Approach life like cooking

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The river in our backyard, after a pre-Christmas snowfall.

Lately I’ve been thinking that cooking — or at least my style of cooking — is a perfect example on how to approach daily life.

I’ve never been overjoyed with failure (who is?), and I’ve been known to let setbacks derail me completely. One rejection letter from a potential publisher or future client is enough to make me freeze in my tracks.

Yet that attitude never enters my kitchen. As you know, most of my cooking is experimental. I dive in and try new things all the time, without fear. Culinary failures don’t derail me; I see them as educational opportunities. My ego survives intact.

My resolution, then, is to tackle other aspects of life the way I approach cooking: take risks based on knowledge, be open to adjustments as needed, and never stop learning, especially from mistakes.

My friend Brett over at Trout Caviar puts it this way: Charge ahead, fall down, get up, repeat. I love that. Happy new year to you all.

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About Rivertree kitchen

I am a freelance editor with a specialty in cookbook editing. I've written two small cookbooks (50 Best Sundaes and 50 Best Cookies) and am currently finishing a collection of my own recipes from soup (Sweet Potato-Pear) to nuts (Spicy Almonds). Despite my immersion in recipes, my favorite way to cook is to see what's in the fridge and wing it. I live with my husband, son and dog in rural Wisconsin. Husband (Tom) and son (Luke) are talented cooks themselves; the dogs (Cleo and Libby) not so much. But they're young yet. All the photographs in this blog are my own creations. I'm a neophyte in the world of food photography (as if you couldn't tell), but I still claim blushing ownership of the pix you see here. If you want to reprint them (I can't imagine why), please give credit, if for no other reason than to pass on the blame.
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2 Responses to Approach life like cooking

  1. blowingoffsteamandmore says:

    That sounds like a great plan! I never really thought about it, but I could say the same thing about my approach to cooking and to life. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  2. Daisy says:

    A lovely thought for the new year. Being a not very enthusiastic cook much of the time, I can say I’d like to use cooking to practice those good skills of being in the moment, joy, and experimentation. Also, DOING WHAT YOU WANT.

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