We've moved into the kitchen portion of our housekeeping series. The topic today is home cooking...This is where I should have some scrumptious meal photos to share with you but this is definitely an area I struggle in. I really hope to step it up now that I have more time to devote to shopping and preparing for meals but so far, not much has changed. Now baking is another story but as far as meal preparation and planning, I need all the help I can get.
Cheryl Mendelson makes a wonderful point in her Home Comforts book, "For your home to feel solid, meaningful, dignified, and warm, you must have the means and skills to produce good nutritious food, to dream up pleasant menus and to set the table and serve the food in an attractive manner that is familiar and comfortable to guests."
I really believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home and the dinner table is it's lifeline. I am always inspired by families that hold to the ritual of gathering for the evening meal. For us, at least, this only holds true on Sundays and it is definitely something that I want to change.
I love growing fruits, vegetables and herbs and the act of chopping and dicing. I really enjoy being in the kitchen but somehow have not managed to find a menu planning routine that works for me. I know some of you are experts in this area and can attest to the value of gathering around the table to break bread as a family. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Are you weekly menu planners? Is dinner served at the table a must in your home?
Mendelson also says, "Cooking at home links your past and future and solidifies your sense of identity and place. When a home gives up its hearth, which in the modern world is its kitchen, it gives up its focus."
I know home cooking is a legacy to future generations and in today's hurried, fast food world it is one we are in danger of losing. What a shame that would be. I can't imagine my childhood without seeing my siblings and parents around the dinner table. Even when times were lean and the food was not grand, the act of sitting down together provided a sense of security and a place of belonging.
I hate to think of my grandchildren growing up without that same feeling...