Can Cooking Together Improve Your Relationship?

They say opposites attract. In a kitchen, opposites can really irritate. I love cooking, but I am not as fond of cleaning up. In fact, when I was growing up, the cook never had to do the dishes…a policy I wish were in place now.

On the other hand, my husband likes everything just so. I’ve emulated that to a certain extent. It is nice to be able to unerringly reach for a utensil without taking my eyes off what I’m doing. Unfortunately, that’s about the limit.

We do cook together occasionally. I’ve taught him how to make bread, and he is the pasta king. The only pasta I can cook right is angel hair, and that only if I use a timer. When I do plan to have him help me, I spend quite some time prepping the kitchen so it will be fun and not annoying.

In a way, cooking together is a good way to improve your relationship and it can lead to some interesting events upstairs. There are several things that can occur.

Working Together: Most of couples spend the majority of their days apart. I spend most of mine either writing or researching. He works in IT for a large company. On weeknights, we may spend three or four hours together before it’s time to go to sleep.

Making dinner together teaches us to work as a team and consider the other party in what we’re doing. It’s not good for the pasta to be done a half an hour before the spaghetti sauce is done…

Creative Expression: Many jobs don’t encourage creative expressions. Working with computers or taking care of patients requires concentration and attention to details. Deviating from instructions can cause a lot of problems.

Cooking, on the other hand, can be an art form. I view it as such. If you’ve been denied a creative outlet all day long, some time in the kitchen may be just what you need. However, if you’re not real sure how to boil water, having someone knowledgeable in there with you is a good idea. That’s how we work it out.

Improving Diet: Cooking your own food is a lot healthier than sticking a frozen entre into the microwave. If you make it yourself, you can control the fat, sodium and other elements. You can add extra veggies and skip the butter for olive oil.

There are two reasons you might want to do that. One is obvious; if you eat right you’re less likely to develop many serious illnesses. The other may surprise you. If you’re desire is to follow up a nice dinner upstairs, the amount of fat and salt in your dinner will play a big role. The less of it in your system, the more romantic the evening can be.

Cooking together, at least occasionally, is a good way to improve your relationship, your diet and your romantic life. If you haven’t tried it, you may want to give it a chance.

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