Brooke Shields is trying to cook in isolation after not bothering before, same

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Some of my favorite stories to cover before all this were the “day in the life” interviews from celebrities. Vanity Fair had some great video interviews, and so did NY Mag’s The Cut with their “How I Get it Done” series. Now that we’re all stuck at home, that’s not as interesting to me. I want to read about Anthony Mackie getting day drunk at the same New Orleans dive bar every Friday night and falling asleep early to Golden Girls, I don’t want to know how yet another celebrity is “coping” having to stay at home. Give me some escapism! I’m salty about them complaining, but Brooke Shields doesn’t elicit that response in me. She admitted to US Magazine that she can’t really cook but is taking a stab at it. She also shared some photos where she’s bleaching sh-t, organizing her closet, composting and playing Bananagrams. It’s all quite relatable.

Brooke Shields… has been organizing areas in her home. “[It’s] one of my favorite things to do,” she explains exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

According to one of Shields’ Instagram posts, she’s even taken a stab at working in her kitchen. “I’m not known for my cooking. I’m not known for my recipes. I don’t come from a family of chefs. I didn’t grow up with food on the stove and a house smelling like something delicious,” the Blue Lagoon star said in a March 25 video. “But I’ve decided to try to make some of my own [tomato] sauce … I’m attempting a meal, [and] already made some mistakes.”

Despite being stuck inside, [Shields] is making sure she doesn’t just wear loungewear all day. On April 5, Shields glammed herself up for a Met Gala themed family dinner.

But one thing that has stayed consistent in her schedule? Working out. [Shields] ensures she stays fit by doing creative daily exercises. On one day, she tells Us, she improvised an inner thighs workout using a porch planter and a band.

Shields has also been using an Indo Board to work on her balance. “It’s important to stay healthy,” she shared in an Instagram video posted on March 26.

Finally, by the end of the day, all Shields wants to do is relax — and she is doing just that be taking on a big puzzle, she notes. “They calm me.”

The end of the day calls for a round of Bananagrams! “I love games and hate losing,” she admits.

[From US Magazine]

In Brooke’s most recent Instagram story she got really excited about finding an onion chopper in the basement. She shared a pic of the food she made, which looked like ratatouile and pan seared fish. I should make ratatouile! I used to make it all the time when I was married.

I’m cooking more too and it’s taking up so much time. I’m getting better at it though and am aiming for five dinners a week. I used to consider it ambitious to cook twice a week. I’ve also baked twice now! You’ve probably heard me brag about my banana bread and I made carrot cake muffins with legit homemade icing for Easter! They turned out great.

One thing Brooke didn’t mention is her kids. She and her husband, Chris Henchy, have daughters Rowan, 16, and Grier, 13. I wonder how that’s going with everyone quarantined together. I do! As for Brooke’s competitive nature at games, I have a 15-year-old at home and he has been consistently beating me at a logic board game called Santorini. The only thing I can beat him at are word games.

Brooke has been sharing her workouts improvised with at-home stuff like towels instead of slider discs (I have those at home actually), a milk bottle as a weight and a speaker as a heavy weight for a deadlift. She also uses workout bands a lot. I have those and never use them so I should followe her instructions. You can do body weight exercises too but that’s cool that she’s showing how she makes due. I bet her teenagers are bugging the crap out of her and she’s trying to focus on her own stuff.

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  1. Ali says:

    Same. Not a cook at all and I made three Ina Garten recipes over Easter. Cooking passes the time when before I had no time along with no interest.

    • Esmom says:

      She has a crumb cake coffee cake recipe that is to die for. I used to make it for guests but maybe I should just make it for myself.

    • Aang says:

      I made her limoncello cheesecake, her Tuscan white bean soup, and of course her cosmos over the weekend. Love her recipes.

  2. FHMom says:

    Same. I baked bread for the first time in my 56 years yesterday. It was beer bread and pretty simple. I’m laughing at her picture with the onions, and I’m loving how average she looks. I find not wearing makeup and having roots is very liberating. I think when this is over I am getting a shorter, easier hair style.

  3. Esmom says:

    “Star of Blue Lagoon.” Ouch!

    I liked reading about what she’s doing. I imagine her girls were into Met Gala dinner. I’m having a hard time getting my 19 and 20yo sons to do anything with me. My younger one did a puzzle with me, it was really fun, and we actually painted a bit the other day, on tiny canvases. I set up a slack line in the yard to work on balance and thought he’d like it but he proclaimed it “stupid.” Sigh.

    The photo recreation cracked me up. I liked comparing their rooms. George S has quite a collection of couches.

  4. TIFFANY says:

    Wow, has it really been 16 yrs since Tom Cruise derailed his career thinking he was smarter than Brooke Shields.

    Feels like yesterday.

    • Jaded says:

      That was GREAT! She took him down like a boss!

      • Tiffany says:

        And the crow he had to eat, it must have killed part of the soul he had left.

        Kudos to her though for accepting the invitation to his wedding.

  5. Veronica S. says:

    I only enjoy cooking when I’m not working constantly, which….means I barely ever cook since my typical work schedule is seven days/50-60 hours per week. But my second job has been furloughed now, so my weekends are opening up, and I’ve been baking pretty much non stop. Lots of bread and cake in this house right now.

  6. Valiantly Varnished says:

    SAME. Im a pretty decent cook but Ive come to hate doing it because my kitchen is so tiny. But Ive been cooking breakfast and I baked some brownies and tonight Im making Cajun catfish. Im also going to bake some cookies. Ive actually been enjoying it. But I also have a lot of time on my hands right now so…😂

  7. Texas says:

    I wish I had been cooking all these years. I’m really liking it and have made some pretty good stuff. We are making sourdough bread weekly and last night made the best pizza ever from leftover dough. It tasted like what you would get at a pizza place. I couldn’t believe it! We also learned how to use our InstantPot and have made some really yummy soup. Who knew? I could have been doing this all along!

    Mistakes include sourdough Dutch babies that went straight to the chickens. Just nasty.

  8. c-no says:

    I live alone and always struggle with making too much food and it goes to waste so now I’m feeding my neighbors. I can only eat so much soup! I also made bagels, which I didn’t share but might double and share the next batch. They look a little weird but taste good.


    Does anyone here follow Rachel Hollis of fed & fit? I have her cookbook, cook once eat all week and I LOVE IT! Basically each week there are three recipes with the same basic ingredients like meat and starch. Day one you prep the chicken or potatoes or what have you and any sauces you may need to make. Then over the course of the week you combine what you started with in different ways.

    And it’s not boring. Like one week has chicken fried rice, a confetti chicken casserole, and a barbecue chicken/broccoli rice dish. I only cook for my husband and me so I never cook the full amounts, but I like that the recipes are tasty but basic with enough variety to keep things interested.

    One thing I do not get now is when people fight over things like chopped onions at the grocery store. Are you telling me that now of all times people are struggling to find time to CHOP THEIR OWN VEGGIES??

    • KPS says:

      Rachel Hollis has 2 cookbooks – can you clarify which one you recommend?

      • CROOKSNNANNIES says:

        Sure! It’s Cook Once, Eat All Week. I noted it but I had a jumble of stuff haha

    • KL says:

      I used to sneer very haughtily at pre-chopped vegetables (my mother would have chopped off your fingers first) until someone pointed out to me that they’re an accomodation product. Some people can’t safely hold a knife steady, or in the repetitive motions required, because of age or disability-related issues. Some people have fatigue conditions and need to minimize the overall time spent preparing, but still want the opportunity to make their own fresh, customized meals, which of course are ultimately healthier and more beneficial.

      I’m sure a lot of people buying those things are, as you said, just kind of lazy. But in these times especially I really hope the vulnerable people who truly benefit from the accomodation were able to nab those items.