Why this website

When I was growing up, I was always fascinated by food.  I loved goofing around in the kitchen, and when our mom was at work, my sister, brother and I used to concoct these ‘soups’ – which consisted of bullion cubes, whatever herbs and spices we could find in the cupboard, and some ancini de pepe (little pasta bb’s). Considering the complete disregard of what the ingredients actually tasted like, I’m sure that it was awful, but we loved it, and for me, it was the beginning of a love of cooking.

Fast forward to junior high, where, despite the fact that I was far more interested in taking metal shop, like all good young girls, I took Home Ec.  Sewing was okay, but the cooking part has had a lasting effect on my life.  It was nothing fancy, but we learned all of the basic cooking techniques – braising, sautéing, roasting, baking, frying.  Just enough to be able to handle instructions out of a cookbook. These days, with schools struggling with meager resources cut luxuries like home economics a long time ago.  The irony is, that along with reading, writing and basic arithmetic, the skills I learned in that six week cooking class are skills I use every single day of my life.

I didn’t start this website because I want everyone to be obsessed with food.  It’s important because the thing I hear over and over in the grocery store is that so many people, especially younger ones, really don’t know the basic techniques that turn recipes into a meal – they may know that sauté means using a frying pan, but the rest is all guesswork.  If you’re already leading a busy life, it doesn’t take more than a failure or two to make the whole idea of cooking more of a headache than a pleasure.  The result is a freezer full of ready to reheat meals that are bland and full of fat and salt (don’t get me wrong – fat and salt are great, but they’re not the ONLY things you can use to flavor food).

What you will realize pretty quickly is that once you’re comfortable with basic home cooking techniques, making your own dinner doesn’t take that much longer than heating something from the freezer aisle.  In our household, we both work, and making dinner becomes something we do just to relax at the end of the day.    It’s a great time to sip a glass of wine or beer, slice some onions, and talk about the day – and the food we make is the way we like it.

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