Monthly Archives: April 2011

Does it count?



With today’s society of instant gratification what really counts as “homemade”?

Is making a meal out of a box considered homemade being that technically you did make it at home?  At what point is the line crossed between truly homemade and half-assed homemade?

Bread Machine:  Does NOT count as homemade in my book…well, I guess half-assed homemade.  Why?  You are following basic directions, putting everything into a machine and letting it do all of the work for you.  You are letting technology take over your kitchen (doesn’t it already have your office and livingroom?).  You’re not getting the dough under your nails, sweat beads on your forehead from kneading for 10 minutes straight, aching arms and shoulders, flour everywhere…you are not experiencing true bread making.

I have been making homemade bread for over a decade and enjoy the task of making it from scratch.  I will get a day off of work and specifically set part of that day aside as my bread time.  Bread is just a few basic ingredients:  flour, yeast, salt, sugar, water and oil….the trick it getting the right balance of these basics.

100% Homemade whole grain bread---part of the makings of a perfect lunch.

I was listening to the radio the other day on my drive into work and they explained that children being born now will never now what a paper map is because of GPS systems or what cd’s are because of MP3’s…my question is:  How many of them will now what a real meal is?  Not a meal out of a box or from a greasy-calorie pushing-big chain-drive thru-save a penny-make America obese-restaurants.  When did we give control of what we put into our own bodies away?  Read the ingredients on many of the labels in your pantry and you will be stunned at how many are loaded with stuff you can’t even pronounce.  Personally, I like knowing what is in my food.  Imagine the amount of “preservatives” we eat per year…kinda scary if you ask me.
Yes, sometimes fast food or boxed food are the easiest in our face-paced world, but I challenge you to take the time and make a real homemade sitdown meal at least 3 times per week…7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 suppers—3 isn’t too much to ask is it?
What are some of your favorite homemade recipes?  What is your favorite homemade item to bake?  Do you think that cooking real meals & baked items are a dying art form?