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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pleasure Cooking

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Far too often we get caught up in the necessity of cooking so as to eat and forget the complete joy which can be found through the act of cooking. Needless to say this is not limited to stovetop cooking. There are many men and women all over the world who find baking to be an incredibly enjoyable pastime along with traditional stovetop cooking or even barbecuing on a grill. The primary distinction occurs in how you perceive your cooking projects.

How Do You See Cooking?

Although this question is asked somewhat rhetorically, it is a question you need to ask yourself and answer. Do you view cooking as a chore or duty or do you look at it as a project? There is something much more fascinating regarding embarking on a new project than getting around to a loathsome chore. If you do look at cooking as a chore, the more significant question may well be why?

Certain common reasons that people don't like cooking include the following: insufficient skill, lack of confidence, boredom, or you could simply dislike the inevitable clean up far more than you take pleasure in the process of cooking. For each of these, you will find solutions if you're willing to make the effort.

A lack of skill when it comes to cooking can be easily corrected in most situations by taking a few cooking classes. Classes are offered for various degrees of skill sets and are meant to assist you to develop your cooking talents while teaching you the basics of meal planning and preparation. You are able to increase your skills by taking more classes later on.

While a lack of confidence is a bit harder to address having a couple of 'dinner parties' in which your quests can compliment your culinary talents can frequently solve this particular problem. The key in this process is to plan your menu carefully and remain well within your comfort zone. You'll be astonished at the wonderfully rich and delicious meals that can be prepared with very little effort if you're willing to look through the recipe books so as to find them.

Boredom in the kitchen is probably one of the simplest problems to fix there is. The solution is extremely simple-find a challenge. Try cooking Thai or Indian cuisine. Try harder recipes. Try making only meals from scratch or just try broadening your use of spices and seasonings. There are lots of things you can do so as to bring some excitement back into your kitchen. You may even discover hidden talents and tastes in the process.

There'll always be clean up. My suggestion is to make a deal with either your partner or your children and they can draw straws over who cleans up. Of course if this won't work in your family, you can always turn over a new leaf and clean as you go anytime possible. This makes the clean up process after dinner a lot simpler to handle that it's well worth a few extra minutes during meal prep.

Cooking for pleasure is actually the only way to cook. If you have difficulties when it comes to finding the satisfaction and entertainment value of cooking, perhaps it's time you bring some fun back into your kitchen. If you're barbecuing, put on some Jimmy Buffet and dance around your kitchen. If you are cooking Italian, find some nice Italian music to set the mood. Bring the fun back into your kitchen and you will realize that cooking is a pleasure rather than a chore.

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