Tuesday's Tip: Relax and Have Fun!
Cooking is fun.
. From keeping me on
the counter with her while cooking, to allowing me to explore the kitchen as I
grew, I was raised with a love of cooking. I thank my mom for helping me learn
how to cook and for countless other family Column
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formed my love of creating in the kitchen.
I often wonder why so many people view cooking as a chore. We all have to
eat, why not enjoy the process of creating your meal? Then I saw this quote from
Chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse restaurant and spoke to me:
"We;ve been told by the fast food industry that cooking is drudgery, but
actually is a relaxing, pleasurable activity that not only saves money but
promotes good health. Get the whole family involved. Kids like to be engaged and
I think not only the fast food industry but also the pre-packaged and
processed foods industries have all created this image that cooking is a real
drag, something we must do out of utlity, not out of joy.
So here;s my tip for this Tuesday: when preparing a meal or recipe, relax and
Please don;t view cooking as drudgery every time you make a meal, perhaps
view as a means to create an opportunity to gather.
Yes, food feeds us, but when you gather for a meal, whether at a table for
two, four or many, what happens over the meal is anything but utilitarian. I;ve
seen families eat in Italy and linger for hours, and I;ve seen my own family of
four take 30 minutes for a meal. Eating is necessary, but it also transcends
nutrition...it is an act of Beach
Wedding Dresses, and act of gathering.
Lastly, remember if you are cooking, you can guarantee you;ll like what is on
If you need some inspiration, check out my recipes on this blog or on my
other blog, Sweet Peas and Pumpkins.
Let cooking bring out your inner artist!
Life is sweet,