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The Dying Art of Home Cuisine
Thursday, May 23, 2019 by Susan Lyttek

Hardly a day goes by without me getting an offer in one of my e-mail boxes for some kind of meal program. Either they send you the ingredients with step by step instructions or they have you come to their center to make or buy partially assembled meals. And those are the offers that you actually have to do some cooking. There are countless more I see for ready-made meals or for restaurant patronage.

If you haven’t gathered by now, this post is somewhat of a rant. I do apologize for that.

Yesterday, I went to the grocery store. Now, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t buy anything ready-made. I have to keep things on hand that people (especially Karl) can cook for themselves if I’m not around. But then I came home and cooked dinner. I made meatloaf, using ground beef, ketchup, an egg, seasonings and oatmeal. I washed potatoes and put them in the oven. I washed and sliced mushrooms which I sautéed in butter. And I made a tasty lentil soup from a recipe that I found online. In other words, I cooked primarily from scratch.

And that’s the dying art.

I know that life is busy. I get that. And there are times that I’d rather order Chinese than cook, but they aren’t too many. For one, it often takes less time to assemble something than it does to figure out the order and go pick it up. And for two, I usually prefer my own cooking to anyone else’s food or any restaurant meals. And for three, I don’t like to spend more than I need to on food. That last one explains why I packed a lunch for Gary today (made from a meal we had last week that was frozen in a single serving) and for myself (a cup of that yummy soup from last night—also frozen).

But if you try to follow any diet plan (other than the ones that prepare the meals for you) they will tell you that homecooked foods are the best to monitor your health and nutrition. That’s partly because at home we don’t add any shelf stabilizers or preserving chemicals so that it can be made this week and sold months later. Look at the ingredients on a pack or cookies or a mix to make said cookies and then compare to a recipe where you would make them, for instance. And no one would claim home-baked cookies are health food, but they have less bad stuff for you than the store-bought ones. If you tweak the recipe like I do, replacing the sugar with a combination of honey, stevia and xylitol, and replacing the white flour with a mix of organic white and whole wheat flours, they get less evil.

Learning to cook is like learning anything else. It initially takes time, but once you get the hang of it, it’s faster. We also have all sorts of gadgets available to cook when we don’t have time. I love a slow cooker on a hectic day, for instance. I wish more people would invest in training themselves to cook at home—not just so that they save themselves money, but so that they improve their health.

Okay, rant over. Have a blessed week everyone!

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Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek
1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek
1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek
1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013