Smart strategies for cooking at home... And Enjoying it!
As a chef, I’m constantly hearing excuses as to why people cannot cook for themselves. There is no time, recipes have too many ingredients, lack of knowledge, or simply that it is too hard! We must understand that eating is how we stay alive. For those who have ever made an excuse for why they don’t cook, the message is essentially, “I’m too busy to nourish myself.” Did reading that sentence make you realize how crazy that sounds?
I get it. Our society idolizes pushing ourselves to the limits for success, working long hours and sacrificing making time to eat well. Humans love labels, fat/skinny, rich/poor, and success is just another label to make those who don’t feel their own worth feel powerful. However, in the quest for success the true power lies in purpose, trusting your instinct, fulfilling it, living and breathing it.
Start nourishing your purpose in the kitchen. Not only will your body benefit from nutrients, but your soul will be satisfied as you explore textures, flavors, and smells of food. Learn the skills, but then don’t be afraid to get creative, use recipes only as a guideline, and most importantly trust your intuition. Make the kitchen your safe haven, you know what is best for you.
Don’t be scared! Just like all things in life, if you mess up you can always try again. Here are some tips to begin your journey of nourishment.
Pro Tips for finding your inner Chefleen:
5 steps to Cooking with Confidence
Take your time-If you truly are a novice in the kitchen, don’t try to rush through the process. Rushing makes everything miserable
Be prepared-Make sure your kitchen has the proper tools. You can’t hammer with a saw. So don’t try to use a plate as a cutting board.
Learn the skills-Cooking is just a matter of knowing a few basic skills, take a class or simply search online. Once you know them it’s like riding a bike.
Plan ahead-It’s best to grocery shop the day before, especially in NYC because we know that’s a whole adventure in and of itself, unless you set aside enough time. Also, nowadays grocery delivery service is a life-saver.
Start small-Pick simple recipes that are not too overwhelming.
Nectarines & Burrata with Jalapeno Honey
Perfect for recapturing the sweet memories of summer
1 Ball of Burrata
1/2 small jalapeno
1/2 C honey
Maldon or other flaky salt
Thinly slice jalapeno and combine in pan with 1/4 C water & honey. bring to simmer 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cook a bit.
Gently toss sliced nectarines, 1/4 t of lemon zest, and a squeeze of lemon in a bowl then arrange on serving platter around Burrata. Sprinkle with mardon salt and chopped marcona almonds. if desired garnish with greens.
Taste the jalapeno honey to determine level of heat. Drizzle with jalapeno honey to taste.
Kathleen O’Brien Price
Chefleen has over ten years of experience cooking for high profile clients all around the country. She is a Chopped Champion and now hosts a live stream show called Real Life Cooking, where she makes a meal from start to finish with no TV magic. She wakes every day thank ful that her career is fulfilling and delicious in the best possible way. To get to know her further, check out her blog and give her a follow on insta.