The Cheerio box and the recipe
|Source: Pinterest via Sarah Anton|
It was a well ingrained habit.
One evening, though, as my cat wrapped her feathery tail around my legs and I began to assemble my ultra simple and dreadfully boring meal, I realized I hated to cook for one simple reason: I couldn't cook without a recipe.
Recipes are laborious, and they always require ingredients you don't have in your refrigerator. Who needs that?
So I took a cooking class, and I urge you to eke out some time to take one if you can. Because in a cooking class you learn how to cook, and you gain the ability and the confidence to open up your refrigerator and make something tasty with whatever is there.
I took home recipes from my classes but, more importantly, I learned the skills I needed to move freely within my kitchen, to become the mistress of the last minute meal. I learned how to use knives. I learned how to sauté. I learned how to roast meat and broil fruit and vegetables. I learned how to use herbs to season not only fish and poultry, but fruits and desserts.
Give it a try, because enjoying fresh, home cooked meals is the cornerstone of living a healthy life. We all want that, don't we?