Cooking ‘Bucket List’!

To be completely honest, I’ve never been very adventurous in the kitchen. My normal cooking routine doesn’t get anymore exciting than the likes of chicken breasts, ground beef, green beans, potatoes, pasta, and apple pie. 😉 My meals are about as Americanized and ‘safe’ as you can get, with the inclusion of Mexican, Italian, and French-Canadian dishes that are thrown in for delicious measure.

Tofu has never once set foot on my dinner table (if tofu had feet to set anywhere), but I have eaten it – and actually enjoyed it – before. I’ve cooked with leeks only once, and I have absolutely no idea what a rutabaga looks like… or tastes like, for that matter. I’ve never tried real Thai or Indian food. And as far as cheese goes, I know that there are countless varieties and flavors; but I’m perfectly content to stick with Cheddar, cream cheese, parmesan, and occasionally Colby Jack (when I’m feeling particularly adventurous).

That being said, I have – as of late – been inspired to step out of my normal routine and to expand my horizons a bit. I’m not ashamed that the foods I serve are about as exotic as the local farms they came from. Hey, the hubby and I like these dishes, and there’s no shame in cooking what you love! But on the other hand, I want to substitute staple food items with homemade, all-natural foods whenever possible.

For example, when I was first married, I would buy frozen meatballs; but now that I know how easy they are to make from scratch, I wouldn’t dream of doing that. But I still buy canned beans. A frozen pizza has found its way into my freezer more than I care to admit. And I still can’t seem to find kale recipes that my husband will enjoy.

ALSO I have a list of things that I’ve yet to prepare but that I would love to tackle… and conquer. Hmmmm, three-layer cake anyone?

SO I thought that I would make myself a cooking ‘bucket list’ to encourage myself to face my kitchen fears and dreams! 🙂 (It’s also probably because I love cooking almost as much as I love making lists and then crossing items off). *sheepish grin* A couple of these are already listed on my Life Sparkles List, but I thought I’d share this To-Try-Cooking-List with all of you. 🙂 (I know that I’ll be adding plenty more yummy eats and treats to this list in the near future)!

What’s on your must-try-cooking list?

Nicole’s Cooking ‘Bucket List’

Cook:
A whole turkey
A meal with quinoa
A pork roast

Bake:
A homemade cinnamon raisin bread
Homemade donuts
Homemade bagels
A pavlova
Bake, frost, and decorate a three-layer cake
Meringues
Macaroons
Make:
Homemade gnocchi
Pickled beats
Homemade icecream
Homemade baked beans
Homemade jam
Jello-jigglers (because they’re fun and I haven’t had them since I was a kid)

Fry:
Homemade donuts

Whip up a batch of:
Homemade granola

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