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Holiday Gift Idea: Teach Someone to Cook

November 26, 2012

One of the biggest hurdles to persuading people to stop eating so much fast food or to stop microwaving so many frozen prepared meals is to get them comfortable in the kitchen.

Maybe their mom never made time to teach them to cook, or perhaps mom’s cooking was not something to emulate. People can teach themselves to cook. The Food Network shows certainly make it very easy to watch and all the recipes are available online. But either that still is too scary, they never think of it, or they are just voyeurs, not doers.

There are many ways to learn and one of the easiest is to work one-on-one with someone who has a great “can do!” attitude. YOU!

Think about someone you are friends with, someone you enjoy spending time with, someone who hasn’t found time to make friends with their kitchen.  Make up a gift certificate for a very very special holiday present.

In order to make sure the lessons stick, a once a month time together preparing a meal (yes! sit down and enjoy to together!) should be repeated for months. I suggest a year with an invitation to your friend’s house for a prepared meal half way through sort of serving as a mid-term exam and at the end for the final.

The first month you can make up the menu with easy to prepare dishes. While enjoying it after cooking, you can together make up a plan for the next cooking session a month away,  For the third and fourth months you can repeat that process but tell your friend to meet at the Wild Ramp or another food store to pick up ingredients.

I know when I took a cooking class in Paris, shopping at the market was part of the process and helped me learn about the produce there.  I had to ask about some of the items, as I had never seen them here, and perhaps your friend, if she is not used to cooking, also doesn’t know what some of the items in the produce section are.

By the fifth month you can suggest to your friend to plan the menu and purchase all the ingredients to bring to your house.  Each month try to add at least one new food item that your friend has never tried to expand her repertoire.

Have fun, knowing you are opening up a huge new world to your friend and her family!! And know that this gift is one that will keep on giving, changing your friend’s life in a really positive way.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2012 3:40 pm

    What a great idea! includes fellowship, food and fun – three of my favourite things!

  2. November 26, 2012 9:09 pm

    I agree… fantastic idea. My only problem is that most of my friends are far better cooks than I am. 🙂

    • November 27, 2012 12:15 am

      Being humble?

      • November 27, 2012 1:38 am

        No, not really. After years of taking care of hubby, I’ll admit to getting rather lazy about cooking for just me.

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