Culinary Life List


1. Learn to make North Carolina barbeque
2. Find a culinary idol
3. Write a cookbook
4. Publish a cookbook
5. Eat on each of the seven continents
6. Raise honey bees
7. Eat more pie
8. Have a vegetable & fruit garden
9. Grow all of our own vegetables
10. Eat seasonably
11. Raise chickens
12. Grow avocados.
13. Find the perfect barbeque sandwich
14. Thank Mrs. Amico for her cookies
15. Compost
16. Write my own recipes
17. Bake all my own bread
18. Keep a sourdough starter alive
19. Pass a sourdough starter on to my children
20. Scan all of my grandmother’s recipes
21. Host a monthly dinner party
22. Convince everyone I know to say “pecan” the right way
23. Build a collection of photography props
24. Eat local cuisine in all 50 states
25. Plant a pomegranate tree
26. Frequent a butcher
27. Learn how to make a turkey that has moist meat and crunchy skin
28. Make my husband creme brulee
29. Perfect the art of mayonaisse
30. Try every kind of cheese
31. Learn how to make cheese
32. Learn how to make chocolate
33. Visit a coffee plantation
34. Amass a collection of professional kitchen tools
35. Create a kitchen that is also a studio
36. Make my kitchen the center of my home
37. Always have dessert on hand (and learn self control around dessert)
38. Make the perfect cup of coffee
39. Taste more in Scotch than burning
40. Take a scotch tour of Scotland with my husband
41. Learn how to deep fry a turkey
42. Create a collection of handmade recipe books that my children will fight over
43. Make more cakes, for Dan
44. Try and understand the appeal of all parts of the animal
45. Write more pie recipes
46. Make 100% of what I serve guests myself
47. Show people that creating food from scratch is easy, affordable, and fun
48. Learn to make puff pastry
49. Own farm land
50. Peel a pomegranate without popping a single seed
51. Learn how to make jerky
52. Learn how to clean and filet a fish
53. Learn how to slow roast a pork shoulder
54. Build a house with a wood burning stove
55. Build a kitchen with higher countertops
56. Perfect my knife skills
57. Learn how to make tortillas
58. Successfully process raw legumes
59. Spear a fish
60. Do a lobster dive
61. Take my husband deep sea fishing in North Carolina
62. Buy a vacuum sealer
65. Make rocky road ice cream
66. Find my pizelle iron and make pizelles
67. Take a successful camping trip and cook a firetop meal
68. Pass on my family food traditions
69. Learn Dan’s family food traditions
70. Learn more about wine
71. Learn enough about wine to discuss it with my brother in law
72. Make the perfect pudding for banana pudding
73. Teach a cooking class
74. Make our own sausages
75. Find the perfect potholder
76. Join a local food group
77. Become a regular customer at a Farmer’s Market
78. Open a pie shop/brewery with my husband
79. Call it “Pies & Pints”
80. Create less food waste
81. Learn to cook without cutting (or grating) myself
82. Cut an onion without crying
83. Finish my wine corkboard
84. Stop buying pre-cut vegetables
85. Learn more about mushrooms
86. Grow heirloom vegetables
87. Steam my own crabs
88. Eat 100% organically
89. Grow as a food photographer
90. Build a farm table for my kitchen
91. Sit down to dinner every night with my family
92. Preach the gospel of eating whole real food
93. Learn to like sauerkraut, for Dan’s sake
94. Learn to like escarole, for my mom’s sake
95.  Drink sangria in Spain
96. Convince people that “barbeque” is a noun
97. Convert Northerners one Bojangles biscuit at a time
98. Pickle my own okra
99. Eat well, every day
100. Feel passionately about food everyday, never stop loving and enjoying the eating experience