Cardamom Snickerdoodles and Food-Related Goals for 2013

I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s! I’m very happy that the technical difficulties I mentioned in my last post are behind me – suffice it to say that my old web host managed to make things hard on me one last time before I was finally able to completely cut ties with them. With that said, I’m looking forward to the new year and many changes ahead. First I must warn you, though – as with last January, if you’ve come here looking for green smoothies and salads, I’m sorry to disappoint. I just don’t buy into the January health kick that inevitably fizzles out by February. I’ll be sticking to my usual mantra: everything in moderation – and I’ll continue to bake on! Not only do I find baking immensely comforting, but baking from scratch also enables me to avoid artificial preservatives, flavors, and of course allergens in store-bought foods, the last of which is big for me because of my peanut/nut allergy. Plus, I love having more control over my food so that I can bake and cook seasonally with local ingredients as much as possible. In that vein, today I am following up on last year’s food-related goals, as well as making some new ones for 2013. I hope that you’ll share yours in the comments, too!

So, here’s how I did on my 2012 Food Goals.

1. Eat more meatless meals.
While we didn’t stick to a rigid schedule of one meatless meal per week or anything like that, we did make a conscious effort to have more meatless meals last year than ever before. Since I mentioned that the hubby definitely loves his meat, I consider this goal a success, although I definitely think there’s room for improvement.

2. Eat more organic foods.
With the money we saved by going meatless more often last year, we were able to buy only local grass-fed and organic beef, so I consider that a huge success. Also, because of my new business that I started last year, I purchased organic vegetables frequently at the markets. And finally, while we had already switched to organic milk the year before, we also switched to local, organic eggs last year. I consider this goal a success as well, although again, there’s definitely room for more changes in the future.

3. Eat more local foods.
While we didn’t participate in a CSA this year since I was at the farmers markets each week, we definitely bought more local foods – from eggs and beef to fruits and vegetables to locally-made spices, maple products, sauces, and herb plants (that I managed to keep alive until winter!), I definitely began to replace as many store-bought foods around the house with their local counterparts as possible. In addition, due to my business, I formed a LOT of relationships with amazing vendors – so I definitely plan to keep buying local even through these cold winter months.

4. Preserve more foods.
I almost feel like it’s cheating to say I was successful on this one, since considering my business I certainly preserved more food than I ever have in years past. Of course, most of it didn’t end up in our pantry since I was selling my jams and breads at the markets – but I was able to sneak in a fair amount of canning just for us as well. Also, my mom bought me a pressure canner for Christmas, so one of my goals for 2013 is to start canning low-acid things like tomato sauce and vegetable soup. I can’t wait to get started!

5. Bake more bread.
Tying in with the previous goal, I also baked a lot more bread because I was selling it at the markets. I’m not sure I really baked a whole lot of bread just for us though, so I don’t consider this goal a success. I never did get around to finding the perfect sandwich loaf either, so this one is definitely going on my list of goals again.

With those things in mind, here are my 2013 Food Goals!

  1. Eat even more meatless meals.
  2. Tying in with #1, switch to organic butter and cheeses as well.
  3. Can low-acid foods using my new pressure canner.
  4. Perfect a wholesome sandwich bread recipe.
  5. Blog more. Although I posted less last year while I started up my business, I don’t forsee things slowing down at all – and, I’ve missed you guys! I’m definitely planning to be around more both here and at my business site, and I’m very excited about some upcoming changes.

Now, how about you? What are your goals for 2013, food-related or otherwise?

And now for the cookies:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat in the eggs 2-3 minutes longer until pale.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda. On low speed, beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Let rest in the refrigerator for about an hour or until firmed up a bit. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the cardamom, cinnamon, and sugar.

Roll the dough into 1″ balls and coat in the cardamom mixture.

Place the cookies 2″ apart on the baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until the edges are browned. Let sit on the baking sheet about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

12 Responses to “Cardamom Snickerdoodles and Food-Related Goals for 2013”

  1. 1 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I love that you’ve shared your goals on here! I wish you all the best with your 2013 goals. I can’t wait to see more blog posts from you! One goal I have for 2013 is to bake/cook more recipes from all the amazing cookbooks I have! I tend to make recipes I find online (on other blogs, pinterest, etc.), but I have such a great collection of cookbooks at home and really should be using them more often.
    These snickerdoodles look wonderful!

  2. 2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Your goals are fabulous! Such a great way to live the year. All the best with them!!

  3. 3 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome goals, Tracy! I have to say, your market camaraderie sounds so idyllic! Happy that is working out for you. All the very best for 2013. xo

  4. 4 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Glad everything got sorted out Tracy. And these snickerdoodles look fabulous – I have never made my own – must change that! Happy new year!

  5. 5 Flavia Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Fantastic goals, Tracy! I so loved following your pictures and Twitter updates from the farmer’s market. I just wish I lived near you so I could come purchase your breads and preserves. I am setting goals for myself and my blog for this year too and I will be sharing them in a new blog post soon. Happy New Year!

  6. 6 megan @ whatmegansmaking Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Love your goals, and love that you’re continuing to bake! Especially when you come up with cookies like these :)

  7. 7 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Great goals!! I need to bake more bread this year too.. or bread at all…

  8. 8 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Loving the goals, Tracy. I have set myself a goal to bake more bread too. I got away from it last year when I was in Texas, and never got back into it when we got home. James got me two new 9″ pullman loaf pans for Christmas, so I’m super stoked to start making bread again.

    I have that KAF sandwich bread recipe on my site, if you want somewhere to start. I love it!

  9. 9 laura@wyldethyme Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing, these are wonderful goals! We have very similar tastes. My goal for this year is to sign up for a CSA and also to invest in a DSLR and keep improving my photography. These snickerdoodles look amazing, always on the look out for a great chocolate free cookie. Thank you.

  10. 10 Allison Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I think I can echo all of your food goals! I’d also like to find a CSA this year too. And the cookies sound divine.

  11. 11 Becca- Cookie Jar Treats Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I’m going to try and bake with more yeast this year. I’ve only done it a handful of times, but each time it yields tasty results :) I’m also going to try and eat healthier by eating foods with no hydrogenated oils and with less ingredients in them. I’ve been reading a lot of labels lately :P

    Your cookies look very nice!

  12. 12 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Ooooh, a pressure canner! I’ve never used one, so I’m VERY interested in hearing about your experiments with it. And I second Amber’s recommendation for the KAF sandwich bread recipe – it’s my go-to recipe, though I swap out half the regular flour for white whole wheat. (So far the husband hasn’t noticed!)

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