Home Cooking & Baking: Mostly All From Scratch!

After a week away and a week of eating out too much and eating too much, I’m eager to return to my kitchen and my cooking.

Mostly our eating is quite simple, fresh produce, grilled meats and fish, and balanced meals usually with a small side of a grain or carb. Dinner can usually be prepared in under an hour.

Reading David Tamarkin’s “Don’t Save Me From Cooking” editorial in the 6/2/19 NYT reinforced what I already know: home cooking is healthier and cheaper than going out or ordering in. A food writer, Tamarkin spends one month a year preparing everything he eats from scratch to show the increasing number of meal-in-a-box delivery services that home cooking isn’t as time consuming as these companies want consumers to believe.

Time is our most valuable commodity. Yet throwing together a simply meal can take little effort. Admittedly, I’m not working full-time. Plus I’m from the school that likes to select my food at the market—whether it’s smelling cheese, pinching a melon, or examining meat. I like scouring recipes – in cookbooks, on- line, magazines and newspapers. While I have more recipes than I have a lifetime to cook, I still enjoy collecting and experimenting.

We’re not purists. We do succumb to the occasional pizza or other take- out options now and then.

Then there’s baking. The world lost Maida Heatter, known as the “Queen of Cake” this week. My sister Madeline gave me one of her books, Maida Heatter’s New Book of Great Desserts years ago. She’d received her first cookbook, a Maida cookbook, as a Hanukkah present from our mother when she was ten. Others have chimed in, noting their favorite recipes, sending images of batter splattered pages from well-used cookbooks. Heatter was a self-taught baker who espoused the health benefits of baking. “Baking cookies is a great escape. It’s fun. It’s happiness. It’s creative. It’s good for your health. It reduces stress.”

There’s nothing like homemade cakes and cookies. A friend from Australia and one of my nieces are coming this week for dinner. Maida Heatter, here I come.

 

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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3 Responses to Home Cooking & Baking: Mostly All From Scratch!

  1. I’ll be right over!

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  2. I always enjoy my home cooking better than any meal out at a restaurant. I realized that a few years ago – why spend all that money on food that’s not as fresh/wholesome/and TASTES GOOD as at home? Of course, it’s always nice to have a break, but it’s too bad that to get a really good meal at a restaurant, you have to go to a super pricey place and pay $50 for the entrée/ ;-0 Happy cooking!

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  3. Robyn says:

    And the result was delicious – this is the Australian friend!

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