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Relationship Goals: Why Couples Who Cook Together Stay Together

The old saying goes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach . . . and well, the same can be said for women. Food is one thing that every single person on Earth has in common because we all need to eat.

But there’s more to food than just basic sustenance. Good food can create feelings of happiness and contentment, and those feelings are magnified when you cook the food yourself. When you cook as a couple, it can strengthen your bond and deepen your relationship. Read on to find out why couples who cook together stay together.

Builds Cooperation

Many couples swear by the method of “she cooks, he cleans” or vice versa. While this is a great way to divide household responsibilities, it doesn’t do anything to improve your relationship as a couple. Cooking together requires cooperation and gives you a sense of “we’re in this together.” This solidifies the notion that the two of you are a partnership and shows that you care about taking care of each other. Looking at yourselves as a team builds trust because you know you’ve got each other’s backs, and that just makes your relationship that much stronger.

Improves Communication

Cooperation and communication go hand in hand; you can’t have one without the other. Working together in the kitchen requires you and your partner to communicate to make sure that the steps of the recipe are completed properly. This is great practice for communicating in other areas of your relationship, too. When you have a stable base of communication abilities, it makes it that much easier when it comes time for serious talks with your partner. Strong communication is the foundation of a healthy, happy relationship, so it is important that you and your partner work together to develop this skill.

Uncover More about Each Other

Preparing food together provides a great opportunity to get to know more about your partner. Talk about your favorite foods, earliest cooking memories, or that great dessert your grandma used to make. You’ll find that talking about food will often open up the conversation to childhood memories, travel stories, and other interesting information about your partner. The more you know about each other, the closer your bond will become. If one partner is a bit shy about opening up, food can provide a relatively safe starting point to start honing in on deeper discussions.

Helps Your Bottom Line

When you’re in a relationship, it’s great to go out to restaurants to eat for date night, but it can be very expensive over time. By cooking at home, you can save a lot of money. Financial issues are one of the most common things that couples fight about, so dining at home can take a lot of pressure off your wallet and, in turn, your relationship. Of course, this is not to say you should never dine out, which can be a great way to try new things and bring excitement to your relationship. Simply switch it up sometimes and have date night in your own dining room instead. Your wallet will thank you.

Keeps You Healthy

We all know that restaurant meals are hugely high in calories with all those rich sauces and decadent desserts. And of course, most people end up eating much more than they should simply because portion sizes are so large. Cooking at home gives you much greater control over the portions and ingredients, which can help keep you healthy and in shape. When you feel good about yourself and your body, it is much easier to be affectionate and intimate with your partner, which keeps your bond strong.

It’s Fun!

If all of the above reasons weren’t enough for you, at the end of the day, cooking is just plain fun. Sharing enjoyable activities with your partner sends feel-good hormones throughout your body, making you like the other person even more. Being in the kitchen together is a great opportunity to have some fun with your partner. You never know when a spontaneous flour fight might break out, so crank up the music and start cracking some eggs!

Enroll In a Couple’s Cooking Class!

Whether you’re an experienced cook or not, taking a cooking class together can give you the jumping off point you need to start cooking together at home. Here at The Culinary Institute of Virginia, we offer a variety of cooking classes for couples at the Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Casual Gourmet cooking courses. Any home cook, whether novice, intermediate, or advanced, can pick up a few new tips and tricks from our classes. Our hands-on cooking courses are great for a unique, fun date night with your partner. Get in touch with us today so you and your honey can start having fun in the kitchen and growing closer together as a couple.

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Posted by Princess Lipscomb on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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