why tuesdayz

When I started cooking in 2010, I was eighteen months out from college graduation and starving for new hobbies that felt right. After being an athlete and a student for the majority of my life, I was on the hunt for some new things I enjoyed to fill my after work hours. The details of my weekly schedule escape me now, but the only night I had available was Tuesday. After making the choice that I was going to start cooking all new dishes once a week, Tuesday became the natural choice.

Almost every Tuesday for the next five years, I cooked all new dishes. And we are not just talking one new dish a week. A full meal of dishes I had never made before was served up for my roommates, guys I dated, family, friends and coworkers.

In the beginning, it was a complete exploration. I scoured the internet for the highest rated recipes each week for dishes I had heard of but never made before. I made things I had never even eaten before. I spent hours and hours of my life searching the aisles of grocery stores and produce markets for things I had heard of but never seen before. I did a lot of googling in the aisles of Whole Foods.

Over time, I stopped looking up videos of how to know you safely cooked your chicken and i started creating my own recipes. Once I learned from all the great Food Network Chef’s what works, what doesn’t, and WHY I was really able to start creating my own food.

Early on, I felt the urge to write about my food journey. I had no idea where it would lead me, but something about holding myself accountable each week by writing about it felt natural. Cooking took a grip of me right away and I wanted others to see that if I could cook, anyone could cook. And so Newfoodtuesdayz was born.