start peelin’ by kneading the hazelnuts in the towel. The friction caused by the hazelnuts and towel fibre should be able to take off a significant amount of peel. I like to do some by hand once they have cooled or return them to the pan for a second round of toasting.

I’m not sure if you can tell the colour difference in the two pictures. If you can – the colour difference can be attributed to two extra minutes in the oven. Granted, these little guys are small and two minutes do make quite a difference. No discernible difference in taste, though!
Once cooled, the ‘top’ sides were dipped in chocolate. The recipe called for 1/2 cup of ground hazelnuts and it really made an impact! Highly recommend this simple and easy recipe.

Categories: hazelnuts, resolutions, shortbread


Communications specialist by day, baker/cook/triathlete/dog-owner by night. I blog about my adventures inside and outside my kitchen. Come take a look - no big whoop!


Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Italian Home Kitchen Blog

Italian Home Kitchen Blog

Cooking Up The Pantry

Feeding a hungry family!

ice cream magazine

................... for lovers of ice cream. Your free on line magazine for sweet frozen treats. Recipes, inspiration, artisanal ideas for your delectation.

cheese and toast

When all else fails.


Empire of Groovy

Beer and Baking

Beer Reviewing and Baking Blog

this french farmhouse

{ food, wine, home & life }

a whisk and a spoon

connoisseur of fine cake

Mama's A Rolling Stone

My adventures inside and outside of my kitchen. I like cookies.

Eater - All

My adventures inside and outside of my kitchen. I like cookies.

not martha

My adventures inside and outside of my kitchen. I like cookies.

Kitchn | Inspiring cooks, nourishing homes

My adventures inside and outside of my kitchen. I like cookies.

%d bloggers like this: