Emily Little

Cooking just isn't for everyone

Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love food. I love trying new foods, but unfortunately I am not all that talented at making it. Long story short, I am a terrible cook.

I have tried my fair share of recipes and tips from other people, but they seem to fail every time. I have a slight addiction to a website called Pinterest, where users share ideas. One very popular topic on the website is recipes. I have seen everything from simple instructions to make a grilled cheese to copycat recipes of restaurant favorites. I have tried my hand at a few of these recipes, and none of them have turned out as planned.

When I was younger, the idea of cooking seemed extremely appealing. Making something creative - and edible - definitely sounded like my idea of a good time. However, I quickly found out that I was not as good at cooking as I envisioned myself to be. It wasn't that I necessarily burned everything I made, although that did happen occasionally. It was simply that nothing I made actually tasted good.

Eventually, after failing multiple times, I was no longer excited about cooking. When I first started trying to learn to cook, the process was enjoyable. Now, however, any excitement that I once had when it comes to the culinary arts has disappeared. As a matter of fact, I dread the thought of cooking. I'll help my parents out in the kitchen from time to time, but the thought of cooking an entire meal sounds awful.

I give props to people whose passion is cooking. I truly wish that I could grab a few ingredients from my cupboard and fridge, throw them together, and make something delicious. Actually, I wish that I could just follow a recipe and make something that tastes somewhat edible.

When I am sitting in class and a teacher announces a project with a food component, my heart sinks a little. Even if bringing in the food is just an extra credit portion of the project, I want to participate if it will help my grade. In Spanish class, many of our projects come with the option to make a dish that relates to our subject for added points. During one specific project, we were allowed to bring in a dish from the country we were assigned. Of course, rather than going to a Mexican restaurant and picking up an appetizer in to-go boxes as several of my peers did, I felt the need to make my recipe from scratch. I proceeded to pick some overly complex Colombian recipe that I had false confidence in my ability to cook.

The recipe, which was intended to be a breaded cheese ball of sorts, was by far the most atrocious thing I have ever made. At first bite, it tasted like a slightly burnt cornbread, which wouldn't have been entirely awful. However, within 30 seconds, the terrible aftertaste arrived. That experience only further reinforced what I already knew - I can't cook.

I never believed I was destined to be a five-star chef, but I used to carry around the notion that I could at least cook a meal every once in a while. Unfortunately, my lack of cooking abilities limit me to a few select dishes. I can make a mean grilled cheese, boil some awesome tortellini pasta in water, and microwave some great macaroni and cheese. Other than that, I don't know that I would try anything I made. Everyone has talents, and it just so happens that cooking is not one of mine.