Adult Life: Cooking

At Big Sky High School I took Culinary Arts many times: Culinary One, twice; and Culinary Two, once. It was really fun because I was hanging out with friends making things like monkey bread, biscuits, spaghetti, pancakes and cookies.

Now I am starting out my Adult Life and I spend a lot more time in the kitchen at home. I like to help AND I like to take pictures!

Last Friday I made stuffed peppers for dinner. Last year when I was in Ag Ed, I had an assignment to cook something with meat. I made stuffed peppers. I put a little bit into a plastic bag and took it into school for a grade. Hah! This time I was not cooking for a grade but for friends. We invited two young adult friends from church over for dinner. I was very excited.

I mixed the rice and meat together. Then I added the tomatoes and the sauce. Last year my mom had to help me open the cans of tomato sauce. I could not squeeze the can opener onto the can. I put my hands on my mom’s hands and we opened the cans together. This time I knew how to do it all by myself because I have been practicing for a year.

In Culinary Arts we used measuring spoons and we have them at home too. I still need a little help choosing the right spoon according to the recipe: 1/2 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon all look the same to me. Anyway, my mom helped me measure the spice then I mixed it all together.

I watched my mom cut the tops off the peppers. `Next time you can do this part, Mathalia.’

Then I cleaned the seeds out of each pepper. I did not like this job very much because my hands got `peppery.’  But I had a towel close by to wipe them off after touching each pepper.

Stuffing the peppers is my favorite part! My mom always lets me do this part even when we don’t have enough time for me to make the whole meal.

My hands got goopy with tomato sauce and hamburger but it was lots of fun. And I used my towel when my hands got goopy. I wanted to sprinkle goat cheese on right away but we waited until just before baking. I forgot to take a photo! I was so disappointed but it was rush, rush and be quick, be quick from visiting the chickens to having friends for dinner. Crazy fun day!

I am very excited about my very first Adult Thanksgiving Day!! I want to get up early to help my mom stuff the turkey and I want to help chop apples for our gluten-free, dairy-free apple crisp.

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4 thoughts on “Adult Life: Cooking

  1. Learning to cook is a lifelong endeavor. It is wonderful to enjoy the process and even the clean up. It looks like you are well on your way.

    • Dear Rose, Annie made pot holders on my loom. Annie has Down Syndrome. just like I do. I will play violin at Mall Christmas Recital on Friday. I pick up Matthan December 15 in Spokane. From, Mathalia

  2. How wonderful that you’re cooking! I love cooking.
    And guess what: what you do with peppers, wiping your hands on a towel every time you finish a pepper is exactly what I do with chips. I love chips, but I hate having greasy fingers, and I always wipe my fingers on a wet paper towel every time I eat one. How silly we are.

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