I sure do talk about food a lot in this space for someone who is not a food blogger, don’t I? As I’ve said before, I’m far from a gourmet chef, yet I AM a smitten home cook.
My learning to cook mostly from scratch happened as suddenly as a popcorn kernel in sizzling oil *POP*
One day about eight years ago( what is it about time flying so fast??) I realized I had everything I needed to get past a steady supper menu of Hamburger Helper and frozen chicken nugget type things (*cringe* I know). A job related move happened suddenly to our family and upon a wing and a prayer with two dimes in our pockets, we moved. In an effort to survive that period between paychecks with no planned moving savings at the time, it hit me that with the Internet and a couple of cookbooks already on hand I could feed my family not only better but so much cheaper.
I had to get past not having a Kitchen Aid mixer or a big kitchen with ample space to scatter, had to see that this type of cooking is organic and has been around since the very first meal on this planet–wwaayy before mixers and counter space.
Following that epiphany, I went to the Kmart (yep, I said Kmart) to buy a big mixing bowl and a wooden spoon, heralding my new venture. It was an event, y’all, I kid you not–my kids still recall that evening eight years ago when I declared better cooking ahead in the aisle of Kmart. Thus began my kitchen adventure that has become a long term, amazing lifelong quest for simply good home cooking in my kitchen.
My son went through a period–okay it’s a lifestyle–where all he wanted to eat was frozen pizza.
There it was right in front of me: my nudge to learn how to make a rockin’ homemade pizza that he now prefers over anything else most of the time. Most Sunday afternoons we make a few pizza crusts for the freezer and he’s set for the week.
My girlie now loves homemade mac n cheese at least as much as she loves Kraft–that’s saying something, y’all. That Husband o’ mine thankfully simply loves good food and appreciates any and all efforts I make in the kitchen. Those are the things that matter to me above all else.
As I’ve grown and learned along my cooking healthier, better foods for us, I’ve become a huge supporter of home cooking. While a few less-than-ideal food do make it onto our pantry/into our fridge from time to time, I figure once in awhile isn’t so bad in comparison. I believe that with a bit o’ planning and some fun family time in the kitchen, we can eat healthy and delicious all while feeding our souls with some priceless memories of the family kitchen.