Cooking From Scratch Is Healthier
Ban The TV Dinners
Since the 1950’s, people have been on the go. Quick meals, for a fast paced family. This is the era where TV dinners became a part of most American households. Who doesn’t remember those Salisbury steak dinners Mom use to pull out of the oven. Or, maybe in your family it was chicken and gravy with the peeled back aluminum foil.
I remember them as a kid. My mom served them, and we thought they were the greatest thing since sliced bread. They were fun, and I can remember reusing the aluminum tins to play house. My dolls loved TV dinners. Who remembers those Morton chicken and beef pot pies?
Our world is still fast paced, but you can take time to cook some meals from scratch. It is a great way to spend some time with your kids, and it teaches them how to cook.
What Grows Here…Stays Here
The food on our table comes from the farm. In our home, we cook all of our meals from scratch.
Our chicken and gravy dinner comes from our back yard. From chicken to veggies. What grows here, is served here. Our “TV dinner” includes freshly grown organic free range chicken, potatoes that are grown in rich, organic soil, and the carrots are fat and delicious. The gravy is made using our home made chicken stock. Add just a little butter and flour, and it is drizzled over the meal. This isn’t your mother’s Swanson TV dinner.
Fresh Blueberry Muffins
Better Than Sliced Bread You Say?
Our bread is made fresh. No, we don’t grow the flour. Our farm isn’t that big…yet. We buy our whole grain flour wholesale in the fall, and then again in the spring if we need it. We make our own breads, crackers and muffins. There is nothing better than a hot blueberry muffin on a cold January morning. The blueberries, of course, came from our bushes. We freeze them, or can them so that we have fresh blueberries until the next season.
Making bread, by hand, does take a bit of time. The end result is so much better than any store bought, or bread made with a machine. We make 5 loaves at a time. I add herbs and spices, cinnamon and raisins, and anything else that suits my fancy that day. It’s great exercise for the upper body too.