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Chopped Challenge Thursday: Almonds, Beer, Tomatoes and Marshmallow Fluff

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This weeks Chopped Challenge Mystery Basket included beer, almonds, tomatoes and marshmallow fluff…  again!

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I combined the beer and almonds to make one of my favorite side dishes, onion rings.

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I then combined the marshmallow fluff and tomatoes to make a side of BBQ sauce for dipping.

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The final result of “Chopped Challenge Thursday” Week Ten: Beer Battered Almond Crusted Onion Rings with a Sweet Marshmallow BBQ Sauce

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Ingredients (BBQ Sauce – makes 2 cups)

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

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Puree until a thick sauce forms.

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Place in the refrigerator while preparing the onion rings.

Ingredients (Onion Rings – makes app. 30)

  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

Begin by slicing the onions into 1/4 inch rounds.

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Next, whisk together the egg, milk and beer. Pour the mixture over the onions.

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Next, blend together the almonds and cornmeal in a food processor.

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Place in a shallow dish.  Combine the flour, salt and cayenne pepper in a separate shallow dish.

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Next, heat a small amount of olive or canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then pre-heat the oven to 400° and prepare a baking dish topped with cooling racks on the side of the skillet.

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Now, you’re ready to go!

Begin, by moving the onions from the milk and beer mixture to the flour mixture, coat well, then toss them back into the milk and beer, then into the cornmeal almond mixture.  Coat well then place into the skillet and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes.

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Remove from the skillet and place on the baking sheet.

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Bake for 6-8 minutes then remove from the oven.

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Serve with the Sweet Marshmallow BBQ Sauce for dipping.

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This is the perfect way to eat your favorite crispy side dish without the guilt of eating fried foods!

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Pie with Pumpkin Ice Cream

This Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Pie topped with homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream is the perfect fall dessert combining a warm pie with delicious fall flavors!

Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Cookie Pie with Pumpkin Ice Cream

From the minute I saw this weeks chopped challenge mystery basket I knew a dessert was about to be made!

Chopped Challenge Ingredients Week Five

Hershey’s chocolate morsels, caramel, pecans and pumpkin, all ingredients that scream fall dessert!

Not wanting to make a traditional pie or try to combine all of the ingredients into one dish I decided to make a cookie pie using the Hershey’s chocolate morsels as the chocolate chips and adding caramelized pecans to the dish.  I then decided to turn the pumpkin into a delicious ice cream to top the warm cookie pie.

The final result of “Chopped Challenge Thursday” Week Five: Chocolate Chip Caramelized Pecan Cookie Pie with Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream.

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Ingredients (cookie pie)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (separated) (3/4 cup melted)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla (separated)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 bag ( 1 3/4 cups) Hershey’s Mini Kisses
  • 1 bag (14 oz) caramels
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups crushed pecans

Ingredients (pumpkin ice cream)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 4 eggs (whisked)
  • 3/4 gallon whole milk
  • 7-8 pounds ice
  • 2 cups ice cream salt

Start by preparing the ice cream. Combine the sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in the bottom of the ice cream canister.

How to make Pumpkin Ice Cream

Next, add the pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, whipping cream and mix well.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe

Then add two cups of the whole milk to a small saucepan over low heat.  When warm add in the whisked eggs. Continue whisking the mixture regularly for 2-3 minutes making sure the temperature does not get too warm to cook the eggs.

Warming eggs in milk

Add the mixture to the canister then add the rest of the whole milk to the “fill line” on the ice cream canister.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Mix together well then place the canister inside the ice cream maker.  Surround the canister with ice and salt then plug the ice cream maker in to begin the freezing process.

While the ice cream is freezing begin making the cookie pie.  Still remember to fill the outside of the ice cream maker with ice and salt when needed. If the ice level is too low the freezing process will stop and runny ice cream will result…. and I know that no one wants that!

For the cookie pie, begin by making the caramelized pecans. Unwrap each caramel and place into a medium pan over low to medium heat.  Add 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp vanilla and 1/4 cup butter to the caramels.

Making Caramel Sauce

Stir consistently until the caramels are fully melted.  Then add in the pecans.

Caramelizing Pecans

Remove from heat and mix until the pecans are well coated. Set to the side while you prepare the cookie dough.

Start by combining the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.  Next cream together the butter and sugars.  Add in 1 tbsp vanilla, the whole egg and egg yolk.  Mix well, then add in the flour mixture.

Cookie Dough

Next, mix in the chocolate chips or mini Hershey’s kisses.

Hershey Kiss Cookie Dough

Finally, add 1 cup of the caramelized pecans to the mixture.

Chocolate Chip Caramel Pecan Cookie Dough

Mix well then place into a greased pie plate.

Hershey Kiss Carmel Pecan Cookie Pie

Place in a 350° oven for 25-30 minutes or until crisp and brown around the edges.

Before the pie is finished cooking the ice cream machine should shut off and that means… the ice cream is ready!

Pumpkin Ice Cream

While waiting for the pie to come out of the oven, maybe I should go ahead and scoop out some ice cream.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Maybe a couple bowls of it…

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Ding!  Caught by the timer!  The pie is ready!

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Top with the pumpkin ice cream and get ready to gobble down!  The cold ice cream on the warm pie melts quickly!

Hershey Kiss Caramel Pecan Cookie Pie with Pumpkin Ice cream

See, I wasn’t kidding!

Chocolate Pecan Cookie Pie with Pumpkin Ice Cream

This is one decadent, creamy, delicious dessert!

If you like a more crisp cookie pie, I would recommend separating the dough into two pie plates to make a thinner, crisper cookie, rather than a thick chewy cookie (like what I have… and love!)

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Pie with Pumpkin Ice Cream

A warm Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Pie is topped with cool Pumpkin Ice Cream in this delicious fall dessert recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 1636 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Pumpkin Ice Cream

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 4 eggs whisked
  • 3/4 gallon whole milk
  • 7-8 pounds ice
  • 2 cups ice cream salt

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Pie

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter divided - 3/4 cup melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 14 oz chocolate chips or mini Hershey's Kisses
  • 14 oz caramels
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups crushed pecans

Instructions

Pumpkin Ice Cream

  1. Combine the sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in the bottom of the ice cream canister.
  2. Add the pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, whipping cream and mix well.
  3. Add two cups of the whole milk to a small saucepan over low heat.
  4. When warm add in the whisked eggs.
  5. Continue whisking the mixture regularly for 2-3 minutes making sure the temperature does not get too warm to cook the eggs.
  6. Add the mixture to the canister then add the rest of the whole milk to the “fill line” on the ice cream canister.
  7. Mix together well then place the canister inside the ice cream maker.
  8. Surround the canister with ice and salt then plug the ice cream maker in to begin the freezing process.
  9. Continue to fill the outside of the ice cream maker with ice and salt throughout the freezing process.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Pie

  1. Prepare the caramelized pecans by unwrapping each caramel and placing them in a medium pan over low to medium heat.

  2. Add 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp vanilla and 1/4 cup butter to the caramels.

  3. Stir consistently until the caramels are fully melted, then add the pecans.

  4. Remove from heat and mix until the pecans are well coated.

  5. Set to the side while you prepare the cookie dough.

  6. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

  7. Cream together the butter and sugars.

  8. Add in 1 tbsp vanilla, the whole egg and egg yolk.

  9. Mix well, then add in the flour mixture.

  10. Add the chocolate chips or mini Hershey’s kisses.

  11. Add 1 cup of the caramelized pecans to the mixture.

  12. Mix well then place into a greased pie plate.

  13. Place in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes or until crisp and brown around the edges.

Chopped Challenge Thursday: Buffalo Sauce, Poppy Seeds, Coconut and Apple Butter

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Oh happy day, it’s “Chopped Challenge Thursday”!

This weeks “Mystery Basket” included Buffalo Sauce from Paul Kim, Coconut from Amy Black, Poppy Seeds from Dottie Warmbier and Apple Butter from Whitney Hicks.

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Coconut, apple butter, poppy seeds, I could have practically made my Passion Fruit Poppy Seed Muffins with these ingredients.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw both coconut and poppy seeds in my “mystery basket” this week. Up until last weekend I had never cooked with either ingredient! I feel like I have a certain psychic connection with my loyal blog readers a lot of the time!

Now the ingredient that threw me for a loop this week was the buffalo sauce. Not because I don’t know how to use the ingredient, I think it’s pretty obvious from my extensive list of buffalo recipes that I not only know how to use the ingredient, but also have a slight obsession with it. From buffalo chicken pasta to buffalo potato salad to buffalo chicken burgers and buffalo macaroni salad.

Even with almost a dozen buffalo dishes under my belt, I have never combined the delicious sauce with poppy seeds, coconut or apple butter!

After much deliberation I decided to make a coconut and poppy seed crusted chicken, then combine the buffalo sauce and apple butter into a dip… say what?

I know, it sounds weird and to be honest, I had no idea if it was going to be the greatest discovery ever or taste like a third-graders science project, but somehow I made it work!

The final result of “Chopped Challenge Thursday” Week Four: Coconut Poppy Seed Popcorn Chicken with Buffalo Sweet Sauce

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Ingredients – Popcorn Chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken breast (cut into cubes)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 cups rice chex
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs (whisked)
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Buffalo Sweet Sauce

  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Start by using a food processor to turn the rice Chex into a fine crumb mixture. After no large pieces of cereal remain, add the coconut to the food processor.

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Pulse for 15 seconds then place the coconut crumb mixture in a bowl, add the poppy seeds and mix together.

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Next, set up the chicken breading station. Start by placing the flour in one bowl, in another bowl combine the eggs and coconut milk.

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Bread each little piece of popcorn chicken by dipping it in the egg and milk mixture, then in the flour, back into the egg and milk, then over to the coconut poppy seed mix.

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Place the breaded chicken onto a wire rack on top of a baking sheet so that any excess breading falls through the rack and onto the baking sheet.

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Place these little nuggets in the oven at 375° for 25-30 minutes.

While they’re in the oven, it’s time to prepare the Buffalo Sweet Sauce.

Start by combining the apple butter and buffalo sauce.  I know, this sounds really weird, trust me, I had my reservations, but once I tasted it I knew that it could work!

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Next, whisk in the ginger, allspice, apple cider vinegar and sour cream. The sauce is now complete and once the chicken is crispy, the dish is ready to be served!

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Baking the chicken instead of frying it reduces the calories by 30% and cuts the saturated fat in half.

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These would be a great snack for a party…

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… or an easy weeknight dish that the whole family would love!

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I also added some oven fries by simply slicing up a couple of potatoes, drizzling olive oil on top and sprinkling with salt.

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THE San Diego Cheeseburger

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In San Diego there is an ongoing debate in the city, not about politics or the environment, but simply about where to find the best burger.  The two contenders are Hodad’s and… that other burger joint in Pacific Beach.

My winner is and will always be, Hodad’s!

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It’s not even so much the burger though, it’s the combination of a piled high juicy burger with a side of thick and crispy homemade fries and freshly battered onion rings.

And oh yeah, the ringer, the chocolate milkshake which is flown down by little angels from Heaven every time one is ordered. Yes, that is how amazing this milkshake is.

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It’s chocolate ice cream with chocolate milk with chocolate syrup, blended up and topped with more chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup.

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Do I look happy here?

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Blissful maybe? I think ecstatic would be the word I’m looking for. And who wouldn’t be with this deliciousness in front of you!

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Yes, that is two spoons you see.  I actually shared this little piece of Heaven with my Mom.

After all, I did have to save some room for the real deal, THE San Diego cheeseburger.

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This is the MINI bacon cheeseburger. Yes, Mini.  There is also a single and a double with the increase in size to boot.

Don’t be fooled, I have taken down a double before, but with the double there is generally no room left in the belly for the scrumptious sides, and that is just a crime.

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Although I may not go for the “can’t even wrap your mouth around the whole burger” double, I definitely don’t skimp on the toppings. Delicious American cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and their thick cut white onions, which takes me to my next topic of discussion, the almighty onion rings.

I will admit, I did some Onion Ring battering during my 9 month stint of working at Sonic when I was 16. It’s not a fun job, but it has to be done to get those super fresh, never frozen, crispy bites of delicious fried onion.

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See what’s hiding below that massive pile of crisp onion goodness, yeah that would be their fresh-cut fries. Thick cut, well seasoned and, you guessed it, delicious!

Don’t just take my word for it.  My man Guy thought it was pretty good too!  So good, that he did a little show about it.  Maybe you’ve heard of it, Triple D, AKA Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

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THE San Diego Cheeseburger originated in Ocean Beach at the first Hodad’s location. Since then they have opened a second location in Downtown San Diego.  Now, I’m all for expanding successful businesses but I will admit I was weary of trying out the “non-orignal” Hodad’s.

Would it be the same?  Would those little angels be able to find the new location to drop down my heavenly milkshake? Was there something about the ocean air coming in off the beach that made the burger so juicy and fries so crispy?

I can now say for a fact that the downtown location is just as good as the original, the little angels found it just fine and you can expect the juiciness, crispiness and same friendly-in-a-bad-ass-sort-of-way service that you expect at Hodad’s!

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Visit the original Hodad’s at 5010 Newport Ave. Ocean Beach CA 92107 or Hodad’s Downtown at 945 Broadway Avenue San Diego CA 92101. You can also visit them online at hodadies.com. Dig in and enjoy!

Blackened Red Snapper

As a food blogger I have an ongoing list of dishes I want to make.  Either I’ll see something on the Food Network, eat something out that I want to re-create or come up with a random idea to make crouton baskets while taking a shower!

Inspiration for the blog comes from everywhere and the list keeps growing!

This particular dish has been on the list so long that I don’t even remember where the original inspiration came from!  It would be a safe bet to say the Food Network though. It’s always on at my house!

This dish finally came to fruition after making delicious Squash Puppies.  What better reason than to go all out on a Cajun dinner complete with Blackened Snapper and Blackened Purple Potatoes.

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 2 large red snapper fillets
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano

Start by combining all of the seasonings together. Use a mortar and pestle (if available) to grind the thyme and oregano.

Next, spread the blackening mix generously over both sides of each fish.

Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the seasoning to soak in.

Next, fire up the grill to medium and place the fish on top.

Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Be sure to watch it because being a thin and delicate fish it cooks very quickly.

After it’s grilled to perfection, it’s ready to serve.

I topped mine with lemon butter. Simply melt 3 tbsp of butter then add to it the juice of 1 lemon.

Voila! We also served my Mango Avocado Salsa on the side and it was amazing with the snapper!

Time to eat!

 

90 in 90 Bucket List

What would a summer adventure be without a summer bucket list? How about a bucket list that includes 90 items to be completed in 90 days? Well that would be my list!

Included with my recipes, interviews and adventures from the summer, I’ll also be giving bucket list updates!

Let me know if you want to get involved and help me start crossing off my list!! (I’m gonna need it!)

  1. Complete the “food list challenge” (I’m at 68 66 of 100 right now!)
  2. Do a mud run (completed 5/26/12)
  3. Interview a chef in each of these ↑ cities
  4. Attend Taste of Chicago
  5. Surpass the 1000 follower mark on Twitter
  6. Host my own cooking show
  7. Meet Taylor Swift (don’t front, she’s awesome!)
  8. Go skydiving
  9. Attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park (completed 7/8/12)
  10. Swim with dolphins
  11. Volunteer with WWOOF
  12. Cook with Giada De Laurentiis
  13. Appear on the Today Show
  14. Stomp grapes
  15. Have a pint at Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago
  16. See a live jazz band in New Orleans
  17. Fly on a Private Jet (completed 5/29/12)
  18. Visit a pig farm
  19. Meet the man, the myth, THE BOB STOOPS
  20. Go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  21. Watch the Thunder become the NBA Champions ( saving this one for next year!)
  22. Take Mom Jet-skiing
  23. Go Zip-lining
  24. Make Someones Day
  25. Run across the Golden Gate Bridge
  26. Go to the top of the Space Needle
  27. Interview Jamie Oliver
  28. Eat deep dish in Chicago
  29. Donate toys to a children’s hospital
  30. Catch a fish
  31. Go horseback riding on the beach
  32. Spend a day with Giuliana Rancic
  33. Learn how to play the guitar
  34. Go to a Chicago Blues Bar
  35. Start a college fund for my “nephew” Eli
  36. Ride in a hot air balloon
  37. Participate in a flash mob
  38. Make homemade ricotta cheese
  39. Ride in a helicopter
  40. Go hiking in the rainforest
  41. Eat a hot dog at the original Nathan’s on Coney Island (completed 6/30/12)
  42. Publish a cookbook
  43. Participate in a food eating contest
  44. Go shopping at Pike Place Market in Seattle
  45. Take a photography class
  46. Become a contributing food writer
  47. Re-connect with someone I haven’t seen in years
  48. Get a menu item named after me
  49. Make it on Times “Top 100 Blog List”
  50.  (completed 5/21/12)
  51. Crash a Wedding
  52. Have a picnic in Central Park (does an iced coffee count??)
  53. Help a friend in need
  54. Go snorkeling
  55. Have a video on YouTube “go viral”
  56. Become a New York Times Best Seller
  57. Volunteer to help build a home
  58. Enter a recipe in a contest
  59. Run a race with all the members of my immediate family
  60. Start a dance party somewhere random
  61. Take my “Nephew Neighbor” Jake on a day of fun (completed 5/30/12)
  62. Meet someone new every day
  63. Inspire someone
  64. Play with a monkey
  65. Get a stamp in my passport
  66. See a moose
  67. Go white water rafting
  68. Actually finish a book I start reading
  69. Kiss someone in the rain
  70. Get an agent
  71. Send someone flowers for no reason at all
  72. Compliment a stranger
  73. Volunteer for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign
  74. Send a dozen greeting cards out to random friends
  75. Ride a bull (a real one, not a mechanical… been there, done that!)
  76. Take Becca to Miami
  77. Create an app for food bloggers
  78. Play “slip cup” (completed 7/7/12)
  79. Go rock climbing
  80. Buy a Polaroid camera
  81. Meet Toby Keith (Boomer Sooner!)
  82. Have a food fight
  83. Be in a parade
  84. Be part of a big Italian family dinner
  85. Make my brother a gluten-free birthday cake (completed 6/1/12)