1. I am not a great cook. Fortunately, my cousin Ashlee is, and she blogs about it here. Speaking as someone who is not great at anything beyond my staple four recipe rotation, her recipes range from super easy to moderately difficult, so anyone should be able to find something they can copy.
Last night I made peanut butter kiss cookies for all the neighbors who have helped me move in, and despite several mishaps (including realizing hmm, I guess I don't have vanilla, oh hey, maybe coconut extract will do! Also, no oven mitts, huh? I better be quick!)* they turned out magnifique. Go try them. Enjoy them. And then follow Ashlee's blog, because she's super nice on top of creative.
2. For anyone with fellow writey-pants aspirations, there is a pretty sweet pitch contest going on over here. I am working up the courage to enter myself.
Let's make a contest pact! It's like a suicide pact, but not so morbid, and if you fink out on me, I WILL be around to know.
* This willingness to just make things up may explain why I struggle in the kitchen.