25 Dishes Before 25

The word “and” as well as ampersands mean a lot to me. I’ve never been able to identify myself as just one thing or from just one place: I’m a reader, a writer, a baker, a golfer, a beer-lover, so on and so forth. I’m from Muncie, Georgia, Italy, and Paris. I’m composed of pieces from each place I’ve lived, different identities…I’m quite a few long sentences filled with lists. This leaves me open to a lot of different experiences in life, and I’m constantly looking around the corner for something new to learn. Right now I’m extremely happy to call myself a baker, but recently I’ve closed myself off to the possibility of being better at cooking, and I want to change that. I want to keep learning and growing in as many directions as possible.

My friend Ashley created a list of 25 things to do in her 25th year, which inspired this idea. My goal is to make 25 different dishes using ingredients I have never cooked or baked with, before I turn 25 (next May). I have started this small list (some are simple and inexpensive, some are pricier), I may remove or add ingredients/dishes, and I’d really love your ideas on what to make with these! My plan is to list the next ingredient with each of these posts so I can get some input and recommendations on how to use them.

I can’t wait to share this with you. And for my friends who live in the area – let’s do some of these together, yeah?

  1. (1) I’d be happy to give you some Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes when you visit.
    (2) Let’s make duck in orange sauce. Assuming we can find a duck. Classic. Basic. French. (Some of my favorit adjectives.)

    • thebakeandbrew said:

      Yes! Let’s! A great way to celebrate Bastille Day.

  2. Heffenista said:

    I wish I would’ve done something cool like this before I turned 25 this year. Better work on stuff for 30…oh god 30.

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