When I think back on my childhood, I rarely spent time in the kitchen. Sure, I helped my father read a recipe, measure out the ingredients, but mostly it was a highly-UNdisguised math project. I never liked to cook or bake. Hamburger Helper or a boxed meal worked fine for me. Fast forward to married life where I did zero cooking and only limited baking (from a box) for twelve years.
But guess what happens when you get divorced and after a few months realize chicken broth and microwave dinners won’t cut it? You learn a new set of skills, and that’s just what I did. Fast forward again and even I’m not sure who created this cooking-baking monster I became. Move over Cookie Monster I have newly discovered skills!
I became what I would call a pretty-darn-tooting-great cook-baker after about a year of trial and error. So, at this point, I’ve been “In the Kitchen with Myself” for about six years now. Guess who my teacher was … ME! (Ok, okay, a little Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray). I still mess up brand new recipes, but to be honest, I prefer my meals to dining out. (Right!?! I know, I don’t believe it either, but I leave most restaurants feeling the meal could have tasted better). Two of the best things about learning this new-found hidden skill set is that I’ve created a decent amount of recipes. And second, I’ve created two original recipes (one for Grounded in January and one for another manuscript out on submission).
I’d love to hear from my readers – Is there is something you discovered about yourself that you had no idea you could master?