Go ahead — be imperfect

Go ahead — be imperfect

I would like to see a drop in evangelical fervor when it comes to food. I spend a lot of time surfing the Web and perusing the library for information about real food. There is truly a lot of good information available — so much that nobody can truly claim ignorance about the pitfalls of a diet filled with processed food. But with the absolute certainty that many opposing ideas are presented as “the only right way.” I can also understand why some people just throw up their hands and say: it’s too hard; I don’t have time; leave me alone.
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Recipes or no recipes

Real food recipe photo
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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My kitchen fell apart in less than a day

Help for the kitchen image

Help for the kitchen imageI don’t know anyone who cooks as much as I do. I know wonderful cooks who make much fancier fare, and others who’s presentation rivals top restaurants. But for straight out, cooking everything from scratch, every meal, I’m right up there with the certifiably obsessed. I obviously have a good, working kitchen, relatively organized. Yet, it fell apart because of one little event.

I bought a few new plates.

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Real food has stories

Real food has stories image
This is what we were dreaming of as we hacked through untouched brush twenty years before this picture was taken.

Roll the calendar back 25 years. It was a cold, spring day, and my young family (kids 3, 4 and 6)  had just bought a dream lot on a lake. We moved an older house onto the lot — the only way we could afford such a prize. The lot had never been touched. Our energy was fueled by youth and the naive view that if we just worked really hard, we could finish making an acre and a half beautiful in two years. As a side note, I sold that place 20 years after that day, and the yard was … well, nearly finished.

We were cold, tired, grumpy and starving.

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Where real food starts

Rea; food starts here
My community garden plot about mid-season, 2010.

This site is dedicated to replacing pre-prepared food with meals created from healthy ingredients, in your home. Most of my discussion and tips start at the supermarket, because that is where a vast majority of people obtain their food.

This is not a gardening site. However, I am an avid gardener, growing much of my own food, even though I live in the inner city. I am fortunate to have a 1200 sq. ft. community garden plot, and am planning to keep a journal on this site of my garden’s progress. I’m late this year, but that documentation will start soon. It will not be part of the main site, but rather a menu option for anyone who wants to connect with that part of the real food story.

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