A few years ago I came across a game on Shockwave.com that I must recommend to you all.

I love playing computer games (any Oregon Trail lovers out there?), and one night I came across “Let’s Get Cookin’.”

Slicing some squash on Let's Get Cookin'.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cook, or even if you do know how to cook and want to brush up on your skills, this game is for you! You virtually cook food in this game.

Here’s the lowdown on how to play: a friendly-faced woman comes on the screen and talks about how she works and takes care of her family. She wants to start cooking home-cooked meals again. You can play either single player or two-player and actually execute the dishes she wants to make, which are listed on the screen. And these are real recipes too, so if you want to go make them yourself afterward, you can!

You first gather the ingredients in the kitchen. Then, based on what recipe it is, you can cut, slice, chop, measure, bake, boil, fry, saute and mix your ingredients. At the end you can plate your dish too. You gain points based on how well you execute these activities and there is also a time bonus too if you complete it quickly!

Some of the dishes include squash soup, Caesar salad, beef stew, salmon with tomato risotto, and roast chicken.

I have played this game several times and have truly enjoyed it. I love how real everything looks and how you really do feel like you’re cooking (minus the smells and tastes, of course).

And now that I’ve come back to it recently, I noticed there are now three new additions to the “Let’s Get Cookin'” family:

Let’s Get Bakin’ (Bake desserts for customers)

Let’s Get Grillin’ (There’s a guy in this one.

Let’s Get Cookin’ some more (Learn how to cook some yummy looking Italian dishes! The upside down deep dish pizza looked really good… I may try this some day!)

If you try any of these, please let me know and tell me what you think. I love the original “Let’s Get Cookin'” and the newest “Let’s Get Cooking some more” the most out of the four. But I’m curious as to what you think.

Hope everyone’s having a good day.