When Justin and I first met, neither one of us were particularly good cooks. We shared a love of food and a desire to experiment with different recipes and tastes. Cooking-in versus dining-out became our date of choice. We would share recipes, movies, music...in a sexy, playful and totally uninhibited environment.
I learned about him - he's an improvisational cook and way-too-good of a bartender. He learned about me - I like to follow recipe directions and nurse a hangover with processed cheese sauce. I introduced him to The Godfather. He showed me Blue Velvet. We both love a spicy bloody mary. Ours was a love affair created over many dinners and a few cooking disasters. If love is a verb, an action - something you do, practice, give - then cooking together was, and still is, one of our favorite ways to "be love."
It may surprise you to know that neither of us have parents who enjoy cooking. For our moms, cooking is a daily responsibility (i.e. chore) that is anything but fun and inspiring. And they aren't alone. Many men and women cringe at perhaps the most dreaded question of the day, "What am I going to fix for dinner?" Who can blame them? Being the one person responsible for feeding your family - big or small - can feel like drudgery.
Our goal was to set another example. The two forks in our logo are much more than a design element. They are an invitation. A hope that more couples will use cooking as a shared experience. A way to spend time with each other - to laugh, to experiment, to fail, to delight, to click. We hope this blog will inspire you to get in the kitchen, together, if even only once a week.
As designer Ilse Crawford so poignantly says in her book, Home Is Where the Heart Is - "Food made with love is always a feast, and the most carefully cooked meal is unappealing if it comes with a side serving of guilt."