Retirement is a Great Time to Start Cooking for Fun

Cooking for fun is a real possibility when you have the time and, if you’re looking for things to do in retirement, don’t give up on making the time you spend in your kitchen one of the most enjoyable parts of your day.  With a little thought and planning, you can each meal feel like an adventure especially if you have other people to enjoy it with.  If you live by yourself, don’t overlook cooking as a way to socialize and build new friendships or strengthen old ones.

The best way to start is to have a plan.  You can easily come up with a strategy that will make food preparation more enjoyable and give it some added excitement.  The first step is to become determined to start cooking for fun rather than just to provide something to eat.  Why not specialize in a particular cuisine or perfect a dish that will become your gold standard.  I happen to think that my Chicken Marsala is as good as any that I’ve had in a restaurant, and it took quite a few times to get to the point that it is now and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Why Not Specialize In a Cuisine?

Our favorite cuisines are French, Italian and Northern Italian and there are so many great recipes that I don’t think we’ll ever run out of new ones to try.  But, when you’re cooking for fun and for the enjoyment it can bring, even the process of searching out the best recipe and making refinements to it becomes exciting.  It can even make your dining out choices more of a learning experience to figure out just how they got something to taste so good.

You realize rather quickly that cooking for fun almost becomes an outlook on life.  You’re taking what many people consider a mundane task and adding some creativity to the process.  That is the secret of enjoying retirement to the fullest: savoring everything in life and taking the time to appreciate how wonderful life can be.  The simple act of gathering together and eating is one of the most overlooked events in our lives.  It’s a time for enjoying each other’s company and when you add good food that you made yourself, it can be one of the most enjoyable parts of life.  Throw away the cellphones (except to take pictures) and start talking to one another instead of texting your life away.

Make cooking for fun your new outlook on life and try to put fun into everything that you do.  If you don’t know how to cook, take some lessons and learn.  If you need ideas, go out to eat at restaurants you’ve never been to before and try something new.  If you don’t have the money to go out and eat, that’s all the more reason to learn how to cook.  Think of the money you’ll save.  More importantly, think of the fun you’ll have!


Take some time to explore the world of cooking on the internet.  You’ll be surprised at how many different sites offer recipes and ideas to help you start cooking for fun.  If you think you don’t have the skills, you’re probably just making excuses because there are a number of places to go where you can sharpen your skills.  From major culinary schools to local classes given by master chefs, there are many ways to sharpen your skills in the kitchen and start cooking for fun.  If you don’t have anyone to cook for, there are still creative ways that you can make cooking a part of your life whether you’re cooking for just one or two people or finding a way to do something for someone else that will be greatly appreciated.  The simple act of making a meal for a neighbor seems to be a lost art.  Maybe it’s time to bring it back.

Cooking for fun will add enjoyment to your life and, if you’re looking for a way to expand your social circle, there’s almost no skill that’s more appreciated than being able to make great food.  Is there anything more enjoyable than a wonderfully prepared meal in the company of a friend or loved one?  We sometimes forget that the simplest things can be the most enjoyable.  It’s a time to slow down the pace of our existence and savor the good things in life.  If you don’t believe it, take a minute to think about your favorite food.  Think about your favorite restaurant and your favorite people to share dinner with.  Now think about how the favorite food can be prepared by you and how your favorite restaurant can become your own home.  Think about the sense of pride that you’ll have when you have everyone gathered around the table raving about the food they just ate – the food that you prepared in your own kitchen.

There is almost no greater pleasure than enjoying a wonderfully prepared meal in the company of friends.  You won’t believe the sense of satisfaction that comes from the fact that you were the one to prepare the meal they’re all talking about.  It’s time to start cooking for fun and enjoying the retired life!

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