Why We Need To Know How To Cook

Why We Need To Know How To Cook

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Over the years, as I’ve developed my website and generated daily posts for my readers, I frequently comment in those posts that cooking is an art and a survival skill we all need. It seems cooking is a traditional skill, like sewing, that so many members of our newer generations have not been taught.

With all the weather-related challenges I’ve seen on TV and been reading about lately, I thought it appropriate to discuss why we need to know how to cook.

Why We Need To Know How To Cook

In generations past, people really didn’t have much of a choice when it came to meal preparation. They fixed meals in their cave, hut, open fire, or cabin or they went hungry. The advent of fast-food restaurants and the convenience of drive-thru windows and related “fast food” takeout has drastically changed that in more recent years. Many families are used to visiting a McDonald’s and calling their meal a healthy response to hunger pangs.

My Kitchen Is My Favorite Place

I’m so grateful my mother took the time to teach me and my sisters to cook. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. During meal preparation, I feel at peace and comfortable working at the counter as my fingers cut, dice, chop, peel, mix, and stir foods. It’s truly my most cherished activity on any given day.

As someone who prides myself on being self-sufficient and enjoys sharing my passion for food preparation and being prepared for the unexpected on so many levels, today’s post is from my heart as we learn together the key aspects of why we need to know how to cook. Let’s get started.

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Why We Need To Know How To Cook

Cooking at Home Makes Dealing with an Emergency Much Easier

In times of emergency, we don’t know what to expect from one moment to the next. Stores selling groceries and fast-food outlets may not be open for business due to flooding, power outages, wind damage, etc. 

If we’ve prepared for the unexpected, we have food in the pantry, water in a storage tank, and cooking devices with utensils. This provides not only the nourishment we need from healthy food to keep going, but also the confidence we can “weather” any storm.

You Get to Eat Foods You Enjoy

Just think—you don’t have to count on Taco Tuesdays or wait for Fresh Fish Fridays at your favorite restaurant. You can fix anything you want whenever you want and relish every minute of it because you’re cooking what you like every day.

If you’ve planned and shopped each week based on what your family enjoys eating together, mealtimes become more pleasant, and the kids eat what’s good for them, too.

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You Can Prepare Meals Based on the Special Diets of Family Members

In today’s world, it seems just about every family has a member with special dietary needs. These could include diabetes, gluten intolerance, nut allergies, etc. If you prepare meals at home, you can, under the direction of a doctor or dietician, fix meals that won’t be detrimental and probably do so cheaper than if you ordered food.

Meals Can Be Prepared Using Foods Produced on Your Property

In my posts, we often talk about gardening, harvesting healthy plants, raising birds or animals, and more. If you have a successful garden and raise animals to eat, plenty of options should be available to prepare quality meals without always relying on the local food store. Gardening is another life skill many individuals haven’t learned. Yes, gardening takes time and patience, but if your property can provide the space and resources needed, give it a try.

If you’re looking for quality time spent with members of your family, time out in the garden can prove to be very rewarding. I still remember sending my young kids outside to pick vegetables like green beans and fruit like fresh strawberries that they planted and watched grow. Harvesting those items is a great reward for family teamwork throughout the growing process. Then learning to cook and otherwise prepare those foods makes the cooking process the culmination of a full season of effort.

Picture fixing salads with the homegrown veggies from your garden. Want a healthy and tasty treat with garden-grown items, have some strawberry shortcake or berries in milk or cream. And all this without having to attend cooking school since you learned it at home.

You Know What’s in the Recipes and Complete Meals Being Prepared

So many foods today are considered “processed.” From the farmer to your plate, many hands get involved in getting food supplies to your home. Sometimes, even when you read the labels, you don’t know what’s in the food.

I have harped for years that we need to learn how to cook from scratch so we know what’s included in our meals and can control content from start to finish. By scratch, I don’t mean buying a box of cake mix. I’m suggesting you pull the ingredients together from your kitchen pantry and make recipe meals that are healthy and tasty.

By knowing what is in each meal you prepare, even as a beginner, you can feel confident that you are feeding your family truly healthy, well-rounded, and nutritious meals rather than junk food. I also think that home-prepared meals taste better in most cases.

Isn’t it awesome to send that young adult off to college knowing they can easily prepare meals away from home, and do so with a healthy approach to meal preparation? As they learn numerous life skills, learning to cook is one of the most important skills they can acquire.

Cooking Meals at Home can be an Uplifting Experience!

If you do a lot of cooking at home, you gain confidence in your food prep skills. You’ll see your self-esteem soar as you watch your family and friends snarf down a delicious meal. You’ll feel even better when positive comments about the flavor, texture, and artistic presentation of those meals come your way.

It may start with learning how to boil water, then progress to understanding cooking times for all the goodies in your pantry. We all had to start somewhere, so enjoy the journey.

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Home-Cooked Meals are Easier on Your Food Budget

I used to have a neighbor who loved to cook at home, but she complained about her food budget every month. One day I asked her what kinds of meals she liked to prepare. I was shocked when she started listing items Mark and I seldom buy because we feel they are too expensive. She told me she loved salmon, t-bone steaks, fresh shrimp, and other costly items.

I’m all for fixing fancy meals occasionally, but I look for things like case lot sales, clearance items in the meat department, buying things when in season, etc. We have also learned the store brands most often compare favorably with the new brand items.

I know that restaurants can buy their food supplies cheaper than I can, in most cases, but there isn’t any way they can then turn around and sell me a prepared meal for a price that includes their overhead, not counting tips, for what I can spend for the same meal prepared at home.

Also, Mark and I aren’t afraid to plan meals with more volume than just one sitting. We’ll enjoy the meal again during the week from the leftovers we’ve put in the fridge or freezer. We’ve learned over the years that many meals are just as delicious the second time around.

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You Can Teach Your Kids to be Good Cooks and More Self-Sufficient

I’m glad my daughters grew up loving to be in the kitchen. Most have become “working moms,” but they still find time to fix quality meals on most days. I worry about today’s youth who not only don’t see their parents cooking meals but haven’t been taught how it’s done at home.

As parents, we have a duty to discuss healthy eating habits. That includes learning to shop wisely, following a weekly menu so you have the right ingredients available, and teaching them how to follow recipes so the prepared food turns out how it should.

If your children don’t learn at home, where will they go? Don’t count on them taking a “home economics” class during high school or college; it won’t happen, at least in most states now. Set them up for a happy and healthy future by having them learn how best to cook at home.

Kids are great at researching things on the Internet. Spend some time teaching them how to find quality meal recipes online. I have hundreds of recipes on my website, so feel free to start there when you want a tasty dish for tonight’s dinner.

You Might Even Lose Some Weight

Unless you ” piece” on the food while you’re preparing it or overeat when you sit down to enjoy the meal, you can possibly lose weight by preparing meals for healthy weight loss. Plan to eat lots of fruits and veggies and other whole foods, serve the meals on smaller plates, so they have less food and calories when those plates are filled, and skip those delicious desserts we all love. It also helps to eat meals earlier in the evening rather than right before bedtime.

You Can Share Your Prepared Meals with Neighbors in Need

There isn’t anything more gratifying than taking a hot meal to a neighbor who is ill, has lost a loved one, is working a busy schedule, or needs a “special visit.” You not only help them but also bring joy to you and your family, particularly if they helped prepare and deliver it.

To see the light in someone else’s eyes as they contemplate eating the meal is priceless. In case you missed this post, 20 Common Kitchen Tools You Need

Why We Need To Know How To Cook

Some of my favorite kitchen tools:

Final Word

As you know from reading my posts and comments in this discussion, I love to fix and eat at home; it’s just me. Tell me why you like cooking at home; I’d love to hear and share your ideas with my readers. May God Bless this world. Linda

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38 Comments

  1. I enjoy cooking too for many reasons. My mother didn’t cook; didn’t know how and didn’t want to learn, so growing up we ate mainly tv dinners. I started cooking at age 10 when my grandmothers taught me because they were concerned about our diets. As my husband says, I can take “a little of nothing” and make a meal from it. I’m no gourmet cook, but we eat healthy and tasty meals. Both my daughter and son are good cooks and I’m teaching the grandkids how to cook. Thanks for posting this, Linda!

    1. Hi Paula, oh my gosh, the TV dinners, we ate those when I was growing up, not often but I remember them!!! It’s a blessing that your grandmothers taught you to cook and now you are carrying on the tradition. Way to go, my friend!! I LOVE the statement “a little of nothing”, I wish more people would realize how easy this is, but they need to want to learn. Great comment, Linda

      1. Thanks for the interesting information. I love cooking for my family! I believe it expresses our love and devotion.for one another.
        It’s fun to be creative in the kitchen and discover new recipes as well.

        1. Hi Mary, I totally agree with you on how fun it is in the kitchen with family! It’s all about wonderful memories and working together as a family (team) complete with stirring, mixing, and laughing. Life is so good in the kitchen. New recipes are the best! Linda

  2. Linda:

    I also love to cook. My mother didn’t teach me but my husbands Grandmother, Aunt and Mother taught me how to cook Southern foods that my husband loves. One thing my mother did teach me was that my kitchen was my domain. Although I love to cook with my daughter and daughter in love I still feel that way. That is one reason I don’t like the open concept in houses these days. I want my Kitchen to be one room and my dining room one room and my living room one room. That is not something I have in the house I live in now but maybe someday. When dogs fly. I can’t see someone saying we are going to build the house your son designed for you for free.. I know it will never happen.

    1. Hi Jackie, my kitchen is my domain as well. It’s actually the most important room in the house in my humble opinion. LOL! It makes me happy to cook or bake in it!! I hadn’t really thought about the openness of the new homes, you are so right. I got the giggles reading “when dogs fly”! My dream was to build a new home with a large dream kitchen. It won’t happen, and I’m okay with that. I sold my home and we are building a smaller home but the kitchen will be the main room, it has to be for me. I want to live closer to family and friends. I miss the Sunday and weekly meals together. Southern cooking sounds yummy!! Love it! Linda

  3. I was taught to cook from a very early age. We raised our own meat, veggies and some fruit. My mother was one who could take a very small amount of something and stretch it to feed a large family.

    Cooking, baking and candy making was my mother’s mantra. She always said that if you have the basics in the pantry you could cook orbake just about anything.

    1. Hi Leanne, I totally agree! If we have the basics in our pantry we can make anything! You had a wonderful life growing up with so many awesome experiences! How many people can say they raised their own meat, veggies, and some fruit! You rock, my friend! Linda

  4. The schools may not teach the home economics we were taught any longer, however my grandson is in his third year of culinary class at his high school along with his physics and other main line academics. So there are some schools that have not totally given up on teaching life skills.

  5. I take it completely for granted. When I saw the title my first reaction was confusion, as in why would an article about this be needed. Then I realized, omg I forgot just how many ppl don’t know how to cook something other than a pack of Ramen noodles—and some don’t even know how to do that! I can make hearty ramen soup from scratch, noodles and all. Yes, I take it for granted.

    Most ppl think meat comes in little pink packages and never once walked, crawled, flew, slithered or swam. Judging by comments I saw on a Pinterest post, young people were absolutely horrified by a “meat spot” in a chicken egg which was broken into a bowl for a cake.

    I had the good fortune to be raised in New Orleans where both of my grandmothers were incredible cooks. My maternal grandmother was a Cajun chef by trade and my paternal grandmother was just the most amazing Italian homecook. I cannot tell you how many times I was sent to the backyard for basil, green onions, tomatoes, bay leaf, pecans, pears; we caught our own shrimp, crawfish, crabs, fish. Which, of course, we were taught to clean and cook. Later on, in my late teens, I learned to hunt and prepare venison and even squirrel. These days I don’t really hunt, I have other family members who take care of that. But I can cook just about anything and, most importantly, make due when substitutions are needed.

    When my step children visit I’m often appalled that they can only use the microwave, they’re 16! But they’re learning. So yes, people today are, in my opinion, soft. They cannot function without Starbucks and McDonalds or at most those meal prep services (Hello Fresh?)

    Plus I don’t have to remind you how expensive everything has become. I don’t know about where any of you live but food here in CA is insanely expensive. I went to buy green onions the other day because a few days ago something got into my entire row of green onions. About 40 onion plants are just GONE. Safeway had them for $1.39 for About 5 skinny bulbs. Literally the most expensive I‘ve ever seen—a full dollar more than usual. Hard pass. I still have a lot that I dried. Anyway, sorry to rant :). I just forget just how many ppl don’t know semolina from Shinola and would become pretty dangerous in a SHTF scenario.

    1. Hi Marianne, you nailed it! We do in fact take for granted how to cook. I’m glad my daughters love to cook and bake. It makes me sad to think people do not learn table manners, or maybe they do. But it would be hard-driving through McDonald’s to teach them. LOL! Funny, not funny, really! Oh, life what be so awesome to go in the backyard and pick all the things you did as a child. I love my garden, some people do not find joy in gardening. I sure do! Nothing tastes better than picking or hunting for the food you want to cook! Great comment!! Thank you!! Linda

    2. Linda, I love that you garden!! It’s an invaluable (and delicious!) skill :). As you know I’m terrible at it. I want to grow potatoes, how hard can it be?? I hear stories of planting corn surrounded by beans and squash and planting fish next to the base to fertilize. Gardening is my weakness. It would be amazing to have mature fruit trees and garden and dine on my chicken’s eggs and give them my vegetable scraps. But alas, I cannot. Yet. At my old place is forage for chanterelle, blewits, dock, berries, miners lettuce, chickweed, plantain, purslane and stinging nettle. It’s so dry here. Garden on, lady! I envy you :)))

      1. Hi Marianne, you are so nice, I would love to forage on those healthy items. I do not have mature trees, but I wish I did! Well, I have one out front in the front year but you can’t eat it! LOL! I wonder if you need a “seed potato” that will grow where you live! I have the best luck with Yukon Golds. I just sold my home so I will be moving up north where the soil is a whole lot better than here. Fingers crossed I can get the soil up to par. I’ll keep you posted. Linda

      2. Growing up we had a huge garden and raised meat rabbits. Sewing was a huge and necessary skill for me to learn, accordingtoy aily. I grew up just outside Minneapolis and for my age these skills were not cool…at all. By 7th and 8th grade I aced home ec with my eyes closed and was picked on for that. For some years I didn’t like my home skills but I really couldn’t hide them…they shined in me noatter what. But now, I can throw down in the kitchen and even sell breads and cinnamon rolls at our local farmers markets (and sell veggies from my garden). I’m the go to person for anyone who needs pants or a dress or even a quilt fixed. Sometimes my skills make me feel more rich than anyone I know.

        1. Hi Jerilea, you are my kind of woman! Kids can be so mean, but if they could only see YOU now! You are amazing! Selling bread and cinnamon rolls at Farmers Market is the BEST! You rock, my friend, Linda

    3. Food here in Northern Cali is beyond crazy right now. little bit of rain today so I thought pinto’s and ham in the crockpot with some cornbread was a good idea. I realized I didn’t have any small bags of beans so not wanting to open a large one I figured I would just grab one at the store as I needed milk and eggs anyway. 2.99 for a one pound bag of beans are they crazy? needless to say I opened one of the 20 pound bags that I probably paid about 18.00 for and took a couple of pounds from there.

      1. Hi Poorman, wow, that really is expensive!! I’ve heard more and more people are stocking up on rice and beans and they are getting harder to find at the grocery store. Pinto’s and Ham do sound good!! Yummy! Linda

  6. I, too, am surprised that ppl nowadays don’t cook or even know how. I’m 65 and grew up in Northern California. My parents were “hip” (but not hippies!) and did all the social gatherings, parties, get togethers, etc. I was not taught how to cook. I spent all my free time with my grandmother (from Norway) who taught me a few things but not enough, sad to say. My mother had a life-altering accident when I was 10 yrs old and it went downhill from there. She recovered, but with a permanent disability. I loved all the homey things that my grandmother represented; not the cold austere design of the 60’s (I can’t stand mid-century modern anything!). At 16 I started taking over cooking Thanksgiving dinner but it was all by trial and error. I’m self taught in cooking but hit and miss in certain things. As my children grew up, I took it upon myself to try more things. Being a single parent of 3 children, I must admit I did rely on those boxed dinners, etc. To this day, I’ll use frozen vegetables or some boxed or canned items but I totally prefer to cook from scratch. It’s definitely an initial investment to get all the basics, supplies, etc., but totally worth it. The American population first started it’s downhill slide into obesity and poor diet when processed foods became so prevalent. I didn’t figure out how to can foods until late in life and my husband, who grew up in Virgin, Utah, taught me more than I knew. He knew alot!

    My one regret is that we have terrible dirt/soil and can’t grow a garden where we live. Believe me, I’ve tried, countless times! I’m so envious of those who can grow gardens. I do alot with preparedness and such but if disaster strikes, we don’t have the water sources (city water) nor the garden space. But I’ve got alot of firewood! We keep 6 cords each year for if the power goes out long-term!

    I depend on this blog/site for alot of things, alot of which are the recipes. Because of you, Linda, I’ve finally mastered homemade bread, much to my husband’s delight. I’ve used countless of your recipes, too. I’m a big fan of big one-dish meals which gives us leftovers for lunch the next day. So today’s my husband’s birthday and I’m going to use one of your recipes for his cake! :o)

    1. Hi Robbie, you made my day!! I’m so glad you love my bread recipe, I can still remember the pictures you sent me!! LOVE it!! Having your mom had a life-altering accident with you being only 10 years old, is rough. I’m so sorry to hear that. You had to grow up so fast after that. Thankfully you took the “wheel” to make Thanksgiving dinner at 16. As hard as it was, you learned so much but I’m sure it was hard. Grandmothers from Norway are awesome! I miss my grandmother’s Lefse, I love making it, but my great-grandmother made it better! OH, how I wish we lived closer, we could talk for hours. Great comment, Linda

  7. Our children ( boys and girls) know how to cook, as many of the spouses. I started to cook at an early age because I liked to and my Mom didn’t. Cooking from “scratch” tastes better and is healthier. Canning . freezing and drying foods helps. Right now one of the large stores I shop at had signs on how many items people could purchase in one area because some are buying all the products in that area and that leaves none for anyone else. Besides, it has been hard for this store , that sells in large bags, etc. and produce for food services to get their supplies .There were indeed some empty places on the shelves. I was very surprised! People have been hording , the lady told me. Quite interesting! Signs of the times.

    1. Hi Cheryl, I guess it’s getting hard for hospitals, restaurants, schools, etc. to get the food supplies they need. It feels so good to know how to cook from scratch, we can survive Cheryl, I worry many will suffer because they do not know how to make biscuits, bread, rolls, or whatever to fill the belly. But they need to want to cook, that may be part of it. Some do not have a mentor, they do not know how to even start. Signs of the times, for sure. Linda

  8. I belong to a Friendship club and they had been going out to restaurants for lunch and have done this
    for years. I had been wanting to back to the carry in meals. I finally won out and we have been doing a carry in. In October we are going to a restaurant because the place we have our meeting will be used. I figured up and I took
    3 dishes to the luncheon for this month and spent under $10.00. There is No way I can buy a plate meal for under
    $10.00. I didn’t take dishes that were out of a box, I took green beans, Veggie Pizza and sauerkraut and sausage. Now we have to go to a place where a hamburger will cost over $10.00 and fries are extra. At least when my brother and I go out to eat we go to Popeyes and get a chicken sandwich for $3,99.
    I don’t know why they took Home Ec out of the school. It’s not useless skills. Kids in todays world are way to soft.

    1. Hi June, I read a comment today that her son is taking culinary classes. They took all Home Ec and shop classes out of most Utah schools. It’s really sad. I know first hand so many kids do not have a family to show them how to cook from scratch. They love eating out every meal, drive-throughs. I use coupons when we go out, buy one get one free or we do not eat out. It’s too expensive. I love “carry-in” we call them “potlucks” here. It bugs me to pay money for something I can cook or bake better and for less money! LOL! Great comment, Linda

  9. I am going to keep telling you this till I drive you totally crazy and you give in or block me. Lol.. my mom and grandma taught me to cook..but you have recipes that are so easy to do and very yummy ,for me or experience people to do but most of all the next generation that was not as blessed to have a teacher. You need a COOKBOOK. I’m sure nobody that reads your emails will disagree.

    1. Hi Joakima, oh how I LOVE you, my friend!! You made my day! You inspired me again! You are so nice! I just sold my house, when I move up north, I may look at writing a cookbook! Thank you, Linda

  10. I LOVED Home Economics! I learned to sew, balance a checkbook and cook! I took it all 3 years of high school. I am dumbfounded by the people growing up now. My Son is a terrific cook his wife only knows a few family dishes. Thankfully though My Granddaughter is learning from her Dad. I always bring her a few jars of what I canned when I go to visit. Applesauce is a big hit and really easy to make. I would love to see you put out a cookbook, it would cover the what to buy everyone for Christmas 😉

    1. Hi Hazel, you are so nice!! You made my day! I will look at writing a cookbook after I get moved!!! Your example passed down to your son, and now your granddaughter! Proud mama and now grandma!! Love it!! Linda

  11. I hope this goes thru, still having problems posting.
    I (and all my siblings) learned to cook from scratch. Which came in when our mother got REALLY sick and passed when I was 17. I’ve taught my boys and they are teaching their kids. In fact we had Son 2’s kids overnight(DIL2 B-Day) last night and grandson 2 (10 yrs) made biscuits from scratch for dinner, I didn’t have Thyme but we used 3/4 tsp of Herbs de Provence. They were YUMMY and grand daughter 2(7 yrs) and I made chocolate peanut butter fudge from scratch for dessert. All the grands are very interested in cooking.Can’t wait till they start “creating” things on their own.

    1. Hi Kathy, your comment went through!! Yay!! What a blessing your grandkids are to have you and your sons to teach them to cook from scratch! I love hearing this!! I love homemade biscuits, and that fudge sounds wonderful!! Great comment, Linda

  12. What concerns me is the number of ads I see for those food delivery services – Butcher Box, Daily Harvest, etc. We went from cooking at home, to going to a restaurant, to fast food windows, to curbside pick up to UberEats and now….delivered to your door. What disturbs me the most about these commercials is the dialogue of ‘never having to shop, never having to prep, never having to cook (if they’re pop in the microwave type). We have 2020 to thank for people becoming dependent, enabled, ignorant and even lazy. These types of services do come in handy for maybe when you return from vacation and don’t have anything in the fridge, but have these in the freezer, or nights when you and your significant other get home late and don’t want to cook, etc. But to have this be the only way of feeding yourself is a bit scary.

    If the SHTF and shelves are sparse or deliveries don’t get made, how do these people think they’re going to get fed? They may not even have cell phone service to order at their fingertips so they don’t have to get off the couch while watching Netflix. We are in the process of being turned into reliant on others than ourselves. When something happens, these people won’t know what to do, where to go or who to turn to as they’ll have no access to cell, internet or survival /prep skills to fend for themselves. And IMO, that’s exactly what I believe this government wants – a society of dependent, weak individuals because they will be the fastest to conform

  13. I can’t imagine not being able to cook. I am looking forward to the days coming soon, where I have to get creative with zucchini. Eating out, usually has too many calories and poor ingredients. I don’t really enjoy it. Rice and beans made with fresh ingredients is a delight. Homemade baked beans are delicious. Almost everything made at home is better.

    1. Hi Janet, I feel the exact same way. I love to eat at home! I wish I had a garden, the house still isn’t finished so no garden this year again. We will have to go visit some Farmers Markets. Zucchini is the best!!!!! Linda

  14. I CAN cook, but I hate to. I think it comes from my mama forcing me to cook for the family when I was 15. Daddy had a bad accident and was in the hospital for 2 months. Mama went to sit with him when she got off work and didn’t get home until 9pm. The hospital was out of town and we couldnt call long distance (cost money back then). I didn’t know what I was doing half the time (I had taken Home Ec though and could make good biscuits), and I didnt think to call my grandmother who lived right down the street. Fried chicken popped and put blisters on my hand. Pork chops tasted like hog (I didnt know about spices). Mama kept hamburger too long in the refrigerator and when I made spaghetti, we all got food poisoning. MY brother and sister grew fins from eating tuna casserole. I think I have PTSD from that time in my life. Now that I Know what I’m doing, cooking is not worth the energy to clean up. I made strawberry jam yesterday and every pot I needed was UNDER some other pot. I used a dozen utensils. Had to go hunt my jelly jars and wash them. There is sticky on the stove, the pot holders, and the dish cloth that I set the jars on when I poured jam. I dropped my candy thermometer in the pot of boiling jam and it broke. One of those jars of jam has a piece of broken glass in it, so I cannot share it. And the cleanup was more than the dishwasher could hold. Hand washed the rest. Took green stems of strawberries out to compost bin. Wiped up drips on the floor. And the house was hot because the AC could not keep up with 95 degrees outside. I had to change from sweaty clothes to dry ones before I could get in the bed to take a much needed nap. Cooking is just more than I can do once in awhile. I have always needed someone to help me wash up the mess and I never had that.

    1. Hi Angela, you had it rough to have to cook for your family at 15 years old. I was 9 but my older sister was 11 and hated to cook. I had a grease fire once, scared me to death, I learned how to throw a towel over it to stop the flames, to this day I never ever leave butter, oil or anything unattended on the stove. My mom was single and had to work, I still don’t know how we made it through. I started cleaning houses at 9 and baby sitting. We never had food poisoning thank goodness. I learned a lot from my mom and Home Ec at school. I bet you really do have PTSD from your childhood. I know I do, life was harder back then. I’m 74 and some of my grandkids do not know how to cook, they would rather eat out. They don’t want to cook. I grew up poor so I had to learn but I’m thankful for the skills I learned from my mom. The jam story, I tell you some days are just like that, I’m so sorry, but I totally understand. Hang in there, my sweet friend. Linda

  15. Love this as I’ve said before we need to teach our children and grands to cook from scratch. Son 2 came over for my birthday(70th) and made us dinner, Chicken Scampi as my DIL can’t have shellfish. Was wonderful, both grands were right in there helping. Once the garden starts producing they want to help Grandma “put up” the bounty (good chance to teach them to can dehydrate, etc.).
    Need suggestions, am hosting the Family reunion next month and other than potato salad and my grandma’s seashell salad,burgers and hot dogs, what else could I make. Saturday is the reunion but I’ve let the family know they are welcome to “hang” out the other 3 days.Thursday, Friday and Sunday before they all leave. My 98 year old uncle and his son( the priest) are actually coming, the man is phenomenal. Still very active, drives(just around town) active with the church. Very busy for as he puts it an “old coot” LOL. Can’t wait to see him and the rest of the family too

    1. Hi Kathy, oh my gosh, this sounds like so much fun! Family reunions are so fun to see each other and share memories. We had an aunt who always made Gooseberry cakes. A white cake with whipping cream frosting and she made a sauce with the gooseberries on top, I can still taste it! That was always everyones favorite dessert, besides my homemade caramel popcorn. Life is good when you can cook from scratch! I love your story, Linda

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