My Amazing Cooking Skills

Oh, the dreaded "what are your hobbies" question. In high school, it was basketball. In the first couple of years of college, I did not really have hobbies. I could not play basketball anymore. Sewing, writing and working out never stayed in my schedule enough to become a hobby. Tomatoes on toast with cheese Reading is too obvious. What did that leave? Well, nothing until recently. A couple weeks ago I finally moved out of the dorms, got rid of my meal plan and unpacked in a new apartment. I have always loved cooking, especially baking, but I never did it enough to call it a hobby. Now, I cook every night and throughly enjoy it.

I have always been jealous of my fiance, Nick. He is a fabulous cook. He just goes to a grocery store, picks out whatever he feels like eating that night and cooks it. No recipes, no lists, no planning &mdash he just does it, and it always tastes amazing. I have never understood it, and I certainly cannot do it &mdash I have to follow a recipe.

Cooking every night has yet to feel like a chore to me. Sometimes I think about all the homework I need to get done and get frustrated by needing to stop and make dinner, but 99 percent of the time it is really very relaxing for me.

I very much enjoy making my favorite recipes but also new ones. Most of all, I love forcing my best friend and roommate, Alisa, to try new things. She is not very open to food other than chicken, but since she completely refuses to cook (she does the dishes instead), I get to make whatever I want. So far she has liked everything. She enjoyed kielbasa and rice with eggs, both of which obviously are not chicken.

As time goes on, I hope to be able to cook like Nick does, but until then I guess I will have to keep cooking and searching for recipes.