Sep 12

Learning to Cook – The Benefits of Cooking at Home

Learning to cook is something everyone can do and enjoy!

Maybe you fall under the category of folks who never learned how to cook, who don’t know how to boil water, or make toast without burning it. Do your attempts at cooking leave you with, well, egg on your face? Perhaps you think you haven’t got time to spend cooking, and believe convenience foods are a godsend. Even your barbecues are boring frozen burgers, packaged hot dogs and buns, and condiments from a jar.

Learning to cook can change your life. No kidding. And change it for the better. It’s time you added a little more flavor, a little more excitement to your life!

Learning to Cook

No longer will you open the refrigerator door and, with an uninspired sigh, reach for a box, rip open crinkly plastic and throw a frozen block of something barely unidentifiable into the toaster oven. Once you learn to cook, opening the refrigerator is like being a young child opening a toy box. You begin playing with a mix of toys, and lose yourself in the sheer pleasure of creating something new. Going to the grocery store becomes a welcome adventure, a safari of sorts, as you run your fingertips across coconut milk, smoked chipotle pepper, flavored oils and vinegars, porcini mushrooms — items you never before noticed, having always headed straight for the freezer section instead.

Learning to cook is fundamental. We have to eat, after all. An appreciation for life often goes hand in hand with an appreciation for food — just ask the French! Learning to cook is more than a pastime or hobby. It’s about enjoying doing something that we have to do every day. It’s about keeping it simple yet savory. The most delicious meals often consist of just a few basic, fresh ingredients — just ask the Italians!

Learning to cook will save you money. Who isn’t looking to economize in these financially tight times? Those restaurant tabs and takeout bills really add up if you’re paying attention. Even frozen convenience foods aren’t a bargain when they’re not healthy.

Learning to cook promotes good health. Today, people recognize more than ever before the importance of avoiding pesticides, GMOs and preservatives in their food. Prepared foods are everywhere and it’s not hard to assume a correlation between the growth of convenience and fast foods and that of poor health. Wouldn’t you rather spend time in your own kitchen than in the doctor’s office?

Cooking saves time, too. Lots of people mistakenly think that cooking takes much, much longer than popping a cardboard pizza into the oven. It doesn’t have to! Plus, it takes no more time to cook for six than it does for two, typically. Learning to cook means you can cook large portions and pop some into the freezer to make your own, far fresher and better-tasting frozen meals. You’ll find you enjoy setting aside some time on a free day to make several dishes to have readily available during your more hectic days. Now that’s convenience food.

So, the next time you thumb through that cooking magazine featuring 30-minute weeknight meals to kill time at the supermarket register, do more than just glance at the photographs. Take it home and read it cover to cover. Watch a cooking show instead of some silly sitcom. Search the Internet for cooking sites that have demonstration videos, step-by-step recipes and shopping lists, or even better, check out our cooking classes to really get a jump start on cooking! Each lesson promises to deliver useful tips, tricks, and even some of our favorite top chefs’ secrets. The best part of all is, of course, at the end when everybody gets to sit down and eat

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