25 recipes challenge

A quick update before we head home for Christmas: E has thrown down a culinary gauntlet, and I have taken it up. Or something like that.

The 25 Recipes Challenge: cook 25 recipes/dishes/etc in 2011 that you have always wanted to be able to make but have been afraid of. E credits Ms. Little Big for the idea. I’m usually not all that into these kinds of challenges, especially now that I’m trying to juggle full time employment and part time studying again, but I can’t get this one out of my head.

So three weeks later, here is my challenge to myself for 2011:

25 recipes challenge
1. mussels
2. eclairs
3. linguine with clam sauce
4. crackers
5. brioche
6. challah
7. cioppino
8. beef wellington
9. roast duck
10.  soft boiled eggs
11. lobster (particularly terrifying)
12. ricotta
13. ice cream
14. omelets
15. pot roast
16. mayonnaise
17. tofu
18. blini with sour cream and caviar
19. caramel
20. lasagna (completely from scratch, including the noodles)
21. creme brulee
22. browned butter anything (i can’t brown butter without burning it)
23. chicken piccata done right
24. marshmallows
25. chestnut stuffing
EDIT: 26. sourdough bread

The observant will notice that most of these fall into four themes: bread baking, very particular egg dishes, large cuts of meat, and shellfish. Wish me luck, here goes nothing!

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12 Responses to 25 recipes challenge

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hooray! We should coordinate our making of pot roast and caramel, though those two things should probably not be combined. Also challah is WAY easier than I thought – it just takes a lot of time to rise. And crackers are totally, totally rewarding.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Oh and also Smitten Kitchen posted about mussels yesterday! And when you come visit (see what I did there, ‘when’), we’ll go to The Earle and get mussels for $2.75/dozen with good wine and bread.

  3. Sarah says:

    Yes, we should definitely coordinate! And I saw SmittenKitchen’s broiled mussels, they sounded amazing. Yay challenge!

  4. Cookbook says:

    Welcome aboard! =)

  5. wellmet says:

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to stretching my comfort zone.

  6. Jeff says:

    If you are scared to make tofu, you should start with hiyayakko, a traditional Japanese tofu dish that doesn’t involve any cooking, per se:


  7. wellmet says:

    Actually, I’m not at all intimidated by cooking with tofu, we do that once or twice a week. I just want to make tofu from scratch.

    Hope Japan is wonderful!

  8. Dan says:

    Omelets are cake. (Figuratively)

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