If you are my friend on Facebook, you may have recently saw that I asked for new hobby recommendations. I asked for ideas because I am just bored sometimes doing the same things over and over again, and don’t know how to fill my free time with meaningful activities. So, I’ve decided my new hobby will be do learn how to the things I do, but better, healthier, greener.
I’ve been getting more into health lately, receiving emails from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and signing petitions to label GMO foods in our country and to eliminate BPA plastics from our food containers. I’ve even recently been thinking about trying cloth diapers with our next baby (no, I am not pregnant), among other healthier things, like cleaning with natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals. (I guess I’m just starting a journey here, so stay tuned for more about my adventures.)
But, for now, I’ve decided my new hobby is to cook and make things from scratch, because it is certainly not a hobby or a talent I currently posses; I am not a cook or a chef or a baker (see this post about my first attempt at making bread, ever). It’s not my thing. Josh cooks dinner most of the time (I know; I have a keeper!). But, I really want to learn.
In the last year I have actually cooked many things I have never cooked before and it’s fun, despite the pleas of attention that often accompany me in the kitchen while I try to cook.
Not everything has been delicious or what I expected, but at least I’m trying and I’m learning. Most of the new techniques and recipes have been courtesy of our emeals.com subscription. I like that they help me put the same ingredients together in new ways, even if I don’t always love it, and some recipes even turn out disastrous (like my first attempt at making applesauce). At least I’m trying something new, and sometimes it does turn out good!
Yesterday I made homemade butter crackers, using a recipes from How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food cookbook. I’ve used that cookbook for many other recipes. The hard thing sometimes is that the recipes call for food processors… We don’t have a food processor or a stand mixer. So, sometimes I have to improvise or do it the “old-fashioned way.” And I also don’t keep all of the ingredients needed for some of these things on hand.
So, my question is: What are the staples you need on-hand, in your cupboards, if you want to make things (like entree things) from scratch?
What are your favorite things to make from scratch?
I am hoping to start making a meal calendar again, and know what ingredients I will need ahead of time. While I do hope that making things from scratch will help me be healthier and save us money on our grocery bill, the main reason I want to learn how to cook is so I know how to do it, in case I would ever need to know (kind of a Provident Living kind of thing).
Wish me luck!
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