To Do

552. Cook dinner in the fireplace

Updated July 20, 2009 Before you can cook dinner in the fireplace, you need to either live in a house that has a fireplace or else you need to have a good soft-hearted friend who has a fireplace and is willing to let you pull of such an experiment in their home. I’ve lived in […]

527. Make homemade tortillas

Updated June 20, 2010 I’ve been to two different restaurants that make fresh tortillas by hand right when they’re ordered. Oh my god, they are to die for. Better than any fresh-baked bread I’ve ever had. Fresh, warm tortillas are served with butter and they are so wonderful – they just melt in your mouth. […]

494. Be able to make a delicious cheesecake

Much like mashed potatoes, it’s the technique more than the recipe.

486. Squeeze a glass of fresh orange juice

Updated October 28, 2009 Kind of unbelievable the way I love being in the kitchen and cooking that I’ve never made a fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice. It’s probably because I’m not a terrible big fan of orange juice. Maybe I’m not a big fan of orange juice because I’ve never tasted fresh orange juice. […]

465. Gather my favorite recipes into a cookbook

I’m saving my ‘greatest hits’ recipes in an album and illustrating each recipe with a little colored pencil drawing.

454. Buy a subscription to a “something-of-the-month” club

If I’m going to go to the trouble and expense, it’s going to be something I love – chocolate, cheese, bread, or tea.

442. Plant an indoor herb garden

Completed January 2004 and October 2004 Okay, so my to do list says plant an indoor herb garden. It doesn’t say “Grow an indoor herb garden” or “Have an indoor herb garden that flourishes.” I blame my black thumb. First, I tried to plant the herbs from seeds. Most of them at least started growing. […]

301. Learn to carve a turkey like a chef

Updated June 1, 2009 I’ve learned to cook a really tasty bird, but pretty much I just hack away at it to get pieces to serve and make a right mess of things. I’d like to learn how to do it properly and present beautifully trimmed slices to my guests.

259. Make homemade ice cream

Completed May 2001 When I was little, my family had an old ice cream maker. Not an antique, because it was electric, but it was old enough that the ice bucket was wood. As the paddle churned away, salt water would run away from the ice cream maker in streams, and we’d re-fill it with […]

191. Take a cooking class

Updated February 7, 2010 When my life is calm and I have a bit of time to play with, I love cooking. When things get hectic and I get away from it for awhile, I forget how calming and centering it can be to create delicious food and experiment with different flavors. The Food Network […]

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