I love food. I do. Eating it is great, but making it? That’s a whole different story. I always say, “I can’t cook.” I’m a single girl in my mid-twenties; therefore, my meals consist of only things microwavable (steamed veggies) and toastable (Eggo Waffles). But, how do I know that I can’t cook if I’ve never actually TRIED? Just another example of lack of confidence, or perhaps fear of the unknown…ok maybe I’m over-analyzing this.
A wonderful lady that I know had hip surgery, so of course I volunteered to make her and her family a meal. I signed up for this thinking that I would just bring over a pizza or some other version of take out, but then I realized that they could very easily order delivery themselves and that I was probably expected to MAKE something.
Being ever so resourceful, I went on foodnetwork.com and found something that seemed easy enough – Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina by Giada. To my surprise, I actually had most of the ingredients in my own kitchen. Leading up to ‘cook time’, I was nervous. What if I messed it up and I disappointed EVERYONE? Then, I realized that I’m not that important.
So, I followed the recipe and woolaa! I made Italian baked chicken and pastina! It smelled delicious and I felt a sense of accomplishment…I COULD COOK! Well, I wouldn’t go that far, but I could at least cook that one dish. I even would go so far as to say that I enjoyed the whole process. I think the best part was knowing that I was helping someone else and making their day a little bit easier…and tastier.