On Cooking

by Lara on August 1, 2011

If you were to take a look at my upbringing, you might hypothesize that I would be a great cook.

I am not.

My paternal grandmother has long been hailed as creating Chinese cuisine that blows even the most authentic restaurant out of the water.  My maternal grandmother was known for her fried chicken.  I have an aunt that I am convinced is the best baker in the world, if only solely because of her delectable red velvet cake.  My sister is the type that can make a gourmet meal out of a can of tuna and the contents from the bottom of her produce drawer.  And my mother, well, she can cook anything.

Then there is me.  A former weight loss and food blogger, I realize now that I have been masquerading as a young woman with actual cooking skills.  In reality, I can claim expertise on what can only be called food preparation.

Cooking and food preparation, my friends, are two very different things.

Slaving away all day making homemade beef bourguignon = cooking.

Filling a steamer with vegetables and salmon and then slathering it all with bottled teriyaki sauce = food prep.

Slicing strawberries?  Yup.  Food prep.

My goal this month is to take the time and effort necessary to actually cook my meals, rather than prepare or purchase them.

Do you cook, or simply prepare food?

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Welcome back girlie! I’m a preparer but I hail from one of the most respected gourmet cooks around. one day maybe I’ll cook- now I chop, mix and bake (a little)


Lara August 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

You do too cook! I seem to recall that you are the creator of the famous protein muffin 😉


Andrea@WellnessNotes August 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I prepare a lot and cook a little. I also go through phases, and right now I’m definitely in a “prepare phase.” I’m more inspired to attempt to cook in the fall and winter.


Lara August 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I’ve found I am more into cooking in colder months, too! Must be something to do with comfort food 🙂


marci August 2, 2011 at 8:56 am

glad you are blogging again, didn’t realize you moved to seattle! that is on my list of places i want to visit. seems so pretty, cool, and beautiful!


Lara August 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

We just moved last week! Love it so far–if you visit, make sure you come in the summer 🙂


Lexi August 2, 2011 at 9:16 am

I missed your blog a ton. It’s your blog so feel free to blog about whatever you want. I’ve been considering starting a new one just to document my life. It really is fun to look back on later. Hope your move went smoothly and you are enjoying your new space.


Lara August 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Thanks, Lexi! Yes, that’s what this is for me…just a place to document my life, and if people happen to want to read it, that’s fine. You should start a new one; it’s fun 😉


Floey August 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

The only time I cook is when I bake. The other times I just prepare. I should really learn how to cook though…now that I’ve moved home. More resources and kitchen space ! 🙂


tina August 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I’ve always enjoyed reading all your posts and now I’m even more excited about this one. Looking forward to reading more!


VeggieGirl August 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

Love the new blog! 🙂


Katharine August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

Lara!!! I am SO glad you’re back to blogging 🙂 And that you’re doing so well. I’ve missed you here in blogland!


Lara August 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Thank you Katharine! It’s my new mission to catch up on all the blogs I used to know and love. Yours is on that list 🙂


Tiffany August 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hi Lara!!! I am so happy you’re back to blogging! I was so excited when a new Thinspired post popped up in my reader! I’ve missed your posts a lot. I don’t know if you remember that I used to blog at A Dantat’s Life (and tweet from @liltiff917), but I, too, stopped blogging and thinking about food so much. It was refreshing to take the focus off of food and start living life.

Seattle is truly a wonderful city and I am glad that you, Matt, Lulu, and Pippa are all settling in well there. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more!


Lara August 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

OF COURSE I remember your blog, Tiffany! How could I forget a blog named after one of my favorite dim sum dishes?! Thank you for the kind words. Let me know if you start blogging again!


Susan August 4, 2011 at 7:20 am

1) Loved your last post on your old blog
2) Love the new blog!
3) Love you!!

Now, on to more topical things, yesyesyes to this post! It’s funny, because when I kept a food diary blog, most of my food was simple “preparation” and hardly ever any real cooking. It’s only been since I stopped photographing every single morsel that I started putting more time and effort into my meals. Okay, and by “meals” I mean mostly just baking loaves of bread. Whatever 😉


Biz August 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

So here you are!!!!! So excited to find you again. Thanks for your comment – I am not going to let some teenage a-holes get the better of me. 😀

Now I am off for an 8 mile bike ride – in perfect 77 degree weather!


Lara August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hooray! Good for you!


Curious Cook August 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

For the longest time, I’ve been the prepper, so far as even calling making my instant noodles a feast but not anymore..I’m giving propah cooking a shot this time around..so hot oven..here i come!!! 🙂


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