Well the purpose of this blog is to keep a record of the recipes I create as a passionate young cook..on a serious budget! However, it is also for those of you who aren't very sure of yourself in the kitchen. If someone mentioned how they recently made Crab Cakes or Rosemary-Crusted Pork Tenderloin, you automatically say "oh I just can't cook like that." But you love crab cakes and the pork sounds like something you'd get at a fancy restaurant...why shouldn't you learn how to make them?! I have had so many people tell me that they wish they could get into cooking or have a hobby like I do. Here is he secret, YOU CAN. It doesn't have to be about having dinner parties everynight and expensive place setttings. It's about making things with your own hands, knowing what you put in you and your family's body, and savoring food, not just eating to eat. I firmly believe you can lose weight by cooking, and you can do it at home with your family for fun! What is not to love about that idea? I did NOT grow up in some established culinary family where I learned cooking techniques at 3 yrs old and worked in the family restaurant all my life. My family cooked as much as anyone else's family did, but I really learned how to cook by experimentation. I have messed up quite a bit in the kitchen, but from those experiences (and Food Network) I am comfortable in the kitchen without a recipe right in front of me that I must follow word for word. Where is the fun in having to follow all of those rules?! I want to change recipes, make them my own, and make them to suit me and sweetie! At night cooking and eating dinner together is something I look forward to throughout the day. It is our special time. So don't be intimidated and don't worry if you mess up, have fun with it. So print out a recipe, get in the kitchen, and come on a little cooking adventure with me!