Lacking the Cooking Gene

I finally learned how to cook pasta for the first time last week.

….I’m 23 years old.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying on my parents and friends part. I’ve been taught how to make pasta more times than I care to count. I just couldn’t grasp how long the water should boil and when I should put the pasta in. This basically translates into everything that requires a recipe for me.

I’m a pretty smart person but cooking just seems to elude me. I’ve accidentally put a tablespoon of salt in chex mix instead of a teaspoon. I’ve put hot peppers instead of red peppers in a recipe. And of course, I’ve burned a lot of pizza and cookies throughout my life. I can barely make a sandwich without some mishap happening.

And recipes can be so confusing. What’s dicing? How am I supposed to mince something? What are florets? These are the things they should really be teaching in college!

But as someone who is on their own for the first time, without a roommate who will cook her pasta (thanks Rachael!), I figured it was finally time I expanded my horizons.

It’s time to learn how to cook something other than microwavable meals.

Join me on my journey as I learn the insiders guide to cooking terminology and how to make something other than sandwiches and pasta.