“Home cooking is a catalyst that brings people together. We are losing the daily ritual of sitting down around the table (without the intrusion of television), of having the opportunity to interact, to share our experiences and concerns, to listen to others. Home kitchens, despite the increase in designer appliances and cabinetry, are mostly quiet and empty today. Strangers are preparing much of our food. And our supermarkets, which once considered restaurants and fast-food places the enemy, have joined the trend by enlarging their delis and offering ready-to-eat food they call “home-replacement meals.” But bringing ready-cooked meals home is not the same as cooking in your own kitchen, where you are in control of the ingredients you use, where you fill the house with good cooking smells, and where you all share in a single dish, taking a helping and passing the platter on to your neighbor. Nothing can replace that.” — Marion Cunningham, from the introduction to Lost Recipes.
I just got off the phone with my mentor coach/one of my bestest friends, Helene. Her daughter hosted Easter dinner and, as is the norm for her, she cooked everything from scratch. Helene was telling me that a friend who joined them for dinner raved about how the meal was cooked from scratch and Helene commented that the Fairy Grandmother (that’s me) encourages everyone to cook from scratch. At that point, Sierra mentioned that most of her friends don’t even know what cooking from scratch means. She joked that they think it simply means to reheat something they picked up at the supermarket.
Helene and I chuckled but then we continued our conversation by talking about how cooking from scratch really has become a lost art. Shows on the Food Network (I’m told this by MRW friend Hairball because I don’t get the Food Network), tout how you can just open this and that and create a feast!
I was going to write a big long description of what cooking from scratch means. Instead, I’ve decided to simply ask you to share your own definition/description (and perhaps a fond memory of two) of what it means to cook from scratch.
Let the definitions begin!