30 before 30

Update: Completed on August 15th, 2012, 3 days before my 30th birthday!

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As I mentioned previously, I am embarking on a 30 before 30 cooking project. Some general guidelines about this project:

  • I chose the items based almost entirely on my own personal curiosity to try said dishes – dishes I basically have not attempted before, and haven’t done so because I either didn’t have the proper excuse, or because I thought the projects seemed too complicated/intimidating.
  • There are plenty of classically complicated recipes out there that I didn’t include, and I’m okay with that. I don’t really have a desire to make beef wellington, so that didn’t make it on the list.
  • Some recipes on the list are probably not all that complicated. I’m okay with that as well. Like I said, this has to do more with my own desires and curiosities, and at the end of the day, it’s about having fun in the kitchen and enjoying the end result.
  • I didn’t want to include recipes that would result in an enormous amount of food, because that just seems wasteful. Example: turducken.
  • I will also avoid having to purchase too much special equipment. I already have access to a propane torch (thankfully), I already own a stand mixer (also full of thanks on that one), and I may consider buying a dutch oven and/or cast-iron skillet. But I do not plan on buying a pasta maker or novelty bakeware, as an example.

Here is my final list of projects, all of which I plan to tackle before August 2012. I will blog about each experience, and link the items to their corresponding posts once they’re completed. I won’t be going in the exact order listed below, and I aim to cross at least one item off the list every two weeks or so.

  1. Macarons
  2. Roast chicken and bread salad (Zuni Cafe recipe)
  3. Lattice cherry pie
  4. Donuts
  5. Pho
  6. Naan + other Indian dish
  7. Baguettes
  8. Hamburgers + homemade buns + learn to grill
  9. Boeuf bourguignon
  10. Creme brûlée
  11. Lemon merengue pie
  12. Roast duck
  13. Chicken nuggets (Local Lemons’ recipe)
  14. Mole
  15. Croissants
  16. Sourdough bread
  17. Tiramisu
  18. B’stilla
  19. Ravioli
  20. Injera + ethiopian dish
  21. Souffle
  22. Carnitas + tortillas
  23. Princess cake
  24. Curry paste
  25. Tamales
  26. Thin Mints
  27. Oreos
  28. Bagels
  29. Gnocchi
  30. Baked alaska

Here goes nothing . . .

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