Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Life, While Living in a Complicated World

Cooking From Scratch: The Basics

Cooking from scratch means getting acquainted with your kitchen and learning how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals at home; using local food sources and seasonal foods. Today, it’s much easier to find local foods with the proliferation of farmer’s markets, and more chain supermarkets are connecting with local farms and suppliers and recognizing the economics of local food in the marketplace. Better yet, plant a herb and vegetable garden and you can have high quality, safe  food at your back door!

Cooking from scratch doesn’t require a culinary degree, fancy equipment or a gourmet kitchen. Think of the kitchens in the 1930’s-1960’s….our mothers and grandmothers kitchens didn’t require a bevy of fancy appliances (a KitchenAid mixer, or a dishwasher was considered exotic) and meals were nutritious and delicious. In lieu of the old-fashioned way of preparing food, coffee percolators, hand-graters, crank grinders and old-fashioned ice cream churners; use technology to your advantage!

Today, we can make coffee-house quality coffee in our own homes and save money! We don’t have to hover over the stove and keep vigilant watch over a coffee percolator in order to get a good cup of Joe…we have drip coffee makers, espresso makers and coffee beans from around the world to choose from! Make ice cream at home with fresh fruit and ingredients. Make fresh soups quickly and easily with a food processor. Discover how making desserts and breads can bring everyone into your kitchen and encourage wise choices in satisfying a sweet-tooth.

Two tools I would encourage you to consider buying: a KitchenAid mixer and a Cuisinart food processor. Both will earn their keep and save you time and effort.

If you’re interested in learning how to cook from scratch, I’ll be posting more information about the basics:

Cooking From Scratch The Basics:

Creating a Menu

Finding Local Sources

Organizing Your Kitchen

Preparing Food Ahead of Time: Salvation for the Busy Cook

Cooking While You’re Not Home

Using Herbs and Spices and Avoid Salt in Food

Creating a Kitchen Garden: Homeowners

Creating a Kitchen Garden: Apartment and Condo Dwellers

Making your Own Mixes

Starting Your Own Kitchen Cookbook and Journal

Making Beverages Without High Fructose Corn Syrup

Involving Everyone in The Kitchen: Passing Along Culinary Knowledge

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