We all make goals for the New Year, and although I do not know the percentages, most of them fail. Last year, my lofty weight loss resolution lasted through my vacation and 4 hot sauce events in 4 different cities, plus a trip to NY, all to fall by the wayside Memorial Weekend. 5 months might be considered pretty good, but in the end a failure is still a failure. Sure I would like to have more control over that part of my life, as would so many others, and that is why we create these “resolutions” in the first place. They should be called “revolutions” because it is a war with a fight against our Mother Country – ourselves. We all want to overthrow the tyrant in charge and stop the miserable conditions we are in and put someone else who cares to make our lives better. You know how those campaign promises go? It all looks good, but power corrupts in the end, and the next thing you know you are worse off than when you started.
So this year I urge you to join me in changing a few things that could in the end be more successful and rewarding for ourselves. The Spicy Resolution is about bringing in something new to our lives that we want to experience and it could involve the following:
1- Trying new spicy food/products
2- More involvement in the kitchen – Spicy creation or re-creation of something new and exciting that you always wanted to experience
3- Attending an event/festival or chilehead gathering
4- Gardening goals
5- Immersing ourselves into the community in some way, whether it be more involvement (see 3 above) or trying to evoke some positive change that can help others. Much like Steve Zielinski is doing with his Rebuilding the Jersey Shore campaign (SEE ME for details).
So what will be your realistic spicy resolution? Mine will be to bring a new ILIS that everyone in the community will benefit from, (getting help with that one as we speak). Plus, I want to make the next Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge the best one to date and looking to get prizes for our audience for their involvement. Announcement coming soon on that last one. Lastly, I am presently looking to caravan from the Houston Hot Sauce Festival to the new Chile Pepper Extravaganza in New Orleans September 20/21-29, 2013. I plan side trips in between like the Tabasco factory, dining at some authentic and perhaps historical Cajun/Creole eateries and doing a 1 day class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Would love to do this with other like minded chileheads to save on expenses. Not sure that is a spicy resolution, but I aim to do it next year.
Please add yours to the list here and/or to the Facebook posting in our Chileheads group page.