I started to cook when I was about 10 years old, when I was home alone all by myself and I was pretty hungry, I just got some bread, some cheese and put it in a microwave oven for 30 minutes and made me a grilled cheese sandwich.
But I came to realize that dinner time is no fun for anyone least of all me if I treat it like an unpleasant but necessary evil. I somehow found myself starting to, well, actually enjoy cooking.
Try a new recipe. Why not give it a shot? Rather than going for the same easy ingredients at the grocery store, I found myself enjoying the challenge of trying new cuts of meat, new flavorings, new veggies, new cooking techniques.
Take inventory of your pantry. However, in the kitchen, I can use a variety of ingredients that add color and make the meals look as good as they taste. A couple of years ago, the solution came to me: Clean out the mystery meat at the back of the fridge. Cooking and eating always help me to reduce stress, when every time I got all upset or stressed up I can just cook something I want and eat it, the deliciousness of the food I cooked had help me to reduce stress, but it was after started cook good.
So when I got married at 19 and had my first baby at 20, my culinary skills were extremely limited. The kitchen rarely felt clean. We were all in such a hurry we barely spoke during weeknight meals. Then I can be be artistic about cooking. Talk to your spouse. Once in a while I was allowed to add water to instant potatoes or whisk the also instant gravy, but more often, my job was to help keep an eye on the daycare kids while she ran into the kitchen and threw something in the oven.
Now that I have two teenagers, I recognize just how precious and fleeting this time together as a family is. Cooking had always been my favorite activity since I was a kid. I kept up better with meal planning and the family calendar.
Set the table with the fancy dishes, even if dinner came out of a box. Make cookies with your child. And I can do it regardless of the weather. I believe food matters. Whenever I try a new recipe and it gets the thumbs-up; whenever I go to bed with a shiny sink and clean cupboards, whenever I feel relaxed at 8: We ate better meals.
And with that improvement and confidence came another, bigger, surprise: I went from having zero confidence in the kitchen to being a pretty decent home cook.
It always a good way to reduce my stress, it help me bond with my friends with food I made, I always can be artistic when I cook and it can never get repetitive. What if, instead of squeezing the dinner process into the smallest possible amount of time, I gave myself a reason to enjoy the process of getting dinner on the table?
And the more confidence I found, the more joy I found in preparing the nightly meal.
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By the time everyone went to bed, I just wanted to hole up alone with my computer and zone out, rather than spend time with my husband. The kitchen stayed cleaner. Slowly, through my 20s, I added new recipes and ingredients to my repertoire, and we began to cook a lot more for parties or big weekend meals.
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Finally, it never gets repetitive. I still love quick meals, and yes, there are definitely hectic nights when I rely on frozen foods and boxes to feed my family.I love that cooking give me a chance to be creative and indulge in some ‘play’ time – something we adults could do with a lot more.
I adore losing myself in the rituals of chopping, stirring and tasting.
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Cooking and eating always help me to reduce stress, when every time I got all upset or stressed up I can just cook something I want and eat it, the deliciousness of the food I cooked had help me to reduce stress, but it was after started cook good.Download