7.03.2011

Why I Heart Food

I love food. As a matter of fact, my love for food borders on a line close to obsession. Not for eating it...but for creating, experimenting, learning.......inspiring. Don't get me wrong, I love to eat as well. But my love for cooking comes from the satisfaction I get when feeding others. Hearing that a meal of mine looks like it can compete in a competition, or that the way it tastes would give any dish from the best of restaurants a run for their money...these kinds of comments are like icing on the cake {no pun intended}. Cooking for me makes me feel like I have that little ability to help others. I get my love for creating food from serving others, rather than just cooking for myself.

Food is something that you use almost all of your senses to indulge. You look, taste, smell and feel. Food and music are the same to me. No matter what part of the world you are in, food and music can bring people together. They can take someone to a specific moment in time or make them think of a particular memory. They are able to change your mood. Food and music can be completely different all over the world, yet still have the power to warm your heart, touch your soul, and brighten your spirit. Pretty amazing, huh? I guess that explains why when I am cooking in the kitchen with my iPod on and the little one running in and out grabbing quick little bites of whatever I am preparing, I feel as close to heaven as I can get here on Earth. Moments like that are what keep me sane. They keep me alive.




Before I went to culinary school, I was a total meat and potatoes kind of girl. I grew up eating pretty much the same types of food. We didn't eat out a whole lot other than the occasional trip to a steak house. I was content with this at the time. I remember when I was young, I would sit in the kitchen and watch my grandparents prepare a ton of food the days before a holiday or special occasion. It was food that we didn't eat everyday. I remember watching my Grandpa {also known as my second Dad} with a giant pot of something good on the stove. He would throw in a little bit of this and a little bit of that and taste as he went. I remember thinking it was weird that him or my Grandma never used recipes. How did they know what spices and seasonings to use? How did they know exactly what to do and not have to get out a cookbook? They just threw stuff together and all of a sudden you had these foods that tasted delicious. I became captivated by this. Thus, my culinary intrigue was born. I remember at the age of 12 going into the kitchen and pulling out random stuff from the pantry and refrigerator. I was determined to make something...and I was determined to make it good. I would make anything I could with the ingredients I had on hand, and I would make it for anyone who wanted to taste it. I then started pulling out old Better Homes and Garden cookbooks from the shelves. I dusted them off and scoured the book looking for something that I could make using what I had in the kitchen. If I didn't have all the ingredients, I would use something else that I thought would make a good substitution. Sometimes it worked...and sometimes it definitely did not!

I have had a few different types of jobs and have traveled to quite a few different places. Food and cooking have always been there...even if it was on the back burner {again, no pun intended}. While I was teaching, I experienced some of the best years of my life. However, I have always had many dreams. The first one was to open my own business, second one was to travel and experience food and the ways of living from different cultures, and last {but certainly not least!}, I wanted to start a family and have children. The last one has been accomplished, the second is a work in progress, and the third...I will get to eventually. God has His plans for me and whatever path I am meant to be on, He will be there guiding me.

With everything that has gone on, cooking became more of a chore for me as opposed to that creative outlet it once was...and as things got more stressful and people became more discouraging, I lost my culinary passion altogether. As I slowly pick myself back up, I feel that motivation and passion starting to return. I am so excited to be back in the kitchen and experimenting with our meals. I have been studying and doing a lot of research on foods from all around the world. I want to make everything. I will be including a new section in my recipe book where I talk about foods from different regions of the world. There is also something I want to just point out here real quick...sometimes I am blessed to be able to go to the store and buy whatever I want to make for dinner that night. More often than not, however, this is not the case. We are still a single-income home and sometimes we hit those rough spots like everyone else. The ones where you know you will be living off the bare minimum...the ones where I know that I am going to have to buy meat and pasta in bulk at Costco and make it last as long as I can throughout the week and/or month. That's okay though...because sometimes the best and most creative ideas come when you only have a certain number of ingredients to work with. You are forced to take ingredients you may need to use multiple times during the week, and do something different with them every day. That is when you're true creativity emerges!

I always stick to the general rule of thumb when making dinner...and that is to be sure to include at least one protein, one vegetable, and one starch. It's a good thing I have a very non-picky toddler who will eat {almost} anything. I am very lucky that this girl's favorite foods are fruits and veggies and she can eat them all day! I also just want to say that I am very lucky to have such great readers! All of you are what gives my blog a purpose and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. You are great women! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions or comments. Thanks for listening reading about this little part of my life and thank you for choosing to share this journey with me!

~xoxo~


2 comments:

  1. What a sweet post! I love that your little girl likes fruits and veggies and will eat them all day:-)

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  2. It's so awesome that you love cooking so much. I wish I did!

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