Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Date A Girl Who Cooks

My long time childhood friend Hannah Wenger, wrote me a beautiful excerpt today.  It was in response to a letter I sent her from another blog.  The post was titled Date A Girl Who Reads.  Hannah was always an avid reader and she is currently in Bergen, Norway, as a Fulbright ETA.  Basically, she's awesome!

Hannah's rendition, in her own words, to me:
Date a girl who cooks. Date a girl who spends her money on blenders instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many cookbooks. Date a girl who has a list of recipes she wants to make, who has had a Bon Appetit membership since she was twelve.

Find a girl who cooks. You’ll know that she does because she’ll always smell like baking bread. She’s the one lovingly looking over the spice rack in the grocery store, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the seasoning she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the fruit in a farmers market? That’s the cook. They can never resist smelling the produce, especially when it is ripe.

She’s the girl in the coffee shop that asks the cashier if she can taste test everything. If you take a peek at her cake, it’s been disemboweled, each element separated from the other as she tried to figure out what each ingredient is. She’s engrossed in the savory experience. Lost in her taste buds. Sit down. She might give you a smile, as most girls who cook like to cook for people. Ask her if she likes the cake.

Buy her another mug of Adagio Thai Chai tea.
Let her know what you really think of dark chocolate. See if she’s ever made turducken. Understand that if she says she likes foie gras she’s just saying that to sound sophisticated. Ask her if she loves Julia or would like to be Julia.

It’s easy to date a girl who cooks. Give her rolling pins for her birthday, basting brushes for Christmas and bread pans for anniversaries. Give her the gift of tastes in baskets, in bottles. Give her Bordeaux, Turkish Delight, Anjou pears. Let her know that you understand that food is love.

If you find a girl who cooks, keep her close. When you find her in the kitchen at 2 AM, everyone around her stupefied into food comas and the counters littered with vegetable peel and mounds of sugar, help her clean it. Then lick the bowl together.

You will propose in a winery in France. Or while frosting on a cake. Or very casually in a pizzeria when she needs some comfort food.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will taste the lusciousness of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to peppermint hot cocoa and alcoholic apple-pear cider, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will drizzle maple syrup on the snow while you shake the ice off your boots.

Date a girl who cooks because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most delicious life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who cooks.
















We actually started brainstorming, trying to come up with other ideas of who to date.
Here is what we have come up with so far:
date a girl who acts
date a girl who dances
date a girl who is an OT
date a girl who has a twitch
date a girl who plays football
date a girl who picks her nose


4 comments:

  1. What about jello molds, for that extra special occasion.

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  2. If you need a recipe for an awsome jello mold, I have one from Grandma Carolyn. Just about the best thing she ever made!

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  3. date a girl who sings
    date a girl who sails
    date a girl who kickboxes
    date a girl who does origami
    date a girl who's a mime
    date a girl from jupiter
    date a girl who gleams
    date a girl who dreams

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  4. Longtime childhood friend AliB, your opening to this made me so smiley and warm! Love!!!

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