Cooking Bucket List

Cooking is an education—in chemistry, culture, history and sustainability. A few years ago I began creating a “Cooking Bucket List,” jotting down ingredients or recipes to expand my repertoire and palate. Some, such as “lentils” or “duck,” are foods I’d never prepared—or, in the case of rhubarb, had never even tasted! Others, such as “fish and chips” or “coq a vin,” are international classics. And then there are a few foods, such as “ricotta” or “applesauce,” that I typically purchase already prepared, but could learn to make from scratch.

I’ve slowly crossed items off the list, discovering some recipes worthy of sharing (for those, I’ve included a link) and others I’ve gradually morphed into my own creations (marked with an asterisk*). Think I’ve missed something? Leave a suggestion or recipe link in the comments. I’d love to hear what you’re cooking!

  1. Whole fish
  2. Lobster
  3. Scallops
  4. Mussels
  5. Lentils
  6. Rhubarb
  7. Vanilla bean
  8. Figs
  9. Lamb
  10. Short ribs
  11. Saffron*
  12. Truffles (the mushroom)
  13. Tuna
  14. Mahi mahi
  15. Duck
  16. Veal
  17. Chocolate croissant
  18. Roasted chicken*
  19. Homemade pasta
  20. Beef Wellington
  21. Gnocchi
  22. Soufflés
  23. Bread pudding
  24. Macaroons
  25. Creme brulée
  26. Chocolate babka
  27. Churros & chocolate sauce
  28. Pavlova
  29. Buttermilk biscuits
  30. Cheese
  31. Yogurt
  32. English muffins
  33. Pineapple upside-down cake
  34. Gougeres
  35. Spanakopita
  36. Ravioli
  37. Crackers
  38. Eggs Benedict
  39. French onion soup
  40. Tiramisu
  41. Chinese dumplings
  42. Matzo ball soup
  43. Pirogues
  44. Ratatouille
  45. Coq a vin
  46. Challah
  47. Cream of mushroom soup
  48. Spaetzle
  49. Roasted peppers
  50. Shrimp cocktail
  51. Huevos rancheros
  52. Paella
  53. Meatloaf
  54. Kolaches
  55. Clam chowder
  56. Orange marmalade
  57. Jam or jelly
  58. Chicken stock*
  59. Frozen custard/gelato
  60. Tamales
  61. Peanut butter
  62. Butter
  63. Caesar salad dressing
  64. Truffles (the chocolate)
  65. Baked beans
  66. Panna cotta
  67. Veal
  68. Flan
  69. Guacamole*
  70. Salsa
  71. Risotto*
  72. Kimchi
  73. Bulgogi
  74. Pad Thai
  75. Tabbouleh*
  76. Sorbetto
  77. Gazpacho
  78. Romesco sauce
  79. Butter chicken
  80. Ricotta*
  81. Thanksgiving turkey
  82. Doughnuts
  83. Grits
  84. Potstickers
  85. Soft pretzels*
  86. Falafel*
  87. Black-eyed peas*
  88. Jambalaya
  89. Cheesecake
  90. Sourdough bread
  91. Lasagna
  92. Baklava
  93. Crab
  94. Fish and chips
  95. Spaghetti sauce*
  96. Tomato soup
  97. Angel food cake
  98. Pudding
  99. Applesauce
  100. Ramen
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