I started cooking in the kitchen with my mom at an early age. I can still remember the ABC Cookbook we used and how exciting it was to help create something for the family. Later, I was side by side with my grandmother and learning her special techniques for cooking our sacred family recipes, which are still made at every family gathering or holiday.
I firmly believe that these experiences early on in my life influenced my love of cooking. Not only were they significant because I was spending time with my family, but they helped create a foundation of skills so that I wasn’t intimidated or scared when I started cooking by myself.
For me, it is a stress reliever to get in the kitchen after work and try out a new recipe or even whip up some comfort food after a particularly bad day. Even more exciting for me is to be able to cook for others. Food brings people together and I love being able to provide that time for my friends and family. Case in point, where does everyone stand at a party? In the kitchen, near the food!
I know for some cooking is not an enjoyable experience, but a chore or worse –a frightening thought altogether. Fear not. We are lucky that we live in an age where there are lots of resources devoted to cooking and even more specifically tailored for your needs. New to cooking and don’t know where to start? There’s a book, blog and a TV show devoted to that. Having trouble thinking up quick weeknight meals? There is a celebrity chef and newsletter that focus on just that topic.
With the rise of internet sites, newsletters, blogs, retail stores, celebrity chefs and whole TV networks focusing on food and cooking, America is caught up in a culinary craze. As for me, I am looking forward to my meal tonight, grilled turkey burgers with spinach and feta cheese. Yum!
1 lb. of ground turkey
1 10 oz. package of frozen spinach, thawed
1 envelope French onion soup mix (I used Lipton)
Pepper to taste
Feta cheese (or other favorite cheese)
Place spinach in a colander. Press excess water out with a paper towel. (If spinach is still frozen, run under warm water to break up then press out excess water with a paper towel.)
Place turkey and spinach in a large bowl. Add envelope of soup mix and pepper to taste. Mix together with hands until all ingredients are incorporated.
Shape turkey into four patties. Grill on medium heat until cooked through and juices run clear. During last 3-4 minutes, add feta cheese or your other favorite cheese, and let melt.