For someone who’s single, it may seem like too much ado to make dinner for one person. And for college students, there might not be any budget for real food; ramen and baked potatoes may be as exciting as it gets.
For many other, however, cooking for them seems like butter to bread: they feel like they were made for it. There’s a magic that turns out when you’re adding diced onions to some melted butter, your kitchen starts to smell yummy, and you’ve got a little Frank Sinatra on in the background. Researching spices, growing your own food, and feeling at home in an apron might be signs that you match this category.
Even for those who love to cook, it’s easy to fall into the slump of coming up with something new to make for dinner. If you’re one of those that is making food every night, you probably fall into the deception of making the same things repeatedly again, and you begin to get burned out. If this sounds familiar, listed below are some tactics you might aim to help switch things up a little bit.
Everyone has gotten those chain recipe emails where you have to add your name and send it on to the persons that are listed in slots 1 and 2 above. Everyone attending has to bring three of their favorite go-to recipes, with copies of the recipes for everyone else. At the end of the night, everyone walks away with a bunch of new recipes, and you know they’re gon na be tasty because you invited folks who love to cook and love to eat.
Check out cooking shows. If you geek out on food, you’re probably the person who oozes while watching one more episode of Barefoot Contessa, can’t wait to loosen up while watching America’s Test Kitchen, or laugh out loud at Julia Child’s wit as you YouTube old episodes of The French Chef. But hey … watching programs can give you inspiration for new meals, as well as lets you see demonstrations of new techniques before you provide a whirl.
Benefit from apps. Get the Food Network’s app and take a look at the recipes of your favorite chefs. Download FoodGawker and look through different categories, depending on what you intend to make. (Be forewarned, though; you’ll drool!) Appreciate the beautiful photographs and remarkable flavors of vegan cook Angela Liddon on her Oh She Glows app. Perusing different recipes and amazing food photography in various apps will leave you motivated and make you want to get back to the kitchen ASAP.
Check out cookbooks in a local bookstore, or surround yourself with them in Crate & Barrel orWilliams Sonoma. There’s something to be said about positioning yourself in a place where the creativity can flow. Looking at recipes while you’re surrounded by beautiful sets of pans and pots and big, attractive whisks makes it hard not to be told of why you love food a lot, and why you’re nervous to get back to it.
Give businesses like Blue Apron or PeachDish a try. Fresh ingredients that are pre-measured to correspond to the meals so you avoid excess waste, no last-minute running to the grocery store, and no more trying to come up with something to make on your own.
And last but not least, did you know we provide Rochester Charter Bus for cooking tours? Consider booking our Rochester Charter Bus for a cooking tour and if you’re in a mess and need some new yum in your life. Attending classes, watching live presentations, and getting to taste test and sample as you go along are all beautiful things, and they can liven up your regular caloric routine.
You never know what inspiration you’ll find, new recipes you’ll discover, or flavors you’ll fall in love with. Bon appetit!