Sunday, March 2, 2014

How many people know how to cook from scratch?

My family eats dinners cooked from scratch. Growing up in another country, we didn't have the facility and ease that most Americans currently enjoy. We had to plan, prepare, and make everything we wanted to eat. There were no pop tarts, instant potatoes, frozen dinners or already chopped up frozen veggies or things like that. So, we had to make do. We cooked from scratch. We rolled our own pie crusts, even for things like quiche and chicken pot pies. We ate simple meals for the most part. We chopped, boiled, baked, fried, sauteed and made our own meals, all three of them each day.

My own journey into cooking started when I was a girl. My mother was always frustrated with me because I wanted to be creative in the kitchen and didn't want to follow a recipe. I would concoct things that were at times edible and more often than not, I was the only one brave enough to actually eat it! Thankfully I didn't traumatize or poison anyone in my learning curve of young girlhood! One of my favorite past times still is to read cookbooks and recipes and get ideas for dishes and meals that I can invent. I love to learn what spices go good together and to see what happens if you add this to that. When I was first learning to cook she would roll her eyes and get so frustrated with me but I think now she appreciates my creativity!

The other night we were eating a delicious dinner together around the table and got to talking about how many people now days in the United States actually know how to cook a healthy dinner from scratch or do it on a regular basis and what age range those people are. I think it's sad that so many people don't. The family time, the healthier food, the healthier you are overall when you eat home cooked meals from scratch. So I decided to do my own little survey to find out how many people there still are who actually cook from scratch.

So, if you'd like to participate in my little survey, please comment below if you cook from scratch on a regular basis, say at least 5 times a week, and if you are older than or younger than 40 :)

Looking forward to seeing the responses! Happy Cooking!

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely appreciate your creativity and ingenuity and speed in the kitchen. It makes me very proud to be your mom and glad that I let you experiment when you were young. :)