Musical pairing –Don’t Rain on My Parade, Glee Cast
Last week, one of the bloggers I follow, wrote a piece about why he cooks and then asked us to do the same; the answers were heartfelt and poignant and it’s taken several days for me to wrap my head around what I wanted to say – it’s one of those things that I just do and not necessarily something I think about. But as I’ve processed this question, I’ve come to realize that I cook for a multitude of reasons and so without further ado, here is my answer.
I cook because it’s my creative process. I love how each component compliments the other; I love how it looks on the plate; I love creating a balance of colors, textures and flavors.
I cook because I care about what I put in my body (although you’d never guess from all those dessert posts!); that hasn’t always been the case but a few years ago we began reading labels, eliminating processed foods and adding more whole foods to our diets.
I cook because I’m interested in knowing the history of recipes and how that intersects with culture, art and the world around me.
I cook because I want to be healthy enough to love The Professor every day I have on this earth.
I cook because it’s cheaper than eating out.
I cook because I can pronounce the list of ingredients I’m eating.
I cook because I love to eat.
I cook because the Golden Arches isn’t real food.
I cook because for me, it’s as close to a recreational sport as I’ll ever get.
I cook because I care about the planet and how manufactured food impacts our earth.
I cook because I’m fortunate enough to have choices – others don’t; therefore . . .
I cook because I have a responsibility to use what I’ve been given to the best of my ability.
I cook because I want to be around long enough (and healthy enough) to torment my children and grandchildren.
I cook because I’m fortunate enough to have a vegetable garden.
I cook because I love seeing the joy on the faces of those who sit at our table.
These are just some of the reasons I cook.
So I’m curious, how about you? Why do you cook or why don’t you cook? Leave me a comment!