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Food List 2011

This year includes quite a few on the “things I’ve always wanted to do but have always pushed off” list, including perfecting my grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies and making something I see on a tv show (did people actually do that, before the internet was there to provide the recipes?).

Some items are on the list to help me get over my fears (did you know I’m terrified of cooking rice?) and some to built up that arsenal of everyday, lifelong recipes to whip out at a moment’s notice.

So here’s to 2011!

  1. Make sushi
  2. Make croissants from scratch
  3. Make rice 10 times
    (1) Basic white rice (no recipe)
    (2) Wild rice edamame salad
    (3) Saffron pilaf with raisins (no post)
    (4) Coconut brown rice (no post)
    (5) Coconut basmati rice
    (6) White wine pilaf
    (7) Wild rice bowl
    (8) Red rice with bacon
    (9) Arroz verde
    (10) Egyptian lentils and rice
  4. Perfect Gram’s chocolate chip cookies – Prelude, Part I, Conclusion (success!)
  5. Make jam – Learning to can
  6. Make a roll sponge cake – Lemon roll cake (no post)
  7. Make a perfect poached egg – Part I, Conclusion
  8. Find a reliably good chocolate cake recipe – Part I, Part II, Conclusion
  9. Develop a menu of 15 go-to cocktail recipes
    (1) Gimlet
    (2) Vodka tonic
    (3) Kir
    (4) Sparkling wine with bitter orange
    (5) Leslie’s Americano
    (6) Negroni
    (7) Margarita
    (8) White Russian/Cuban
    (9) Whiskey sour
    (10) Manhattan
    (11) Old Fashioned
    (12) Salty dog (or greyhound)
    (13) Cuba libre, Nica libre
    (14) Martini
    (15) French 75
  10. Make pasta carbonara
  11. Make fresh ricotta – Homemade ricotta
  12. Make one thing out of every cookbook we own
    (1) Pancetta, rosemary, and goat cheese pizza – Pizza by Silvana Franco (no post)
    (2) Slow-cooker chicken with tomatillos, potatoes, jalapeños, and fresh herbsEveryday Mexican by Rick Bayless
    (3) Banana cream pie – Tartine by Chad Robertson (no post)
    (4) Roasted chickpeasHow to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
    (5) SnickerdoodlesGreat Cookies by Carole Walter
    (6) Moroccan tomato lentil soup – The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins (no post)
    (7) Braised lamb shanksThe Art of Simple Cooking by Alice Waters
    (8) Braised tuna pot roast with capers and tomatoesAll About Braising by Molly Stevens
    (9) Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake – The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker (no post)
    (10) Something yuckyI’m not telling you
    (11) Orange-cardamom ice creamThe Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
    (12) Something sub-barAgain, not telling
    (13) Spinach and tofu paneer – This Can’t Be Tofu! by Deborah Madison (no post)
    (14) Koulouri-Cypriot village bread (seeded white bread) – 100 Great Breads by Paul Hollywood
    (15) Saffron pilaf with raisins – Savoring Pasta & Rice from Williams-Sonoma (no post)
    (16) Spring vegetable and herb fritters – Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison (no post)
    (17) Provencal snow pea and tomato saute – Cooking Provence by Antoine Bouterin (no post)
    (18) Buttermilk blueberry muffins The Grand Central Baking Book by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson
    (19) Coconut brown rice – New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant by The Moosewood Collective (no post)
    (20) Sauteed peppers with anchovies and black olivesMarcella Says … by Marcella Hazan
    (21) Chicken piccataMartha Stewart’s Cooking School by Martha Stewart
    (22) Tequila-braised cornFrom Asparagus to Zucchini by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition
    (23) Lemon and ginger Scottish cream sconesA Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
    (24) TiramisuCulinaria Italia from h.f.ullman
    (25) Pasta carbonaraItalian from Williams-Sonoma
    (26) PopoversRatio by Michael Ruhlman
    (27) OmelettesMastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child (et al)
    (28) Tortilla soupMexico: The Beautiful Cookbook by Susanna Palazuelos
    (29) Brown sugar apple crisp with rum-soaked currantsRustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
    (30) Pear-riesling sorbetJeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
    (31) Fig pancetta saladThe Rustic Table by Constance Snow
    (32) Rosewater vanilla mini-cakesBaking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan and Julia Child
    (33) Chicken and dumplingsAmerica’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen
    (34) Sourdough english muffinsDungeness Crabs and Blackberry Cobblers: The Northwest Heritage Cookbook, by Janie Hibler
    (35) Red rice with baconSaveur Cooks: Authentic American
    (36) Arroz verdeSavoring Mexico by Sharon Cadwallader
    (37) Pommes Anna – Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. II) by Julia Child (et al) (no post)
    (38) Cream wafersBetty Crocker’s Cooky Book
    (39) Nutty roasted sunchokes – All About Roasting by Molly Stevens
    (40) Egyptian lentils and riceMediterranean by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna Farrow
  13. Can something – Learning to can
  14. Make something I see on a tv show – Pommes Anna (no post)
  15. Make my Gram’s cheesecake
  16. Work through at least half of the links I’ve saved
    (1) White cheddar scallion cornbread Madeleines (no post)
    (2) Roasted chicken and bread salad (no post)
    (3) Butternut squash lasagna (no post)
    (4 & 5) Crunchy peanut cole slaw and Thai-style chicken legs
    (6) Citrus galette with blood oranges, kumquats, and mint
    (7) Slow cooker carnitas
    (8 & 9) Crustless mini quiche and cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread
    (10) Plum pudding cake with honey and cinnamon
    (11) Cooked cream cheese frosting
    (12) Chewy chocolate cookies
    (13) Salted peanut butter cookies
    (13) Chocolate bread
  17. Bake chocolate bread
  18. Bake a good rustic seeded bread – Koulouri-Cypriot village bread
  19. Make gougeres
  20. Make crackers – Cornmeal Parmesan crackers
  21. Pickle something – Pickled watermelon rind (no post), Learning to can
  22. Make graham crackers – Graham crackers and tragedy
  23. Make chocolate pudding
  24. Make at least two things in the slow cooker
    (1) Slow cooker chicken with tomatillos, potatoes, jalapenos, and fresh herbs
    (2) Slow cooker carnitas
  25. Throw a dinner party (sort of)

Have any suggestions? Want in on anything? Just let me know!

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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tawny #

    2. This is a long process, but not too hard! I recommend rolling some citrus sugar/cinnamon in them.
    3. Rice? Why?
    6. I am so on this, asap, if you mean the Buche du Noel kind. I’ll let you know how it goes!
    25. Throw A dinner party? Throw many! They are the best.

    If I lived near you, I would be in on all of this!


    January 2, 2011
    • treesfilesmapsoregonbrettfood #

      2. And you know I’ll be doing Tartine …
      3. Because making rice terrifies me. I screw it up 90% of the time. Why? Who knows. It’s my culinary Archilles heel.
      6. I hadn’t picked a specific kind yet – my Gram makes an excellent chocolate with whipped cream, but also white cake with jam and whipped cream. So we’ll see …

      We could probably knock of a couple when we come visit you?

      January 3, 2011
  2. I love this! You have inspired me to make a more solid list of my culinary goals for the year too. The only one I’ve specifically professed so far was to make croissants. I just got the huge tomb of a book ‘The Professional Pastry Chef’ by Bo Friberg if you want a serious recipe…well, not so serious, he just does everything by weight, which in the end I’m finding easier. And we’ve got all sorts of pickles going on over at my house (and other ferments like kombucha and ginger beer and sauerkraut and sour dough) . Let me know if you want to stop by when you’re in CO and we could knock a few off this list!

    February 2, 2011
  3. Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

    August 27, 2011

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