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I like cooking.


There I said it Internet, I like cooking. At least now I do.

Amazing what six months and a little will power can do for change.

Now, before I got setting off red flags with my family members and friends, let me be the first to admit that I used to have no interest in cooking. I never really learned to cook growing up, something about it intimidated me, and at the first sign of messing up, I usually threw in the towel. Then when we got engaged and later married, I took it as a challenge from Cent to show him that I could cook. Initially, I think he took my disinterest in cooking as meaning I didn’t know how.

Well, six months later, I actually kind of look forward to it. I try to show myself up each time I cook by proving to myself that I won’t mess it up. Or at least just minimally. Over the last month we were on a meat-free diet and we had to get creative in cooking, having always cooked with meat as the main staple. I reached out to family, friends, and the Internet for best suggestions for vegetarian eats.

I think I also identified my previous beef (no pun intended) with cooking. I’ve learned through trial and error how important it is to read the recipe from beginning to end. A couple of times. And then while cooking to read each step carefully. (I tried making chili with dry beans when the recipe called for canned. BIG DIFFERENCE! Think, crunchy beans…)

The chili in question:

Yesterday ended our no-meat diet. Since watching Food Inc, we will definitely be more conscious about what we buy and what we eat. I don’t think we’ll be switching to a completely vegetarian diet, however, I think we’ll be cutting down on the amount of meat we consume.

So here are a few of the recipes that we made that were yummy and meat free:

Happy Monday!




Spaghetti Sauce


Since getting married, one of the things that has been hanging over my head, for better or for worse, has been cooking. The only times in recent memory of when I had to fend for myself on the food front was when I studied abroad in France and in my last year of college in San Diego. I live a sheltered life, I know.

But after getting hitched, I was determined. I was determined that I wouldn’t live a life of frozen food and take out. I was determined to learn how to cook. Actually, it all started after we got engaged. It was like all of a sudden, some switch was flipped and interest in the kitchen started to grow, slowly but surely. I subscribed to Cooking Light. I started to watch the Food Network, for informational purposes as well as entertainment. I started reading food blogs. I could hear the little voice in my soul saying, “What is the world coming to?!”

I was walking through the aisles of Kroger’s (a supermarket chain for those wondering what Kroger’s is), the first time I decided that I was going to cook after moving to Texas. I called my mom and told her I was tired of semi-prepared and frozen food for dinner. The frozen pizza and chicken strips were getting old, fast. So was eating out, not to mention getting expensive. So I asked her how to make spaghetti sauce.


Now after three short months of marriage, I’m able to cook something without looking at a recipe. I consider this some serious progress.

So here’s my recipe, a small twist on my mom’s instructions.

1lb ground beef or turkey
1 onion, chopped
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
2 14.5oz cans tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
8 oz white mushrooms
1 1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1-2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Brown ground beef/turkey in olive oil. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Add cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste, stir. Add Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper. Make sure to taste it and adjust until just right. Add mushrooms. Simmer for 15-20 mins. While simmering, cook your pasta of choice. My favorite is Angel Hair.

Magically, after a little work over the stove, you’ve got some yummy sauce!

Happy Monday!

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