Independent Learning: Cooking 101


Ever since I was a little girl, I have had an interest in cooking. I would spend time baking with my grandma and mom before holidays, on weekends, on special occasions, or just for fun. I was always so intrigued by watching my family cook, especially my dad. He was always inventing new things in the kitchen or on the grill, and it was so exciting to watch someone do something that they love. My dad is the one who opened my eyes to all of the possibilities that cooking presents, and he is the one that encourages me to learn more about it. We still watch Food Network together when I am home, and have even discovered our favorite chefs and shows. Even though I am away at school now, my dad and I share new recipes with one another so that we can learn new recipes, variations to old recipes, new cooking tools, and new techniques to try. I miss being able to watch him and my mom cook every night because it helped me to learn so much when I was able to do that.

Being away at school has definitely put a halt on my cooking abilities because I live in the dorms, where there is only a kitchen on certain floors, and even when I am able to use it, I don’t have the correct utensils, pans, ingredients, or recipes. I have found myself getting lazy when it comes to cooking, too. I think it is much more convenient to eat on campus or have a pizza delivered because it is the quickest way to eat, but it is not the healthiest option. I think that if I dedicated time to learn to cook, I would have a much healthier diet. Using fresh ingredients and making meals by hand means there are no processed foods or chemicals that I am putting in my body, and that is very important for having a healthy lifestyle, and that is something that I am trying to obtain in 2018.

I think that learning more about cooking will benefit me in a lot of ways. One advantage to cooking is that it allows me to express myself. I will be able to make whatever I want, however I want to make it. Cooking will also provide time for myself; it will allow me to relieve stress by relaxing and having time to think. Another reason that I want to learn how to be a better cook is because I will be able to do it for my family in the future. When I lived at home, we had a home-cooked family dinner every single night, and I plan to continue that tradition in my own home. Learning to cook is something that will help me at every age in life, and something that I can pass down to my kids and grandkids. I am really excited to dive into this independent learning project because I have wanted to better my cooking skills for a long time now. I hope to learn a lot of new things throughout this experience!





14 thoughts on “Independent Learning: Cooking 101

  1. genessaschilz says:

    I love cooking and I was the same way when I lived in the dorms. I also find it hard to be in charge of the cooking. When I was younger, I would always ask to help cook but I never came up with recipes to cook or never was in charge so taking on that role having to cook for myself makes it difficult to know what will be good versus what you know you can make.

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      Genessa, you are right! It is hard to cook things that I am excited to try because I know that I don’t have a lot of cooking skills right now, so I might ruin a recipe that looks good on paper! I want to know how to cook different things in different ways so that I can build my recipes and start to make things that are good rather than things that are easy!


  2. Colin Dibbern #diglitclass says:

    I do have the same problem as you. It is way easier to go eat at the cafeteria or go to fast food because it is fast and easy. The hardest thing I worry about is the fact that I have to make a huge mess cooking a good meal, is it really worth it. That is the reason I eat out most. I think you have a good Independent Learning Project.


  3. eligarzajr says:

    Genessa, Cooking is a fine independent study! I think that is why many people have chosen cooking as their independent learning project. There are plenty of resources out there that teach people how to cook things. you might want to think about downloading the “Tasty” app. they are the people that do all those food videos on facebook! I bet you will find a new love there, especially since you are a fellow college student, who has been deprived of home cooked meals!


    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      I love the Tasty app! I also follow Food Network, Buzz Feed Food, and so many others that show me food videos because they are so intriguing to me! I am hoping that one day I will get to cook (mostly) every meal rather than relying on unhealthy fast food.


  4. tatumsthoughtsblog says:

    Kayla, I agree that cooking in the dorms is nearly impossible! I live in the dorms right now and constantly have to eat at in the cafeteria is annoying and it gets old. I am so looking forward to moving off campus and learning to cook so that I can eat what I want and know what is going into my body at all times. I also love that you grew up with a fascination in cooking, that is great!


  5. torisblogpost says:

    Hey Kayla! So glad to see that you are taking an interest in cooking again, and really putting in the effort! I remember your dad being such a good cook, and I am certain that you can match his expertise throughout this semester and a lot of practice! I am also trying to learn cooking, and really advancing my skills. Good luck to you!

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      I love my dad’s cooking, so I am so glad that other people do, too! I think that we are going to go through a few rough patches during this experience, but hopefully we will both come out of this independent learning project as master chefs!


  6. madisonseamann says:

    I think it’s great that your ILP is cooking. I am not one for cooking. I’d rather throw something in the microwave and go from there (pizza rolls were and still are my go to). I hate that cooking takes so much time. When you are running around throughout the day or are just stressed it could be a nice break/ stress reliever for some. I just find it an inconvenience. But since you already have a passion for it you can’t go wrong with making this you ILP. I look forward to seeing what you cook throughout the semester!
    Madison Seamann


    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      Madison, I used to feel the same way! When I am at school, I am the same way! I love to just microwave a hot pocket or something frozen because it is way easier to accomplish, there is no doubt about it. I do like to cook, though, so I think that will make it easier for me. I also think that cooking my meals will help me to eat healthier, and that is my biggest motivation right now!


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