Do we really NOT know how to cook?
Yesterday I read an article that included a survey showing that 28% of Americans can't cook.
I believe that. I can't really cook.
I don't like that fact either. It's just plain sad.
If it wasn't for 7th and 8th grade Home Economics class, I'd really be in trouble. I semi remember some of what I learned.
I grew up with a working mom, who did cook, but neither she or I had the desire to get me in the kitchen to help out or learn anything.
And, I'm paying for it now. I spent my early adulthood eating crap, got married, had kids and we still ate crap. Fast forward to this summer and my husband nearly lost his life to Ulcerative Colitis. The eating crap has to stop.
So, I'm learning to cook and to preserve and to simply..slow down..all of it. Because, I don't want to go back to eating all that processed crap food and the lifestyle that it entails. I don't want that life.
Speaking of good, homemade food. I made pesto. I'm still in shock myself.
I grew this beautiful basil plant all summer.
I used this base pesto recipe but omitted the nuts (one kiddo has a nut allergy) and the cheese as I froze the pesto in ice cube trays. I will add the cheese back in when I use later this year. I did add a bit of lemon juice to the recipe as well. My old (and I mean old) blender did fine to mix it all up. Any suggestions of tasty additions in substitution of the nuts?
So..if I can learn to cook...I think there's hope for American :)