Food List Challenge

A Quest to Cook and Eat Every Food on “The List”

On April 14, 2012, I decided to take on The Food List Challenge – 100 things the facebook app creators claim you should eat before you die.  I’m not going to editorialize the list, since it seems somewhat arbitrary.  I’ll try not to label anything as “gross” because it is all matter of perspective. Some of the items on the list look simple enough.  Others may take some serious searching and some serious cash.  And, while I hate to admit defeat before I start, I know that I will probably not be able to purchase, much less, prepare Fugu, unless I’m prepared to risk my life.  Want to say you’ve (cooked and) eaten the items on the list?  Join the challenge!  I’m on a quest not just to EAT each of the items, but to find and PREPARE or COOK each of the items on the list.

Below is the list, my progress, and links to the recipes incorporating the foods.

Items remaining – 86.

  1. Abalone
  2. Absinthe
  3. Alligator
  4. Baba Ghanoush  Baba Ghanoush
  5. Bagel & Lox  Homemade Bagels & (store bought) Lox
  6. Baklava
  7. Barbecue Ribs Barbecued Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  8. Bellini  Besties Bellini
  9. Bird’s Nest Soup
  10. Biscuits and Gravy
  11. Black Pudding
  12. Black Truffle
  13. Borscht
  14. Calamari
  15. Carp
  16. Caviar
  17. Cheese Fondue
  18. Chicken and Waffles
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala Chicken Tikka Masala adapted from Suvir Saran
  20. Chile Relleno
  21. Chitlins
  22. Churros
  23. Clam Chowder
  24. Cognac
  25. Crab Cakes
  26. Crickets
  27. Currywurst
  28. Dandelion Wine
  29. Dulce de Leche
  30. Durian
  31. Eel
  32. Eggs Benedict
  33. Fish Tacos  Fish Tacos with Mango Black Bean Salsa
  34. Foie Gras
  35. Fresh Spring Rolls
  36. Fried Catfish
  37. Fried Green Tomatoes
  38. Fried Plantain
  39. Fritto Pie
  40. Frogs’ Legs
  41. Fugu
  42. Funnel Cake
  43. Gazpacho  Gazpacho!
  44. Goat
  45. Goat’s Milk
  46. Goulash
  47. Gumbo
  48. Haggis
  49. Head Cheese
  50. Heirloom Tomatoes
  51. Honeycomb
  52. Hostess Fruit Pie
  53. Huevos Rancheros
  54. Jerk Chicken
  55. Kangaroo
  56. Key Lime PieKey Lime Pie
  57. Kobe Beef
  58. Lassi
  59. Lobster Boiled Live Lobsters
  60. Mimosa
  61. MoonPie
  62. Morel Mushrooms
  63. Nettle Tea
  64. Octopus
  65. Oxtail Soup
  66. Paella
  67. Paneer
  68. Pastrami on Rye
  69. Pavlova
  70. Phaal
  71. Philly Cheese Steak
  72. Pho
  73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese
  74. Pistachio Ice Cream
  75. Po’ Boy
  76. Pocky
  77. Polenta  Basic Polenta & Baked Polenta with Gouda & Braised Mushrooms
  78. Prickly Pear
  79. Rabbit Stew
  80. Raw Oysters  Oysters, 3 Ways!
  81. Root Beer Float
  82. S’mores  S’Mores – All indoors!
  83. Sauerkraut
  84. Sea Urchin
  85. Shark
  86. Snail
  87. Snake
  88. Soft Shell Crab
  89. Som Tam
  90. Spaetzle
  91. Spam
  92. Squirrel
  93. Steak Tartare
  94. Sweet Potato Fries  Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce
  95. Sweetbreads
  96. Tom Yum
  97. Umeboshi
  98. Venison
  99. Wasabi Peas  Salmon with Wasabi Peas
  100. Zucchini Flowers