7. Know how to cook three things well.


I suppose being a creative type of person and someone who loves food (and don’t get me started on wine), I’ve always been interested in cooking. Also, living with my dad after my parents divorced, I started experimenting at an early age. One of my favorite things to make was spaghetti and meat sauce. Or should I say, ground beef and Ragu. My tastes have evolved somewhat (although they still include frosted blueberry Pop Tarts) and I’ve learned to master a few dishes. Unfortunately, I’ve put my family and friends through some disasters over the years to get to the good stuff. The three things I make really well are omelets (my secret is starting them on the stovetop and finishing them in the oven), deviled eggs (are you sensing a theme here?) and the piece de resistance, my grilled smoked turkey sausage Reuben. As you can see, none of these are super complicated but I know when I make them, everyone will want more. Of course, I cook many other things, just not as well. Do you have your three yet?

Word to the wise: It’s nice to be able to whip something up that’s tried and true. While experimenting can be fun, you’ll find that some things are best left in the lab. So choose your three things and take the time to perfect them. And even though you may not be an Iron Chef, you’ll feel like one.

What do you think? Note: Your comments may be published anonymously in the upcoming book, “Wise Before 25, 50 Things Young Women Should Know.”


About Eva Finn

Eva Finn is an award-winning marketing copywriter, advertising instructor and life expert. She started the blog, Wise Before 25 so young women can avoid making the same mistakes she did. This blog will become a book of the same title, which will include contributions from readers. She was also published in a book about the subject of hair– the good, bad and the ugly – called, fittingly enough, Hair Pieces, by the Cary Tennis Workshop. As a copywriter for more than 20 years, she has written ads, brochures, direct mail, radio and television for clients that included In-N-Out Burger, Bank of America, Toyota and Ingram Micro. Eva has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education. She has taught advertising classes at The Art Institute of California-Orange County and California State University, Fullerton. And she has had plenty of hard knocks from the school of life.

8 responses »

  1. Let’s see… my three would be spaghetti, French toast, and chicken simmered in Trader Joe’s green curry sauce. Add rice and green beans and you have a quick meal to die for.

    • And I thought your Trader Joes’ quinoa and chicken with sun dried tomatoes would have made the top three 🙂 Still have to try to make that one. It’s in my recipe binder. All this talk of food is making me hungry – even though I just had a frozen dinner. Go figure…

  2. Alas, I can mess up anything. Just boiling water is kind of a challenge for me. My poor kids! They used to cringe and groan when I would tell them I was trying something new.

    • That’s why there’s take out 🙂 I should have added that to the post – if you can’t make three things well, know three great take out places. Maybe I’ll put that in the book. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Got mine. Burrito dogs, taco dogs and Lucky Charm treats. Does that count? Never had much interest (or patience) in cooking. I find that a good restaurant (or a friend with good taste in restaurants) is a pretty good substitute. Plus someone else does the dishes! : )

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