Holiday Season is Cooking Season

by Callie Todaro

Do you cook, or have you ever tried? As a college student, I know from experience that eating food at the same place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can get tiring, and quite frankly, boring. Being next to downtown Naperville with a bunch of great restaurants is a nice added value, but it can get expensive quickly on a college budget. I came from a home where my mom fixed dinner every week night, and most of the time on the weekends if we didn’t go out. I’ve noticed when I eat home cooked meals, I feel a lot better about myself and don’t feel like crap for the rest of the night. Living on campus this year, I have a two burner stove. That may not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to start with. At a younger age, I wanted to start learning from my mom how to cook a good meal so someday I can do the same.

We’re in mid-October which means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are right around the corner, and that means great food is also right around the corner! When someone cooks for you, it’s an awesome gesture and an awesome skill/hobby to have. Since the great meal season and giving season are coming, it’s time to get into cooking. How can you contribute this year? Anyone can cook and anyone can grill (when the weather is nice). I’ve started cooking, and it makes me feel better about what I’m doing, and about myself, in general. When I come home, I can help my mom in the kitchen, which is something that rarely happens. I know it takes time and practice to really learn, but it doesn’t have to take skill. I think skill evolves over time. This does not mean you have to be like Gordon Ramsey, but just have fun with it.

Since it’s holiday season, you can bake spooky Halloween cupcakes or make some loaded potato soup with the weather getting cooler. It doesn’t matter what you cook or how you do it; the idea is just to contribute to the season. It’ll make you feel better about yourself, and you’ll have some added fun and seasonal memories to share. So many people love eating, and making art out of food even makes it better. I found that I eat healthier when I cook, and it’s really easy to find fun meals to make and share with others. Apps like Pinterest, YouTube, and even TikTok, have simple, fun recipes for beginners. Going on these apps makes cooking fun and artsy, even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly. I’m no chef, but I do love getting my hands dirty in some food and having fun. Like Remi said in Ratatouille, “Anyone can cook!”