Monday, February 22, 2010

Stress Cooking..!!

You've heard of stress eating, right? Well, I do this new thing called stress cooking. When I'm stressed out about work there's just something about following a recipe (or even making up my own) that calms and relaxes me. When I was unemployed for the past 6+ months (or FUNemployed as my friend recently called it) I took up cooking as a hobby. I come from an Italian family of cooks, bakers, and professional eaters so I guess the day was bound to happen.


It actually started as a baking hobby. I found a Betty Crocker Cupcakes book and I decided to try out a few. I made ones that looked like frogs, Spongebob, monkeys, Elmo, you name it, I decorated it. I test drove them on the kids I babysit for and they went over so well that I've actually been paid to make cupcakes for birthday parties, holiday parties and other special occasions (including a cake I made for a party my mom was having with the women she plays golf with).















There are some really great blogs out there about cooking and baking (especially cupcakes!) but my favorite I have to say is one of my friends (lets call her Cooking Working Girl) that started a blog called Big Girls, Small Kitchen. It is "a food and recipe guide for twenty-something cooks looking for user-friendly, affordable ways to navigate their kitchens. More importantly, this blog offers fun and easy entertaining tips to help all cooks make the most of the tools available, big kitchen or small."


Congratulations to Cooking Working Girl for actually building enough traffic to her blog to get noticed by a publisher! Her cookbook will be in stores next summer!

12 comments:

tris1978ton said...

Looks delicious!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I stress cook all the time. Guilty!!

bitsANDpieces said...

*likes*
thanks for the tips!
i love baking as well :)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh I just love your blog! I mean really, it is so cute and funny and I have a cooking blog myself because all i do is cook- its all i ever want to do so loved the stress cooking post! I am following you now and look forward to coming back. I am doing a giveaway over at my place- I would love for you to come check it out. It is lisa lenoard jewerly that was featured in glamour and instyle! http://kitchenbelleicious.blogspot.com

Ellen said...

I wish I could put the F in unemployment by baking fun treats like these! I'm usually too broke to buy more than the necessities at the grocery store, but I have been trying to get more creative in the kitchen lately..just working with what I've got and trying to mix it up.

http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

Luna said...

i stress cook and eat. i dont have as much stress these days as i used to but when i do i cant help it. many people cant. but during stress cooking people can get creative with what they cook.

Phoebe and Cara, The Quarter-Life Cooks said...

thanks for the shout out!!!!

natural stress relievers said...

My moms love to cook. I asked her why she loves to cook. She told me that it is also one way of releasing her stress. Every time she feels so stressed. She goes to kitchen and cook. We are so lucky because she really cooks so well. Your dish looks so tasty.

Depression and Anxiety said...

Bless you, I'm forever thinking about innovative tips on solutions to manage stress. If you don't deal with it, it will destroy a person!
Coping with Stress Strategies

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