Thursday, October 9, 2008

Home cooking!

One of the best things about being a SAHM is cooking for the family. It's not a chore; it's an opportunity to directly affect the health, strength and emotions of your loved ones! It's one of the areas in which we are granted great influence over others.

For me, the dinner table is the family altar, the food representing an offering. My family would tell of the sometimes ((burnt)) offerings, but that's another story!

I first learned about the sacredness of the family table when reading Spice and Spirit, the Art of Kosher Jewish Cooking. I gleaned much from this wonderful book, and highly recommend it. Not only does it establish the holy calling to provide for the nutritional needs of the family with good purchases and clean cooking, it educates the reader on what clean is, and how to achieve a clean kitchen and home.

I prefer the edition published in the early 1970's, because it hadn't been altered much from the original intent of the ladies who worked diligently to compile the book.

Home cooking can seem daunting for those new to the challenge, but just like with any other task, we don't have to reinvent the wheel. Others have gone before us, and created a plethora of tools to assist in accomplishing the task. And, of course, we can save on the tools and ingredients with all the wonderful coupons we are able to print, like this one for parchment paper!

When short on time, there's also the option of purchasing partially prepared ingredients to cut time and still put a semi-homemade meal together quickly. I like the guest blogpost over on Money Saving Mom right now, because it is a quick and easy dinner, low in cost, and fairly healthy when paired with a fruit and vegetable or two.

On Friday, I'm trying the new pizza crust from Pillsbury. I usually make my own, but since I received a free coupon from PSST..., I'm going to give it a try. I'll let you know how it turns out!

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