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 once a month (between now 11/13 and my 55th birthday 7/15, that should be good for 18 dishes)
Prepare 1 new recipe monthly from one of my many cookbooks (ditto to above parentheses comment)
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 (another 18)
Fruit and Nut Bread
Kumquat Chocolate Bark
Fried Green Tomatoes
Breaded Fennel
Rainbow Vegetable Pizza
Roasted Vegetables
Lemon Sugar Cookies
Triple Berry Rhubarb Slab Pie
Schiaffoni Pasta with Vegetables
Parmesan Asparagus
Oven Baked Pancake with Berries

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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