Recipes or no recipes

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This is exactly the wrong image for successful cooking with real ingredients on a regular basis. .

I have a well-defined vision for what I want to accomplish with this site. My goal is to move more people to cook with more real ingredients, more often. Simple idea, but complex in delivery. In generations past, the cooks learned slowly and deliberately, usually under the watchful eye of an experienced cook — Mom.

We’ve lost that natural learning environment over the past couple of generations, as more and more food arrived partially or fully prepared into the family home. Cost and health concerns have brought many people, often in middle age back to the kitchen. But real cooking can be tedious when you do not have basic skills, or a real-ingredients pantry and a kitchen set up for cooking from scratch. When the desire to cook better food hits, the first reaction is to hit the Web, or recipe books and find a recipe.

I do that myself. However, I find following a recipe is time-consuming.

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Pear and Blue Cheese “Pizza”: Budget price with high-end taste

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Cream cheese, blue cheese, pears and hazelnuts deliver a light and unusual summer lunch.

If you love food, one of the best reasons to go to an upscale or chef-famous restaurant is to try combinations of food that are new to you. If I had unlimited resources, I would probably eat out a lot more often, checking out the best chefs in any area. However, the places I am talking about are the $20-$30 lunches and $50+ entree establishments. Far above my pay grade.

However, that does not mean that I can’t have creative food at home. I do not have a roaring success with every experiment,

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Try something new: Jicama

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Jicama is an easy new food to try.

One of the best parts of real food today is the availability of strange foods, especially in the produce department. Jicama caught my attention many years ago, because I am a Canadian in love with Mexican food. For all the diversity in people and corresponding access to ethnic food, we are starved for good Mexican cuisine. If you want to eat authentic Mexican food, you must create it yourself. Jicama is a constant star in Mexican cookbooks.

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