Thirty Things to Make While I’m Thirty

I can’t believe it, readers. I’m thirty today. How in the world did that happen? It feels like just yesterday I was ponying up to the bar to order my first legal drink on my 21st birthday! My how things change. For the better, I might add. I’m so happy now and can only see my life getting even better. What a great feeling!

My life’s going to get tastier, too. I’ve decided that this year, to celebrate being thirty, I’m going to make all thirty items on this list. Some things I chose as challenges. Some were chosen because I want learn certain, specific techniques. I chose a couple because I want to find the ultimate recipe. And some were chosen because they have sentimental value to me.

I can’t wait to get started on these recipes. I hope you’ll enjoy my work, as well!

Thirty Things to Make While I’m Thirty

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1. oatmeal raisin cookies
2. whole wheat bread
3. pita bread
4. homemade pasta
5. tabbouleh
6. chocolate mousse (white chocolate mousse with strawberries)
7. Southern buttermilk biscuits
8. challah
9. English muffins
10. sugar cookies with royal icing (chocolate peppermint cookies with royal icing)
11. creme brulee
12. salsa verde
13. flank steak
14. soft pretzels
15. berry pie (bumbleberry pie)
16. lasagna
17. mint chocolate chip ice cream
18. gelato (raspberry)
19. pizza dough
20. coconut cream pie
21. carnitas
22. Swedish meatballs
23. pad thai
24. peach cobbler
25. tiramisu (sweet tea tiramisu)
26. ebelskivers
27. focaccia
28. souffle
29. chocolate budino tart
30. eclairs

I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I can’t wait to get started. If you’ve got incredible recipes, send them my way. I’d love to see them. Time to get cooking. Stay tuned!

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  1. Josie
    February 3, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    Happy Birthday!! What a fun challenge!

  2. Jen
    February 3, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    Great list! Good luck with your 30 items. I have some of those things in my blog…1. oatmeal raisin cookies6. chocolate mousse11. creme brulee14. soft pretzelsMy mother in law has a great peach cobbler recipe as well if you want me to dig it out for you.

  3. bpraet
    February 3, 2010 / 5:21 pm

    Happy Birthday! I also turned 30 this year and you have inspired me to make my own list!

  4. Kelsey
    February 3, 2010 / 5:35 pm

    Thanks, ladies! I love the recipes 🙂

  5. Jade
    February 3, 2010 / 5:35 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I have a few recipes you could look at if you are interested:Oatmeal Raisin Cookies English Muffin

  6. Mama Jan
    February 3, 2010 / 5:52 pm

    I love this idea! I'm turning 30 this year too, maybe I will put together a list of my own!Happy birthday 🙂

  7. amy
    February 3, 2010 / 5:54 pm

    Happy 30th Birthday!! I will be a part of the 30's club in less than three months. That's a great idea to make a list. I might do something like that as well.

  8. Meghan
    February 3, 2010 / 6:09 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! This sounds like a great list! I love the idea 🙂

  9. ashley
    February 3, 2010 / 6:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! Fun challenge! I should do something like that! and a few recipes for your recipe hunt! Soft Pretzels Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

  10. beeskneeslife
    February 3, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  11. Anonymous
    February 3, 2010 / 7:32 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KELS!! I love the list, but with tabbouleh, pita and sone of my other faves on there, I'm probably biased. 🙂

  12. Amy
    February 3, 2010 / 8:29 pm

    Happy Birthday, my love! 🙂 I'm totally with you on the peach cobbler…my great-grandmother made the best one ever, but I've always been too afraid to try it! But I have no doubt you'll make a delicious one (unless it has biscuits on which case, we can't be friends anymore). ;-)I hope you have an amazingly wonderful day, and an even better year!Love,

  13. Just Breathe
    February 3, 2010 / 8:59 pm

    Happy Birthday.I think I should make some of those. Are you going to give us the recipes as you go?

  14. Bridget
    February 3, 2010 / 9:52 pm

    Happy birthday Kelsey! 30 is a big one.I love your list. So many fun things!Let me suggest some recipes:-For whole wheat bread, try Reinhart's version in my and TPOX's blog. I'm also interested in the one branny recently published (from King Arthur Flour maybe?)-I've tried a couple different pita bread recipes, and they've been equally good.-Cooks Illustrated's recipes for pad Thai and tiramisu are better than any I've had elsewhere, even at restaurants.-I've made 2 oatmeal cookies recipes that I love. One is Tartine's, it's in my blog, and the other is CI's. It's called something like "Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans, Chocolate Chunks, and Dried Cherries." Neither are classic oatmeal raisin, so you'd need to adapt them a bit, but they might give you a great base recipe.

  15. Rebecca
    February 3, 2010 / 11:56 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Looks like a great list and I can't wait to look at some of those recipes once you post them on your blog! Cheers!

  16. Peabody
    February 4, 2010 / 1:05 am

    Looks like a good list.

  17. Ashley
    February 4, 2010 / 1:16 am

    Happy Birthday! I am right behind you – I turn 30 in a little over a year and it's freaking me out! I actually made Swedish Meatballs tonight, and will put it on my cooking blog soon!I check out your blog regularly and am a huge fan!

  18. Ashley
    February 4, 2010 / 1:28 am

    PS Is it okay if I borrow this idea but change it to 30 Things to Make Before I'm 30?? 🙂

  19. elly
    February 4, 2010 / 1:34 am

    happy birthday! looks like a great list. eclairs are on mine, too!

  20. Kelsey
    February 4, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    Thanks for all the well wishes and recipes, ladies. I love how many of you are planning on making your own lists. It wasn't my intention to start this, but I think it's great. Let's get cooking!

  21. Anonymous
    February 4, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday!

  22. Natalie
    February 7, 2010 / 1:05 am

    happy birthday! can't wait to watch you make all of these 🙂

  23. Anna
    February 7, 2010 / 3:31 pm

    Happy birthday! I'm 30 too, and I do love it. It took some mental adjustment to leave the 20s, but it is a good place to be.I LOVE the idea of this list! I have an upcoming bday (gulp: 31!) and this idea makes it so much more fun! I will do one up, too. 🙂

  24. Ashley
    February 9, 2010 / 1:18 am

    Hey Kelsey, I just made swedish meatballs on my blog if you want to check it out! :)

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