Elena Delle Donne dines, dishes

Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne teaches teammate Swin Cash how to make her favorite dish.

Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne already feels comfortable in her new hometown -- so much so that her parents are getting worried she won't return to Delaware when the WNBA season ends.

"I love it so much," Delle Donne said. "I might never go back."

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Elena Delle Donne says cooking allows her to focus on something other than basketball.

The 6-foot-5 guard/forward has been busy in her first few weeks in the Windy City, going to sporting events, trying out the city's best restaurants and enjoying plenty of practices and bonding time with her new team.

One thing she hasn't had much time for is a quiet night at home cooking. It's something she and her mother used to do all the time in Delaware.

"Growing up, I always cooked with my mom," Delle Donne said. "It's a lot of fun, very relaxing and something different from always playing basketball. It was always nice to get a break and have some really good times with my mom.

"We made mostly Italian food, since that's what I love to eat. But here I don't really need to cook 'cause all the food here is better than my cooking! I can just go out and get it!"

Recently, she took a break from Chicago's deep-dish joints and steak houses to show teammate Swin Cash how to make one of her favorite recipes from home, a Mediterranean chicken pasta.

Packed with protein, veggies and healthy nuts and oils, it's the kind of dish Sky coach Pokey Chatman would approve of. Then again, with Delle Donne averaging 19 points a game and the Sky off to a franchise-best 3-0 start, Chatman might not mind if the rookie continues to indulge in Chicago's culinary delights as well. The city certainly seems to be treating Delle Donne right so far.

But when it comes to cooking, for Delle Donne, there's no place like home. She says her mom's famed lasagna might just be the thing that gets her back to Delaware.

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