I retired last year to care for my wife who had an accident. She is doing much better.
I, too, am learning to cook. Today was onion day. I caramelized 4 large yellow onions, used some in a vegetable dish and put the rest in a flat container in the freezer. Some can be broken off after it freezes and used in other things.
Too, I’ve learned to time everything so that all the meal is done at the same time, or at least still hot.
Home grown vegetables are the very best! You need the right temperature and humidity, but pretty easy if you start in the right part of the season.
Hope you are able grow some things; it’s well worth the effort.
BTW, we also got chickens a week ago, but don’t tell anyone, as I do not think we are supposed to have them in town. (-;