As much as we love to envision our grandmothers in the kitchen peeling, chopping and baking every little thing from scratch, in reality, they often worked long, hard hours just like us. Most of the time, they worked even longer hours than we do. They had just as much stress worrying about their children, money (jobs were very hard to come by at times) and how to make ends meet. In some ways, they were so much wiser then us. We really need to learn from them and try to put into practice their ideas in our own homes.
One of the things our grandmothers did was keep their menus and lives simple. One way they did that was planning a regular routine. For example, they would have roast on Sunday, pork chops on Monday, stew on Tuesday, chicken on Wednesday and so on and they did this every week.
If you are having a hard time planning menus and cooking meals, you might try this method for a while. Don’t worry about your family getting bored because, as I have said before, most families like having the same 10 meals over and over.
This doesn’t mean you have to have the exact same menus each time. For example, Wednesday’s chicken could be roasted one week, chicken and dumplings another week, chicken soup, chicken sandwiches and so on. The key is that because you know what the main meat dish is, you are halfway there.
Kids like routine and often there is a feeling of security and comfort in doing the same things over and over. How often do you hear someone fondly recall how, “Every Sunday my grandma had roast, potatoes and carrots” or “Thursday was always meatloaf night.”
You don’t have to do this forever but it can help jump start you and get you into the habit of making meals at home.
Another thing that might help is to run your kitchen like a restaurant. The most successful restaurants have only a few items on the menu and serve very good tasting food with the minimum amount of expense and work for them. Think about that and then apply it to your home. In some ways we need to run our home more like a business, a business founded and based on love, comfort and security.
Cheesy French Dip Sandwiches*
Chips or French fries
Raspberry Lemonade Pie*
Cheesy French Dip Sandwiches
Roast, slow cooked
Grated cheddar cheese
Make some garlic butter either by sauteing a little garlic in some butter or sprinkling some garlic powder (to taste) into some soft butter. Spread each side of the bun with the butter and sprinkle with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted. Lay thin slices of roast on one bun and top with the other. Serve some of the roast broth on the side to dip the sandwiches in.
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dill seed
1 1/2 tsp. parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. dill pickles, chopped
Dash of pepper
Mix and pour over cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin.
This recipe calls for you to use raspberry lemonade, but you could really use any flavored drink mix you like and change the crust to any cookie, graham, or regular pie crust (or use no crust at all). Cherry or strawberry flavor is a good flavor change to go with the chocolate crust if you prefer.
Raspberry Lemonade Pie
1/3 cup sweetened raspberry lemonade drink mix
1/2 cup water
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 8 oz. carton whipped topping
1 chocolate crumb pie crust (9 inch)
Chocolate syrup, optional
Mix water and drink mix. Add ice cream and beat on low until blended. Fold in whipped topping and pour into crust. Freeze 4 hours until firm. Remove 10 minutes before serving to make cutting easier. Top with chocolate sauce.
Photo By: Rick