I’ve learned that I love to cook to de-stress and/or procrastinate. Seeing as I have a Linear Algebra prelim tomorrow and a paper due Tuesday, I thought Friday night would be the perfect time to exercise my olympic-level procrastinating skills. I’ve also realized that, not unlike my mom, I really enjoy cooking for others. Just provide the food and I’ll cook it for you. It’s really that simple. I get to learn more about cooking, and you get a nice dinner. Really.

It was kind of rainy and chilly out, so I wanted something warm and filling. I also didn’t want to eat it all by myself. Thanks to the wonders of Twitter, I sent out a message asking if anyone was hungry. I actually got responses! HA! Dinner for 5 coming right up! My 1st Attempt at Chx ParmThe best part is, even though it was a completely spur-of-the-moment thing, I had ALL of the necessary ingredients already. Who says college students don’t have proper kitchens?

Chicken Parm is something I’ve been trying to master since this summer. As you can see from the photo, my first attempt didn’t go very well. None of the breading stuck to the chicken! It was a mess. I’ve only tried one other time, and though it wasn’t completely unbearable, I was still having breading issues.

I figured, hey, third time’s the charm, right? Right. Off I went. Three boxes of pasta. Two packages of chicken. 32oz of sauce, an entire package of mozzarella cheese. LOTS of food. Still hungry

This time, I don’t know if I was just lucky or if I finally got the hang of it, but it was REALLY good. So good that there wasn’t even a DROP a chicken left. So good that the guys were standing in line waiting to do their dishes (yeah…they did dishes!) and were STILL eating because they were determined to get to the bottom of the plate. I’m kind of proud of myself. And I’m really glad I didn’t poison anyone :)

I’ve always wanted to have a dinner party. The kind where you cook a lot of food, your friends come over, you all sit around the table and hang out and just have a good ole’ time. You know, like grown-up style. The kind of thing Jamie Oliver used to do on the Naked Chef. Friday night was it. And it was awesome.

P.S. sorry Dean, couldn’t help but post that pic! :)