Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Missed My Calling

I feel like I missed my calling to go to culinary school.  I just absolutely love to cook and bake.  I think about it constantly.  I rather read a cookbook than anything else and I'm looking up recipes daily.  I wish I could stay at home and cook/bake all day.  You're probably making fun of me right now, ha!  But that's okay - this is my blog and I can post my random thoughts.

Cooking/baking is more of a stress relief to me than anything, I guess.  Some might consider it a hobby.  But when I'm in the kitchen focusing on the dish I'm preparing, I don't think about anything else (except maybe for the song that's playing on my Pandora radio).  It's so relaxing to me and the finished product usually always makes me happy.  I get to be inventive & imaginative.  It also takes strategy.  Understanding how different chemical reactions occur to get you to the end result fascinates me.  Thanks, mom and dad, for instilling the love in science in me.

I love to take a recipe and make it my own - Tweak it to get the end result that I prefer after experimenting with the original.  I also love recreating recipes from my favorite restaurants.  I can make Fettuccine Alfredo that's better than most Italian restaurants thanks to this.  My current focus is Bonefish Grill's Lily's Chicken.  I'll be trying this one out soon.

What I love most about cooking is having people eat what I cook.  And actually enjoy it.  There are few things that make me happier than seeing someone enjoy what I've made.

I am my father's daughter.  I totally get it now.  I guess it was bound to happen to one of us.  His parents were amazing cooks and owned a 24 hour diner in a small town in Mississippi.  Oh how I wish I could have met them.  I'm so thankful I have their recipes to continue making and pass down to my kids.  Here's to hoping a child of mine will inherit this love for cooking and baking like I have.


ashley said...

i wish i had your love for cooking!! i do love to eat, though!

Katie Runnels said...

I LOVE to cook!! I just hate the cleaning part! And E does not really like it if I am in the kitchen (away from her) too long, so it is hard to do! But I just made my own salsa after trying a recipe and tweaking it to make it healthier and yummier and I was sooo proud of myself! I totally get why you love it so much! I think it is GREAT!!! Figure out Cosmo's firecracker shrimp for me! (in Orange beach)

Kelly said...

Girl I'm convinced we were separated at birth...I vote for weekly cooking dates! In preparation for our tv debut! ;-)

Beth @beth-adam.blogspot.com said...

Oh I love to cook too! I wish I had more time too! And I agree with Kelly, I just don't like cleaning up after myself. I'm slightly messy in the kitchen. haha :)