My Culinary To-Do List

A number of months ago I decided to formally develop a compilation of things I want to prepare sometime (and publish it to keep me accountable and blog more frequently). I’ve seen younger bloggers do it with the number of items to reflect their age (I’m non-disclosing that), and I decided to simply compile my list and what results is the number of items I have – 25. I like the roundness of it and to get through all this will be an attainable challenge.
I don’t consider myself much of a baker so I was surprised at the number of items that fall in the baking and dessert categories. Even thought I don’t bake routinely, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience of preparing slightly demanding baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, baklava, Julia Child’s pate a choux with crème patissiere (cream puffs), baked Alaska, soft pretzels, and pop tarts. It got me thinking of other things I’ve made without much thought – ricotta, gnocchi, raviolis, beef Bourguignonne, roasted chicken, cioppino, fried chicken, crown pork roast with dirty rice, pickles, jam  – and I do cook a lot and have made a lot of interesting, often complicated things. I’m really looking forward to new adventures with the list I’ve amassed.

I've color-coded the entries I've crossed off the list, meaning I've made them, in BLUE and you can link to the post.

  1. English muffin bread
  2. Graham crackers
  3. Marshmallows
  4. Sourdough bread
  1. Limoncello
  1. Baked grapefruit
  1. Mayo
  2. Pickled watermelon rinds
  3. Worcestershire sauce
  1. Boston creme pie
  2. Lavender rosemary short bread
  3. Macaroons
  4. Whoopie Pies
  5. Zabaglione
  1. Bulgogi with kimchi
  2. Molè sauce
  3. Pho
  4. Vindaloo
  1. Beef Wellington
  2. Coquilles Saint Jacques
  3. Lobster Thermador
  4. Salt and pepper shrimp
  5. Standing rib roast (with popovers, which I’ve already made)
  6. Whole fish baked in salt
  1. Julia Child’s French onion soup


  1. Love this list!

    I made a list called "The 100" for my blog last year ... and so far, I've made three things on it.

    I think 25 is much more attainable!

    1. Thanks, Kimberly, I thought I'd have better odds of getting through the list if it was manageable. Congrats on making your three - a great start!

  2. Great list Denise!
    I have tried making marshmallows before- as part of a Chistmas gift...I'm glad I can say I did it, but no plans to make again (quite a gooey mess).

    I too would love to try making a few of the other items you have listed, especially the salted fish.

    Happy Cooking!
    Elizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, for stopping by.

      We're making the salted fish on Sunday, along with freekah risotta, (hopefully local) asparagus soup, and roasted cauliflower as part of our Earth Day menu. Plans are to blog about the fish.

  3. Great list! My list is soooo long! Although I'm sure I'll eventually get to everything. ;-) Fun post - thanks.

    1. Thanks, John. I am such a task-oriented, list person, shorter is better so I can cross things off - and then I can come up with the next 25!



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