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For the past few years, I’ve posted a Culinary Bucket List. This is simply a list of recipes I’d like to tackle in the upcoming year. Whether it’s an exercise in frustration or inspiration depends on your outlook. I rarely make all the items on the list. Some years I don’t make even half. But the list isn’t a set of goals. It’s a creative, “What About” process that gets me thinking beyond the usual seasonal/holiday fare. I pull out long-ignored cookbooks to see what new dishes, new techniques catch my fancy. While I eventually tick a few items off the list, I also end up making dishes I hadn’t heard or thought of. So I figure it all evens out in the end.

This past year I accomplished only the Portuguese Custard Tarts and the pot stickers. However, I had no idea I’d be making old-fashioned treats like Sugarplums and Sticky Toffee Pudding. But I’m glad I did. So is my sister, who has requested Sticky Toffee Pudding, complete with the Bailey’s Caramel Sauce, for her birthday dessert. When experimenting with the barbecue, I created a recipe for Smoked Sugar Ice Cream that my husband still mentions on occasion with a wistful voice. For my mother, I cooked up a batch of black currant jam that actually tastes like black currants and reminds her of the intense preserves of her youth. I even made some apricot sherbet to go with it in a frosty homage to a baked Easter treat. For myself, I made light-as-air Crostoli.

My 2015 Culinary Bucket List

Kouign Amann
Chiffon Cake (flavour to match my mood)
Homemade Raspberry Liqueur
Chicken Lababdar
Homemade Nutella
Orange Olive Oil Cake
Sourdough Bread – with homemade starter
Salted Caramel Cake
Lasagna totally homemade — noodles and filling
Lemon and Ginger Marmalade
Buche de Noel
Homemade Fortune Cookies

What items would you add?

From The Messy Baker.

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