First: I have updated the photo album, The House, with more current photos and information. I'll try to keep it current….
Second: Today I am honored to have a guest writer: Holly McCarthy.
Resolve to Get
Involved With Your Meals for the New Year
For many people, eating well is difficult, and they opt for
simplicity—in the US,
this means consuming unhealthy fast foods and rarely preparing meals at
home. This way of life is only good for
the owners of fast food chains, but certainly not for the people consuming
their products. This year, people
everywhere should take some time to prepare meals for themselves and learn more
about the joy of cooking and food preparation.
There are many ways to get more involved with your meals,
what follows is a brief list of examples:
Find local places to purchase your food from. If it is grown regionally or locally, you are
helping to support people that live and work near you, and that is a good
thing. Local butchers, bakers, and
grocers all put pride in their work and stand behind their goods, so you know
that you are getting high-quality ingredients with a personal touch.
Convenience is not always the best thing when it comes to
food. Sure, it’s easy to find packages
of cleaned and prepared lettuce, carrots, cabbage, and many other things, but
part of making a great meal involves attention to details, especially in the
preparation stages. Cutting your
vegetables and seasoning the dishes yourself is far better than using
pre-packaged items and seasonings.
Eating is like a great odyssey and you are surely missing
out if you’re not willing to try new things.
Each time you go shopping, try and find something new that you haven’t
tried before. If you don’t know how to
eat or prepare your new finds, ask for assistance. Often, people are more than willing to help
if you just ask them a simple question.
Also, don’t be afraid to modify any dishes that you like to suit your
Learn how to create sauces and new dishes from as many
people and sources as you possibly can.
The internet is an amazing resource for finding new recipes, procedures,
and dishes. If you have a favorite dish
that you usually only eat at a restaurant, learn how to make it at home. Once you learn how to cook your favorite
things, you will rarely want to leave your kitchen.
This post was
contributed by Holly McCarthy, who writes on the subject of a culinary school. She invites
your feedback at hollymccarthy12 at gmail dot com