I cook because I love adventures in the kitchen. – Shawna
Our Kitchen Hero this week, Shawna, grew up learning how to cook. But her increasing food knowledge and experimentation allowed her to get creative with recipes and become a better cook. Follow along in her Hero in the Kitchen story below!
City, State: Milton, Ontario Canada
I cook for: my spouse and I.
Outside of the kitchen I: devour books, move my body with weight training and hiking, and love my animals.
If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be: some combination of bread and cheese.
I cook because: I love adventures in the kitchen.
Favorite Cook Smarts meal so far: Shrimp Tacos with Slaw and Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Red Onions
HOW DID YOU LEARN TO COOK?
Watching and helping my grandmothers. Poring over cookbooks from an early age and “cooking” with anything available – mud pie, anyone? Asking and learning about food on my travels to other countries. Fearless experimentation.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST COOKING CHALLENGE?
How has your cooking routine changed since starting Cook Smarts’ meal plans?
I spend less time planning and shopping which allows more time for cooking. Less food waste. The menu options make it so easy to adjust recipes to suit my preferences. I often use the recipes as templates and then add my own creative touches.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROUDEST KITCHEN MOMENT.
Baking picture-perfect loaves of sourdough bread. There’s just something about baking your own bread!
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR HEALTH AND SUCCESS IN THE KITCHEN?
Focus on fewer but quality ingredients. Load up on veggies that you love. Don’t worry about the latest food fads. Be open to culinary adventures.
Thanks so much, Shawna! We love that you consider cooking an adventure, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. It’s awesome that you are not afraid to experiment and really grow in the kitchen. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful meals you make, and hopefully some day, we’ll be able to try some of that homemade sourdough bread of yours!