More and more I’m noticing that people don’t cook. They buy prepared meals, go to take out places or eat in restaurants. When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s most families cooked and ate at home. My own family never ate in restaurants. The only time we got take out was very occasionally we would be sent down to the Frosty Queen for a footlong or fries when my parents were having a dinner party. My mother never got out of cooking. She cooked all day in preparation for her 5 course sit down dinners for 10. She never ate at the Frosty Queen ever, that I know of.
She still cooks meals daily and so do I. Occasionally we will go out to eat but that is just for a special treat. Eating out is expensive and the the meals are sodium laden. It is not something we would do regularly for our bank accounts or our health. I know we are old fashioned in today’s society.
When I was in High School, girls were expected to take Home Ec.(Home Economics), where we learned how to cook and sew. The economics part was where we learned how much money we could save by doing these things ourselves. It’s really astounding how much of a difference it is. Since my mother cooked, we helped out and felt comfortable in the kitchen, cooking was just normal behaviour. We are very confident in our ability. I do own a sewing machine and can sew a straight line to make pillows and curtains and sew a rip, but I never really liked sewing. My mother sewed when we were growing up. She made mod 60’s outfits for herself and Barbie clothes for our dolls.
Many people are terrified of cooking. It’s not rocket science and the worst that could happen is maybe burn the food. I’m not sure why it’s so scary. Maybe they failed once or twice by adding too much salt or something. Cooking is like anything else. You have to practice until you do it well. I know I’m not the best cook. My mom and sister are fabulous cooks. I’m average. I can get a meal on the table. It’s not gourmet cooking and I never measure anything or use a cookbook.
Tonight we’re having pulled pork. I’ve never made it before and come to think of it, I’ve never eaten it either. I’m making it in the slow cooker. I’ve maybe used that apparatus twice before. Does it worry me? Nope. I’m sure it will be fine.
Do you cook? How often do you eat out?