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!