Discover How Much Fun Cooking Can Be

November 29, 2017 CarolAnn

Discover how much fun cooking can be.

Have you noticed? That’s the tagline for (and the mission of) The Sandbox Chef.

How much cooking do you do? And, when you do cook, how much fun is it for you?

Whatever your answers, I really want to help you discover how much fun cooking can be.

It’s never too late (or too early) to learn to cook. As described on our About page, my love of cooking began at an early age, in the backyard sandbox. In contrast, Julia Child started cooking at age 32.

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. —
Julia Child

Build in the fun by following these tips.

Make It Social

Cook with your partner or spouse, your child or someone else’s, or a friend.

In today’s busy world, cooking together provides a wonderful opportunity to combine a necessity (feeding our bodies) with the pleasure of social interaction (feeding our spirits).

Prayerful communal ritual elevates the spirit. — Rea Nolan Martin, How to Feed the Body, Mind and Spirit | HuufPost

Martin’s article (referred to in the quote above) discusses the importance of upgrading your diet, and cooking your own food can help you do that.

Begin With Some Simple Recipes

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients. —
Julia Child


Try these:

Amazing Nachos Now


This is a quick and easy recipe for nachos, one of my very favorite snacks! Good for watching the game, TV time, whenever guests drop by, anytime!

Follow this link for the recipe: Amazing Nachos Now.

Good and Fruity Salads

Fruits add a whole new dimension to salads!
Try the three good and fruity salads here.
Then create your own special good and fruity salads!

Follow this link for the recipe: Good and Fruity Salads.

Pizzazy Pizza

Pizzazy Pizza

It seems that all kids (and many grownups too) just l-o-v-e-s pizza! This one is made on a good-for-you flat-bread, and has a variety of good veggies and cheeses.

This recipe for Pizzazy Pizza is featured in Cooking with Kids.

Follow this link for the recipe: Pizzazy Pizza.

Master Some Basics

Master these two versatile sauces:

Basic White Sauce

white sauce
Follow this link for the recipe: Basic White Sauce.

Try this simple recipe that uses white sauce: NE Snowstorm Desperation Casserole.

Best Ever Homemade Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce

Follow this link for the recipe: Best Ever Homemade Tomato Sauce.

Use this tomato sauce in all manner of pasta recipes.

For a very simple meal, do this:

  • Buy good quality ready-made ravioli, typically found in the  refrigerated foods section of your market. Cook the ravioli according to package directions.
  • Top the ravioli with your homemade tomato sauce.
  • Add cooked baby spinach to complete the meal.

Adopt a Playful Attitude

I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make.  —
Julia Child

Build a Recipe Portfolio

I have two paper file folders in my desk drawer, The first is labeled “Recipes,” and the second is labeled “Recipes —  Keepers.” You may wish to maintain a similar system.

If you prefer an electronic file system, I encourage you to try Meal Planner Pro. This is a complete meal planning solution. To try it out, choose one of our recipes to save.

Cooking Is Love

I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give. — Julia Child