Before I learned how to cook, I always joked about how terrible of a cook I was. It was so bad that I once burned Kraft Macaroni and Cheese while boiling the noodles. When I would tell people that, the would laugh and ask how long I cooked the noodles, before all the water burned out. Well that was the strange thing, I had followed the directions. There were many occasions where I would follow the directions on boxed meals and miss steps or do the steps in the wrong order and really mess up boxed meals. So much for boxed meals being idiot proof, I did a great job proving that wrong.
Since I was a terrible cook, we ate out a lot (my husband, then boyfriend and I). My once petite figure grew and grew. We went on a camping trip with friends and took lots of pictures. When we got the pictures developed (pre-digital camera age), I could not believe how I looked. I stepped on the scale and was 20 lbs heavier than I had ever been in my life. I knew I had to make many changes in my life if I was going to get back to a healthy weight. I knew I needed to change my eating habits, which meant I would have to be more comfortable in the kitchen.
I started slowly and simply. For months I had been getting Shape Magazine, they had a section with easy healthy recipes. Every month I would cook those recipes, the good ones I saved and reused the other ones didn't stay in the rotation. Some of those recipes, I still cook today. By starting simply and using easy healthy recipes, I got comfortable in the kitchen. That was seven years ago and now I have started making different types of desserts and breads. There is no recipe that is too challenging for me to try, although my favorites are quick and easy.