The secret ingredient to any delicious recipe is "love." When something is made with love, there's little chance it won't be delicious. Working together to complete a meal makes you feel accomplished because you did it with team work.
These three couples share their stories!
The kitchen is one of our favorite places to be together. My husband and I literally spend hours of our day in there sometimes. Cooking sort of became its own kind of intimacy for us. We've learned to trust each other's instincts, be spontaneous and appreciate creativity. We love thinking from scratch and use a CSA in the winter to get fresh, local ingredients. But, that all takes a lot of work, cleaning and commitment. And of course, when we're finished, there's this amazing plate of food to stuff our faces with. I mean, really. I don't think I could make a better metaphor for "relationships take work" if I tried. But the most important thing we've learned from cooking is that no matter the problem, wine can probably help.
The one thing that I can say about Mike and me cooking together over the years is that it has helped our communication skills. There are times when I wanted to smack him with the spatula or throw a little flour his way, but instead have been able to see the teamwork for what it is, a bonding experience. And oh boy, can we bond, especially over food! Our normal routine is, he takes the meats and does the "manly" grilling, and I take the side veggies and a starch and try to work some magic. We end up making some pretty great food together and I would say over the last 10 years the cooking together routine has not only increased our marital bond, but our waistlines as well, which brings us to our second favorite activity together, the gym!
My husband and I were both 50 pounds overweight and dealing with the consequences of living an unhealthy lifestyle. I was moody, irritable, on antidepressants and heart medication and had other ailments due to weight (achy knees and lower back pain). My husband was one back procedure away from surgery and had no energy left after he got home from work. And our relationship was more like two ships passing in the night. But, everything changed. We stopped relying on prepackaged foods and going out to eat so much. We got back in the kitchen and learned about real, whole foods. We both lost the 50 extra pounds. I changed careers and became a health coach to help other moms and families and he found his inner athlete and now runs half marathons and is a triathlete. Among all of that, we fell in love all over again.
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