About Cooking

Thanks to our modern way of life, cooking has never been easier. Or more stressful.

Yes the days of women singlehandedly manning the kitchen and cooking on the hearth fire are gone but what have we replaced them with? Schedules so relentless we struggle to find time to eat, let alone cook.

Think about that for a moment.

In the not so distant past growing and preparing food was the number one priority (and still is in some parts of the world). Not to do so was to perish. These days cooking has practically fallen off the American priority list thanks to prepackaged meals and restaurant delivery.

Seriously, how many of your friends and family cook most meals themselves at home? How many grow their own food?

Don’t get me wrong, I love take-out and prepackaged meals as much as the next person. If not always healthy or affordable, they are certainly convenient and delicious. Especially after a long day of work or driving the kids back and forth between after-school activities.

But there’s so much more to be enjoyed from food than just eating it.

Deep down we all know that and that’s part of why we stress about cooking – or rather, not cooking.

Food may nourish the body but cooking nurtures the soul. All of us could do with a little more soul nurturing these days and that’s why I started this blog – to reconnect people with the intrinsic pleasures of cooking.

About the Blog

What does cooking for pleasure in the modern world mean? Lots of things.

Taking advantage of brilliant inventions like the refrigerator and electric oven or my personal favorite, the food processor. Continuing to use tools and methods that have endured the test of time (cast iron pans and Dutch ovens anyone?). Cooking slowly when it’s worth it and quickly when it’s not.

The pace of life has sped up considerably in the last 50 years. Everyone is expected to do everything all the time. Work, parent, cook, clean. In a world zooming by fast enough to cause whiplash sometimes the best thing to do is to take 10 minutes to knead and shape a ball of bread dough.

Honestly.

Even psychologists are starting to recognize the therapeutic benefits of repetitive cooking tasks like shaping dough and chopping vegetables, acts they liken to a form of mindful meditation and now prescribe to treat patients with anxiety and depression.

Cooking as therapy for all of life’s woes is a wonderful notion I full heartedly agree with. Especially when you cook with and for other people.

The only problem is that a huge percentage of people, Millennials in particular, don’t like or don’t know how to cook.

Cue this blog. I share practical advice and easy to follow recipes to maximize enjoyment and minimize stress in the kitchen. Whether you’re brand new to cooking or an experienced home culinarian, there’s something for you to enjoy. In the spirit of cooking more mindfully I also write what I like to call Conversation Starters, posts about the significance of food beyond its nutritional value.

Wonderful things happen when you have fun making food that tastes great.

You cook more. You eat better. You feel better. You invite people over to eat with you. Before you know it, you’re an expert in the kitchen who, above all else, cooks because you love it.

It might be hard for you to imagine loving something you may strongly dislike or even hate but I promise, if I can learn to love cooking then you can too.

About Carol

I didn’t always love cooking. In fact it was a major source of stress for me for a very long time. Not until we had our first child did I finally decide to do something about my lack of kitchen skills.

I don’t know if it was the primal urge to be able to provide for my offspring or what, but suddenly I found myself watching cooking shows and reading cookbooks in the wee hours of the morning. (I was up anyway like all new parents can attest to.)

I’ve been perfecting my cooking game ever since.

Today I raise my own chickens and grow my own vegetables. I’m just as comfortable cooking last minute for 4 people as I am for 24 and I love it when we have to put the leaf in our dining table to accommodate a crowd.

I want you to love cooking as much as I do and to benefit from its therapeutic qualities. Like I said, we could all use a little extra soul nurturing these days and the best way I can think to help is to invite you to cook with me.

I hope to see you in the kitchen!

Cheers,
Carol

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