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Cooking for Comfort Poem and Therapeutic Cooking Quotes

Updated on March 24, 2014

April is National Poetry Month!

I'm sharing one of my earlier poems for National Poetry Month. I hope you're enjoying reading and writing poetry this month. #28

Cooking is Therapy!

Is cooking therapeutic? Oh, yeah. If you've ever thrown yourself into creating recipes when you're pining or grieving, you might just find that cooking is a very therapeutic exercise. Over the years, I’ve found that, not only do I enjoy cooking, but that it can be very therapeutic.

Sometimes when I am down, depressed, restless, or even heartbroken, I will go to the cookbooks and skim for a good recipe. Or, I will go to the freezer or fridge to see what needs to be cooked, and what could be thrown together into a stew, soup, or casserole before the bits and pieces go to waste.

During these down times when I turn to the kitchen, I generally make up my own recipes—saying the heck with it, I guess—and just throw things together. When I make way too much during my cooking therapy session, I’ll put it in the fridge and eat leftovers for several days until I can no longer stand it, and will usually freeze portions for later, if the amount of food created is just too great.

Yes, cooking can be therapeutic. Whether it’s about creating something yummy or just creating something in itself, I find it a great outlet when I’m upset. With that said, I hope you enjoy this poem.


I'm gonna chop that man right out of my hair...(okay, who can relate to that commercial?)
I'm gonna chop that man right out of my hair...(okay, who can relate to that commercial?) | Source

Quotation:

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. -- Harriet Van Horne

Enjoying a glass of red wine
Enjoying a glass of red wine | Source

Quotation:

"I love cooking with wine...sometimes I even put it in the food." --attributed to Julia Childs and/or W.C. Fields (of uncertain origin)

Poem: Just Add More Butter...

Maybe I should add a little more oil to the pan.

Chop, chop.

More onions?

My head hurts.

Those mushrooms look perfect.

Now where did that knife go?

My heart is beating kind of fast.

I need to chop something.

Oh—check the broccoli.

It’s steaming now.

Throw the dog a carrot.

No, I’m okay, boy.

Was that the mailman?

For a moment, it sounded like….

I’ll add extra butter to the potatoes.

That’ll do the trick. Yum.

Do I still have garlic left?

He wouldn’t eat garlic.

Said it messed up his system.

I love it.

Could bathe in it.

Was that the phone?

Crap!

I burnt the bread.

Just like Mom would—

Ha—family joke.

More bell peppers.

Chop, chop, chop.

Damn—another cut!

I’m jumpy.

It was just the cat.

STAY OFF THE COUNTER.

Sorry. I shouldn’t yell.

Told him I didn’t want a sharp knife

In the house.

A band-aid and more peppers.

Too much to chop.

He always liked his veggies.

I’m not hungry

Maybe I’ll call someone.

No….

Then I’d have to get dressed.

Maybe a glass of wine.

Pour some into the sautee?

No…

A waste of good wine.

I’m not wasteful.

There’s a lot of traffic

Outside my kitchen window.

Try the potatoes.

Creamy, extra garlic.

Can’t beat that.

He didn’t drink much.

Think I’ll have another glass.

Maybe I’ll bake a pie later.



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    • tnderhrt23 profile image

      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Again, I so relate!

    • Victoria Lynn profile image
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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, again! It's so good to relate to other writers--especially with poetry--and know that they relate to you, too. I appreciate it so much.

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      great idea for a poem

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, shea! It actually came to me last weekend when I was upset, missing someone, and cooking up a storm! Great therapy! Thanks for reading!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I agree with you that cooking is therapy. I often cooking to try a new recipe and it's make me happy. Perfect poem from you. Well done, Victoria. Thank you very much.

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, prasetio30. Yes, it's very satisfying to create in the kitchen. Thanks for your comment!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      A wonderful concoction of potatoes, garlic and cream mixed with a little anticipation, and longing, a tiny tad of vengeance and pet rage, washed down with a glass or two or three of wine. Comfort food, just as it should be. Love it!!

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      I love cooking and being spontaneous and creative. I to look for adventures from the fridge, blend them together, adding this and that and more of this and that, tasting along the way.

      Garlic is my nectar from the gods, I use it in most anything and yes I to could bathe in it, but no one would want to come near me for days, weeks or months. Even the skunks would run:0)

      This was a fun Chop Chop scribe, loved it. Now pour me a glass or two of Red please.....lol

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ah, Fennelseed, I'm glad to have met you. You have so much insight and wisdom. Thanks so much for all you say.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      saddlerider--your comments are always so delightful. Garlic--YES!!!! Maybe I'm better off without the non-garlic lover! And red wine--YES! "fun Chop Chop scribe"--love that too!

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      katrinasui 5 years ago

      Lovely poem!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks so much, katrinasui!

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      Great poem, just like it happens too. I think we all experience those boughts of lowness, and cooking can certainly help.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, carcro. I find cooking very therapeutic when I'm down....Thanks for reading!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Republished this one because I was so excited to have ebay capsules! So indulge me--haha!

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      chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      This is very fun to read!

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      A charming poem.Thanks for republishing. I also enjoy cooking. It certainly provides nourishment for the soul. Between chopping and washing...I definitely would not want to be around during your bad hair days....I'll probably be far far away on an island paradise in the "South Pacific" LOL...The pics of the lady with a cleaver and red liquid filled wine glass beneath it says a lot :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, chrisam01! Glad you found it fun to read, as I found it quite fun to write!

      SilentReed--I like the adjective "charming," so thank you very much. I like the cleaver lady myself. haha And the wine of course. I appreciate your comments!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love this hub and can so relate to it as I love too, to cook and create. I love the line about garlic "I love it. Could bathe in it." I always say if I could put garlic in chocolate cake and get away with it I would. :)

      Voted up across the board.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Garlic in chocolate cake! That's great, Susan! Funny, funny. I would put garlic in just about everything if it didn't mess up my boyfriend's system. Thanks for the great comments! And votes, too!

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

      Garlic Cake?? ; ) I loved this. I'm a total foodie, & love cooking. Gotta Go "cook/bake something. ; )

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Garlic cake? Well, not sure I'd go that far. haha. Foodie--I do like that word. I am, too. Glad I inspired you to go cook something! Thanks, albertsj!

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      sarosh kumar 4 years ago

      wow...nice poem and i did like it as the way it is

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      sarosh kumar--I'm glad you like the poem. Thanks!

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      It's just the hassle of the cooking that is the problem! haha

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TravelinJack--I love cooking, especially when I have the time. I love taking a couple of hours to make a meal, create it, put it all together. Love it! :-)

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      ...Those are a few of my favorite things!...

      I have to agree with you that cooking is therapeutic, especially when you add wine to the mix.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Tycoon Sam--A few of my favorite things! I like that. Yes, wine is definitely good with cooking. :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Oh Vicky--garlic and cooking help everything! Loved, loved this!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree,Audrey! Wine, too! :-)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I really like the poem and as I read, I could totally imagine myself going through the same motions. :D

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, CC! Oh, yeah, what the poem says is pretty much what I went through at one time! :-)

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and dedicated writing. Ideas should be pen down like this.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, pinto2011. I appreciate the compliments.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like it! Cooking is very therapeutic. I can also relate to the distractions while cooking. My mind is often all over the place. Thanks for sharing your poem with us.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kathryn--I'm glad you can relate! :-)

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