I grew up in South Texas (San Antonio) and moved to Los Angeles, CA after I graduated college. My joy for food and cooking definitely stems from cooking for and with my friends and boyfriend. Cooking is such a cultural thing. You can learn a lot about someone from what they cook.
The most important thing, I think, is to have fun. You aren’t always going to cook an amazing meal, sometimes stuff is going to get burnt or undercooked (check out my Pie Day post, and you’ll see). It’s just important to go into things with an open mind, and ready to fail. Food fails are the best, it’s how we learn.