How to: Cook as a couple

Jan 25, 2012

in Food

peppers potatoes and chopping oh my

Have you guys seen that new talk/cooking show The Chew? The name makes me feel funny in my tummy, they really should have asked me about that one. All I can think about is that “Chat Stew” segment of The Soup with Joel McHale, “sooooooo meatyyy.” Anyway, The Chewww is a bunch of celebrity chefs talking about cooking and life. The episode I caught on MLK day they were talking about cooking for each other as a couple. Sweet nothings about who cooks what for whom giggle giggle, snuggle snuggle. Anyway I told the hand-holding-man-friend, “Look, they say on TV we should be cooking together, and everything on TV is true, so where are the pans?”

Turns out there are many insights into your partner to be gained from cooking together. For instance when I cook with the hand-holding-man-friend, he learns that I have the attention span of a puppy and also I suck at chopping. It’s pretty much my only fault, right honey? Right? I in turn learn that he really succeeds when there is a direct plan of action and is an excellent delegator.

In my defense, chopping is really hard, chefs probably take an entire semester worth of chopping skillz during their chef-dom training. My problem seems to be that I’m either chopping too erratically for anyone’s safety mostly due to my handicap involving attention to detail. OR I’m chopping too slowly because I get sidetracked trying to Instagram the shit outta some vegetables.

But I will say this. Cooking is good for me, like vegetables. It teaches me how to execute verbal instructions from someone else, AND how to follow through. No cooking=no eating. And I love eating.

Oops, I was just informed that you’re not supposed to chop with a phone in your hand, so I’d better cut this post short before I lose a finger. Blogging and chopping, blogging and chopping. How do you like them apples multi-taskers? Happy cooking internetz!


***Do you cook as a couple? Who does what? How do you divide the chopping and cooking and prepping? I love learning new things. Please share.***

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judy January 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

well…. your parents were both control freaks. So sharing cooking tasks amounted to you cook, I’ll clean…..or….I”ll cook, you clean. Worked for us :-).


B.Strave January 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

‘Tis is a good method. This is the strategy the ‘Rooms and I employ. But then again not more than one person fits in our “kitchen”

Kelly January 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

He does the chopping (for salads, garnishes, etc…) I do the cooking–sautéing chicken, veggies, fish or marinating/baking whatever. I clean as we go. And he cleans up the dishes.


B.Strave January 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Omg yes! I forgot about that, I am excellent at cleaning as we go. Ultimate dishwasher and counter wiper!

design elements February 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

it s different every time :) lovely greetings to you, beckie



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