I cook just about 100% of my meals. My mom and dad always cooked growing up. We would only ever go out to eat to get sushi, which we refused to make at home, otherwise we definitely would’ve never gone out to eat. Needless to say, it’s been instilled in me to do the same. I maybe go out to eat 1 or 2 times a MONTH.
I make all of my own breakfasts, I pack my lunches to bring to work, and I cook dinners. Sometimes I can get burnt out and those are the nights that oatmeal is for dinner, but most of the time I truly love to cook. I also love love LOVE to go grocery shopping. Taking a long time to peruse the isles of Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods is the biggest treat to myself. And don’t even get me started about farmer’s markets…
This week’s Friday Favorites round-up is all about getting back in the kitchen and it was inspired by an episode I listened to on the Let It Out podcast.
Recently, I’ve discovered the wonderful world of Katie Dalebout. Katie is simply… an inspiring human. Her website, social media channels, and podcasts are full of uplifting messages.
Her bio reads:
“Simply put I love sharing people, places, things, and ideas that inspire me. Starting in 2011 my blog and podcast became the perfect outlet to curate all the content that inspired me. Through my podcast, videos and writing I share what I love in hopes to a build community, elevate the topics I’m passionate about, and encourage people to discover what they’re enthusiastic about too.”
Britton speaks about her journey into the wellness industry and the start of her website My New Roots. She’s all about connecting with food, from when it’s planted to when it ends up on our plates. She touches on everything from intuitive eating, entrepreneurship, and healthy habits in the kitchen.
As I was listening, I was reminded of why I love to cook so much. It’s a necessary task for humans to cook food. Eating 100% raw food would not only get super boring, it wouldn’t give our bodies the necessary nutrition needed to stay alive. Eating flour on it’s own can’t sustain life, but mixing it with water and salt and baking it can.
Listen to it and maybe you’ll be inspired to get cooking, too!
“Americans today spend more time working than people in any other industrialized nation — an extra two weeks or more a year. Not surprisingly, in those countries where people still take cooking seriously, they also have more time to devote to it.”
I’ve never been to Europe, but I’ve heard many stories about how they have incredible work life balance. They’re able to buy locally grown foods at the market down the street and spend the day cooking delicious meals to savor with friends and family.
It can be difficult to make cooking a priority in our crazy, work-obsessed society. Grabbing convenience option seems so much easier. But cooking is such an innate and human form of creativity and bonding, not to mention sustenance.
“…it’s hard to imagine ever reforming the American way of eating or, for that matter, the American food system unless millions of Americans — women and men — are willing to make cooking a part of daily life. The path to a diet of fresher, unprocessed food, not to mention to a revitalized local-food economy, passes straight through the home kitchen.”
We all have the opportunity to change the current American food system by getting back in our kitchens and bringing the joy of cooking back into our lives.
If you haven’t watched the Netflix Original Cooked yet, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Not only is it incredibly educational, the graphics are stunning. I’m not a big movie or TV watcher, but this show lights me up.
“As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world.”
Go watch it right now!
Cook something special for yourself this weekend. Take the time. Go to the farmer’s market on Saturday and pick out some delicious green beans and potatoes. Then stop by the local meat market and pick up a whole chicken. Go home, put on that apron in the back of your closet, and start cooking. Invite a few friends over or gather your family to enjoy the process with you. Get creative. Add some spices and butter. It doesn’t have to be fancy or difficult. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.
Set the table with your finest linens and plates. Arrange a bouquet to decorate the table. Take in the delicious aromas of roasted chicken and potatoes, savor the flavors of local, fresh ingredients, and partake in a bonding activity that has been done since the beginning of human existence.
What are your favorite foods and meals?
How do you find time to cook?
Do you have any favorite cookbooks?
Leave a comment below 🙂
Have a fabulous weekend!
P.S. eat some pancakes this weekend.