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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Top Floor Chef

I have recently started cooking. It is hard for people who live alone to cook all the time. Usually, when people cook they cook for more than one. Well, as a person who lives alone I have decided to start cooking more. I am hoping to find a way to make cooking for "on our owners" to cook for one.

What makes one want to cook? Well, for me, it was quite the funny story.

I wanted to be healthier. Therefore, thanks to my Dad, I joined a gym. I started working out 3-4 days a week and was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. During my 45-60 minutes on the elliptical, I needed something to make the time fly. My iPod wasn't doing the trick. Funny enough, the only thing that made the time fly was watching Rachel Ray's cooking show. By the time I was finished with my workout, my mouth was watering. I was inspired to go home and cook something. Luckily, for me, the grocery store is on my way home.

This lead to my first cookbook purchase. Of course it had to be Rachel Ray! I specifically purchased this one for a certain recipe
(it isn't the healthiest so I'm going to keep it on the DL).

My second cookbook was a recommendation from my coworker, Susie. She said it would be the perfect cookbook for beginners. Of course I had to have it. I mean, it is called "How to Cook Everything." I purchased it from Williams Sonoma for $35.00.

A few weeks after my purchase, I was watching the Today Show. It just so happened the topic of the food segment was called "How to Cook Everything." Well, It was about the author of my new cookbook, Mark Bittman.

One annoying thing about cooking is not being able to have access to the cookbook when you stop by the grocery store on the way home from work, which I usually do. What I do now is buy some meat and vegetables. When I get home, I flip through the book, in the certain sections that pertain to my purchases, and pick a recipe that sounds delish. I usually don't follow the recipe to a "T" but it still turns out fantastic. The most important part is actually cooking the piece of meat or vegetable properly. This book is great and gives you many options for many things.

One thing I have started doing lately is picking up a new spice every time I go to the store. You should see my spice cabinet! I never knew buying spices could be so exciting!

This last cookbook was a guilty pleasure purchase from my neighborhood bookstore, McNally Jackson. I previously saw this book at Barnes and Noble. I realized I was mostly purchasing it for the cute cover. I thought it would look great in my kitchen. Hey, I'm a designer! But, in the end, I passed. A week later I found it on sale for $8.00 at McNally Jackson and thought it was a sign. I had to have it. I have not had the chance to use it yet but boy does it look great on my counter!

Even though I have changed my workout routine to studio cycling, and am no longer staring at mouth watering recipes but, a great instructor, Amy, I am still cooking like crazy. I have been using my brand new cookware, thanks to my Aunt Debby. You should see my kitchen now! It is stocked.

I have also found a great way to cook for "on our owners" , or at least for me. Anyone interested?

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