Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Lately it seems as though I am spending an awful lot of time in the kitchen. Yes, amidst all of the chaos of a kitchen remodel I am still cooking up a storm. With four very hungry munchkins it seems like there is always someone looking for something to eat. Not to mention, they are all going through a big growth spurt at the same time. I don't even want to tell you about how often I am at Trader Joe's picking up the next load of food or how much $ we spend each week on food these days. Anyway, back to my original thought for this mornings blog post. I was in the kitchen this morning baking up a bunch of goodies for the next day or so and I got to wondering . . . "How many of you make most things from scratch?" I have always loved cooking so it's really natural for me to be in the kitchen, but I was curious about you and what things you like to prepare for your families from scratch? I have to admit I am a bit fussy about what my family eats so I buy very few prepared items, and even when I do I feel a little guilty. But sometimes, it's just easier! For a while I started cheating and started relying on a few too many things from the stores, but lately I have found my way back to my kitchen. On average I bake 2-3 loaves of bread every other day and I've also gotten back into making all of our other baked goods. At the moment I have 3 loaves of Whole Wheat bread rising and the last batch of Morning Glory muffins in the oven and the smells coming from the other side of the house are just intoxicating. I also need to get back into making yogurt and all of our jams and jellies. Generally speaking I try to do as much from scratch as possible including all of our soups and sauces. I have played around with making pasta but that's honesty a lot of work and so I do buy pasta from the market. However, occasionally the kids and I love to make our own noodles just for fun. Most of my shopping is done around the perimeter of the store in the produce, dairy and meat sections of the market with trips down the baking isle to restock all the necessities for my baking pantry. So, how about you? What things do you like to make from scratch? Also, if you have any amazing recipes you'd like to share I'd love to give them a try and I'm sure all my little eager eaters would be more than happy to sample as well. All four of my kids are fantastic eaters and will try just about anything, and Thankfully we have no food allergies at our house.