The List

     I've always been interested in trying a variety of things in the kitchen, but between the blog and my ever-growing interest in all things food, I've been compiling a long mental list of things I want to try.  That's the beautiful thing about cooking and baking - there's always more to learn and more to master.  It's exciting to think about this hobby of mine as a lifelong journey that will allow me to continuously refine my skills, challenge myself and, hopefully, feed the people around me some amazing food. I fear that I may at times add more things to this list than I cross off of it, but that's fine with me. 
     I like the process of making things from scratch because it affords me the opportunity to see what goes into food.  There's something magical about seeing what a few egg whites can become when combined with an electric mixer and some patience. Likewise, nothing says perspective like the amount of butter, sugar, cream cheese and eggs that goes into a cheesecake. Items on the list are generally things that I want to make from scratch and I'm including things that have already been crossed off the mental list - just because they didn't happen to appear on the blog doesn't mean I shouldn't get credit! And of course I welcome suggestions about anything complicated, unusual and delicious that comes to your mind. 

Apple Pie
Baked Alaska
Blueberry Scones
Buttercream Frosting
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Stock
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Eggplant Parmesean
French Bread
French Onion Soup
Fried Chicken
Fried Rice
Garlic Knots
Ice Cream
Lemon Meringue Pie
Macaroni and Cheese
Miso Soup
Mushroom Lasagna
Poached Eggs
Rack of Lamb
Red Velvet Cake
Steel Cut Oats
Stuffed Mushrooms
Tuna tartare