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Anxiety Isn't On My Ingredient List

Learning to cook doesn’t have to be stressful!

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All of my young adult life I have never been able to cook. I was that person who had the capability to “burn ice”. I wish I was being dramatic about how much I lacked cooking skills.


When I got to college, most of my friends had apartments that had full kitchens. Personally, I lived at home during college, but even with a full kitchen at my disposal, I had zero cooking experience. While everyone took turns making dinner, I ordered take-out.


Every time I saw a recipe online that looked amazing I would say to myself, “Wow, that looks amazing, but I’ll never be able to recreate that”.


I experienced so much anxiety in the kitchen that I avoided cooking at all costs.


Over the last year, though, I decided to face my fear and try my hand at being a chef. I was tired of eating out all the time and spending unnecessary money. And let me tell you, it was so worth it!


Now, I’m no Martha Stewart, but what I can tell you is that it was a worthwhile journey. And here’s how I did it!


Start small


Cooking is like everything else in life: you have to take baby steps. You can’t learn to make a four-course meal overnight.!


When I started my journey, I began with pasta and a simple butter sauce. While the pasta was easy to boil and serve, the satisfaction of knowing I made something myself was a whole different ball game. It had four ingredients: butter, garlic, oregano, and red roasted pepper.


I was able to step outside my comfort zone and make something that tasted great.