Cooking From Scratch is an Art Form


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Savory Scones

When I tell people I cook everything from scratch, I get one of three responses: “Good for you,” “I don’t cook,” and “Why?”

Which begs me to think, “Have we truly lost the art form of creating a delicious meal?”

“Cooking can be an act of love and delight, or it can be yet another exercise in racing through life on automatic pilot–never stopping for a moment to notice, feel, or taste. Cooking performed as an act of love brings us renewed energy and vigor-cooking performed on auto pilot is draining.

When we dook in a hands-on, no-rush style, we are forced to stop, taste, feel, smell, see, and experience our food. Isn’t this what life is all about? Isn’t this what is missing from a harried life?”     –excerpted from The Simple Living Guide, by Janet Luhrs

Cooking meals, and living simply, can take some planning ahead. But all you need are simple ingredients stored in your pantry. Friends of mine enjoy it when we get hungry and I announce that we are going to play “Refrigerator Roulette.” We open the pantry wide and see what ingredients we have and put together the most scrumptious meal! They can’t believe it. We might have crepes with strawberries and chocolate syrup, green beans with toasted almonds, or tuna salad at a moment’s notice. With the addition of fresh ingredients, there is a plethora of possibilities from the most basic of pantry-stocked essentials.

Contrast this with pulling out a cardboard-like toaster pizza or microwaving a canned soup. Meredith Sweetpea believes there is no comparison.

Eating well, especially with natural foods may also take a bit of adjustment. The flavors can be much more subdued, and there is a noticeable lack of salt found in processed foods. On the other hand, you will enjoy the delectable aromas that arise from natural cooking, and as your taste buds adjust, you will begin to notice that processed foods just don’t taste good. You will start to appreciate the aromas, tastes and colors of chemical- and preservative-free food and drinks.

Make your own salad dressings; it only takes a minute. Squeeze lemons for lemonade. Prep a chicken dish for tossing into the oven before dinnertime. Serve a lovely meats and cheese platter. Grow your own herbs and vegetables. The possibilities are endless, and the health benefits are plentiful.

What fun it is to get into the kitchen and use cooking as an expression of both art and love. And what can be more romantic than cooking together? Or more rewarding than involving the kids?

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