Eleven days into 2006 and so far things are going great. Spending some time away from the city has given me a chance to relax, think, and cook. The past year has been a challenging one for both my blog and cooking. For two things that I enjoy more than almost anything else, I was sad to have neglected them so much in 2005. Sometimes I wasn't even all that busy, but simply too tired or stressed to bring myself into the kitchen and write about it. I guess that if it’s not fun, then why bother, right? In any case, I seem to have gotten things under control. Hopefully better time management and prioritization will give me a better balance in life. And I guess you’ll know how things are going by the frequency of my posts. I have lots of food-related topics that I’d like to explore in the coming year. More than anything, I think I’d just like to learn how to cook well consistently. It’s my goal to not only learn and become proficient at different preparations, but to also understand the science behind the techniques and the properties of ingredients in each dish. In the process I hope to prepare some interesting and ambitious dishes, and conduct a few crazy experiments. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!