This year, I've decided that Mike and I will break out the cookbooks each Sunday and choose a new recipe for the week. My roasted tomatillo salsa was such a revelation that now I'm inspired to try new techniques and taste new flavors more often.
I've also wanted to start experimenting with my slowcooker, for cooking things beyond chili and roast. I found a terrific website, A Year of Slowcooking, which began because of another woman's New Year resolution. The author tried one crock pot recipe per day for an entire year, blogged about it, and now has a cookbook that can be found at any major bookseller. (Isn't the internet great?)
Anyway, I tried slow cooker Orange Chicken yesterday and I have to say, it was excellent. I confess I tinkered slightly with her recipe (I can never resist) by adding a dash of garlic powder and about a half teaspoon of Chinese five spice powder to the sauce, some black pepper to the flour, and topping the dish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions before serving.
One word of warning, though - if you ever plan to make your own red chile pepper flakes in a food processor, be sure to put on a dust mask first. On the upside, though, my sinuses are remarkably clear today.