How My Boyfriend's Love Of Cooking Kicked My Takeout-Eating Butt

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Turns out stepping out of your culinary comfort zone can make your love life more fulfilling.

These "what do you want for dinner" conversations — and actually cooking with him — have inspired me to be a more conscientious and creative cook, despite that occasional Sunday-morning laziness. When I lived on my own, it was easy to be utilitarian about food and forget the art of it, eating whatever leftovers or takeout I had that day. I even used to reason with myself that it's healthier and cheaper to eat "what's around:" fewer groceries to buy. Also, instead of mixing all those oils and fats into my food, I could just wash a bunch of fruits and vegetables and eat them: healthy, right? Why complicate things?

I was lazy, and my diet was hopelessly boring.

Now that I'm living with someone for whom cooking is both a relaxation technique and a creative outlet, I'm not only more confident in my abilities, but more into concocting fun, new recipes. This has resulted in "prosciutto cups with pear," "brown sugar chicken" and more dishes my boyfriend has absolutely loved.

So while a passion for food hasn't always come naturally to me, I now see how stepping out of your culinary comfort zone can make your life more fulfilling. Though sometimes I'll grumble about my boyfriend's overly ambitious "kitchen projects," as I call them, his passion for cooking has added flavors and spices to my life I never knew existed — both literally and figuratively.

As I write this, he brings me a piece of chicken pot pie. "I made my own batter for the crust instead of using Bisquick! So much better this way."

The pot pie is gooey and comforting. The crust is crispy, and the inside is chewy.

"Oh, I love you so much. I'll cook tomorrow, I promise."

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