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

Gone are the days when women singlehandedly manned the kitchen and cooked on the hearth fire. (Not that that was better for us ladies.)

Today everyone is expected to do everything. To cook, to parent, to work. Spoiled as we are with modern ammenities like the microwave oven and dishwasher, you’d think cooking would be a snap.

Except it isn’t.

Today everyone is expected to do everything.

It is positively miserable to race to the grocery store with the rest of the world after a long day of work. Or to make three different meals to keep the kids from whining through dinner. And let’s not even talk about the forever looming pile of dirty dishes.

Cooking sucks.

At least that’s what 90% of Americans think.

In this day and age can you think of anything off the top of your head that 90% of Americans agree on? I can’t. But apparently we’re all united in an utter disdain for cooking.

I admit I used to be a prominent member of the cooking sucks club. Full time job, kid, little kitchen with no pantry. Food was all work and no play.

So we ate out. All the time. Until we couldn’t afford to eat out anymore.

Which landed me (and my husband) back in the kitchen more stressed than ever. Anything becomes onerous when you know you have no alternatives and that’s what cooking became for me. Onerous.

Horribly depressed, I said pooh pooh to the modern life, quit my job, moved cross country, adopted chickens and rabbits, and lived happily ever after.

Happily ever after, yes. End of the story, no.

In the year I took off from work something magical happened. I learned how to cook for fun. At first it was all about minimizing stress in the kitchen, of which there can be plenty. Once I had a handle on that I moved on to making better tasting food.

Great Things Happen When You Cook for Enjoyment

Do you know what happens when you have fun making food that tastes great?

You eat better.

You feel better.

You invite people over to eat it with you.

And you want to do it again. And again. And again. 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 so strongly dislike or even hate. But I promise, if I can learn to love cooking then you can too.

And you don’t even have to quit your job or move cross country or adopt chickens and rabbits because I already did that. I already found the best ways to reduce stress and maximize fun in the kitchen.

And you know what? All of those best ways are perfectly suited to the modern lifestyle.

Go figure.

I had to quit my job and turn my life upside down to learn I didn’t have to quit my job and turn my life upside down.

But I’m happy I did. I wasn’t joking about that happily ever after bit. I’ve discovered a passion for cooking so beyond anything I ever anticipated. And now I have the opportunity to make it my livelihood with this blog. If that doesn’t scream I love cooking I don’t know what will.

I want you to love cooking too or at least not hate it.

I want you to love cooking too or at least not hate it.

If you lead a busy life and you find cooking stressful, know you’re not alone and that a better way of cooking is just a blog post away.

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I look forward to seeing you in the kitchen. Happy cooking!

Cheers,
Carol

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