Thursday, July 9, 2009

Why I Blog ... Why I Cook ... Why do you cook?

I've been loving the companionship and the banter of my Cooking Italy group. One of my fellow group members emailed us a question the other day and asked us why we blog. I actually liked my answer, so I thought I'd post it for the rest of you so you know how this blog has transformed from "simple recipes for lazy people" to where I'm at today reading Julia Child's "The French Chef" and trying to master Italian cooking.

I also left a question for my fellow bloggers at the end and I'd love to hear what any of you have to say about why you cook. :)
When I first started to blog, my original idea was to create and post “simple recipes for lazy people.” One of the ground rules was that if I couldn’t pronounce something or had no clue if the ingredient was a plant or a piece of meat, it probably wouldn’t make a guest appearance on my blog. Well – that lasted for about two or three months and then the cooking bug really bit. I started using the blog to branch out and use vegetables and ingredients I had never used before. And then one day I found myself chopping up little bits of Scharffen-Berger chocolate to make some itty bitty chocolate chip cookies. It was evident to me then that a) I don’t have children, hence I have time to actually do this kind of thing and b) part of the joy in cooking for me is the challenge and learning new methods.

In terms of my cooking style, I don’t think that I really have a style right now. I’m really influenced by my fellow food bloggers and get a lot of my recipes by trolling the web. Part of the reason that I was psyched about Cooking Italy was that this would give me a chance to immerse myself into a particular cooking style.

Finally, I have a question for all of you … why do you guys cook? I come from a long line of WONDERFUL cooks in my family and I am just a product of genetics, standing at my oven with one hand on my hip, mimicking so many who have cooked before me. :) What are your favorite cooking memories? Why do you challenge yourself to become better cooks?


Katie said...

I cook because its what I grew up with. My Parents were older when they had us and came from a generation where you made everything yourself so I learned from them. Ok mostly my Mom, I wanted to start a blog to both capture and expand my cooking skills.

Lindsey said...

I secretly want to be like Martha Stewart, and my mother did NOT do much cooking, so I want it to be different for my children to see.

Shelley said...

I found your site when googling for my own site. You know, to see if it came up. (I am a 20 something-year-old shelley with a cooking blog!)

I blogged about my paintings for years when some coworkers started to ask me for recipes and suggested I do a blog to distribute them. That is how it all began....