The Day I Kinda, Sorta Became a Chef

The Day I Kinda, Sorta Became a Chef


Thank God Thank God Thank God,” was JD’s response when I told him I signed up for a cooking class. What I didn’t tell him was the class was FOR THE BOTH OF US! Surprise! I mean, com’on, did he really expect me to walk into a kitchen…by myself?! Don’t think so. We joke that the best thing I make for dinner is reservations, so signing up for the class was the first step to becoming the next Julia Child.

I’m actually obsessed with buying kitchen goodies (julienne slicer, quiche tins, magical bean stock seeds), but I don’t actually use them. I tell myself they’ll act as incentives to party in the kitchen, but it never happens. The good news is that if my neighbor ever needs to borrow a petrified wood rolling pin from Uganda, I got her covered.

Last Sunday night we walked into Hipcooks for a crazy night of paella making. I could be wrong but our dinner guide, Bonny, knew I was going to be as helpful as a blind baboon, so while other students were asked to cut, slice, and prep for dinner, I was asked to…wait for it…wait for it…stir. Yes, I was asked to stir a wine reduction to later be used for dessert. And, yes, I tasted every few seconds to make sure I was stirring right. Obvs. And let’s be serious for a second…can we just say this sight is intimidating?

Paella prep…

Why, hello there, I’ll be your official STIRRER.

This is Bonny walking through the cooking directions…and secretly sprinkling her awesomeness over the food. Which explains why I won’t be able to recreate this dish on my own later…

JD actually likes to cook…and he’s really good at it. Thank the sweet lord or else we’d likely starve…or eat the best bowl of cereal ever poured.

Leave it to JD to make friends…he’s quite the charmer in his own quiet way.

The chef’s assistant, Lisa, kindly grabbed my camera and took this photo of me and JD. I love this moment. A couple from across the kitchen challenged us to a paella cook off and I think this is the moment when I yelled, It’s SO ON, SUCKERS!!!

I’m not-so-officially a Spanish chef,

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  1. Diana -

    You crack me up. Love this post!

      8.28.12 - 2:29 pm

  2. Jenni -

    Looks like so much fun!!

      8.28.12 - 2:35 pm

  3. Carrie K -

    You crack me up! I remember the coverage of Laura + Billy’s wedding when JD said you were his sous chef and he was your sous photographer. πŸ™‚ I love that our spouses cover our weaknesses with their strengths and vice versa. God is good like that!

      8.28.12 - 2:40 pm

  4. The New Diplomat's Wife -

    can we briefly discuss how devastatingly stylish JD is?

      8.28.12 - 2:47 pm

  5. gladys -

    i love jd’s style. he’s so cool. also, i could hear you in that last photo πŸ™‚

      8.28.12 - 4:26 pm

  6. ashley barnett -

    I think I just bought Jeremy the same pants JD has on haha. I love that ya’ll do fun stuff like this!!

      8.28.12 - 4:37 pm

  7. Christy Tyler -

    Love it!!! I love seeing you two busy/out enjoying life and not just working constantly. It’s inspiring my husband & I to do the same! πŸ™‚

      8.28.12 - 5:06 pm

  8. Andrea Brewster -

    Ya know J?…. Quit beating yourself up!. We can’t ALL be great with the same talents! Could you imagine a world where NO one can dance but EVERYONE has mad ironing the laundry skills?!?! Hmmm… food is kinda important though. Now that you have the cereal thing down, maybe you can set a goal of opening cans. It’s not as scary as you think. Promise promise.

      8.28.12 - 5:07 pm

  9. Kitrin Jeffrey -

    You’re so awesome J*

      8.28.12 - 5:08 pm

  10. Sarah -

    Can I just say that I truly enjoy reading your blogs. I love how real you are in them and you share your day to day with us. It’s an inspiration and a joy to be on your photographic journey with you.

      8.28.12 - 5:16 pm

  11. Kristen -

    This place looks AHHMAZING! I love to cook!! Just think; the more you practice & take classes like this, you’ll be great at it. πŸ™‚ Or you could just have JD continue to cook for you. Ha, ha!!

      8.28.12 - 5:26 pm

  12. Jane -

    did you know that Julia Childs was 32 before she started cooking? I’m sure JD will be thrilled to know that there’s hope for you yet πŸ™‚

      8.28.12 - 5:30 pm

  13. Breanne -

    oh jasmine, i LOVED this post. i had a smile on my face the entire time while reading it. seriously! def a top 5 favorite, right after the post about your neighbor asking you to babysit his pet goldfish πŸ˜‰

      8.28.12 - 5:56 pm

  14. Haley Johnston -

    You are too funny! I laughed when I saw your status a few days back about this cooking class and JD’s response! It looks like you two had fun!!

      8.28.12 - 6:12 pm

  15. Jarka H. -

    You made my day with this article πŸ™‚

      8.28.12 - 6:36 pm

  16. Heather -

    Super Cute! I always smile when I come visit your blog!

      8.28.12 - 6:57 pm

  17. Marcy -

    You should write a novel, you have me intrigued every moment. Or maybe a picture book, you incorporate pics and phrases so well. πŸ˜‰ You’re truly inspiring.

      8.28.12 - 7:03 pm

  18. Ashley Goodwin -

    Great idea girlfriend! You’re a fabulous stir-er I bet! I want to take a drink mixing class! Now wouldn’t THAT be fun?!?!

      8.28.12 - 7:05 pm

  19. Rachel Leigh Greene -

    Fun πŸ˜€

      8.28.12 - 8:56 pm

  20. Melissa -

    Such a cute funny post! Love it!

      8.28.12 - 10:41 pm

  21. Sara Lando -

    Yay for cooking classes!
    Since you are close to L.A. I highly recommend checking out Spork.
    I took some cooking classes while I was living there and somehow Heather and Jenny reminded me of you (something in their enthusiasm and in owning being positive in a world filled with cynical people).
    I don’t know if you fancy vegan cuisine, but I assure you it’s really worth it!

      8.28.12 - 10:45 pm

  22. Miriam Medina -

    Here I thought I was the only one terrified of cooking! What I love the most is that you captured the moment (clearly what I would do… get behind a camera) to treasure forever. Way to go for trying!!!

      8.28.12 - 11:27 pm

  23. Allix B. -

    Stir on, sweetheart! πŸ™‚ And y’all look super cute in the last picture, btw. πŸ˜€

      8.28.12 - 11:57 pm

  24. Patrick Farrington -

    If you ever make it to Fort Collins I’ll have the two of you over for dinner and I’ll be sure to have a sauce for you to stir. JD and I will handle the rest.

    Or we’ll just have snacks and cocktails πŸ˜‰

      8.29.12 - 12:16 am

  25. Patrick Farrington -

    If you ever make it to Fort Collins I’ll have the two of you over for dinner and I’ll be sure to have a sauce for you to stir. JD and I will handle the rest.

    Or we’ll just have snacks and cocktails πŸ˜‰

      8.29.12 - 12:17 am

  26. Jodie -

    man you crack me up woman! πŸ˜‰

      8.29.12 - 1:17 am

  27. sherri lynn -

    This looks like so much fun! I need to sign my husband and me up for some sort of class we can take together.

      8.29.12 - 2:27 am

  28. Sara S -

    J* you crack me up! I want to hang out with you guys because I think you would be a hoot and I need JD to train my husband to cook and be a snazzy dresser.

      8.29.12 - 2:42 am

  29. a little bit of whimsy photography -

    i too came here today to smile. mission accomplished! thanks my friend!

      8.29.12 - 3:03 am

  30. Tamara @ Fishy Face Studios -


      8.29.12 - 3:10 pm

  31. Christina Hastings -

    Haha, that post was hilarious! I can just imagine you yelling to the other couple, "It’s on!" πŸ˜‰

      8.29.12 - 5:49 pm

  32. mike -

    Why is JD always wearing such short pants? Is he preparing for a flood?

      8.29.12 - 6:30 pm

  33. Evonne & Darren -

    That looked like fun… so now will you share your paella recipe, please? πŸ™‚

      8.29.12 - 11:03 pm

  34. Ashley Christine -

    That. is. awesome! Maybe I should take a cooking class…

      8.30.12 - 12:19 am

  35. Gail -

    How cute is THIS?!!! Love how you’re always finding awesome things for you and JD to experience together. And amen to your husband being a charmer…I adore you two together so much. Just wishing (again) to be your neighbor so we could all cook together!! (or JD and I could cook for you and Nick and then we’d all enjoy our spoils together πŸ™‚ )

      8.30.12 - 3:11 pm

  36. Lauren -

    I am exactly like you! I love to collect fun kitchen items, but I have no idea how to use them. I have melon scrapers, tart molds, tortilla bowl pans, muffin top pans… I even have a small appliance specifically for making hot chocolate.

      9.6.12 - 8:21 pm

  37. vonnie perez -

    I love reading your blog! You continually make me laugh!

      9.7.12 - 10:45 pm

  38. Marcia (123 blog) -

    I just love, love. LOVE the pic of Bonnie sprinkling awesomeness – that gave me the biggest smile πŸ™‚

      9.14.12 - 9:00 am

  39. Tony Sale Photography -

    Jasmine that’s a very mischievous look you have holding that whisk

      3.8.13 - 1:18 pm

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