Cooking School

IMG_1327I was talking to a co-worker recently and I mentioned something about hard-boiled eggs. (I know, I sound like a really interesting person to talk to, huh?!)  “Remind me — how do you make those?” she asked. I feel like this very short conversation is indicative of a much bigger issue – a lot of people don’t know how to cook! Besides the fact that cooking is just a basic life skill that I think people should have, I feel like it’s a big part of the health/obesity problem in this country.  If people realized how simple and inexpensive it is to make food at home, maybe they wouldn’t buy so many of the processed convenience foods that are giving half the country diabetes and heart disease.

I don’t have any grand plans for addressing this issue on a national scale, but I do feel a call to help people in this regard. I was thinking perhaps I would start a new series on called “Cooking School” that covers the basics. (Not that I’ve ever attendied culinary school myself, I’m just an avid home cook.) What do you think?  Do you rely on convenience foods and/or eating out more than you would like?  If so, I’d be curious to know why you think that is – lack of knowledge, time, tools, or all of the above?

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7 thoughts on “Cooking School

  1. Yes, please! We don’t rely a lot on the convenience foods – but only because my husband does the cooking. I would like to cook more, but I get really anxious that I’m going to mess something up. I’d love to read through your cooking school!

    I came here by way of Kelli – I’m enjoying reading your work 🙂

  2. my sister is one of those people and i tell her: if you can read, you can cook! just follow the recipe and you will have a home-made meal. but i think it really stems from the fact that some people just don’t want to cook so they don’t.
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  3. Yeah, I have a couple friends who say similar things and the lack of food knowledge sometimes just astounds me. You forgot one other reason, lack of interest. Talk about a reason I don’t understand. I should probably thank my mom that she had a “if you want it you can make it” policy (cookies!) and she gave me a lot of free-range in the kitchen.
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  4. This is a really good idea. I used to eat out/eat processed food way too much. It boiled down to no ideas, few cooking skills, and an unreasonable expectation cooking should not require time or effort.

  5. I don’t cook. But thankfully, my husband does. He’s a wonderful cook. We do however eat out a lot on the weekends b/c its nice break for him & we enjoy eating out. So for us, it’s not a lack of skill (well, on my end it is) but more that we really like eating out. It’s our way to unwind, have a date & try new places & foods.
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  6. I think it would be a great idea! You have no idea how many clients I have who don’t know the basics of cooking. No idea how to boil eggs or cook beans and grains. You would be doing a huge public service educating people how to cook a pot of lentils or saute greens.

  7. Like Michelle, I attribute the fact that can (and do) cook to my parents. We rarely ate in restaurants when I was growing up. Once a month, and it was a BIG. DEAL. Similarly, my mom (and later, my dad) cooked “from scratch.”

    Now, my sister and I do the same.

    For me, the key is planning ahead. Having a menu. Knowing in the morning what I’ll be making for dinner that evening. When I fail to do that, and if it’s a busy day, well that’s when I find myself relying on convenience foods or restaurants to feed my hungry family.
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