Sunday, November 8, 2009

Starting from Scratch

I honestly never thought that the recession would affect my household. Nothing like a job loss to put things solidly into perspective. Recently, I've been considering how grateful I am for my parents and the guidance they gave as they raised me. They worked hard to teach me how to manage money, balancing a checkbook...and how to cook from scratch.

Honestly, how many out there are like me, and in their mid-20's, and know how to make a casserole? I remember being in college, and being the big hit at campus gatherings because the food that I brought wasn't still encased in a grocery store labeled package. So many of the people I know spend far too much money eating out, and wouldn't know what to do with a Crock Pot. A cookbook can be intimidating. Staring down 20 aisles of groceries can give you a sinking feeling.

I'm hoping I can use this blog to help others, like myself, who are finding themselves in situations where the budget has to be cut, but we don't want out the recession on Ramen noodles and microwave burritos. This is for the young cooks, experienced cooks, novice cooks, and the wise and clueless alike. I'll share my recipes, my techniques, and my strategies for saving money. Likewise, I encourage you to share. I am by no means an "expert" or a "specialist"! I want to hear your ideas and strategies, your ideas for home-cooking survival when the budget is tight.

Here's to many nights of good cooking and sinks full of dirty dishes!

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