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Enjoy Cooking at Home!

It’s understandable that many people don’t enjoy cooking meals at home. It’s time-consuming, you have to clean up afterward, and the food you make doesn't seem as good as the food you get at a restaurant or takeout spot. But if you’re forever paying to have your food prepared for you, then you’re going to miss out on a couple of things. First, money -- it’s much more expensive to eat out than it is to cook your own food! Second, you’ll miss out on the joy of cooking. Once you’ve been bitten by the bug, you won’t look back. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested ways to fall in love with cooking at home.

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Learn the Potential

There are plenty of people who complain that they’re “terrible cooks,” but this patently isn’t true. They’re just not willing to learn. Cooking is one of those that you can get pretty good at with just a minimal amount of effort. In the early days you’re just following instructions -- how difficult can it be? You’ll also be happy to note that some meals that look complicated are easy to make. You’ll be on your way to enjoying cooking once you’ve made something and can think “wow, I made that!”

Make it Beautiful

Nobody wants to spend some time cooking in a cramped, outdated kitchen. Even people who usually love cooking would have second thoughts! As such, you’ll be well served by giving your kitchen a makeover and making it more beautiful before you embark on your cooking journey. Look at installing countertops made from quartz slabs, improving the lighting, and make the room more spacious. It’s much easier to get into the cooking groove if you feel comfortable and relaxed in the space in which you’re cooking.

Update Your Tools

When it comes to cooking, your tools really do make a difference. If you’re trying to dice vegetables with knives that really aren’t up to the job, then you’re just going to get annoyed when you’re trying to cook. A high-quality knife set is worth its weight in gold -- make sure you’re investing in a good one. High-grade pots and pans can also aid the cooking experience, too.

Make It Fun

Of course, you’re not going to enjoy cooking if you think it’s a boring activity. So why not make it fun? In your kitchen, install a speaker -- when you’re cooking, you’ll be able to open a bottle of wine, play your favorite tracks, and get into the flow of cooking as you dance. If you need some added motivation, cook with your partner or friends -- they’ll help you to make it fun!

Savor the Meal

Finally, make sure you enjoy the meal that you’ve cooked. If you eat in a few minutes, you’ll wonder why you went to so much effort. Take your time, and make it an experience. You’ll appreciate the act of cooking much more if you take the time to taste all the delicious flavors.

Have a question about cooking? Email me at terri@terristeffes.com and I will be glad to help you!

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  1. I wish I like to cook. They were definitely quite a few people in my family that love to cook but I am definitely not one of them. If I did a few of these things maybe I would enjoy a little bit more.

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  2. I really do love to cook, but it's hard to find things that everyone in the house likes. So we always eat the same few things.

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  3. I like cooking at home. Put my headphones on and some music, and off I go! I find it relaxing, especially if everything is falling into place, and I'm not cooking too far ahead before the next step in the recipe!

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  4. Cooking at home is a great way to save a little money on take out food. I have a great system with my husband he cooks and I clean up so we cook three or four times a week or even more

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  5. The look of a room can really encourage you to spend more time in it. I love the sound of the quartz slabs in the kitchen!!! It helps to have good lighting in there too.

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  6. I am the worlds worst cook, I am definitely trying to get better though. These sound like some tips I need to take into consideration and hope help me to enjoy and get better at cooking.

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  7. I so wish I liked cooking, but alas, I do not. I do enjoy eating though. So I manage in the kitchen so I can eat ;) But I always try to find quick meals!

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  8. Mostly comes down to people not liking to cook. Get a good cookbook that you enjoy and take it step by step. Using and having correct tools helps.

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  9. I used to love cooking, but 3 kids later it just doesn't happen anymore. I do quick meals that can feed a crowd. I'm hoping once they're older I'll be able to spend a bit more time in the kitchen again.

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  10. I used to hate cooking, but now I love it. I like to listen to music while I cook. Having the right tools helped too.

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  11. We absolutely love cooking at home. It's such a loving thing to prepare the meal and enjoy it together.

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  12. I say I don't like to, but I really LOVE to cook. Especially when I'm trying new recipes.

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  13. A quartz countertop is definitely my dream! I think it would definitely motivate me in cooking more.

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  14. When I was single, I used to hate cooking. Now that I am a wife and Mom, cooking at home is one of the most enjoyable I do for them.

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  15. Having tools you love. Really makes cooking so much more enjoyable for me.

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  16. I may not be an excellent cook, but I always enjoy and love cooking here at home. Home-cooked meals are always the best. -Lynndee

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  17. I cook pretty much everyday unless we have too many activities. I'm not too keen on restaurants for several reasons, the cost and I always think I cook better than what I am served. Except Chinese food!

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  18. Some of the food I make at home is better than when I eat out. It just makes me try more things.

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