I started writing this post this morning and I SWEAR I hit the save button before I walked away from my computer, but I came back and it was gone. Sad day. Good thing it's not a super long post or anything, so I'm just gonna write it again.
I love to cook. I have always enjoyed cooking, I am just not super great at it. I can cook a few things really well, but I usually make a HUGE mess doing it. I have not figured out a good method for organizing my kitchen and organizing my cooking skills. There are times when I literally feel like I use every pot/pan/dish that I have and that every surface in my kitchen is covered with something. This combined with the fact that I live by myself equals me not cooking very much. Living alone makes it easy to eat convenience foods that are pre-made, pre-packaged and basically not that great. So one of my things on my list of things I want to do in 2011 is cook more. I want to figure out how to cook better food with better ingredients and with a better method of cooking. (I think that sounds oddly like a Papa John's commercial.) This is a HUGE goal so I decided that a good place to start would be to pick a cookbook I own and cook everything in it. I picked a small one. Ha! I am going to cook everything in the GAL cookbook I have from college. The foods in it aren't necessarily super healthy or anything, but cooking anything at all is a good place to start I figured. Plus they are recipes that were submitted by my sorority sisters (therefore my friends!). I will let you know how it goes.
Oh, and speaking of cooking...tomorrow night (hopefully, unless plans change) I am going to be making homemade pizza. It's not from scratch or anything. I am using a crust mix and already made sauce, but adding lots of fresh veggies and good mozzarella cheese. Like I said, it's a start. Maybe someday I will get ambitious and make pizza sauce from scratch, but that's not happening this week! I hear that it's not actually that hard, so I have faith that I can do it. Tonight I will finally be making chocolate covered pretzels. I was supposed to make them last week and it never happened. If I remember correctly I was going to make them on Thursday, but got distracted with watching Jersey Shore. Ha!
I am hoping that by cooking more I can develop a healthier relationship with food. I will be able to control what goes into the things I am eating. I will be able to make foods that I really want and keep learning to do it in a healthier way. I still love cooking, I am just hoping to minimize the mess and be able to love cooking more often than I already do! It will be a fun experiment if nothing else!