I grew up in a house that didn’t have a kitchen, and that was probably the first time I ever saw a kitchen.
I remember thinking that this would be my home away from home.
And it was!
But I was always afraid of being the one that had to clean up after my mother.
We had a huge mess and a huge dishwasher that was always full.
And we never really had a place to cook, so it was really hard to go to the kitchen and have something to cook.
So I had a few things to do when I lived with my mom, but the kitchen was always on my mind.
I think that’s what really drew me to cooking.
I started by learning to make my own pasta sauce.
I’m still obsessed with it.
When I was in college, I used to make a bunch of pasta sauce that I would get from Trader Joe’s and just freeze.
I just put it in a freezer bag and put it on a pizza or something, and then I would eat it whenever I wanted.
And then I started to make it for my own kids when I got out of college, and it was always like, “I should just make that sauce myself, I’ll be like the ultimate foodie.”
I just really like making it for myself.
I still do it.
I even do it now.
When my kids were little, they would ask me to make the sauce.
My kids are really good cooks, so I was like, this is my passion.
I make a lot of different things for my kids, and now that I’m an adult, it’s time to share my passion with my kids.
I want them to grow up knowing that there is so much out there, and I hope they’ll want to learn from me.
And I hope I inspire them to become successful in life.
[Laughs] I know that my cooking is really easy to make, but I really like the process.
You’re not just making a dish, you’re actually getting everything out of it and then making it better.
So if I can teach you to cook in a way that makes you happy, then that’s really something to be proud of.
I also do a lot in my life of travel, and my kids are always like “Let’s go on a trip,” and I’m like, yeah, sure.
I’ll do the whole thing for them, so you know.
I guess I’ve had some success at it.
But if I get too involved in it too much, it’ll be hard for me to keep it all together.
And that’s a big part of my parenting.
I don’t want to just keep going to a restaurant every night.
I have to plan and plan for my life and make sure that I have enough time and resources to go out and do it all.
But I’m a great cook.
I love to cook!
So if you have a chance to check out my cookbook, I really would love to see what you think.
I’ve made it a lot harder for myself, but it’s all worth it, and if I keep going, then I will be able to keep my cookbooks out there and do more of it.
[Photos via D.J. Cook]