Gratitude: Food

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Commercial, Referral Divison RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

This post is being written as an entry into this month's Challenge : Thankful Thoughts - ActiveRain's November Gratitude Challenge.

The mission, should we choose to accept it, is to share what we are grateful for, in up to four posts during the month of November. This is my third 2023 gratitude post. The first was all about nature. The second was about family and friends. This post has to do with food.

I know I've written about this before in years past, because I have always been grateful for food. And I still am!

To start, I'm just grateful to HAVE food. Had I been born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Yemen or many other places in the world, I might not even be alive today. For many reasons, but mainly starvation. So I am grateful that at this point in time, I am blessed with plenty.

I am also grateful to have fresh food. Growing up, my mom did a lot of cooking, but we also had a lot of canned and processed food. As I started paying more attention to what I eat, especially in the last decade or two, I've been focusing more on fresh food. So I now am lucky enough to be able to garden, and have fresh vegetables for at least part of the year. In addition to that fresh food, we have wild game meat and/or fish at least once a week. Those two items, organic vegetables and meat are the freshest food imaginable. So I'm grateful to be able to eat healthily.

Further, I am grateful I've learned how to cook. I cannot imagine eating all my meals out, although I do know people who do that. I also knew someone years ago who never used her oven. As in never. About five years after she moved into her home, the wrapping for the stove was still inside. I can't even imagine.

But learning to cook for me was a real process that is still ongoing. My mom tried to teach me when I was a teenager, but I just wasn't interested at the time. After I was married and moved out of the house I realized in order to eat well and keep excess weight off, I was going to have to start making my own meals. Burger King and delivered pizza wasn't cutting it. So I ordered recipe cards in the mail and started following recipes and figuring out what I liked or didn't like. I still have some of those cards years later, but I continued learning new things by:

Asking my mom for her suggestions. While that didn't happen when I was living at home, I finally asked and mom was happy. I still have many of her hand-written and typed recipes in my kitchen.

Taking cooking classes. Not only were these great to learn new techniques and cuisines, it has also been fun meeting other people who loved to cook!

Asking friends and family for ideas. We all have different ways of cooking and it's great finding new possibilities (just search for recipes on ActiveRain!)

Watching cooking shows. There's a Montana-specific show called Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia that I really enjoy watching. I have made several of his recipes and they have been a yummy addition to our table.

Starting a cooking club in Kalispell. We have five couples who meet every other month and do a themed meal. It's not only delicious, but I learn new meals AND have a lot of fun. There's always wine (the wine is not always themed!)

Buying new cook books. I get a lot of recipes from the internet also, but I really enjoy reading through themed cookbooks to get ideas and background. I have one called "It's all Greek to me" which was the source of some delicious Greek food for our Greek-themed cooking club. I have two vegetarian cookbooks that have been my go-to for meatless meals over the last decade or so. I've got a James Beard pasta book and more.

So, there you have it. I am incredibly grateful for all my food blessings. I know I am lucky! And I do love to eat, so it's all perfect.

Featured photo from Kat's mind combined with AI.

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Comments (33)

Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Kat.

What a delicious-looking post! I can sense the tantalization! Feast your eyes on this photo of steam billowing out of a pot, exuding a captivating aroma. It's enough to make my mouth water uncontrollably, even before knowing what delectable dish is being cooked.

Oh, if only our computers could unleash scents, too! Just imagine the possibilities!

Nov 22, 2023 10:06 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Oh, scents from our screens would be very very interesting, Aura Alex !

Nov 23, 2023 05:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes, Kat, for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Have a very special day.

We have a sunny day in Maryland for the holiday activities.

Nov 23, 2023 07:18 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy. Our day is turning sunny now!

Nov 23, 2023 10:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Have a Happy Montana Thanksgiving, Kat Palmiotti!

Color from Sheri's courtyard!  Call Sheri Sperry for all your Sedona real estate needs @ 928.274.7355

Nov 23, 2023 11:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you very much Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !

Nov 24, 2023 04:34 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Happy Thanksgiving Kat,
We do have so many blessings to be grateful for.
Wishing you and your loved ones all the best this Thanksgiving weekend and always!

Nov 24, 2023 02:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Bob Crane !

Nov 24, 2023 04:34 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Growing fresh food is definitely an advantage and blessing. Knowing how to make delicious, nutritious meals is as well. You had a wonderful teacher in your mom and are indeed gifted, Kat!

Nov 24, 2023 04:55 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I am blessed.

Nov 25, 2023 04:51 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Your picture brought on hunger pains but I must say I do love food and I am grateful for all that I have had over the years and never went wanting. Thank you for sharing Kat 🙂 

Nov 24, 2023 07:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti

It's good to be in a place where we don't have to starve Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Nov 25, 2023 04:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 25, 2023 07:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Kathy Streib ! I appreciate you!

Nov 26, 2023 04:48 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Being grateful for a basic necessity is indeed important. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 26, 2023 06:35 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Enjoy your Sunday Leanne Smith !

Nov 26, 2023 06:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Kat! I LOVE this post and like you, enjoy food to its fullest extent! I love that you grow your own, enjoy preparing it, trying new recipes and even have a cooking club! What fun that must be! We are so blessed to live in a country where we can truly enjoy food. 

This time of year, I probably think about food more than any other time of the year! Last night, Ray and I were making a list for our dinner party on Saturday night with friends - while watching the sunset!! Yeah, I just realized, I may think about food TOO often! LOL

Seriously, thank you for sharing this post with us - oh and love the photo too! We have so much for which to be thankful and food should definitely be atop the list!

Nov 26, 2023 06:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Debe Maxwell, CRS - my son and I were just talking about how often we think of food. Pretty much non-stop - I can't imagine if we were really hungry!

Nov 26, 2023 06:41 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I may have been spoiled as my mother was an excellent cook and we always ate fresh at least a couple of times a week. Leftovers were common for a working mother.

And then I married my wife who is beyond good cook.

Nov 26, 2023 07:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Kat.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 26, 2023 09:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy - same to you!

Nov 26, 2023 10:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kat:

You have a lot of food-related blessings to be thankful for. There is nothing quite like fresh produce from the garden, and the joy of growing it, then creating meals with it.

I bet your Thanksgiving was a bountiful one!


Nov 26, 2023 10:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS - we had a very nice Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2023 11:41 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kat Palmiotti, I had to laugh as I know many people who have no idea how to cook; their idea of how to cook is a kit of processed food. They also go out to eat every night and defrost their leftovers when they do not. Loved your post 

Nov 26, 2023 11:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Hannah Williams - I know those people too!

Nov 26, 2023 11:40 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

For many years, dating back to my childhood, I have been a member of the Clean Plate Club. Food is what I love. Home cooking or dining out...I love a good meal. Yet, I know I have to have boundaries so when I fill my plate, it is with knowledge that I am not in an eating contest but I am eating to fulfill a need to sustain my body and enjoy doing so.

Nov 27, 2023 05:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

That's right, no need to be in an eating contest John Juarez !

Nov 27, 2023 06:26 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Kat, your post on gratitude for food is a wonderful reminder of the simple yet profound blessings we often take for granted. Your journey from appreciating the availability of food to embracing fresh, healthy eating and the joy of cooking is truly inspiring. It’s a beautiful blend of gratitude and mindfulness in everyday life. 🥦🍽️ #StayMotivated #GratefulForFood

Nov 27, 2023 08:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a wonderful system that you have created to show success in your cooking endeavors. I hope the holiday season lets you become more proficient than you already are Kat 🙂

Dec 01, 2023 10:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !!!

Dec 01, 2023 03:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Kat. Have an oustanding weekend and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Dec 02, 2023 07:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy Kelley!

Dec 02, 2023 09:53 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Kat, you have taken the statement 'what you focus on expands' seriously.  Much learning and applying 'food' stuff to your life.  Kudo's.   m

Dec 05, 2023 07:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  - I found out yesterday that people who compete in Master Chef are not allowed to look up recipes. What? I'm definitely not that caliber!

Dec 05, 2023 08:27 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

All wonderful points about how we are blessed with the bounty of good food and easy access to it. I love to cook too, especially when the counter is covered in fresh veggies to add as ingredients.

Dec 09, 2023 07:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, we are very blessed to be able to eat as we wish Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets . Thank you for all your comments!

Dec 09, 2023 07:59 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Great post Kat Palmiotti.  I love to eat and it shows😀.  I'm ashamed to say that as old as I am, I am still not a cook, at least not a very good one.  I think about cooking lessons sometimes just to have something new and different to do.  Maybe I'll follow your lead and look up some classes.  I'm sure it will be fun.  Thanks for the insp.

Dec 12, 2023 05:47 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Charita Cadenhead - I had a blast taking cooking classes. In one of them we tried all different ethnicities and I brought music to go with the food. So when we were eating our Italian food, I brought Italian music, and the German food, the German music, etc. Nowadays that is all available on streaming music services! I think I'm going to take some more soon!

Dec 12, 2023 08:04 AM
Charita Cadenhead

To be honest Kat Palmiotti it's been on my list for far too long.  It really sounds like a lot of fun.  I'm afraid that I've become one of those people that are always talking about what they want to do and yet never do it.  For the record, that has never been my M.O.  I've always been quite the opposite.  I will at least start research and let you know when I find one and take the course.  I'm using this comment to hold me accountable.

Dec 12, 2023 08:13 AM
Charita Cadenhead

Counting on it Kat Palmiotti 

Dec 12, 2023 10:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti

And I read it and will come back to ask Charita Cadenhead !

Dec 12, 2023 09:02 AM