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Cooking from scratch.
May 9, 2011
7:12 am
FlorrieMay
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I was a child in the forties but I remember my mum baking loads of things every week from pies to biscuits and scones. She prepared every meal from fresh meat and vegetables and hardly anything came in packs, tins or frozen. I can't say the same of myself now as I use frozen a lot and never bake!

May 9, 2011
11:56 am
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Cooking from scratch is wonderful!  Actually, in the late 1980's there was a movement afoot called the "Slow Food Movement", an effort to break society's wicked reliance upon fast food.  It emphasizes preserving the fine art of what we might call "home cooking", and goes a bit further by encouraging people to "buy local" when it comes to purchasing food items (produce, poultry, meat, etc.)  The "Slow Food Movement" spawned from the "Slow Movement", which promotes a slowing down of life's pace in order to experience life to the fullest…sounds quite '40's in nature, doesn't it? 

Cooking from scratch always seems to result in better-tasting food, and it's obviously better for you since it is devoid of today's nasty chemical additives and preservatives.  One of my efforts to return to this home-cooked way of life is planting a 1940s-style Victory Garden.  Even if you have limited garden space, you can still plant and grow delicious vegetables and herbs in containers and reap the healthful benefits of growing tasty, pesticide-free produce…from the garden to the table.  Plus, with a bounty of tomatoes, carrots, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, berries, etc., your options for cooking from scratch are limitless!  It worked in war time, and it works today. 

May 9, 2011
6:22 pm
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It never fails that I hear people talking about how good home-cooked food used to be back then and I believe it. Now we are encouraged to go out and pick up dinner, which is okay every once in a while, but it certainly isn't the same as having a warm meal at home at the table with your family.

May 9, 2011
6:46 pm
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Scarlett said:

It never fails that I hear people talking about how good home-cooked food used to be back then and I believe it. Now we are encouraged to go out and pick up dinner, which is okay every once in a while, but it certainly isn't the same as having a warm meal at home at the table with your family.


 

You said it, sister!  We need to direct our culinary efforts toward mobilizing a revolution to take back our kitchens from the clutches of homogenous fast food chains.  :)  There is nothing sentimental or emotionally fulfilling about carry-out or even dining out and feasting on food prepared by total strangers whilst sitting in a dining room of total strangers.   

May 9, 2011
10:53 pm
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My Mother was first generation American from an Italian family.  For them, it was dinner and visitors always gathered around the kitchen table, and the meal consisted of a few courses.  The vegetables came from straight the garden, and were a course served all by themselves.  My Grandfather had an Italian Mulberry tree, and I can remember they were the tastiest berries I ever had! 

May 10, 2011
12:15 pm
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Zootsuit said:

My Mother was first generation American from an Italian family.  For them, it was dinner and visitors always gathered around the kitchen table, and the meal consisted of a few courses.  The vegetables came from straight the garden, and were a course served all by themselves.  My Grandfather had an Italian Mulberry tree, and I can remember they were the tastiest berries I ever had! 


 

Dear Zootsuit,

Would you kindly consider adopting me?  I love Italian food!  In exchange for granting me the pleasure of feasting at your Italian dinner table, I will happily do your housekeeping.  And I will glad do the dishwashing after dinner, and then we'll all gather outside for a lively game of bocce ball. 

Sincerely,

JazzyDame

 

…seriously, Zootsuit, what a lucky one you are! 

May 10, 2011
6:22 pm
Zootsuit
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Jazzy Dame,  You are always welcome!  No need to help with the chores, just bring your good company, and we can all visit around our virtual kitchen table here at the forum.  To make it memorable though, we need to tune in the radio, and get a good program going,  Finish off our virtual meal with coffee and cheesecake, and bocce ball sounds great! Smile  Ooops almost forgot – we need to make it authentic, so Kitty Foyle dresses, with hat and gloves, baby doll shoes with ankle straps would be nice, and for the gents, if they really wanted to get dressed up – their uniforms would be a great touch.

May 10, 2011
9:44 pm
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Zootsuit said:

Jazzy Dame,  You are always welcome!  No need to help with the chores, just bring your good company, and we can all visit around our virtual kitchen table here at the forum.  To make it memorable though, we need to tune in the radio, and get a good program going,  Finish off our virtual meal with coffee and cheesecake, and bocce ball sounds great! Smile  Ooops almost forgot – we need to make it authentic, so Kitty Foyle dresses, with hat and gloves, baby doll shoes with ankle straps would be nice, and for the gents, if they really wanted to get dressed up – their uniforms would be a great touch.


 

Many, many thanks, Zootsuit—I heartily accept your warm invitation and will hastily press my best dress and be right over!  Sounds like it will be a delightful time!

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