Ok, "update" is a bit misleading, since I haven't mentioned them before now. My resolutions included:
1. The federally mandated weight loss -- 4 of 15 pounds, so not bad
2. Reading more -- also going well, more on this in another post
3. Learn to cook at least 6 dishes without recipes
4. Meet and successfully woo Katarina Witt (I've been told I don't create "push" goals, so there)
The next-to-last one is the only item even vaguely original. Right now, I have 2 -- all'arrabbiata sauce and pecan pie (with or without chocolate or bourbon). Sure, I can whip up a few dishes that don't require "cooking": a salsa, homemade corn tortillas, or guacamole, but my friends that I consider great cooks (Scott, Wolfgang, or Jamie) can whip up a variety of dishes at the drop of a hat. So, this year I'm learning to cook dishes from scratch and without looking at recipes. And, preferably, they'll be dishes that are versatile enough that I can trick my friends into believing I can cook all kinds of things off the top of my (admittedly gorgeous) noggin.
So, what are the dishes? First, smoky black bean soup (which will be tough to remember since i don't make soup from April-September) then spanish tortilla (note: euro eggs are, at best 2/3rd the size of eggs requested by US cookbooks). I'm still thinking about the next one. Maybe steak au poivre -- it is rather fabulous and I get the added bonus of learning how to do a pepper sauce.