To-Do List

I am one of those people who writes things down on tiny scraps of paper.  I carry them around for a while and then lose them in a pile on my desk, or tucked in my pocket and sent through the washing machine.  They are also sticking out from the pages of most of the cookbooks I own.  Waaaaay back when, someone bought me a Palm Pilot with the idea that I could keep all my lists on it.  I tried, but in the end the reason I loved the thing was that its carrying case was handy for holding tiny scraps of paper.

Often these notes are to-do lists, and when I’m in a cooking groove they are often lists of things I mean to cook.  It’s funny, sometimes now I will come across a list from years ago, tucked deep in, say, the Lowfat Moosewood, and I will marvel at how much my tastes (and my cooking) have changed.  But beyond that time-capsule function, it’s not that useful to write down lists and then lose them.

So here is my list.  I will add to it as I come across items I’d like to try, and move things off as I get to them.  Do you have favorites I should add to my list?  Please share!

Lunch and Dinner

Pasta with Greens Carbonara
Any of the salads from Seattle Salads, made in mason jars to take to a picnic
Curried Cauliflower Soup with Coconut and Chiles
One of the Otsu recipes from Super Natural Cooking or Super Natural Every Day
Radicchio pizza with carmelized onions and a fried egg (from Purple)
This curried sweet potato and coconut soup
Pumpkin soup with vegan toppings bar
Caramelized Garlic Tart from Plenty
Green Onion Pancakes

Sweets and Snacks

Gingerbread White Chocolate Brownies
Granola Bars
Rhubarb-Beer Jam

Chocolate Plum Jam

(This is what other people use Pinterest for, huh?  I’m still figuring that out.)


12 thoughts on “To-Do List

  1. Kate

    Hahaha! I know how that is, I`m the same. I write down ideas and to-do lists all the time on scraps of paper, but then I end up with several lists and the same thing written on half of them (because I postpone so many things, like my lentil loaf experiment, oh how I dread thou…) and they end up taking over my desk in a horrible mess I don`t want to touch. Some get lost in my pockets in a crunchy mess or behind my desk and come back into my life several weeks later. What makes it worse is the Recipe Experiments. Oh god, that`s what really takes over everything. It`s just a bunch of mumbo jumbo scrambled on my sheets with scribbles and Xs; I get really confused… Anyway, I don`t know why I`m rambling on about that… Maybe it`s because that giant mess I`m talking is in the corner of my eye, slowly creeping to my keyboard…

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Right on! Thank you for the recommendations! My 5 year old recently named fish sticks her favorite food so I should probably be making them more. I have used that Eating Well recipe but the addition of Wasa crackers is genius for crunch! It looks like you’ve been baking and cooking up a storm, good for you! And thanks for sharing, I’ll be watching for more. :)

  2. denaelyse

    That’s totally what I use pinterest for. And that greens carbonara is pinned/noted in about six different places so I don’t forget to make it. And the fish sticks look great– I think we’re just getting to that age…

  3. Luv What You Do

    I love the idea of a to do list. I have a running one in my head, but I know I often forget things. The only problem if I write EVERYTHING down that I want to make, bake, cook, and create, I would have to quick my job and spend all day every day in the kitchen…haha!

  4. csamom

    On my best days, I have a list of recipes for the week (with location, ie: CL (for Cooking Light) Sept. page 172) on the back of my grocery list. That way, I plan once and the rest of the week is just choosing which item to cook (since IF I’ve gone shopping) I have all the ingredients I need on hand.


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