How Cooking Became My Passion

Cooking breakfast, in pearls, before heading to work, circa 2012.

I love to cook. For me, cooking is a way to unwind and relax after a particularly stressful day. The rhythmic movements of chopping vegetables, dusting meat with seasoning and stirring items on a sizzling pan bring a sense of focus and purpose to my day. The exotic fragrance of a dish carries me away to an imaginary food cart in a far-off country, and the flavors tickling my taste buds are some of the most vivid memories I have. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as popping that first bite into my mouth and realizing it’s just as good as any Las Vegas Strip restaurant.

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My love of cooking developed relatively late, but once I started, it became a passion. I began to challenge myself to recreate my favorite dishes at home (and also to discover what takes so much effort that it’s worth the price of eating out). I am intrigued by different foods and delight in foreign tastes. My cookbook collection has grown quite large, and I have multiple Pinterest recipe boards with all sorts of different foods.

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Making a pizza with my sister (who is good at baking).

The idea for this blog has been kicking around my head for a while. I want to cook recipes from around the world, to discover cuisines I cannot even fathom, and to introduce you all to something different as well. I may not have all of the resources I need to travel to everywhere I want to eat, but I sure as heck am going to try to bring the world to my kitchen counter.

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Making momos with friends.

I’m not going to have any set rules except that I will try to stay as close to the ingredients as I am able to get in Nevada, and I will not eat cilantro (it’s gross). Substitutions may be necessary, but not preferred. Some countries may appear multiple times, and I am happy to target regional cuisine as well (what have you got for me, Midwest?). I welcome any family recipes or tried and true dishes you want to send to me, as well.

Dine with me, and discover the world.

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2 comments on “How Cooking Became My Passion

  1. Sarah
    July 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Laura! What an awesome idea! Can’t wait to see all of your creations. Maybe you can make a Dominican dish??? I’ll look for a recipe and send it soon!

    • Laura
      July 31, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Sarah, that would be awesome! I would love to make a Dominican dish!

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