The Lead Paint Cookbook Bloject

2 Dec

One of my favorite twitter friends, who I shall refer to only as “Cookbook” for reasons of national security, has created a fun new project for bloggers who like to cook. She is inviting people to make a list of 25 things they always wanted to make but have never gotten around to for one reason or another. And then to cook from said list.

I’ll be honest with you: I have avoided making most of these things because I am chicken. I’m intimidated by some of them which is why this project is the perfect way to confront these fears take a risk. It could all go horribly wrong, and in front of the whole entire internet. But it could also lead to triumph.

I have to say that part of the reason I’m brave enough to attempt this is thanks to Bri at Sarcasmically and her NaDeNeFoMo project.

The other part of the reason is that my friend David came over one time and demanded we attempt to make mochi in front of a live studio audience. It turned out surprisingly well, given what we had to work with. Ahem.

Cookbook has proposed participants make their list of 25 Things to Cook, and we’ll take time each month to cook one item off that list and share the results on our blog. If this sounds like a fun challenge to you, head on over to her blog and sign up by posting in her comments.

My List of 25 Things to Cook

1.  Bagels – Making bagels is also on my Life List
2.  Chile Mole – a Guatemalan dish that I’ll have to learn from Mama Juani
3. Black Beans – prepared the Guatemalan way via instructions from Mama Juani
4. A cake – I don’t know which one. Any one I make myself will be an accomplishment
6. Sushi rice – this has seemed like a magical art to me
7. Chicken Picatta – I freaking love it
8. A steak – steak has always been so prohibitively expensive I’ve never bothered.
9. Sugar cookies with Frosting – because I have some cookie cutters I’m dying to use
10. Sunday Salsa – I’ve been meaning to make Sunday’s salsa forever now
11.  Sunday Fruit Pie – Like a Home Run Pie, except delicious
12. Chicken nuggets – I want to make a huge batch and freeze them
13. Sweet Potato Fries – the deep-fried version.
14. Pasta – I can only imagine fresh pasta as sublime
15. Vegetable Tempura – It’s true, I’m afraid of deep frying. But I love tempura.
16. Udon or Ramen – basically I want to create a delicious, brothy, Asian noodle soup.
17. Miso – I’ve never been able to recreate restaurant miso.
18. Cream Cheese Wontons – my favorite restaurant (now closed) used to serve these
19. Fondue – I own multiple fondue pots for chrissake.
20. Flavored Popcorn – I love me some poppin’ corns
21. A Classic Sauce of Some Sort – Yeah, I’ll figure this out later.
22. Grated carrots and beet salad – the staining power alone has held me back from this.
23. Pizza – Anthony wants to make this, too.
24. Mushroom Muffin Tartlet – It has mushrooms, so I’m all over it.
25. Swedish Christmas Bread – I’m the oldest daughter in my Swedish family, so I owe it to Saint Lucia to make this.

16 Responses to “The Lead Paint Cookbook Bloject”

  1. Cookbook December 2, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Thanks for the shout-out — and all are welcome, the more the merrier, etc.!

    Your list is great, very well-thought-out. You have a good mix of basics and fancier dishes.

    I’m with you on the steak; that was on my list of 100 and may very well end up on my final 25. I don’t own a grill and like you have always considered steak a bit too expensive to futz around with.

    • LittleBig December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am #

      I’m super excited about thus project, er, bloject. And hey, thus gives me an idea…

  2. Elizabeth December 2, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    I’m game. 2011 is going to be about baking bread for me, but this will also be a good challenge.

    • LittleBig December 2, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Sweet! I can’t wait to see your list.

  3. Tristina December 2, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I have made my own pasta once and it was awesome. I made mushroom ricotta raviolis with a sage butter sauce and it was heavenly. It’s actually really easy to do, too!

    I’ve always wanted to make my own bagels.

    Stephen and I made from-scratch grilled pizzas for my baby shower. I can send you the dough recipe if you want. It’s super easy and tasty.

    • LittleBig December 2, 2010 at 10:59 am #

      You totally just killed me with your pasta desciption. OMFG. And i’d love the recipe!

  4. sarcasmically December 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    can you do it for me, by proxy? you always do the most fun projects that i just don’t have time for. 😦

    so if you will, make some of these 🙂

    ok i know you won’t but i had to try.

    • LittleBig December 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm #


      I will totally do this project for both of us. Quick, think of a name for our team!

    • LittleBig December 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

      Team Deep Space Pickles it is!

  5. purplequark December 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    This is a very cool list! I’ve doodled with a couple things on that list. Are the Guatemalan black beans the ones you “roll” over and over? Those are crazy delicious.
    Now you have me thinking about bagels.

    Hmm…maybe I should create my own list. I’ll tinker with it and post it up…whether I can get to it…another story. Hmm…

    • LittleBig December 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

      I have no idea how grandma makes them, but I need to find out!

      Jose, you should totally make a list (and post it!) even if you don’t have time to get around to it for awhile. It’s fun to see people’s lists.


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