Welcome to How to Love Cooking.
A blog for anyone who struggles to love their kitchen and the recipes that are attempted therein.
Let me begin by saying, I get it.
First off, I must state that I am not a professional chef or baker with any kind of formal training. I am a classically trained soprano, a photographer, and teacher. What I can definitely confirm, however, is that I absolutely love cooking.
I wasn’t always great at it, though.
When I initially started learning my way around the kitchen, I definitely had my fair share of epic fails.
Perhaps my most epic was when I decided to boil some leftover stuffed shells that my mom made in order to re-heat them for my family for dinner. Needless to say, we did not have stuffed shells that night. My sister still won’t let me forget about that one.
I’ve also set off the smoke alarm in my kitchen, unintentionally flambéed my main course, and burnt more pieces of toast than I can count. I’ve misread recipes, overwhelmed a dish with an ingredient, and have sometimes had to start all over. And you know what? I still frickin’ love cooking!
My mishaps didn’t discourage me because with each mistake, I learned, improved and got that much closer to delicious, well-executed meals. (I can also now to tell you what not to do!) If any of those scenarios sound familiar, take heart. Let me assure you that you can absolutely learn to love cooking.
Heck, I even got so bold in my love for cooking that I started putting pictures of my food on the internet. People started asking for the recipes, and now you’re reading this food blog.
Now, I don’t have a big fancy kitchen, all the latest gadgets, or an unlimited budget for top of the line ingredients. Even though I’m working towards all of those things, they aren’t necessary for getting your cooking game on. I’m positive you can start exactly where you are.
My simple mission here is to provide easy and delicious recipes (and lots of encouragement) for anyone looking to get started in the kitchen. As someone who learned on her own and made PLENTY of mistakes along the way, I’ll share shortcuts, tips and tricks in each recipe that helped me to become a more successful home cook. My philosophy is that small wins in the kitchen over time lead to more confidence, skill and a greater love of cooking. I promise, it’s not as scary as you think. The best part is, I’m always learning new things, too, so I’ll be sure to share the most helpful advice and resources with you.
And hey, you just might be surprised to find out that you, too, can really learn how to love cooking. 🙂
With love, patience, and yummy food,
Oh, and if you make a recipe, make sure to tag #howtolovecooking on social media so I can find your creation.