Windsor Mountain Essay
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Narrative Story

Trying Something New

Try Something new even if it might be scary

IMG_0184By Rory Kennealy

"learn something new try something different convince yourself that you have no limits"

-Brian Tracy


    It is always good to try something new. For me, this trying something new was cooking and baking. I have always liked cooking, but I never actually tried it. This year I really started baking and started making new things and trying new things. I have really started to good at baking over this past year.

Every time I bake I either do it with my mom or my sister. I do it to have fun, also to eat good food. I have not tried many things in the kitchen, but I hope too soon. In these times where there is a lot of time to fill I hope I can try something new in the kitchen. Every time there is some free time I try to bake. The only thing I don't like about baking is cleaning up. I love everything else about it.

It all started a couple of years ago when I would start to watch this series called worth it on youtube. It was these guys who would go to try one food at three different restaurants. One restaurant was cheap, one was medium, and the other was super expensive. I would watch these and think, I wish I could cook like that, or I want to go make that food, but I never would be able to make these things they were always too advanced. The food would always look amazing. I never dared to try something new like baking, cooking, or something like that. I would keep watching them though. This year I started to watch more videos. This time I would watch recipes for food that looked fun to bake, or good to eat. This time I got more motivated to try these things and try to make them. I would try to watch as many videos as possible. I finally got motivated to bake something. I started with chocolate chip cookies. I found this recipe that I had wanted to try for a while. It required me to make the dough and put it in the fridge to set and rest for a day or two. They came out and they didn't give me that satisfying feeling when you have a warm chocolate chip cookie, but they were really good, and I wanted to try to make them better. In January I tried again, this time I put them in the fridge for two days, and used a different recipe. When they came out they were perfectly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside This time they were a lot better than the first time. This made me feel like I could try anything in the kitchen.

Last week I got motivated when I saw that Mr. Irwin posted a cooking challenge. I knew exactly what I wanted to make: steak. This was something that I had not tried before, but I knew I could do it. Last Saturday I started in the afternoon by making herb butter which was herbs mixed with a stick of butter and lemon juice. Later that night I put it in the griddle and grilled it on the griddle. I loved the sizzling noise coming off the piping hot griddle. I made it perfectly medium-rare. I cut it and tasted it. At that moment I realized I could cook anything I wanted to.

It doesn't matter what you try to do, it doesn't matter how scary it might be, and it doesn't matter how difficult the thing you try maybe. All that matters is that you face your fears, try something new, and if it is hard you persevere. That is what I did I tried something new and when it didn't work out I tried again. That is what you have to do try something new and keep trying even if it doesn't work out the way you want it to.


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Nick Brady

It was awesome to see a creative and optimistic mindset shine through this writing, as this is exactly the kind of thinking that we need right now. I too have watched the "Worth It" series on Youtube, and whie I enjoyed the content, I never once thought to challenge myself by making food such as that. The conclusion was also very wise and finished off the peice nicely.


You would fit in really well at our house :-) my kids seem to have found a new found love for cooking during this quarantine. I love your writing and all the descriptive ways you tell the story of being in the kitchen with your family. This is a really, really good writing piece. Thanks! When this is all through, I want to try your best dish.

Max LG

Baking and cooking are really great things to do and you captured this perfectly in this piece. Once you start to cook and get into it you really get into the flow, great job Rory!

William O'Malley

This was a very well written piece, and it was cool to read about how you became interested in cooking, and how it traced back to the “Worth It” show on YouTube. My mouth started salivating when I took a look at your picture at the top of the piece. Great job!

Colin Soukup

This was very detailed and I love it. I could tell you were motivated and liked writing this piece. Because this is one of your longest pieces and one of the longest Ive read today. Nice job!

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