De Ma Cuisine



August 2011



It May Not be Trendy

Written by , Posted in Thoughts

Eating local, eating organic, farmers’ markets, more omega 3s and antioxidants, no MSG or trans fats… all trendy right now. That’s great. I love them all. I think they are all important. But, what about taking the next step… homemade food. It’s not trendy. It’s not glamorous. Sometimes it takes way longer. But, it’s worth it!

What started out as necessity to save money, has become a way of life for us. Most people want to eat healthy. Many are complaining about the economy and saving money, about what’s in their food that they don’t know about. Make it yourself, and you eliminate that fear. Make it yourself and you will save money. Make it yourself and because you control the ingredients, you can make it as healthy as you want.

I don’t just mean made at home, out of a box. That’s a step, and an important one for some. If that’s your step, I commend you. But, I also challenge you, dear readers, to not ONLY shop local, at farmers’ markets, eating organic fresh foods, but to prepare them yourself!

I love French bread. So, I learned how to make it myself. Now, for the price of a loaf of French bread at the grocery store, I can buy a bag of flour which could make 7-8 loaves.

If you work, try cooking a few meals ahead of time. Then you can just pop them in the oven after work. Or try cooking in your Crock Pot. If you have a significant other and you both work, take turns cooking. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just make it yourself.

Sure, sometimes there’s nothing like eating out… and I’ll admit, sometimes (rarely) it doesn’t taste better when it’s homemade. Um, but it usually does.

I don’t always do homemade, but I try. I still love bread baked in a bakery, I still love to eat out (mmmm Chick-fil-A…). But, when homemade is the norm rather than the exception, it’s OK when those other exceptions happen in moderation. Give it a try, I dare you, be trendy.

Happy Cooking!

(Please know that while I feel strongly about this, I understand that this is what I enjoy, and it might not be your cup of tea. That’s fine. No judgment here, just an idea that would make a nice trend.)

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