My Culinary Bucket List: 50 Foods to Cook Before I Die

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I am not one to have a bucket list per se. I am a very happy woman who has an extremely satisfying life, so if there is something I really want to do I will plan for it and do my best to get it done.

I have traveled, loved well, had amazing friends, a loving family, so although there are things I would like to do, I don't have a list of things that just *must* be done before I kick the bucket.

I do however have a culinary bucket list of sorts. There are many things I would love to make or bake or at least attempt to make. I have compiled a list of 50 things I have always wanted to try to make. Some have already been accomplished with varying results, but since I didn't blog about it they are on the list to redo.

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I am going to post how each of these things turned out, whether they are a win or a flop. I am a home cook, definitely not a chef. There are a few things I make from memory, but I am mostly a recipe follower.

So here is my:


1.    Challah
2.    Chocolate souffle
3.    Popovers
4.    Three-layer red velvet cake
5.    Petits fours
6.    Granola
7.    Biscotti
8.    Rugelach
9.    Julia Child’s coq au vin
10.    Steamed dumplings
11.    Cannoli
12.    Homemade tortillas
13.    Pernil (Puerto Rican pork roast)
14.    Beignets
15.    Gnocchi
16.    Chocolate lava cake
17.    Baklava
18.    Shepherd’s pie
19.    Monkey bread
20.    Cinnamon rolls
21.    Galette
22.    Homemade eggnog
23.    Risotto
24.    Apple dumplings
25.    Bananas Foster
26.    Cheese fondue
27.    Chocolate fondue
28.    Homemade dressing
29.    Homemade coffee creamers
30.    Chicken tikka masala
31.    Homemade whole-wheat bread
32.    Hummus
33.    Falafel
34.    Soy-free vegan ground beef (for my friend The Vegan Virtuoso)
35.    Homemade ravioli
36.    Homemade ice cream
37.    Homemade jelly
38.    Crepes
39.    Make a pumpkin pie from a pumpkin
40.    Can some homemade apple butter
41.    Eggs Benedict
42.    Make all of the mother sauces
43.    Homemade Reuben (for my Bluebell)
44.    Paella
45.    Korean short ribs
46.    Grilled steak with black bean shrimp, roasted eggplant, and broccoli dust (for the NewYorRican)
47.    Stuffed cabbage
48.    Lumpia
49.    Egg rolls
50.    Crab Rangoon

Well, there you have it. I will attempt one per week or at least every other week. And will blog about them so y'all know how they turned out. In fact, you can about my attempt at making Chocolate Lava Cakes, otherwise known as number 16 on my culinary bucket list.

If you think I should add something you would like to see me make, please make a comment and I will add it to my list.

Carol Rood

Coffee, Clutter and Chaos


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