Archive for January, 2010

January 6, 2010

Hunger In America

Hunger is a worldwide problem that never goes away and should be more curable now than ever before. I heard that 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger. How can that be? This is the wealthiest nation on the planet where you could live and dine like a king from dumpsters!  The answer is in going back to our roots to what we know and that is growing our own food. Sharing food and the things we produce with our neighbors and theirs with us. It’s about community, doing the simple basic things that each and every one of us need and helping each other. It’s about taking care of ourselves and those we know. Watch the 31 second video:

Can we each consider what we can do so that no one is hungry because they are without food? Plant an herb, a tomato plant, a patch of greens in your yard. Share them with your friends and neighbors. Save seeds and share them too! Get some chickens. That’s how it used to be!

I love this excerpt from a cookbook in my collection, The New Glorious American Food by Christopher Idone, talking about life in the late 1700’s when the whole country was still wilderness and mostly unsettled, “The frontier folk were a poor lot who managed to get by with little … but a young visiting Frenchman, Francios Michaux, recorded that there was not “a single family without milk, butter, salted or dried meats and Indian corn generally in the house”.” America was founded as an agrarian society as all people have been through most of human history.  While we can’t stop progress, but we can preserve what’s too important to try to change!

January 4, 2010

What’s for breakfast?

I must admit, I don’t really like breakfast, or is it breakfast food? I don’t get far in the day with just cereals or a bagel. And breakfast meats with nitrates just isn’t going to be good enough for me any more either. I like eggs and there is lot you can do with them, but it just seems there needs to be more. I need to do some work on the subject of breakfast and develop some recipes that are something to look forward to making and eating first thing in the morning. My chef trained daughter suggested I look into breakfast foods of other cultures. When I was in Mexico once, I noticed the fresh fruit and juice at breakfast every day really added something I realized I’d been missing all my life. But I don’t like the sweet stuff. Except on special occasions I’ll do something like make beignets, french donuts like the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, or Pecan Waffles. That’s what I’ll make today, with fresh organic oranges on the side!

January 1, 2010

New Year Resolutions

For the new year I decided to make a resolution to finish the project I started a few years ago. I had been inspired by a young friend who had no idea how to cook food for herself and her husband. She came to my house all the time, watched me cook and ate with us. One day she asked me if I would teach her how to cook because it cost them so much money to buy all their food out all the time. I bought her a red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and wrote out a couple of basic recipes I had made for dinner that she liked and away she went. She began to make her own food instead of eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner and was amazed at how much money she saved. Her husband was very happy and they were able to afford for him to go back to school even. She now has 4 children and happily prepares all there own food except when they want to eat out.  I recently watched the movie, Julie and Julia, and was inspired by the idea of her cooking her way through the cookbook. I decided what I need to do instead is cook my way to the cookbook! So every day, to the best of my ability, I will write and cook at least one recipe for my cookbook. I’ve created many in the last couple of years with some of my best created in this last year. I am excited to share them and hope I can convey how to prepare the wonderful dishes we make here at home. I will so by best and report on my progress. From time to time, I will share a recipe and would appreciate feed back. Please let me know how you like the food and if the recipe was clear and easy to follow. I haven’t decided what to make tomorrow. I like to plan my dishes and meals by what I find available and fresh each day I can shop. I believe the ideal is to shop for fresh food every day, but know we have to by ahead often with our busy schedules. I will try to keep this in mind with each recipe because it’s just more fun to cook if its not too complicated and the main point is to enjoy the preparation of delicious food that can then be enjoyed for our health and happiness. That is my goal, for my children and friends who always love my food and ask me how to make the things they like best and everyone who appreciates real good food, to share what I know about food. Home made doesn’t mean inferior, quite to the contrary, you will pleasantly find that you can dine on finer fare made at home in your own kitchen then some  of the finest restaurants in the country. I know, I do it all the time!

With this in mind, I created another blog devoted to the book: