Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cooking Up Creativity

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~Henri Matisse

If creativity was a plant, then inspiration 
would be its flower.  Just like with a plant, our creativity must be cared for - watered, fertilized, pruned and sometimes, repotted.  As writers, we do this in a variety of ways.  Some of us look to nature - we may go for a walk, watch a sunset, or listen to the rain.  Others may focus on something artistic - like painting, scrapbooking, or music.

But what if our tried and true methods don't work and we are stuck with writer's block? Do we shake our fists in frustration? Or do we wait for our muse to take pity on us?  

We might try to incorporate our writing into our daily lives.  Think about the setting of the story.  Where does it take place?  What stands out about the location?  Think about the smells, the tastes...  Could preparing your main character's favorite meal put you in the right frame of mind? What are you waiting for?  Break out those pots and pans!

Now, this isn't my character's favorite dish - but it's one of mine. 
 Hope you enjoy!

Mexican Chicken Casserole

1 - 10 oz pkg of Vigo yellow rice (Cook as directed)
1 onion, chopped
1 stick butter or margarine
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can of Rotel
1/2 lb Velvetta cheese
1 chicken, boiled and deboned


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil and debone chicken, pull into small pieces and lay in the bottom of 9x13 pan. Cover with the cooked rice.  Melt butter in pan and add other ingredients.  Heat until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Pour over rice. (Make sure the sauce seeps through the rice to reach the chicken.)  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.