I try my very hardest to cook with natural ingredients in unprocessed states.
In fact, someday I hope to:
- have a small garden where I can pick my very own herbs, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and snap peas.
- live within walking distance of a farmer's market that sells locally-grown produce.
- linger over cooking completely homemade meals (no boxes, cans, or powders).
Food is just better when it's fresh and local. There's nothing better than homemade bread right out of the oven, light pancakes made with homemade batter, and apples picked right off of the tree.
That said, it's not always feasible to cook like that when the grocery store is 10 minutes away and when you have a 2-year-old (and you're pregnant, to boot!). I do cook healthfully, but I sometimes have to resort to using boxes and cans.
If you are also a "semi-homemade" kind of cook, then you might appreciate Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking Cook's Cards. The box comes with 55 recipe cards in five categories:
- Appetizers and Snacks
- Salads and Soups
- Dinner, and
Choose between recipes like Carrot Coconut Muffins, Chicken and Baby Spinach with Raspberry-Balsamic Vinaigarette, Lemon Herb Butter-Basted Chicken, Cheesesteak Subs, Lasagna, and Cherry Crumble. There is one recipe on each card - flip it over and there's a corresponding picture (one of the best features of this set!).
I like to think that I fall in the Mostly Homemade category instead of the Semi-Homemade category so I wouldn't want to use these recipes every single night. That said, these recipes really are fast and easy...and I don't know very many moms that would turn those two qualities down.
YOUR TURN: How about you? Are you a semi-homemade cook, a mostly-homemade cook, or a make-everything-from scratch mama?
One winner will receive Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking Cook's Cards (Quirk Books, $16.95). To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, November 16
at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules
). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
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*UPDATE* The winner is #152 Carolyn Walsh. Congratulations!