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Day 27: Conversely, write about something that’s kicking ass right now.
Anytime my parents leave town, instead of being a stereotypical college student living off ramen and frozen dinners, I cook for myself like a “real” adult. I’ve mastered a lemon garlic with rosemary roasted chicken, made up my own mashed redskin potato recipe and didn’t give myself food poisoning when cooking myself a full Thanksgiving dinner.
Since November my parents have gone on three trips, one of which lasted a month, and each time I’ve survived off my 22-year-old’s skills in the kitchen. I’ve never minded trying new things mostly because no one else was here to see my possible failure. The things that turned out well I would make for my parents when they got home admittedly to show off.
Beginning in May, I was on summer break from school! Being home more meant I wanted to do something constantly, like knitting or writing challenges, so I’ve began cooking more instead of my parents doing it. I’m not saying I do most of it but I’m definitely doing more than I used to.
And I’m freaking loving it.
Just an hour ago I made my dad and I some croque monsieur for dinner. The other day I made amazing wraps from left over chicken breast, avocado, Gouda cheese, roma tomatoes and green onions. I also made a colorful and delicious pasta primavera last week that I could have eaten until I burst it was so good.
I’ve essentially become the college equivalent of an untrained, unqualified chef.
One of my favorite things to make is the above-mentioned roasted chicken which I stuff full of garlic, lemon wedges and rosemary then sprinkle garlic and rosemary olive oil on top. I usually pair it with either lemon garlic redskin potatoes or string beans with slivered almonds.
It’s all easier than it sounds too. I started my recipe folder with Googling things I wanted to make or some healthier options I wanted to stash away. I keep them in a three-ring binder and have everything separated by category. I highly suggest anyone does this whether they cook or plan to in the future that way you have a reference at the ready instead of searching through the Internet looking for something to cook.
Seriously, go look for stuff to cook and save them!