Five Ways to Spice up 2011

It’s a brand new year and a brand new opportunity to try new experiences. Make 2011 a year of growth and adventure. Follow these five suggestions to spice up 2011.

1 Expand your palate
Every month, try a wine from a different region around the world. Don’t limit yourself to one specific type of wine. Instead, vary your palate with dessert wines, sparkling wines and blends.

2 Try a new recipe
Widen your cooking horizons by trying a new recipe each month. If you want to make sure you stick with your goal, set a specific date for every month, such as the third Wednesday, or the first Friday.

3 Visit your local farmers’ market
Look online or in your local paper to find the location of a farmers’ market near you. Perhaps purchase a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tried before. You can incorporate it into #2 and use it in your new recipe.

4 Eat at a new restaurant every month
Diversify your tastes and try a new restaurant every month. It doesn’t have to be a newly opened restaurant, but at least one that is new to you. If money is an issue, go there for an appetizer or split an entrée with a friend or loved one.

5 Plant a vegetable garden
Growing your own vegetables can be rewarding and delicious.  Whether you have room for a vegetable garden in your yard, potted plants on your balcony, or planters above your kitchen sink, you can grow vegetables or herbs to add into your meals. If space is an issue, plant herbs which won’t take up much room. There’s nothing quite like adding freshly picked herbs into pasta sauce or omelets.

Nadine Nettmann

Nadine has a taste for travel, adventure, delicious food and a great glass of wine. A foodie from a young age, she loves trying meals from around the world and does her best to travel and dine on a budget. Originally from Los Angeles, Nadine and her husband stored 95% of their belongings and moved to Maui with two suitcases in 2006. She is an avid cook and while she loves living on the island, she will admit she misses some of her kitchen appliances in storage. When she’s not baking a cake or out on the water, she can be found at her computer working on her novel.

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