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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cooking Art

How do YOU feel about cooking? These are some great quotes I found about cooking. Do you identify with any of these?
"Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well." Cooking is an ordinary, everyday occupation, but when rightly done is not only easily performed, but becomes a delightful labor. "Miss Helen Louise Johnson

"Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music."Julia Child

“I don't even butter my bread. I consider that cooking.”Katherine Cebrian, Artist, writer

"Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all"Harriet van Horne

"My mother was a good recreational cook, but what she basically believed about cooking was that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you."Nora Ephron

"Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love."Craig Claiborne, Kitchen Primer

"Cooking is an art and patience a virtue... Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing - love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist - not perhaps in the representational style of a Dutch master, but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love."Keith Floyd, A Feast of Floyd

“I can't cook. I use a smoke alarm as a timer.”Carol Siskind, American Comedianne.

“Cooking is an art, but you eat it too.”Marcella Hazan

"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't and that's a wife who can't cook and will."Robert Frost (1847-1963)
I happen to love cooking. Good thing for my family, huh! I like picking out a recipe, going to the store for the produce and returning to make some yummy magic in the kitchen. If the meal turns out well - Hurray! If not, oh well. Better luck next time - scrambled eggs anyone?!

At MOPS a few weeks ago, we had a speaker talk to us about introducing art to our children. As I sat there, I realized that my creative outlet is cooking. I like to put colors together. When I balance out a meal with a protein, starch and vegetable together in a good color formation - I'm so happy! If the family actually eats it all - even better!

I've also taken some of the stress out of pleasing my little ones at the dinner table. If they don't like a certain meal, I tell them "Listen. My job is to give you good food to eat. YOUR job is to eat it." That usually takes care of any whining I might hear about the spinach on their plates.

Do you ever cook with friends? This weekend I got to cook with my friend Lucy. We have known each other for eons (since high school). Saturday night we concocted this bean and rice dish that tasted amazing! It was so much fun to make something so yummy. Then, we got to watch a great movie while eating it!

So, how do YOU view cooking? Seeing that it has to be done daily, how do you handle it? Does hubby help? Do you just eat out? Do you love it? Hate it with a passion? Tell us!


Bryssy said...

I find cooking cathartic. Some days, when I am super stressed, I go to the kitchen and cook and cook. I don't always love cooking dinner every evening after working all day, but I manage to get something together. Weekends are my time. I like to try at least 1 new recipe.

One thing I try to do, is to always cook with THE Princess when she asks. Last night, for instance, she wanted to make a recipe. We chose cornbread. She was able to measure and pour all the ingredients, crack the eggs, and fill the muffin tins, all by herself. It was a little messy, but nothing that couldn't be wiped up. She was proud to have made her recipe and I was proud that she did so much of it by herself.

It's also the reason we have tons of frozen cakes and cupcakes in the freezer.

Pam said...

Hey Maria, great post. I do love cooking, espeically when I can try a new recipe or get creative with the ingredients I have on hand. I really like cooking with Alex too.

Liz said...

I like it okay. I'm not very creative in the kitchen - we eat a lot of the same things week after week. I don't mind trying new recipes, though, and I love to include Ethan. The other day we made banana bread and he thought he was big stuff and it turned out really good. He wouldn't eat it, though - he hates bananas.

Lindsay said...

I go through phases of both. Sometimes I love to cook and I get excited about trying new things and it's fun. Somtimes though I get stuck in a rut and go weeks upon weeks cooking the same basic foods. I do like cooking with the girls, but with two it alwasy seems to be a competition (like everything else)..... "her scoop was big and I just got to pour in this tiny little spoon"......So that of course takes the fun out of the whole process. Luckily Grandma loves to cook with them. :)

Karly said...

Fun quotes!! I don't mind cooking, it's the clean up...ugh! But when I do cook, I like to involve the kids. They will eat almost anything if they help me make it.

And some nights we just eat cereal for supper, and spend the extra time doing other fun things. That's nice too!

Rachel said...

I'm with you, Karly--the clean up gets me every time!

I love to cook, and I like to express my creativity through cooking. I set a goal a few years ago of being able to cook without a recipe, and once I learned some basic techniques like sauce-making I was able to really let go in the kitchen and create some interesting (yet not always successful) dishes.

Now, baking, that's a totally different creature.

Great post, Maria, and what fun quotes!