Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.
-Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
The longer you steep something, the stronger it will be. Translation: the more you have home cooking in your life, the stronger the priority it will become. There are certain things, that if we want real quality from them we must give them priority—put them up on the top of the list in our life.… Continue reading Infuse home cooking in your life.
This can be one of the biggest excuses for not cooking at home. I know because I’ve used it. But if you walked into your kitchen space and attempted to organize it with what you have now; without going out and purchasing one single thing, do you think you could make it work for you?… Continue reading 12 Use what you have and go with it.
A well-stocked pantry creates self-reliance and self-sufficiency. The ability to create simple ingredient meals made with what you have on hand all the time is a very good feeling. Making simple ingredient meals creates a feeling of resourcefulness. Basic pantry cooking should not be boring and it should be comforting. There should always be enough… Continue reading 9 Stock your pantry.
Take me as I am here, but I think food should look like food. It should not be 17 vitamins and minerals enrobed in chocolate. Or, shaken in a can with fiber filling ingredients and protein. I had for many years eaten a nutrition bar and a cup of coffee for breakfast and felt sort… Continue reading 8 Eat food as food.
Compile a book of your own that contains ideas, recipes and pictures. A simple binder filled with plastic-insert pages. Get a set of tabbed plastic pages to organize your book alphabetically. It’s great to have this for easy reference and you can cut out recipes and pictures from magazines to insert into the pages. Post… Continue reading 4 Create an idea book.
The holidays are an overwhelming time whether we have a tight budget or have enough to freely spend on others. Pressure, tension and frenzy all lead to exhaustion and eventually a burst if emotion. Overspending and acquiring debt that created excess material stuff in our homes that will soon be forgotten. Instead of all the… Continue reading 3 Create meaningful holidays
A messy kitchen is a working kitchen and there is nothing as lovely to see as that, or as daunting. But we must have a clean, sanitary kitchen free of bacteria and healthy. Once a month I like to do a deep cleaning; taking apart the stove and cleaning the oven, going through the refrigerator.… Continue reading 2 Show some love.
So, how’s your relationship with your kitchen coming along? Simple enough question, right? Do you enjoy cooking or do you expect your appliances and gadgets to do all the work for you? Just asking. Just curious. But, really, do you cook in your kitchen or just reheat, use your dishes and fill the dishwasher? How often do… Continue reading Cooking Is Not A Spectator Sport
I posted last year when my rat terrier, Duke was diagnosed with diabetes, and it was a rough year for the little dog. In August he went blind, though he adjusted well like animals do. This week my little dog took a turn for the worse and rather than have him be alone and struggle with the… Continue reading My Little Dog, Duke
Yo, Phil, take a look at this mess! You screwed up. You’re Wanted for Fraud. Global Warming, you say? It will all melt by Saturday, you say? In the meantime it creates havoc in my life! What do I wear, flats or boots? Phil…I know you’re out there. Hope your day is going well, too! ~Julie
A couple of days ago, I got the news that my cousin had moved to Hawaii. Jen has always been a true Island Girl. Yes, that’s Jen as in the Broccoli Salad I posted a couple of posts back. I have invited her to Guest Post as she is a great cook and an amazing photographer…I am… Continue reading In Stark Contrast