Mindfulness and Cooking

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2013 by jennzda1

Call it kismet, but this article on mindfulness in the kitchen was at the top of my Twitter feed when I logged on the morning after I started this blog.   Go figure.

A few years back I obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  I was fortunate enough to land an internship in a counseling center that had a holistic and humanistic bent in their approach to treating clients.  This was a different perspective than that of my undergraduate and graduate school professors and opened my eyes to many useful tools.

During a weekly case conference, one of my colleagues did a mindfulness exercise with the staff and taught us how to use the technique in therapy.  To say it was a life-changing morning would be an understatement.  Since my main area of focus is stress and anxiety disorders, I happen to have some serious stresses in my life, and I have a child or two of my own who can get worked up easily, mindfulness has become a regular practice in my house and in my life.  Until I read this article, however, I did not realize that the kitchen provides great opportunities for mindfulness!

Enjoy the article and the benefits that being present and aware will bring you.



Welcome To My Blog

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 17, 2013 by jennzda1

As the title of my blog suggests, I do not look at cooking as simply a means to an end.  I find that cooking is often an outlet.  A healthy way for me to express some of my strongest emotions. Whether it is chopping an onion as if I were a horror flick axe murderer or delicately decorating a cookie with a calm steady hand, cooking can be every bit as cathartic  as it can be calming.  It helps alleviate stresses, express happinesses, and calm the nerves.  When I am in my zone in the kitchen, I quickly lose track of time.   My cooking is an art, a dance, and a therapy session tied into one.

I, however am a complicated person, and therefore I have a complicated relationship with cooking.  While I love cooking for all it offers me, as well as it’s usefulness as a way of expressing love, friendship, and gratitude to the people I love and care about most, I also find it stressful at times.  I therefore strive to maintain a homeostasis in the kitchen, limiting my cooking to a manageable 4-5 days a week (we eat leftovers in my house regularly – it’s not a big deal), and entertaining larger groups of friends every two months, or so, rather than smaller groups more frequently.

Every time I entertain, I am asked for a recipe.  At this point I owe way too many people, way too many recipes to ever keep track of to whom I promised what.  So this blog is my compromise.  I will share my recipes here for all of you who have asked for them and for those who didn’t ask but would like to peek anyway.  All I ask of you is that you visit the blog often, share it with your friends, and, if you would like to use my recipes in a public domain, please give credit where credit is do.

So, I hope you enjoy my blog and please feel free to leave (civil, kind) comments.

Love to you all,