Ellen’s 55 before 55 bucket list

Aimee is encouraging me to come up with my own bucket list of new things to make and cook.  I have been searching my mind for what I might want to prepare and I really need to get creative.  I am pretty sure though you will not see octopus or squid on this list. I have already spent a lot of years cooking.  Granted I might prefer to fall back on the standards: pasta, chicken, soup, etc. – cooking in this manner takes a lot of pressure off.  I mean you can just say I know what I am going to fix every night and really not have to think about it.  But I will oblige my daughter and try to imagine cooking something new and different for our family.  So I have thought of a few items but you certainly can help me by suggesting more.

Onion Rings (I will have to prepare Aimee’s recipe,  I have never made homemade onion rings)
New York Style Cheesecake
Orange Marmalade
Granola (a really good one like Costco’s)
Homemade Angel Food Cake
Homemade Ravioli

Use a new herb or spice or ingredient once a month or in a new way (between now 11/13 and my 55th birthday 7/15, that should be good for 18 dishes)

Potatoe Black-Eyed Peas Tacos
Skillet Beets, Potatoes, and Chestnuts
Orange Cranberry Relish
Vegetable Pasta Salad
Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash
Roasted Split Pea Tortilla Soup
Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Asparagus
Grilled Club Sandwich
Lemon Basil Infused Soda  
Blackened Tilapia
Orange Brownies
Pasta Primavera
Creamy Italian Chicken and Vegetables over Pasta
Chocolate Mint Brownies
Chocolate Crepes with Orange Lemon Curd
Lemon Dijon Dressing
Sweet and Salty Magic Bars
Schiaffoni Pasta with Vegetables
Tomato Basil Salmon
Tilapia with Citrus Butter
Goat Cheese Personal Pizza
Nutella Caramelized Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich
Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia

Prepare 1 new recipe monthly from one of my many cookbooks (ditto to above parentheses comment)

Asian Beef with Snow Peas and Mushrooms
Oat Flour Bread
Mediterranean Mini Pizza
Roasted Tomatoes

Design a cookie (my own recipe, mostly likely a familiar cookie recipe base)

Cherry Chocolate Almond Cookies

Use a new fruit or vegetable once a month or in a new way (another 18)

Persimmon Cookies
Fruit and Nut Bread
Kumquat Chocolate Bark
Fried Green Tomatoes
Breaded Fennel
Rainbow Vegetable Pizza
Roasted Vegetables
Lemon Sugar CookiesTriple
Berry Rhubarb Slab Pie

Schiaffoni Pasta with Vegetables
Parmesan Asparagus
Oven Baked Pancake with Berries
Breakfast Pear Cake
Figgy Scones
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Roasted Tomatoes Mini Pizzas
Zucchini Bread with Pineapple
Strawberry Ice Box Cake
Cherry Berry Jelly
Strawberry Granola Yogurt Popsicle
Kumquat Oatmeal Bread

So I have 18 months until my 55 birthday, I have a lot of cooking to do.  I believe I have 68 items to fulfill, I recognize some will be over lapped with a spice, herb, or fruit/vegetable.  This should be fun, a new adventure.  Wish me luck, encourage me, check on me to keep me on track.  I will let you know when I have accomplished one.


  1. This is not 55!

    1. Ellen Garrett · · Reply

      So this many look like a cop out but I have come up with some direction at least. Thanks for the reminder. What would you like to see me try?

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