I'm all about lists. To-do lists. Shopping lists. Naughty and Nice lists. So obviously I have an ongoing and never ending list of goals I would like to accomplish in my life. A 'bucket list' of sorts. When I realized that my bucket list had approximately a million food related items on it I decided I had better start a new bucket list with just those items. So here it is in all it's glory along with notes and links to those items I have fulfilled. This is an on going list that I have had for years that keeps growing. I have actually had several 'lists' and have lost them over the years. So what a more perfect place to document these 'bucket' adventures than on this cooking blog! I hope you don't mind and you'll follow along here!
Kitchen Concoctions' 'Kickin' the Bucket' List:
1. Eat crepes in Paris, France.
2. Learn to make macarons.
3. Have a successful cooking blog. (Still a work in progress!)
4. Write and publish a cookbook.
5. Take all 3 Wilton cake decorating classes. (2 down 1 to go! Still need to share my master pieces!)
6. Cover and decorate a cake using fondant. (Did as part of the Wilton classes I took but didn't take pictures... boo.)
7. Be a professional food writer, recipe developer, chef consultant. (following these dreams and working at this since (November 2010))
8. Make homemade bagels.
9. Meet a famous chef.
10. Cook with a famous chef.
11. Go to a cookbook signing. (WhooHoo! Meeting the Pioneer Woman was so much fun (12/3/2009))
12. Own a Kitchen Aid Mixer. (Thanks to Eric for my birthday surprise! (11/19/2009))
13. Visit a winery.
14. Enter a recipe/cooking contest. (I entered. Didn't win. But was featured in the Betty Crocker Magazine. (May 2010))
15. Win a recipe/cooking contest.
16. Own a mandolin.
17. Own an ice cream maker. (Eric also got me this for my birthday one year (11/19/2009). I have made this, this and oh yeah this with it!)
18. Visit a strawberry patch and pick strawberries.
19. Own a food processor. (Another surprise from Eric (10/18/2009). It gets the most use from us constantly making our favorite hummus. But we also like this variety too!)
20. Own a deep fryer.
21. Enter a chili cook-off.
22. Learn to eat with chopsticks.
23. Visit an apple orchard and pick apples.
24. Own a microplane.
25. Visit Hershey, Pennsylvania and eat a Hershey bar.
26. Visit a pumpkin patch and go pumpkin hunting.
27. Go on a cupcake ‘crawl’.
28. Make a baked Alaska.
29. Eat dinner on the beach.
30. Compete in a cooking competition.
31. Preform a cooking demo.
32. Tour a candy factory. (Did this a few months ago when I went on a trip with my Mom and sis to Denver. Will share soon.)
33. Make my own cheese.
34. Eat at Medieval Times restaurant.
35. Eat gelato in Italy.
36. Be on TV for food/cooking. (Well here was my first TV debut! (4/1/2011).
37. Try Mexican Mango: mango covered in chili powder and lime juice.
38. Eat authentic clam chowder in New England.
39. Attend a food and wine festival.
40. Attend a food blogging conference.
41. Design and make a personalized chef’s coat.
42. Learn to make pickles or pickle something.
43. Bake and decorate a wedding cake. (I recently made the wedding cakes and groom's cakes for my sister and dear friend's weddings. Hopefully I can share them soon!)
44. Make homemade dog treats.
45. Have a fruit and veggie garden.
46. Make homemade graham crackers.
47. Make homemade marshmallows.
48. Attend a cake decorating convention.
49. Attend dinner theatre.
50. Get lost in a corn maze.
51. Make donuts.
52. Learn to make sushi rolls.
53. Teach a cooking class.
54. Eat Hawaiian shaved ice in Hawaii.
55. Get invited to tour a company test kitchen.
56. Make tomatillo sauce.
57. Make crème freche.
58. Learn to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.
59. Eat at a famous chef’s restaurant.
60. Make homemade fondant. (Made some but haven't had time to blog about it yet. BTW WAY better than store bought).
61. Eat food from a food truck.
62. Visit a brewery.
63. Make homemade caramels.
64. Make cake pops worthy of Bakerella.
65. Cook/bake with fresh flowers.
66. Order room service at a fancy hotel. (I think I have done this when I was a child but don't remember. So will have to do it again and document!)
67. Own a grill.
68. Make homemade pita bread.
69. Make and use my own cupcake stand.
70. Drink frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity in New York City.
71. Eat a Philly cheesesteak sandwich in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
72. Make my own frilly 1950’s style apron.
73. Organize and host a cookie exchange.
74. Host one themed dinner party a month for one year.
75. Plan, execute and document weekly menu plans for one year.
76. Eat beignets at Café du Monde. (Eric and I went to NOLA for 4th of July 2006 but I don't know if I have any pictures to document it!)
77. Make a homemade face mask.
78. Make tiramisu.
79. Stay at a bed and breakfast.
80. Learn to make French bread.
81. Join a cooking/recipe challenge club/group.
82. Eat fish and chips in England.
83. Eat a ‘perfect’ meal at a restaurant: appetizer, salads, entrees, dessert, drinks.
84. Be taught by my grandmother how to make seafood gumbo.
85. Learn to make authentic crepes.
86. Eat at the ‘crock’ restaurant in Louisiana.
87. Be a judge of a cook-off/cooking competition.
88. Try ‘butter beer’ (hehe).
89. Make homemade baby food for my future children.
90. Make matzo ball soup.
91. Eat buffalo wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.
92. Eat a vegetarian diet for 21 days straight.
93. Own my dream house with my dream kitchen.
94. Make farfalle.
95. Own a Bundt pan.
96. Host a bake sale for charity.
97. Own a trifle bowl.
98. Eat at Fogo de Chao.
99. Shop at a farmer’s market.
100. Be an extreme couponer.
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