I have a philosophy about cooking. The kitchen should be a place of tranquility. The stove does not judge nor complain about you. This is a place where zen is the one word that repeats in our busy brains.
I absolutely love seeing the faces of people that I cook for. My favorite is my Father-in-law. I love making him this old timey Peach Cobbler. He says it reminds him of his Mamaw, and how she used to make his family that famous cobbler. That is why I cook.
My favorite way to cook is to crack open a bottle of wine. It doesn’t matter if I only drink a glass or the whole bottle. It’s the feeling of class and love that spews out of my fingers.
I love to cook for my husband. He’s my ultimate critic. I love the way I make his belly hurt, and how I make his body want to go to sleep after making a humongous meal. And every single time I bring him a surprise plate, I see this amazing smile on his face that stretches all the way to his eyes. That is why I cook.
Why do you like to cook?
You have to find that happiness in life, and I feel like food completes that happy circle we all crave. It doesn’t matter if your taste buds are jumping for joy with flavor, what matters is the time spent with the people you love while eating a decadent meal. And sometimes wine heightens that joy and decadence.
But there’s a big BUT to all of this. With all things, there comes moderation. Get up off the couch if you want that slice of chocolate cake. Go to the gym if you decide to drink a bottle. (I’m not saying this is a good idea.) Eat your vegetables and chicken. Breathe and let all the troubles you are experiencing go. You have to find your liberation/nirvana. Drink lots of water and herbal teas. I’m a big believer in herbs and their benefits.
The point is always have fun. The rest will follow, if you’re mindful. Enjoy the smells of oranges, lemons, limes, garlic, onions, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, parsley, and many more foods. Crave the bubbles that pop in sauces. Want the tingle a beer makes against your nostrils.
Four words to live for in the kitchen: Smell, touch, taste, and drink. These will never steer you wrong.
If you have any questions about cooking or wines, let me know! I’m an open book. Enjoy my new platform.
Your Winey Chef,