Cooking with Wild Abandon

In H. Jackson Brown's Life's Complete Instruction Book he suggests that we cook and love with wild abandon!

Well, anyone who knows me knows I'm no chef. My mother, who in fact did go to 4 years of culinary school and HAS worked in that capacity, made certain her daughters did not leave home as incompetent cooks. However, she never could get me to be passionate about it.

However, I'm passionate about eating and tire very quickly on eating out at restaurants. So, as part of my Day Zero Project list of goals, I included "try ten brand new recipes."

For many people, this is a small deal.  Not me.  Let's just say I was able to check off "walk a full marathon" before I checked this one off. In fact, I'm only half way done. For me stuff like this is, as Niles Crane would say, boring yet difficult!

I will admit that the recipes I've tried so far have been very meat and potato. Literally. I love meat and potatoes. I made a fantastic Mexican skillet potato meal that I'll definitely be incorporating into my rotation.  I have felt empowered and accomplished to work on this goal, knowing I'm able to serve my husband in a "languages of love" sort of way in the process!

I remember learning to cook with my mom when I was little.  I was timidly handling a potato in my little hands and my mother told me that I needed to get over it and just do it.  I didn't need to be afraid to make mistakes and I didn't need to be timid.

In my years since I've only rarely made a disaster of my cooking, and never once did the world end because of it. Perhaps, even yet, I'll learn to cook with wild abandon!

I've learned similar things about love along the way, too!


  1. My mind is blown that you managed to incorporate Life's Complete Instruction Book, Day Zero Project, Fraiser AND Love Languages into one cohesive post...about food nonetheless! Bravo my friend, bravo!


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