They say the couple that plays together stays together. I think there’s definitely truth to that but I like to think even more so the couple that cooks together stays together.
Cooking is an exercise in team work and cooperation. There are few, if any, electronic distractions in the kitchen. And there’s almost instant gratification in creating a meal together
Here are five reasons to get in the kitchen and cook together:
- Fun. We have a lot of fun cooking and that’s what motivates us to keep it up. It is fun to cook new things and to sit down to try new foods together. We really enjoy it and that’s the most important benefit.
- Communication. There really is no better place to have a conversation. Yes, you’ll have to chat about what you are cooking, but there is a lot of time for really great conversation when you are cooking and sitting down to eat together. You can talk about your day, mull over tough issues, celebrate victories and plan for the weekend. My husband and I hands down have our best conversations when we are cooking dinner.
- Teamwork. When preparing a meal together there is a need for team work. Team work builds camaraderie and promotes communication. It’s a great way to accomplish something together and feel great about each other’s contribution.
- Learning. You can learn from each other. I am a good cook but I am not a great grill master. My husband is the grill master and he’s also a good cook, but I know a bit more than he does. We learn from one another when we cook. He’s taught me how to grill a great steak and I’ve taught him how to make a really fantastic sauce from scratch.
- Timing. Cooking an entree and a side and timing everything perfectly is tough with just one person. Having your cooking teammate helps things run smoother and your meal turns out much better.
Bottom Line: Step away from the iPad, iPhone, laptop, tv or any other electronic device and unwind together in the kitchen and at the table. You will be amazed at the benefits.