As we start the new year, we are reminded about why we started this blog...we were trying to do a better job of keeping our families fed with less waste and expense and with more basic ingredients and less convenience foods. This poster is the basis of our food philosophy and we still feel the need to be always aware of not wasting food, the surest way to cut your food budget.
Next year we are going to devote Mondays to suggestions for how to use ingredients that are often discarded, but that our grandmothers would have incorporated into their daily meals in some other way. Our mother's 1940's wartime Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book even has a chapter devoted to leftovers and planned overs.
Everything old is new again.
It amazes me that the ideas from this World War I poster are exactly the "Green" kitchen ideas of today. Careful use of our resources is self-reliant, reduces the drain on the world's resources to feed the hungry, is healthier, and is simply good practice in our "household business".
We think that buying only what you can reasonably use, cooking it well, preparing and serving just enough and using leftovers and planned overs creatively are exactly the way to manage your kitchen. Learning to preserve abundance by canning, dehydrating, pickling or freezing limits waste too. Simpler menus and recipes certainly help, costing less time and money.
We only post recipes we really cook and like...and simple and timeless are what we like! We want to be able to find the ingredients without a lot of fuss; or money either; and cooking shouldn't be a REALLY big job, just enjoyable.
Learning to cook from "scratch" is important for our health and our pocketbooks. I might suggest that relaxing around the dinner table with family and friends, enjoying conversation and fellowship, is also good for our well-being.
She looks well to the ways of her household. Proverbs 31:27