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Working on the next list….

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” – food writer Adelle Davis

This blog started off as a happy distraction to turning 30.  In that regard it was HIGHLY successful as 30 came and went in a swirl of champagne and lobster.  It was also successful by measure of total butter consumption, increased dinner parties, and a spike in the use of puff pastry.

So, as I get ready to launch the NEXT LIST I need your help.  I had been brainstorming a “theme” for my list, when I realized we’re 31 weeks from my 31st birthday.  As we say in the flyover house it was “MTB” (Meant To Be).   So, the next list created itself:  31 Before 31.

There are so many classic recipes and quintessential dishes out there….time for me to conquer 31 more that I’ve never before attempted.  Here’s where you come in: I need help filling up the remainder of the list.  I’m stuck at number 22.

So tell me, what are you “quintessential” dishes?  Are they things your grandmother made from scratch?  Or a favorite item you always order at restaurants? Or just things you’ve heard of again and again?

I have a couple of each category on the list so far:  rack of lamb (classic); Baked Alaska (heard of it…no idea what it is); gnocchi (ordered again and again); and I have perogies on the list, mostly to win points with my mom.

Also, I added a type of bread to the list at the request of a friend who thinks its “funny when you get frustrated”.  See what a good sport I am!?

Ok, so give me your ideas.  I still need 8 or 9 mores to round out this list of mine.  Send me your classics….help!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

p.s. I’m so excited to get cooking again! I’ve missed you.

p.p.s. Confession: I already started the first item on the new list!!!

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Update 1: List of 30….

30 Before 30….UPDATE!

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” -Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Quick update of where we are on our list:

  • 4 recipes done, 26 to go.
  • 1 underwhelming end result, 1 lovely housewarming gift, 1 delicious french sauce, and 1 fabulous piece o’ beef
  • 5 never before used ingredients
  • 1 indulgent dinner party
  • 1 1/2 pounds of butter used.  I know…you’re so impressed.

I haven’t been cooking as quickly as I had hoped….time to pick up the pace! My “2 recipes a week” schedule has been derailed by weekends pretending that I could still attend bachelorette parties/weddings and not feel almost 30 the following day.  But, don’t worry intrepid eaters, we’ll make it.  This will come to a more satisfying conclusion than LOST did.  Seriously…so many questions!!

And a friendly notice to our upcoming house guests, local friends, and dinner invitees: start fasting now…you’ve got lots to eat.  Also, please buy some more wine.

Here’s where we stand:

1. Paella– still pending

2. Crown Roast/Standing Rib Roast– going to require its own dinner party!

3. Gravy– I have a recipe chosen and willing participants!

4. Homemade pasta and Bolognese sauce – nothing planned yet

5. Potato Latkes– I’m thinking a weeknight dinner for this one.

6. Hollandaise Sauce Great success!

7. Duck l’Orange– have a friend who’s called “dibs” on this one for dinner.

8. Some kind of Curry A little underwhelming…but great leftovers!

9. Red Velvet Cake– 30th birthday cake?!

10. Real Fried Chicken– mmmmm, anytime sounds good.

11. Salmon on a Plank– perfect for a summer grill out.  Who wants in on this one?

12. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls– we have July house guests…so this will be perfect!

13. Soft pretzels– no plans yet

14. Lobster– a few friends pitched the idea of a “BYOL” party…which could be interesting.  Very interesting.

15. Soupe de poisson or similarly, bouillabaisse– still in the works

16. Chicago Style pizzanext week!

17. Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes– no plans yet…anyone want to plan a wine and dessert night?

18. A “Turducken”– making for a friends housewarming party in July

19. Sourdough Bread– may have to get the “starter” going next week

20. Shepherd’s Pie– no plans yet

21. Coq au vin– might be perfect for another round of house guests.  Guess people aren’t so much flying over as they are staying over…

22. A really, genuinely good casseroleWe’re armed and ready to deploy! Watch for it soon…

23. Pea Soup– waiting for a cool spell…it’s been too hot in flyover country!

24. Soufflé– gathered a few recipes, now I just have to work up the courage!

25. Real Gumbo– perfect for another group dinner.  I’m sensing trend here…

26. Tiramisu– maybe bring this along to book club?

27. Homemade Applesauce So simple. So delicious.  So….apple-y.

28. Polenta– weeknight dinner with the handsome husband

29. Beef Wellington Blown. Away.

30. Key Lime Pie– making for our 4th of July house guests…lucky them!

Set the table....it's time to eat!!

So: hit the treadmill…the next few weeks will be full of butter and deliciousness. Thank you to everyone who’s been reading….I’m having more fun than you can imagine!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

p.s. Hope you are enjoy the long weekend!