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Welcome to the Connecting Kitchen

Where we are all about building healthy bodies and stronger relationships.

If you want to build a better relationship with someone try cooking with them! I realized that cooking was a magical solution when I was looking for a way to connect with my son. When we started cooking together, the kitchen quickly became that non-threatening place, with lots of open spaces where we could have conversations about things that matter, we could talk about better food choices, and where we were not only making meals but powerful, positive memories that helped us build a lasting connection.

Ever notice that when you throw a party everyone ends up in the kitchen? Food brings people together. So whether you need to repair a relationship or you’d just like to make the one you have stronger, we can help. Take a look around. You will find lots of ideas and inspiration for creating healthier bodies and stronger relationships on our website. If you’d like to hear more about our story that inspired this blog click here.

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Ukrainian Borscht with Tatyana

Going back to my roots with this traditional Eastern European root vegetable soup, Borscht. When my friend Tatyana and I realized that my grandparents are from her home town of Kiev, Ukraine, she suggested that we make this dish together. This soup reminds me of when...

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2 Cool Summer Soups

If you need to cool off on a hot summer day (it was high 90's here in Charlotte this week), or cool off when tempers rise, or just keep your cool, try either of these soups. They are refreshing, and nourishing, and just make you feel good! Cool, and zesty, spicy, and...

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Hi, I’m Meryl

This is a photo of me with my son, Ari. We didn’t always have the best relationship, in fact, we had MANY years of fighting and arguing. One day, I PAID him to cook with me because he needed the money and I wanted to help. It wasn’t long before we realized, that when we were in the kitchen, that we were getting along. We had set our differences aside and started to bond in a way we never had before. It didn’t take long to start a relationship that wasn’t there before.

Fast forward to today and here you have my handsome son, Ari and I, TOGETHER – with a goal to help others build their relationships with their friends, children, parents, partners, and co-workers.