|Fresh Pasta from Raffetto's|
2. I have been taking advantage of Blizzard Hercules and the time spent "trapped" indoors by doing some major kitchen re-org. I used Food52's guide, "How to Whip Your Kitchen into Shape, 2014-Style" and they're right - starting the year with a sparkling like-new kitchen feels amazing.
3. In case you're also in purge mode, and finding yourself staring at a pile of holiday gifts that you have no use for, Simon Doonan (author of Gay Men Don't Get Fat and husband to Jonathan Adler) offers his rules of re-gifting. This way you can start the new year sans clutter.
4. I know New Year's Eve is behind us, but I will never get enough champagne. Epicurious rounded up 8 of the best sparkling wines under $25, and Martha Stewart brings us a little refresher on popping & pouring.
5. Punch (www.punchdrink.com) asked food & beverage professionals for their alcohol-related resolutions for 2014. Some are smart and some are downright hilarious. My favorite: "I resolve to never drink two bottles of champagne at Neiman Marcus and spend all my money on Tom Ford makeup, just because I was drunk and some girl put eyeliner on me." Ha! ...That sounds like a great afternoon. In case you're serious about your resolutions, Clementine Daily has advice on how to make them stick.
6. Perhaps the best news I've heard in a long time: The National Restaurant Association predicts that 2014 will be the year that sustainable food hits the mainstream. I know what you're thinking - didn't that happen already? Nope - not everything local is sustainable. Check out the rest of the top 10 trends predicted for 2014.
7. For other green-minded food people, the Greenmarket has a list of green resolutions you should aim for, including giving up plastic, trying new ingredients, and visiting new markets. These sound much more doable than banishing carbs!