A Resolution Against Resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not overweight, and I like the few bad habits I have left. Instead, I prefer to look back at the past year and consider some of the things I’m thankful for:

• That meat grown in sheets in laboratories is no closer to arriving on grocery store shelves than it was last year.
• That dinner guests have mostly stopped arriving at our house with red velvet cupcakes when I ask them to bring dessert.
• The fresh eggs my chickens give me every day.
• That Slow Food is gradually replacing fast food in the vernacular.
• That people (other than me) are beginning to cook with duck fat again.
• My new Weber grill, and my “Serious Barbecue” cookbook by Adam Perry Lang.
• That the restaurant, The Hump, closed after being caught selling whale meat.
• That my third child, daughter Imogen Pearl, was born healthy.
• That the midterm elections are over and I can once again enjoy my afternoon tea without being reminded of politics.
• That I was able to enjoy several lingering meals in my favorite brasserie, Anisette, before it closed its doors. Including a number with my 85-year-old father.

And to look forward to the New Year, and some of the things I hope for:

• The discovery that bacon is good for you.
• Inexpensive farmed truffles.
• A year-round Dungeness crab season.
• More studies proving the healthful benefits of red wine, coffee and dark chocolate.
• That people would eat less meat. And more ethically raised meat.
• A wood-burning pizza oven magically appears in my back yard.
• That you would introduce a friend or two to “Skinny Girls & Mayonnaise.” Our goal is nothing short of global domination, one palate at a time.
* That the people on earth who do not have enough to eat will be fed.

From all of us at Skinny Girls & Mayonnaise, wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and delicious New Year.