FLS reporter Katie Thisdell serves up news on local food finds, tales from home cooks and inspiration to help you have fun in your own kitchen.
The benefits of learning to cook
An Associated Press story today talks about how the recession has made Americans more likely to eat at home than out at a restaurant. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get you turning on the stove instead of picking up the take-out menu as you head home from work this evening, the story illustrates two big benefits of cooking for yourself: it’s cheaper and it’s often healthier.
From the story:
President of her own marketing agency in Raleigh, N.C., Beverly Murray, 46, never thought she’d have time to cook. But in 2008, her business tanked. Suddenly dropping $10 or $20 on every meal was not an option. So she got to know her stove. Now she subscribes to Cooking Light magazine and even has a signature dish, chipotle seared chicken.
When she does go out, she says, it’s a special occasion with friends. Having lost 30 pounds as a pleasant consequence of cooking at home, she is sticking to the new routine, even as business picks up.
I first started cooking right after college, when I was living on my own for the first time. It was amazing how quickly the college weight came off when I replaced heavy cafeteria meals with quality food made at home. If anyone else has a similar epiphany about the value of home cooking skills, please feel free to share it below.