I decided to start this blog to show that cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating. I didn’t learn how to cook as a kid. No cookies or cakes with Grandma. No helping mom cook dinner. I had to learn as an adult, mainly out of necessity.
Growing up in a single parent household meant that, unfortunately, my mom didn’t have a ton of time to cook for us. She worked during the day and went to school at night, so we were left with either Kraft Mac & Cheese or TV dinners. Or fast food, lots of fast food. My mother is a good cook, she just didn’t have the time or energy to cook for me and my sister. When she did, though, it was a real treat.
One grandmother didn’t know how to cook (seriously, everything she made was absolutely inedible) and the other had cooked for 6 kids for so long, that by the time my sister and I came along, she just didn’t feel like doing it anymore. Totally get that.
The first time I tried to make dinner. for Mother’s Day when I was 15 or 16, I got so nervous that I flipped the breaded chicken so much that the breading came off entirely. In college I subsisted off dining hall food, ramen, and pizza. After college, I continued with the ramen and pizza, but also started eating out *all* the time. Hey, I had a well paying job, and it was great to go to restaurants pretty much daily.
But that became quickly untenable. I had to learn how to cook. So I just started cooking. It was rough at first. I remember trying to fry garlic, and everything turned green. It was one Pinterest fail after the other until I finally started to get the hang of it. For a while I hated cooking, dreaded it with every fiber of my being. Then one day I started looking forward to it. I would be at my desk and start thinking about what I could make for dinner. I started to get excited about trying out new recipes, coming up with something on my own, or using fresh ingredients. It became fun. And that’s something I want to share with you.
Cooking is fun and exciting, and even if you think you are going to suck at it, remember, even I can cook.