Rook's Bad Cookbook

An amateur cook's adventures

About Jess


Me and my catboy, Mooshie

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.

–Julia Child

I started cooking when I lived by myself in 2012. I was 28 when did more than just eat food. Before then, I’d either lived with a cooking-capable significant other, had takeout, or lived with my mom. I knew how to bake, sure. I could whip up a mean chicken cordon bleu casserole from time to time by following one of the best Good Housekeeping recipes I have ever seen (and I still have the magazine cutout).

But then it was just me. And I learned how to make steak. And then, inspired by my boyfriend, I began to experiment. I had fun in the kitchen, learned my own cooking rhythms, learned not to fear the stove, and made some never-do-that-again creations, and others that were very good.

Cooking is my only actual hobby. There are creative things I like to do, like reading, art, and gardening, but it is cooking that I learn the most from. Technique, tips and tricks, history, news… In this blog, I share my experiences and thoughts on cooking with you.


15 comments on “About Jess

  1. navigator1965
    November 16, 2013

    No way! I am a Libra (Scorpio cusp). And, perhaps even more importantly, I am Wood Snake. I have a sister who is big into Reiki – not sure if she’s got her master rating yet or not.

    Can you do long distance readings?

    • rookseh
      November 16, 2013

      Yes, in the past few years I have done them for a friend of mine on Skype, as she has done them for me. We’ve done a few different methods, be it chakra meditation, Q&A, and oracle cards.

      As Reiki goes, I plan to work on that for myself when I have the money to take classes for it. As it is, I have found a few books I am still working through along those lines, including Christopher Penczak’s “Magick of Reiki”. My Fox (my SO) is Reiki 2, and we each have a friend who has their Master, so I have inspiration around me to get my own. I’ve done energy work for a long enough while now in my own style, but better understanding of Reiki energy work is among my personal to-dos. I kind of foresee it being part of my path to expand on.

      I’m a Wood Rat. 🙂

  2. navigator1965
    November 16, 2013

    Maybe we’ll do cards some time.

    • rookseh
      November 16, 2013

      Would be more than happy to. I can do that by email, also. Just let me know. 🙂

      The primary decks I work with are Sonia Choquette’s Trust Your Vibes, Soul Lesson Soul Purpose, Ask Your Guides, and Doreen Virtue’s Mermaids and Dolphins decks – just depends on what depth and nature of answer you need to determine what deck to use.

  3. Susan Lattwein
    November 16, 2013

    Wow, you’re into a lot of interesting things, Rook. 🙂

    • navigator1965
      November 16, 2013

      Have I met you before?

      I’d charm you with my mojo bag, but I’m not certain Rook’s prepared for my diabolical sense of humour yet.

      This wood snake / Libra (Scorpio cusp) is wondering what 2014 holds in store. }:-)>

      • rookseh
        November 16, 2013

        Wouldn’t know. I attend Festival of Souls (FOS) in TN each October since 2009, and I lived in Springfield, MO from 2003 until October this year. During its time, I was a heavy, longtime contributor and admin for, from about 2001 to 2007 or so.

  4. navigator1965
    November 16, 2013

    My sister is in Aus for DV’s workshop.

  5. Susan Lattwein
    November 16, 2013

    No one could be prepared for your outrageous sense of humour, Navigator. You leave ‘French taunting’ in the Holy Grail for dead.
    What is DV’s workshop? Do you know, Rook?

    • rookseh
      November 16, 2013

      Doreen Virtue… could be Angel Intuitive 2013 ( That’s the one I see posted for this month.

    • navigator1965
      November 16, 2013

      Your mother smells of elderberries! }:-)>

    • navigator1965
      November 16, 2013

      Rook, have you watched Monty Python’s “Search for the Holy Grail?”

      • rookseh
        November 16, 2013

        Oh, yes. I first saw it when I was 14, and it’s one of my favorites. I think I’ve wanted a killer white rabbit ever since.

  6. navigator1965
    November 16, 2013

    Wasn’t sure if the “French taunting” joke Susan mentioned would work. A classic movie.

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