Then and Now: How Has Your Cooking Changed?
Care to take a trip down memory lane with us? We’ve been feeling reminiscent about the days when our culinary repertoire consisted almost exclusively of stir-fried frozen veggies and either rice or pasta. We’ve come quite a ways since then! How has your own cooking style changed and grown over the years?
Cooking wasn’t something that I really loved at first. In the beginning, it was motivated by need and necessity (ie, I was hungry and didn’t have much money for eating out), but then it gradually won me over. Cooking stopped being something I did because I had to and started being something that I actually enjoyed.
When I first started cooking, I was fresh out of college and living in Portland, Oregon. It’s not surprising that one of the first dishes I attempted to cook by myself was broiled salmon! (And ended up setting off the smoke alarm in the process.) And it’s true about the stir-fried veggies and rice – I can’t tell you how many times I ate that exact same meal over the years. Soy sauce was the best discovery of my life!
I think the “falling in love” part happened once I got tired of eating bland food and turned to my spice rack for help. In trying to figure out how to use them in my cooking, I stumbled across sites like The Kitchn, which talked about cooking with fresh ingredients and mentioned techniques I had never heard of. My foodie fate was sealed.
How did you get into cooking? And how has your cooking changed over the years?