Friday, February 10, 2012

Universal thoughts about home cooked meals

I came across this article on Etsy of all places,

The writer so nicely puts into words the same feelings I have about home cooking.

"The women’s efforts underline just how innate an instinct cooking is, an activity that fundamentally makes us feel human. Whether preparing food with high-end appliances or repurposed, makeshift tools, the act of cooking provides a sense of home and belonging. "



Maribel said...

Wow. That was an interesting article. Did you know men in prison make Tamales? They use corn chips to make the "masa".

Anyhow, I see the point being that the core of making food is in everyone and given a little thought and ingenuity anyone can do it.

Do you think the reason people don't go for it is because of the abundance around? I wonder sometimes if the readily available food is a crutch. Also, I sometimes get "frozen" from trying something because I don't have THE tool, but really a simple tool I already have can do the job just fine.

Tracy Reifkind said...


I'm not really familiar with what goes on in prison, lol! But the corn chip tamales is genius!

I think it truly is the abundance of convenient foods. I often wonder what it would be like of all of the restaurants closed down over night what would the next day be like?

I'd bet we would see a downshift in the percentage of obese people.

Pat Carroll said...

Convenience is the killer, for most people. We've been sold the idea that cooking is laborious and not enjoyable ... that ingredients made in a food lab that we can buy in a box and nuke in a microwave will taste just like home-made! Except nobody knows what home-made tastes like anymore. Learning to cook and teaching other people to cook are life-saving activities.

Hanneke said...

Food is love. That's how I feel about it. And with food I mean home cooked real nutritious food. It is good for the family bond and it keeps your husband happy! The effort you put into it is part of the deal.

Hanneke said...

It's one of the things that keeps your husband happy I should say ;)). An important one though!

Tracy Reifkind said...


It's so true, the "selling" of how old fashioned and inconvenient cooking our own meals....great angle! Goodness, crazy when you think about it.

I always say, "teach a man to fish..." It really is life saving in more than a literal way. (it was for me)

Tracy Reifkind said...


I taught my daughter in-law a couple of recipes using the pressure cooker on Friday and she told me that my son had told her, that morning before he left for work, that he couldn't wait to come home and eat some of "my mom's" food! It doesn't get any better than that!

Mark Reifkind said...


great comment, exactly. "Labor saving" devices that keep us from doing the most meaningful and fulfilling parts of our lives do not help us at all ,but put us back.

being able to feed ourselves and move our bodies are just two examples.