When I first shared our Cooking Challenge with all of you a month ago, and my intention to share here on the blog, I didn’t realize how interested some of you would be! Some of you have been very vocal about how much you’ve appreciated the recipes, and how its inspired some of you to be more adventurous with your cooking. Some of my friends who read the blog, but don’t comment on here, have also shared with me how much they’re enjoying reading about our Cooking Challenge. Truth be told, I never imagined I’d get the response that I have, and I’m glad that so many of you are enjoying the recipes!
There are so many things to love about cooking!
1. Recipes are only guidelines. What makes each chef, and their cooking experience, unique is the personal spin that they put on what they cook.
None of the recipes that we’ve tried or that I’ve shared here on the blog have been followed word for word from the recipe that we derived the inspiration from. While I’ve always shared where the idea for the recipe originated (in no way am I trying to violate copyright laws or pass somebody else’s ideas off as my own), we’ve always made the new recipes that we’re trying out our own.
2. Its all about trial and error. Not every recipe is going to be a success.
This week Preston and I took a stab at making Stuffed Clams. While it looked good when we pulled it out of the oven, it didn’t appeal to either of our taste buds (and thus, I won’t be sharing this recipe with all of you). Given that this is the first recipe over the past month that we haven’t liked, I’d say we’re doing pretty well!
3. Its something that Preston and I enjoy doing together.
Cooking is one of the many common interests that Preston and I have. Who doesn’t enjoy doing something they like with their significant other?
4. Its fun!
I absolutely love trying out new recipes, and then getting to taste the results of our hard work.
5. Cooking at home is usually healthier than eating out.
Its imperative that runners, and all athletes for that matter, fuel their bodies with nutritious food. Although eating out is convenient, and sometimes a treat, we don’t know exactly what ingredients are being used to cook our meals. I’m not saying that you should never eat out, but eating out several times a week isn’t the healthiest (or cheapest) option.
QOTD: Why do you love to cook? If you don’t like to cook, why not?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!