Finding the Motivation to become Adventurous in the Kitchen

Rack of Lamb Presentation by waferboard's Flickr feed via CC by 2.0
Rack of Lamb Presentation by waferboard's Flickr feed via CC by 2.0
Rack of Lamb Presentation from waferboard’s Flickr feed via CC by 2.0

Since this month’s theme is about being adventurous, I figured I’d write up an article on doing this very thing….in the kitchen.  Being audacious in the kitchen stems from being motivated and inspired.  The thought of cooking anything from four course meals to frying bacon can seem a bit overwhelming to even an experienced cook.  So how does one stay motivated?

Here are a few tips on how to get your kitchen mojo going.   Be careful though.  Once you start, you may not be able to stop!

1.  Take a Cooking Class

From local colleges to high end restaurants, culinary classes can be found anywhere.  They offer a variety of courses, from learning the basics to cooking foreign dishes.  This is a great way to ignite that culinary spark that has been hidden in you all these years.

2.  Sign up for Culinary Tours

It seems these have been popping up all over the place.  The purpose of a culinary tour is to expose guests to local restaurants in the area.  Grab a friend or two and sign up for one.  Not only will you get to eat the finest restaurants in town, you will also get to experience cultural cooking at it’s finest.

3.  Start a Cooking Club with Friends

Cooking clubs are such a great way to be adventurous.  You can meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  Rotate meeting at each members house and assign each a person a dish to bring or to cook while there.  Food, good conversation, and friendship is what it’s all about.  Talk about a wonderful way to become motivated!

4.  Watch the Food Network or the Cooking Channel

I will admit, watching cooking shows on television inspire me to get off my hiney, open my cabinets and refrigerator, and cook, cook, cook.  There is something about watching that star chef/cook on the big screen whip up delicious looking food in under 30 minutes.  True motivation for sure!

5.  Catch Up on Some Food Blog Reading

The Pioneer Woman, Southern Plate, Joy the Baker…..all of these popular ‘foodies’ once started out as a novice in the kitchen.  They took their kitchen adventures a step further and started to blog about them.  Their stories are serious motivation.  There are over a thousand food blogs on the world wide web today.  Head over to Google and type in ‘food blogs’ and see what comes up.  You may be reading for hours 😉

6.  Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest

What did we ever do before Pinterest?  I don’t think this one needs an explanation. In the mood for brownies or have a craving for mozzarella chicken?  Head over to Pinterest and type in these delectable key words.  If that does not serve as motivation, then I’m not sure what will.

Unleash your inner chef and temp your palate with these wonderful ways to fulfill your kitchen inspiration.  You never know,  you may be the author of your own kitchen adventures soon!

How do you stay inspired in the kitchen?


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