posted on Apr, 25 2013 @ 12:39 PM
I was never one to eat out. I love to cook and post my recipes on here often.
I was raised with home cooked food. We couldn't afford to eat out so I learned how to cook at a young age. I love to cook at home for family or
friends. It is much cheaper and healthier, as long as you stay away from boxed foods like those Hamburger Helper deals. It is so much easier to make
your own hamburger helper or tuna helper!
I make a lot of meals and freeze them for later esp things like lasagna or mac and cheese. I then reheat it in the oven or on the stove top, never the
microwave. I wouldn't even have one if the apt didn't come with one!
One thing i like to do is look up restaurants I like and make something off their menu. Years ago my bf at the time and I couldn't really afford to go
out and with our work schedules it was hard esp since he worked an over night shift. We would pick what restaurant we wanted to eat at and then the
meal off the menu. I'd make it and we'd have a "night out" as a night in! A few times we got his brother to serve us like he was our waiter.
I am working on a cook book and one of the chapters I will have will be on how cooking for yourself is cheaper and healthier. I will give examples of
course and show how it is cheaper vs going out to eat. Many think it's too expensive or too time consuming, what i say to that is the time you spent
at the restaurant could be time spent preparing the meal with your family. Also the money spent on a night out could be a weeks worth of groceries!
When I was little we all helped with some part of the meal and sometimes we even fought over who would do what lol. I also tend to think people are
just plain lazy today when it comes to cooking. If you have time to play online or with video games or watch crap tv you have time to make a good
I have a stocked kitchen at all times. There are certain things i always keep on hand because they can be used in many different dishes. I have
probably 10 different kinds of pasta and pasta gets its own cabinet even lol I keep many different cheeses on hand for sauces or mac and cheese. I am
teased about my cheese drawer often lol I love me some cheese! I also keep various types of "cream of" soups. I also make sure they don't have HFCS or
any of that crap in them and honestly that is becoming hard but my local grocery stores own brand has none of that stuff in it. I also buy a lot of
items only when they are on sale. I check the weekly circular every week to see who has what on sale. I also like to keep veggies on hand like
broccoli, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini and asparagus. I use those weekly and spend about 10-15 bucks on them. I have tons of spices and dried
herbs so I can make anything at a moments notice. I also keep potatoes and onions on hand as well as mushrooms be it canned or fresh. I dont like to
used canned mushrooms but they are cheaper and as long as they are not full of added crap I buy them. Again my local grocer has a decent brand that I
use. Canned tuna is another i keep on hand so when I want to make tuna casserole I can. It is a very quick and easy dish to make! These will also be
things I list in my cookbook.
Glad you are embracing cooking! It is so much more rewarding imo when you can say "hey I made that" esp when you have friends over for dinner! My
friends always joke about how if i invite you to dinner you go! I love to feed people and you will not go hungry if you come to my house! I will also
send you with left overs and dessert! I tend to cook for an army lol must be the Italian/Sicilian in me! We love to feed you!
I also make my own bread and pasta although lately I haven't due to being 33wks pregnant. Kneading dough is a bit difficult and my back can't handle
it. I made pasta when my honey was home a couple months ago and it killed my back. I can't wait to start making pasta and bread again. Both are cheap
and easy to make once you get a hang of the kneading process. You can use one of those table top mixers and they work too. I know many people who use
them. I prefer to put my hard work into it and knead it myself. I know down the line though Iw ill need one of those mixers. My back won't take it
edit on 4/25/2013 by mblahnikluver because: (no reason given)