(Originally posted February 2014)
Hello Friends and Wonderful Supporters!
I am delighted, and a little giddy, to announce the official launch of The Empowered Kitchen! 🙂 Thank you all for your support thus far. It has meant so much and kept me going through these beginning stages.
The idea behind The Empowered Kitchen is to renew our relationships with food and cooking to support vibrant lives, good health and bring us together around the table. I want to put the fun back into eating and help people enjoy spending time in the kitchen, whether they’re cooking for one or a football team.
The goal of this kind of cooking is to encourage us to savor our food, but we all know our lives can be busy and sometimes we just have to grab something and eat on the run or (heaven forbid) at a desk. I’ve done this more times than I care to remember. We can all do better, even if we’re in a hurry, and take the time for ourselves to eat well. It’s good for our physical and mental health. Besides – we deserve it! These classes will teach how to cook efficiently, so everyone can fit the time into their busy schedule and eat well.
My other passion is food waste, and raising awareness about the problems it poses for our society and our environment. We waste at least 40% of our food in the United States, posing serious ethical and environmental questions about how we use one of our most important life-giving resources. This fall my original idea was to create a behavior change campaign to teach people how to reduce their food waste. Then the lightbulb went on and I realized that teaching cooking classes was a lot more fun than preaching to people about not throwing away their food. Thus the seeds of The Empowered Kitchen were born! Thanks, Mom.
One of the most significant places we can reduce food waste is through more thoughtful cooking and menu planning, which often leads to tasty results, and money savings! That’s where these classes come in! Come learn how to make it happen.
All classes will focus on how to prepare enough to have food left over to freeze and have ready to eat throughout the week and to re-create into new meals and snacks.
There are a few classes scheduled in the coming months and more will be available soon. Remember that I can teach personalized classes for groups!
Looking forward to cooking with you and discovering what delectable dishes we can create in the kitchen together. I don’t know where this journey is going to lead, but I am sincerely eager to watch it unfold.
Warmest regards on this cold, snowy, and beautiful Colorado evening!