Losing weight, quitting smoking, learning how to knit, being nicer to your sister: These are all terribly worthy New Year’s resolutions, and we applaud you. But let’s assume you’re slender, you’re pure of lung, and your sister has all the homemade sweaters she can handle. What’s an angel to do? Read CHOW, of course.

I resolve to …

Learn how to present a cheese plate

Make pancetta

Try out some fancy plating

Learn how to truss a chicken

Stock my kitchen

Buy accessories for illegal things

Expand my eating horizons

Throw a cocktail party

Discover artisanal rum

Develop a relationship with my butcher

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