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A Food and Wine Challenge

Food and Wine magazine always seems to come at the perfect time of the month for me. We were all loading into the car to make the 6 hour trek to the in-laws house in Iowa when I decided to run and get the mail first. When I opened up the mailbox and saw the copy of one of my favorite magazines, I knew my itty bitty booklight and I would be busy on the dark drive. Thank God we had the portable DVD player to entertain the children. I would finally have some precious reading time, and a great magazine to share that time with.food.jpg

For the past few weeks, I've been considering what I want some of my 2007 goals to be. I've committed to the TBR challenge, I've set a goal to have one dinner party a month in the year 2007, and I'm in the process of revising my 43 Things to include some goals to complete in the coming year. As I was reading January 2007 issue of Food and Wine, I was intrigued by the main article of the magazine entitled “100 Tastes to Try in 2007”. As I was browsing through the suggestions, a thought crossed my mind. “I should take the editors of Food and Wine up on their challenge and really taste the 100 things they suggest to try in 2007.” So, that’s what I’m going to do. There are some things I won’t be able to do. I won’t be able to go to some of the restaurants they recommend because they aren’t in places I plan on visiting this year. If possible, I might try to find some people in different regions to report back on the things that I will not be able to try.

What am I looking forward to tasting the most? There are so many things, especially some really great recipes from professional chefs, but I can’t wait to give their recipe for Brûléed Key Lime Tarts a try. What am I going to try, but may have to choke it down? There are a few cheeses that hopefully surprise me.

This month’s issue of Food and Wine magazine is a great one and it has definitely inspired me to challenge myself to stretch my horizons some. Hopefully you’ll pick up the issue and be inspired as well.

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 09:14PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

What a great contest! If you need me to taste anything for you in NYC, lemme know. I can never turn down food.
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJody
I'm not a big fan of the key lime, but that steak looks fab, and I do like Food and Wine. :)

I like your idea of trying to taste as many of the 100 things. You should post the ones you can't try on your blog (as well as the ones you do), and we can look and see if we live in that region, and report back to you. :)

Somehow the idea reminds me of Julie and Julia. Did you read that? A woman blogged about how she made every recipe in the book, "A French Chef" (I think that's what it was titled) by Julia Childs. I have it, and it's next in line for me to read. (there's a book based on the blog).
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJ
Wow.....this is SO weird because I was JUST reading the new F&W lat night before bed but the same thought occured to me too. I thought.....hmmm, maybe not all the cocktails since I am not much of a drinker, and of course I am not planning on going to Paris anytime soon so I can't go to that restaurant, but I bet I can manage some of the foods, and wouldn't you know it? A local farmers market made the list! And I have been there, so it's kinda like a start!

Way cool.....think any other bloggers want to jump in on the fun?!
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKate
J - I have seen that blog, but haven't read the book. I plan on reading it sometime soon though :) Thanks for your comment. I think I'll do just as you suggested... post what I won't be able to do and see if anyone else out there is in that region and could report back to us.

Kate - You should join in on the fun! Wasn't this issue a great one? If you know of any Food bloggers out there that would like to do it too, that would be great. It could be a great project for all of us :)
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
That mini light is cool...but not as cool as the SI football phone from back in the day ;)
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
What a NEAT challenge! I love it! It is SO YOU!!!
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth

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