Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 Wish List

Each year, I make a list of foods, ingredients, techniques, and regions that I want to focus on for the coming year. It's my way of pushing myself to continually grow as a chef. Because I have no time to get out and sample other cuisines, I have to bring the ingredients into my kitchen to absorb them into my repertoire.

pumpkin seed oil
clay pot cooking
screw pine/pandanus
banana flowers
fresh wasabi
Jonah/rock/peekytoe crab
long pepper
argan oil
pressure cooking


  1. Oooh, Moose and Antelope, can't wait! Actually, it all sounds great!

    Will the upcoming Game Meal include one/both of those? Any ideas year what else will be on the Game Meal menu? Anything with wings or that hops around with big ears? Maybe an option for avoiding flying hoppy things? You said you No Vegetarians, but didn't say No Lisas. :-)

    Speaking of lists of foods to try, I'm not sure if you've ever seen the following list that is passed around blog-to-blog, but it is called The Omnivore's Hundred and includes a lot of different things to try and check off. Here is a link to my own blog: ... The Omnivore's Hundred post is the very first one.

    Thank you Ed for a wonderful year of food in 2008 and we can't wait to try everything you have to offer in 2009!

  2. Moose and antelope are hit or miss on the game market. Only time will tell if I will be able to get one or both of them.

    "Exotics" that I always have access to include quail, partridge, pheasant, squab, various ducks, goose, ostrich, elk, venison, bison, yak, rabbit, alligator, and kangaroo.

    I said no vegetarians because every year at our game dinner, a vegetarian tries to book. Why, if you don't eat meat, would you try to come to a dinner featuring......meat? I love our vegetarian customers, but sometimes the logic escapes me.

    Speaking of defying logic, as for Lisa's diet, I still don't have a grasp on what she will and won't eat. That is, her list seems to be algorithmically challenged.

    I first saw the Omnivore's Hundred on your blog, I believe. As I recall there were a couple of things on there that I hadn't tasted such as Fugu and Poutine, for lack of opportunity. Of course, I could just go in the kitchen and make my own Poutine any old time, but being lactose intolerant, why would I?