Grandma’s Cooking – A Lost Art?

by Tammy Taylor

RancherMan and I are living our dream and now work at the ranch full time – we’ve been able to do that because we’re very careful with our finances but it’s a life that we love and certainly doesn’t feel like one of sacrifice.  One of the ways we stretch the budget is by enjoying delicious home-cooked meals (yeah, tough life huh?)  But I like to cook like our grandmothers did with foods in their most unprocessed state wherever possible.  I’d rather slice a raw jalapeno than to open a can of commercially-processed peppers.  I prefer to cook a handful of green beans from the garden instead of relying on a bag of frozen veggies bought at the store.

Grandma's Cooking - A Lost Art? Let's strive to cook like GRANDMA DID! Meal times need not be complicated to be inexpensive, delicious and healthy #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now some people really enjoy cooking, but others would almost rather have a root canal – I’m somewhere in between I think.  I usually enjoy cooking simple meals and the occasional more difficult meal, but cooking is certainly far from a favored hobby for me.  A typical meal at the ranch isn’t fancy at all – maybe a pork roast, potatoes and carrots from the slow cooker with homemade apple crumble for dessert.  If I’m lucky all of these items came directly from the ranch but even if I had to buy these ingredients they are purchased as whole, healthy foods.  Don’t get me wrong I’ll use convenience foods from time to time when circumstances dictate because I realize it’s all about balance.  But whenever possible I strive to cook like grandma did.

Grandma's Cooking - A Lost Art? Let's strive to cook like GRANDMA DID! Meal times need not be complicated to be inexpensive, delicious and healthy #TaylorMadeHomestead

Our grandmothers grocery shopping probably looked very different than what’s in the typical grocery cart today.  Grandma’s cart was filled with sugar and flour, fresh carrots and milk, baking supplies and fresh meats.  Today’s grocery shelves are packed with newfangled boxes and bags, pouches and cans.  I’m not judging here, just noticing the consumer shift.  But reading the nutritional information on some those boxes and bags can be shocking.  I felt it was time to jump in the kitchen and take back control of my family’s health.  I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was much easier than I thought since I don’t try to complicate mealtimes with fancy or time-consuming recipes.

Grandma's Cooking - A Lost Art? Let's strive to cook like GRANDMA DID! Meal times need not be complicated to be inexpensive, delicious and healthy #TaylorMadeHomestead

How many of you can keep your mouth from watering when you think about grandma’s cooking? Of course you can’t, grandma was an awesome cook and we all looked forward to sitting at her table enjoying her home-cooked goodness. She probably grew most of her veggies right outside her back door in the veggie garden and her famous dessert was probably whipped up from memory not even using a recipe card.  Seldom was a meal at grandma’s something fru-fru – it was usually simple, abundant and absolutely delicious.

Grandma's Cooking - A Lost Art? Let's strive to cook like GRANDMA DID! Meal times need not be complicated to be inexpensive, delicious and healthy #TaylorMadeHomestead

My point here is that mealtimes need not be complicated.  Although it may take a little time initially to perfect your methods and recipes, soon whipping up something delicious from scratch will evoke those wonderful memories of sitting at grandma’s table.  And let’s face it, cooking this way is bound to be not only significantly cheaper but healthier for you and your family as well!

~TMH~

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104 thoughts on “Grandma’s Cooking – A Lost Art?

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    Yes! Fresh is best. It is crazy how much food has changed in the name of convenience. Often times it just means wrapped in plastic. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop!

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  2. Anya

    I love this and agree with your sentiment 100% – sometimes we overthink our cooking and complicate things. Keep it simple with real food and all will be well. 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Keeping it simple is the only way to go, in my opinion Anya. But I know simple can be delicious! ~TMH~

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  3. Nancy Wolff

    Both my mother and my grandparents cooked this way and it is how I love to cook! thank you for sharing your post on Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! I will be featuring your post this week! – Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )

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  4. Janet Vinyard

    Great post! I would love to have some of the recipes my Grandmother never wrote down! I guess those are gone forever! I definitely agree with you about the processed foods – if you can’t pronounce the ingredients there’s a problem here! Blessings, Janet

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Me too Janet. I have some of grandma’s faves, but oh those that she just did by memory…. How I’d love to have them now. ~TMH~

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  5. Tara

    I totally agree with your sentiments. I think many families have gotten so much busier with work and extra-curricular activities that squeezing in a homemade meal seems out of reach. I’m learning to find a balance myself between busyness and home cooked meals (most of the time anyway). Meal planning has helped tremendously!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve heard lots of people say meal planning has helped them bunches, Tara. Good for you! ~TMH~

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  6. Charlotte

    I do a mix of both. Definitely our culture has swung from cooking from scratch to convenience. I think it’s because everyone is so busy with both parents working and kids in activities that it’s fallen by the way. If you earn less income sometimes cooking from scratch is a necessity and cheaper.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yes, Charlotte, it’s a culture shift as you mentioned probably due to both parents working. Heck when my kids were young I did whatever I had to do to get them fed quickly. I’m in another place in my life as empty nesters with RancherMan so I’m afforded the time to stop & think about my routines. I’ve been able to get meals on the table quickly by utilizing the cook-once, eat-twice method of cooking. Oh if I’d only done that in my earlier years, homemade meals would have been just as fast to put on the table than the convenience stuff. But, you know, sometimes with age comes wisdom. LOL ~TMH~

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  9. Kat

    Tammy, You did it again, your post was picked as the most LOVED last week in Simple Saturdays Blog Hop…CONGRATS!! I personally love your post. I did not have the advantage of growing up with my grandmother, but was surrounded by adopted ones and I too have fond memories of being out in the garden picking fresh veggies…especially green beans…and bringing them into the kitchen and cooking them up for dinner. Thank you for the amazing post, food and family pics!

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  10. Elaine

    Great Post!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I love having you! Hope to see you again on Thursday! Pinned!

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  11. The Rural Economist

    Cooking from scratch is becoming a lost art. Thanks for linking up at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It seems there’s just not enough time to cook from scratch anymore, although there’s still plenty of time to sit in front of the TV for hours each night… ~TMR~

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  12. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    My grandma always made English muffins from scratch. It took her all day but they were the best English muffins ever!!! Thanks for bringing back fond memories and also for linking up with Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo Lisa

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Homemade English Muffins – that sounds amazing Lisa. And like you said, it made fond memories for you in the years to come. ~TMR~

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  14. Life Breath Present

    I know I love cooking with the most whole and fresh ingredients I can. We may not yet get organic vegetables and fruits, but we sure do limit the amount of boxes/bags we purchase. Outside of bread, cereal, and pasta, we don’t really buy any boxes. And our biggest consumption of cans is for tomato paste…only because I haven’t quite mastered that yet. Now, that we’re also able to start a small garden of our own, I anticipate even more fresh and (yes) better ingredients for us! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Sounds about like us – we limit the amount of boxes/bags we purchase as well. I’ve finally mastered making granola and sandwich bread so I’ve added them to my list of homemade, but since we’re empty nesters I’m afforded the time to do so – I couldn’t even begin to have time for that when we still had children at home. We’re all in different places in our lives with different needs. ~TMR~

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  15. Tracy @ Our Simple Homestead

    Tammy what a great post! I can’t remember when I last bought something pre-packaged. I love cooking with old-fashion recipes that only require good old-fashion pantry items…just like our Grandmothers did!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ll admit Tracy that there are times when convenience foods make sense in our household from time to time – and that’s ok too. But doesn’t it feel good to cook like grandma did?? ~TMR~

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  16. Carole

    I created a database of my recipes that are modified to make them fast and easy. I’m a die hard. I always disliked packaged and instant foods. And I’m a single working mom. You can do this! Stop by and pick up some great recipes. Its free. Hope this helps!

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  17. lynnia manis

    As old as I am, I am blessed that I can remember my grandmothers cooking, my fav was her corn chowder, and I can also remember the room she stored all of the food she canned. Shelves of beautiful colored foods…..

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Lynnia, there’s something that almost touches your very soul looking at rows of beautifully home-canned food… Love it! ~TMR~

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  18. The Rural Economist

    Simple meals with basic ingredients are the best. We just went to my grandparents and ground some corn meal. Cannot wait to cook with that. Thanks for sharing on Rural Wisdom and Know How.

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  20. Karen Goodman

    I feel the same way as you do! I do buy some convenience foods, but try to buy as much that is in it’s natural state. Plain rice and noodles instead of the package with all of the flavors add, meat from the butch section rather than the frozen food isle, fresh vegetables or frozen, but if I do go with frozen, it’s just straight vegetables, not a cheesy mix. Dinners at my grandmothers were all from scratch. Even though our grandmothers cooked with full fat dairy, butter, Crisco and fried their chicken in oil and didn’t exercise for the sake of exercise, their generation didn’t battle weight issues the way we do. I believe it is because they didn’t eat processed food and general household activities took more energy than our conveniences offer. Just washing dishes required scrubbing that our non-stick pans, Pam sprayed baking dishes and dishwashers eliminate for us. I’m not complaining about the conveniences…but eliminating processed food as much as possible would make us all healthier.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I see it the same way as you do Karen. We would all be healthier if we’d go back to cooking the way grandma did! ~TMR~

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  22. Kristin

    Homecooked, whole foods meals will always beat out crappy processed packed food. Great post. Congrats on being featured on Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts in the future. http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/11/wildcrafting-wednesday-11-6-1

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  25. Cathy

    Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. I hope you will be back to link up another awesome post this week! Cathy @ http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

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  26. Vicki

    I just jumped over from “From the Farm Blog Hop.” Beautiful article. I am trying to cook the way my grandmothers did. I so wish they were still here to answer my questions, and just so I could tell them how much I appreciate all the hard work they put into caring for their families.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh me too Vicki. Thankfully I had both of my grandmothers well into my adulthood and was able to share my admiration of them, but I miss them bunches now. ~TMR~

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  27. daisy

    I couldn’t agree more. Most folks today don’t give a thought to what they put into their grocery cart. We scratch cook and plan to keep it that way. I’m not as good a cook as my momma was, but we eat clean food. We also prepare very simple, basic meals. When the ingredients are fresh, you don’t need a lot of stuff to cover up the taste. Enjoy!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Sounds like you’re still cooking with wholesome ingredients just like grandma did – good for you! ~TMR~

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  28. debra@ HOMESPUN

    Simple meals are usually the best…a nice fancy dish here or there is ok but the old standbys work for me, generally ! For instance, Every once in awhile a box mix of Betty Crocker potatoes ( Cheesy ) will be used here but for the most part it is baked, oven crisped, mashed ( home made ) and so on. It just tastes so much better, and fresh vegetables …oh yes! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Debra – I like that too – it’s fun to do a fancier meal every now & then, but usually around the Taylor Household it’s just good ole country cookin’ ~TMR~

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  29. Jenny

    This is exactly how I feel! While I don’t live on a ranch, I SO want to simplify my life and simplify my cooking. Thank you for the inspiration! I would love to re-blog this post sometime if you don’t mind. Now… I’ve got to go put a roast in the crock pot. 🙂

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  30. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

    It’s true what you say. If you stick to the outside perimeter of most grocery stores and stay out of the inner aisles, you’ll tend to have a healthier shopping cart when you check out. I’ve gotten bad about the convenience thing lately, trying to get back to fresher! Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      The marketing folks are good at what they do, convincing us it’s just too hard to cook for our families. But in my experience by keeping meals both simple & delicious, a wholesome home-cooked meal can be served in about the same time as those meals from a box or bag. I do it by making my own convenience foods – the cook-once-eat-twice method. ~TMR~

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  31. Marla

    Good article and times certainly have changed but I really believe people are starting to see the dangers in processed and going back to some of the old ways. So much better for our health and the environment. Twitted.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Marla, I think you’re absolutely right, more & more people are shying away from boxed processed foods. Now if we can just get back to ‘simple’ home-cooked meals instead of wearing ourselves ragged trying to follow acclaimed chefs complicated gourmet recipes, maybe we wouldn’t get so burned out on cooking wholesome food for our families… ~TMR~

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  32. LindaG

    There were so many more real farms and farmers in Grandma’s day. We are slowly trying to do it all ourselves. For a city girl, this first year has been quite a surprise. I wish I’d had the sense to learn from my Granny. She did not raise her own, living in the city; but there was a great Farmer’s Market back then. Thanks for a great post.

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  36. Joyce

    I so agree, I love cooking and baking from scratch. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist Link Up where you have been featured, please stop by and grab the featured button. http://yourlife7.blogspot.com/2013/07/tuesdays-with-twist-16-link-up.html

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  37. Summers Acres

    I too have similar memories. My Mama is very much the same ways as Grandma. I hope that I can strive to be half the woman and cook either of them were and are. Great post. Love, love, love the old black and white photo. Thanks for sharing! Please join us again Thursday at: http://summersacres.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-homeacre-hop-29.html ~Ann

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I also strive to be half the cook the amazing women before me were/are. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to their level of expertise in the kitchen but I keep trying! ~TMR~

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  38. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    What an excellent post! I agree! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!

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  39. Babs

    Good for you! Not only is the food probably healthier, and tastier, but probably less expensive than using processed foods. I mostly cook “from scratch” like my mom and grandmother did, but I added dishes which they never had growing up in the South., like pizza, brussel sprouts, Mexican food, etc. The only thing I haven’t made in a long time is biscuits. Mine are awful, so I buy frozen ones. 🙂 I really need to practice making them more. Visiting from Thrifty Things Friday.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Babs, I had the hardest time making biscuits that were not dry & hard and I found 3 things made all the difference in the world: 1) When you cut the butter (or shortening) into the flour mixture, leave little pea-sized chunks of butter/shortening intact. 2) Roll them just a little more thickly than you think you need to and 3) don’t over-bake them. I think after many trials & errors I’ve finally come to the place where I can present some amazingly tender and delicious biscuits. Give it a try. ~TMR~

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  40. Jane@Momwithaprep

    That’s the kind of cooking I’m trying to get back to – basics, real ingredients, not out of a packet!

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  41. Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com

    Tammy, this post made me smile and tear up at the same time. I’ve always loved how my mom cooked and still can almost taste her pea soup and biscuits! This is delightful 🙂 Thank you SO much for sharing of your heritage and memories! Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Aww – thanks Jacqueline. I love that you are that connected to your mom through memories of her cooking – so special! ~TMR~

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  42. Jill

    Stopping in by way of Sunny Simple Monday. Home cooking is the best, fresh local produce is heaven!! I am waiting for the heatmto abate so I can pick raspberries and blueberries – I will make jam and freeze some blueberries.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Jill – picking raspberries & blueberries – making jam & freezing blueberries? Lucky girl! ~TMR~

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  43. Susan @ Love in the Ktchen

    This is a wonderful post! I remember my grandma’s cooking very well and often wish I had her touch with fried chicken. I did just get her cast iron skillets though! I’d love for you to share this at Tuesday’s Table – http://zentmrs.blogspot.com/2013/07/tuesdays-table-for-july-16-2013-and.html

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh yes Susan I understand where you’re coming from. I have my grandmother’s cast-iron skillet – she received it as a wedding gift when she married my grandfather in 1934. Thanks for the link invitation, think I’ll ‘hop’ on over! ~TMR~

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  44. Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    I cook very differently from my mother. She had a very limited variety of recipes. I do feel close to her when I cook one of her meals or dishes. I especially like the things handed down from my grandma to my mom to me. Blessings, Laura Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Ummm Laura – things handed down the family line ARE the best, huh? It’s funny the things that make us feel close to the ones we love, but cooking (and dishes) are certainly triggers for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ~TMR~

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  45. debra@ HOMESPUN

    I completely agree! 🙂 Some of the best things that I cook are the simplest ones with the freshest ingredients…and yes my grandparents cooked from their garden 🙂 Love your post…

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  46. Pat@Back Porch Musings

    I still cook like my grandmothers and my mother. For years I did my own canning and freezing of veggies etc. Not so much these days, but I still try to serve plain ol’ country meals. I made a big pot of green beans and potatoes today, for tomorrow’s meals. As we all know they are always better the second day. Just like the vegetable soup I made yesterday. It really doesn’t take a lot of time to cook like grandma. We moved from the farm about 10 years ago. Our gardening, these days, is mostly flowers with a few tomato plants. I am married to a “farm boy” who lived on that farm nearly 60 years. I am happy to say, I have three daughters, who cook like their grandmothers and mother, also. That kind of cooking is alive and well. My granddaughter recently married. She appreciates the art of preparing plain and simple, delicious, delightful, nutritious meals. We hope to carry on that tradition with the younger g’kiddos, who really like that kind of cooking.:-) Of course, now and then, I try something new and so do the girls. This is a wonderful post!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      What wonderful stories – thanks so much for sharing Pat! You said “It really doesn’t take a lot of time to cook like grandma”. So true and I was thrilled to discover that. I think the powers that be in the convenience-food industry are thrilled when we think it’s just too much to be able to cook, but happily it’s not – it’s easy, much cheaper and far more nutritious! ~TMR~

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  47. that's the way the cornbread crumbles

    I have always cooked in much the same way. I’ve never been able to tolerate foods with a lot of preservatives so I learned at a very young age to cook from scratch. We don’t have a garden anymore but we use fresh ingredients when ever possible.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It’s very fulfilling I think to set that dish on the table that you’ve prepared with fresh wholesome ingredients. ~TMR~

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  48. Heather

    My Nana is a great cook, she just turned 95 this year. It is amazing the differences that have happened over the past 100 years when it comes to food and what people are making. There are definitely times when I get sucked into the “convenience” trap, but then feel worse after I eat those types of foods. And honestly, the food just tastes better with fresh herbs and seasonings at home.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Heather, you are so right – there really has been huge shifts in food and food preparation in the last 100 years. I’m trying hard to get back to the basics and I’m finding not only is it easy to do, but so satisfying! ~TMR~

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  49. Linda @ A La Carte

    Back to basics is what I call it and yes it is much more nutritious and tasty! Thanks for sharing you ideas with us at TTF. Linda

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  50. Christina @Juggling Real Food and Real Life

    Did you know my grandmother? This is a beautiful post. My grandmother cooked delicious meals from real simple ingredients and every recipe was from memory. When she passed away everyone wanted her “magic skillet”. It must be magic because everything that came out of it was so delicious. She cooked with lard, bacon and brown eggs that she got from the farmer. She made pies from scratch and there was always plenty to eat. She never complained about being too busy to cook a meal. I wish I would have cooked with her more when she was still around. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us.

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  51. Laurie

    I love the “Grandma” way of cooking… you can pronounce all of the ingredients! Eggs, beef, chicken, beans, broccoli, etc rather than Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) or butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) for example.

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  52. Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside

    I think Grandma’s cooking was better than a lot of the recipes today! If I find an old recipe, I usually give it a dry because people back then knew how to cook!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Tammy – yes ma’am – grandma didn’t try to complicate things and the results were delicious! ~TMR~

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  53. M.

    The boxes–ugh! I recently heard this conversation in the grocery store (which, if there were more farmers’s markets and/or produce stands, I spend even LESS time in!): Woman #1: But I don’t even know HOW to make that. Woman #2: It’s easy! Just follow the directions on the box. Really, I can’t make this up! At least an effort is being made at some type of make-at-home food preparation. Thank you for this post. I have fond memories of Gram’s and Mama’s cooking, both of whom were excellent cooks and teachers.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yep. I can’t cast any stones there because that was *SO* me after I moved out, got married & had my children. I didn’t slow things down to the traditional way of life until after the kids had gone through their toddler years – I truly never even thought about it. But it was those sweet childhood memories that made me want to live the way grandma did and even now I’m working more & more toward it! ~TMR~

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  54. Little Mountain Haven

    It’s the memories of my Grandparents cooking, sewing, knitting and gardening that has made me want to do it in my ‘adult’ life (are we ever really grown ups 😉 ). I have a rich childhood and it’s something I want to create for my children. We’ve been eating from scratch for years, and there are days that I really ponder over how much work it really is. A couple of days ago I spent 2 hours shelling favas only to end up with 2 cups (http://littlemountainhaven.blogspot.ca/2013/07/are-fava-beans-worth-work.html) and last nights pot of mint pea soup required 5.5 cups of peas- which took HOURS to shell. but in the end, I know where my food came from, how it was grown, how it was harvested and then turned into a meal as a family and I can only hope I am creating strong enough memories for my children and eventually grandchildren. Great post!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh yes, those sweet memories of childhood that shape us as adults. I think for me, it’s not really how much work it is as much as it is the satisfaction that I’m providing for my family (but I certainly know where you’re coming from there!) Rest assured, you’re making an impact on your kids. In my case I went the contemporary convenience way of living after I had my kids and didn’t really feel the tug back until after the busy toddler years. But it seems each year that goes by tugs at me more & more toward the old-fashioned ways and I’ve never felt more fulfilled! ~TMR~

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  55. Marie

    Wonderful post! You are right. Cooking, real cooking, is slowly becoming a lost art. Stopping by from the Get Fit Friday blog hop.

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  56. Sheila

    I try and cook like Grandma also. It gives me great satisfaction to sit down to a meal and know that everything there was harvested from the land and only simple ingredients were purchased (sugar,salt,flour).

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  57. Candy C.

    Good post! 🙂 I also love to cook like Grandma did. The simplicity of the meals and the use of whole foods and fresh ingredients is very satisfying. I try not to judge others but it is rather discouraging to see the “food” in some of the carts at the grocery store.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Candy. Like you I don’t judge others for what they purchase in the grocery store, I know in a different season of my life with young children and a new household I certainly bought my fair share of prepackaged food. It’s just that I’m surprised that it’s not nearly as hard as I thought it would be to learn to cook simple yet wholesome meals. Hopefully this can be encouragement for others out there ready to make a change. ~TMR~

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  58. Mel

    I can cook fried chicken with gravy, and roast beef with noodles just like my grandmothers did. Those are the only two dishes that render me unable to put my fork down. I can’t say the same for their vegetable cooking methods.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I strive to cook like my grandmothers did – veggies and all! Grandma often strolled out back & picked the veggies that would accompany our meal right from her garden (man I loved that!) Or she would pull a shiny jar of home-canned produce from her pantry. Wonderful memories… ~TMR~

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  59. KarenLynn@Lil' SuburbanHomestead

    Tammy I agree Grandma’s cooking is a lost art….no one has time to prepare a meal these days everything has to be done so quickly! Your veggies and your meal you made in this post look fabulous! I have to say sometimes my Grandparents would keep things simple and just pull out snacks etc…but they always made time for us and we would sit around the table and talk and talk I sure miss both of them. Thanks for this wonderful post!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Karen, I remember my grandmothers cooking as being very simple meals. I think oftentimes I tried to complicate things with recipes I found in magazines, that included fancy ingredients, complicated instructions and tons of dirty dishes. I think it discouraged me and I just quit trying for awhile. Then it occurred to me to cook like grandma did! Now I still don’t LOVE to cook, but I enjoy it enough to put a good wholesome tasty yet simple meal on the table. I think simplicity was key for me. Thanks for your comment! ~TMR~

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