30 Before 30


Thirty’s the new twenty, right??

Ready for some brutal honesty? I turned 29 30 last week. Ugh… just typing that made me cringe. The fact is, I’m now 355 days closer to the big 3-0 officially in my thirties and there are lots of things that I’ve wanted to, but haven’t yet, tackled in the kitchen. Of course, there are things outside of the kitchen that I’ve wanted to do, too.

I’ve seen ’30 By 30′ lists on several blogs; some complete their list before the big day and some, during the year that follows. Me? I’m attempting to “get ‘er done” ahead of time. I also decided to split the list up. Twenty-five food-related goals (heavy on the carbs, please) and five fun ones. Ready to follow along and laugh? 🙂

1. Sourdough Bread (including starter)
2. Fry Bread (and Corn Soup, too!)
3. Croissants
4. Pretzel Bites
5. Matzoh
6. Pita Bread
7. Potato Pancakes
8. Homemade Pasta
9. Ravioli
10. Spaetzel
11. Chicken & Dumplings
12. Spanakopita
13. Red Cabbage
14. Graham Crackers
15. Doughnuts
16. Verrines
17. Mousse au Chocolat
18. Black Forest Cheesecake
19. Lattice-top Pie Crust-Sugar Cookies
20. Tah-oah (Comanche-style beef jerky)
21. Sauerbraten
22. Hummus
23. Hot Apple Cider
24. Limoncello
25. Eggnog

26. Learn to play golf
27. Learn to sew (6/8/11: first lesson down!)
28. Learn to play the fiddle
29. Restore my 1940s kitchen cabinet
30. Run a Half-Marathon (REGISTERED & RUN!!)

31. Donate to Locks of Love


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1 Paula (Salad in a Jar) March 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

What an interesting idea! I foresee no trouble with 1-25. But the last five? In one year? This I gotta see. Take lots of pictures–especially of the last 5. Thanks for including us in the fun.


2 Leslie March 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

And 50 is the new 30, right? 🙂

Enjoy ticking things off your list!


3 Candace March 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

I would love to do most of those things too!
Good luck!!!
Maybe we can do some together!!!
Love ya!!!


4 Spike March 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

I’m nearing 31 and I already love my 30s way more than 20s- the best is to come! Can’t wait to see your baking milestones. Have fun with your list!


5 Emily March 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’ve wanted to run a half-marathon for ages! Maybe we can do #30 together. 🙂


6 Eliana March 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I love your list! I am going to have to make a similar one, even though I turned 30 six months ago.


7 jeannette March 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

how inspiring. i think that i’ll do this when the big day comes for me 🙂 can’t wait to see you learning to play the fiddle 😉


8 Tracey March 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Fun list! Can’t wait to see you work your way through it.


9 Amanda March 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

And I’ve got about 3 weeks. Hmmm. Way to put on the pressure Jess! 😉


10 Margaret May 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Fun list. So many good things in the first 25!!


11 Adriana June 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

I didn’t get to see this until now! What a great idea – I’ll make sure to come back and see how you are doing with your list. Off to check out your sourdough; that was in my Memorial Day to-try list but I killed my starter (or rather never gave it a chance to develop).


12 Kate@Diethood June 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

This is a fun idea… I should have done something like this.
I want to see the 1940’s kitchen cabinet! 🙂


13 JK Tasty Mayhem September 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I love spanakopita and was taught by a friend’s aunt to make them when I was about 12. When you want to tackle that one let me know, and I’ll bake along. Could even set up a Skype session…(JKTM – also known as Jen)


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