Conscious Cooking With Gratitude

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Conscious Cooking With Gratitude

There was something different about the chocolate chip dot cookies this past week.

My husband does not have much of a sweet tooth. And, in general, the girls are more enamored with candy, and ice cream than homemade treats.

But, this time, my husband ate 5 cookies! More than once he remarked how wonderful they were. Raizel is still gushing, several days later: β€œthese cookies are soooooo good!”

It has made me think: What was different this time? Was there a special secret ingredient?

The answer that I came to was: “Yes. There was a secret ingredient.”

They were baked while making lots of blessings and focusing on everything that we have to be grateful for. The cookies became infused with our positive intentions, which then elevated them from the mundane to the sublime.

Here is what happened:

On Sunday, before we started baking, I asked my girls: “what is the first thing that we need to do before we start?” Both girls answered: “wash your hands!”

Then, after we washed our hands, I asked: “what is the second thing that we need to do?

I got a few blank stares, and so I answered: “make a blessing!”

Although I did not want to sound pedantic, we then had an impromptu lesson on “why do we need to make blessings?”

The girls and I discussed how making a blessing reminds us to be grateful to God. We are allowed to eat, but, when we make a blessing, we are saying “thank you” to Hashem (God) for giving us such delicious food, that makes us happy and keeps our bodies strong.

Then, I told the girls, “We should just list all the things that we have to be grateful for to Hashem.”

 

So, as we were making the cookies, we had what I call a “radical gratitude session.” We shared every single thing that we had to be grateful for: eyes that see, glasses to help us see, the ability to read, a computer to find our recipes, legs that walk, a mouth that talks, ears that hear, mouths that can chew……

The whole time that we were baking the cookies, we were sharing on all the numerous things that we had to be grateful for.

The outcome were the delicious cookies.

Another time, while I was cooking for Shabbat, I kept repeating the phase, “this is in the honor of the holiness of Shabbat.” (L’kavod shabbas kodesh)

That night, as we were enjoying our Shabbat meal, I asked my husband, “how did you like the food?”

My husband, not knowing my intentions while cooking that morning replied, “Everything tastes like the holiness of Shabbat.”


I couldn’t help smiling when he said that. How could he have known what I was saying the whole time I was cooking?

So, our thoughts are very powerful, even to the point that they transform our food from ordinary into other worldly.

May we all be blessed to focus on everything we have to be grateful for and transform everything we do to bring more blessings and good into the world.

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22 thoughts on “Conscious Cooking With Gratitude

  1. Tzippy July 20, 2017 at 2:57 PM Reply

    Wow! This was so inspiring and I will try to incorporate the grateful and holy thoughts into my own cooking, too. Thanks for all that you are and all that you do. You are a true inspiration!

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  2. koolkosherkitchen July 21, 2017 at 1:53 AM Reply

    My grandmother used to say a Brocho on everything she cooked.or baked. I only do it on Shabbos and Yom Tov foods, but it does make a difference, I am sure of that!

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  3. Osyth July 21, 2017 at 3:12 AM Reply

    What a beautiful post. A reminder and inspirer that despite knowing we are grateful (I hope) we should go that step further and declare our gratitude. Then the rewards will be plentiful.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM Reply

      Agreed. Thinking is important but speaking out loud means that we hear out thoughts more clearly. I think it heightens their power. If I wouldn’t have seen the difference in their reactions, I am not sure I would have realized it. It’s really quite remarkable.

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  4. Pan July 24, 2017 at 8:26 PM Reply

    My prayers for Raizel, spoken out loud, that she will soon be well and able to enjoy the things she’s missed out on..

    Yaffa is quite the entertainer and comedian is she ? πŸ˜„

    I find it disappointing in myself, that I have to make a conscious effort to remember to be grateful in all things, especially when it comes to food.. How hard can it be ? But yet I catch myself forgetting often, after the fact..
    I do find that when I am in gratitude while cooking, the food does take on flavors and texture that are beyond my expectations..
    Thank you for your post, it is a blessed reminder πŸ’›

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 24, 2017 at 8:34 PM Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to read it. Such a simple thing, focusing on gratitude, and yet, it is so powerful.

      Yaffa is a riot. This morning she told me, “I’m going to FaceTime you.” I didn’t even know she knew what that was.

      In her own way, she is very clever. She knows exactly how to find the one thing that will make someone happy.

      As we were packing her up, she put on a cat mask, to cheer me up, since she knows I like cats. So cute!

      Thank you for your prayers for Raizel. She had had a rough few months. I know they will make a difference!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ™

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      • Pan July 25, 2017 at 4:30 PM

        I’ve been so far behind in reading, it’s crazy.. But yours is and has been one of my go to blogs for a needed respite when my world spins wobbly 😊

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged July 25, 2017 at 5:22 PM

        Thank you! I am in a similar situation and I feel the same. I have come to the realization that it is impossible to keep up with everyone. I try to go through whatever I can, when I can. πŸ•Š&❀️

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