Learning to Cook


PB and I have been married for 2.5 months now. With that has come the consistency of cooking a nice dinner every night. Every other day or so I am hit with the realization that I am turning into my mom, and for that I am so proud.

1(brunch at Gina’s apartment in Chicago)

Just like my mom, I sometimes dance around or sing while cooking.
Just like my mom, it makes me happy to cook for others.
Just like my mom, I am a good cook!
Just like my mom, I think cooking is the greatest way to end the day.
Just like my mom, I love to entertain.
Just like my mom, I love to create new menus.
Just like my mom.

I find myself in my kitchen cooking something and then POOF! out of nowhere comes a great memory, and the memory comes because I am repeating it that day. Reliving it. I didn’t learn to cook by taking a class or reading recipes, I learned to cook by growing up in my mom’s house. I don’t remember my mom ever specifically teaching me to do anything in that kitchen, but I learned. When I cook a dish or create a recipe, I am trying to recreate those memories. I remember a favorite dish or a favorite cooking process and try to make that dish by remembering the flavors or moments. Or I think I thought something up on my own and then halfway through cooking the memories come running back to me. Or I set the table in a special way and then remember that my mom did that too.

I am my mother’s daughter, and that’s how I cook.

You?

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20 responses to “Learning to Cook

  1. Aww, so cute! I just saw my mom yesterday but this post makes me miss her.

    I’ve had so many moments when I realize I’m turning into my mother. But I’m really proud because she’s one of the women I admire most.

    Congrats on 2.5 months of marriage! Still newlyweds! 🙂

  2. This is so cute! I definitely cook like my mom…and my grandma. 🙂

  3. I know I got my love of cooking from my Mom. One of the greatest things we will ever share. It connects you over all distance & time. I love this.

  4. My family says they have no idea where I got my love of cooking! My dad is an excellent baker…so maybe it stems from that. I’m my mother’s daughter is every other way though 🙂

  5. That’s really sweet and totally brought a tear to my eye! hehe I’m a big baby!

    I just made a post a few days ago on my inability to cook! I wish I had that way of cooking where I could think back on the good memories my mom and I shared and recreate it–unfotunately I have a hard time and am tyring to work on my kitchen skills! lol

  6. That’s really sweet! My mom was always a super cook growing up, but now the tables are turned.. she is getting ideas from ME. She texted me a pic the other day of a vegan lasagna she made (with tofu) ahh. SO proud 🙂

  7. foodieinthecity

    I love this post!

    I cook like my mom too. I typically use all of her recipes, as well as my grandma’s :).

  8. What a sweet post!

  9. I think cooking is a lovely way to remember someone. I love to cook for others, like my mom does.

  10. I’m just like my mom when it comes to food, too. I get really into new ingredients, new smells, new techniques.

  11. My mom is such a great cook! I can only hope to live up to that. I do love to have dance parties while I am cooking though 🙂

  12. I am partly my mother’s daughter, but nonetheless she is a queen.

  13. Beautiful.

    I’m trying to learn how to cook more like that, too 🙂 I think it’s just romantic.

  14. Don’t you just love it? I was so excited to move in with Josh and cook real meals! He appreciates all the thought and time that goes into them. I agree- dancing or singing while cooking is necessary and totally makes me happy 😉

  15. What a beautiful post! I know your mom is smiling upon you and is so proud of the amazing person you are!

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