I’m not one to make resolutions. Oh sure, every year I think about a few things I should change or could do better–drink less, exercise more, play well with others–but I don’t set down hard-and-fast rules that will just get broken before the end of January. Instead, I have an overall goal of always learning, always growing, and just being a better person. That said, there are a few things I could improve upon in the kitchen and new skills I’d like to learn. Here’s my list:

Rabbit Redux: The first animal I ever killed was a big buck rabbit. I was 11 years old, and my Uncle Arlo showed me how to skin it, and Mom, bless her heart, tried to cook it. That is the last cottontail I ever killed, but with 80 bareroot trees on order and an overabundance of fuzzbutts on the farm, it’s time to repress the unpleasant memory of that stringy, mushroom-soup covered mess and get my hasenpfeffer on.

Become a Baker: I’m going to be honest: I’m a horrible baker. Horrible. I can’t follow a recipe to save my life, and when it comes to baking, well, once you get off the recipe you’re destined for failure. So, it’s time to buckle down and bake a loaf of bread. Just to make it interesting, I’m going to use the recipe for wild yeast bread from my new all-time favorite book The Lost Art of Real Cooking. No sense making things easy on myself.

Go Green: Yeah, I know this is a blog about wild game, but if you knew how much meat I ate, you would be shocked. I know my doctor is. In 2011, I’m going to introduce some greens into my diet and a great way to do this is by making a bag of salad at the start of each week. I’m also going to focus my 2011 efforts on expanding my list of go-to side dishes to include more vegetables.

How about you? Any recipe resolutions for the New Year?