My mother made most of my clothes when I was little. She would have made my father's clothes too, and my brothers' if she had too. But, my brother became a tailor, and the men in our household were set.I didn't get a "store" dress until much later, when I found that everything I could ever need could be found in a clothing store. From that day on, Mother's sewing skills were no longer appreciated.
I feel that's what's happening to cooking too. Even at the supermarket you can buy whole meals, freshly prepared, right at the deli counter. I see more people shopping from the frozen aisles than from the fresh produce aisles. People are no longer comfortable with feeding themselves. Kitchens, the heart of the home, is now a stock-room, full of pre-washed, pre-cut, pre-seasoned, pre-cooked entrees and snacks.
We stopped at Sizzler yesterday for lunch. Our meal of an endless salad bar that included chicken wings, a taco bar and a pasta bar, cost less than the ingredients would have cost at the supermarket!
So, what about all those cooking shows? Are they inspiring us to cook more or are they simply a new form of entertainment?
I cook most of our meals because what I like is not easily found. I can also prepare meals with fewer calories and additives than I can find anywhere else.
If I lived in a big city with lots of restaurants, would I continue to cook?
If I could find healthy alternatives, would I eat all my meals out?