things i’ve learned in the kitchen

Not in any particular order…

Cooking from scratch is cheaper, tastier, and healthier than processed ready-made food.

making pancakes with Pa

Cookies taste better when made with butter.

cookie stack

Guests always want to stand around in the kitchen, even if you are busy. Accept and enjoy it. And give them something to do.

Guests, given a kitchen job, may do something differently than you would. Not a bad thing. Just different. Learn from it.

cookie elves

You can’t beat homemade chicken broth. Anything you add it to will taste better.

Eating together as a family is more important than you may think.

The kitchen is not just for cooking.

Aunty helps

When people say “you’re a good cook,” they mean the food connected to something emotional inside them. It made them happy.

Making your own bread is relaxing and fulfilling. And nothing tastes better than bread, fresh from the oven.

Littles love to help in the kitchen.

making pizza with Ma

I can’t make fudge. But DH can, so we’re covered. It’s good to have backup.

making fudge

It’s more fun to cook for others than it is to cook for yourself.

Cooking is a mystery to some people. But it can be learned. Like anything else. One step at a time. It takes a lot of practice to do anything well.

The kitchen is not just for cooking.

Grandpa reads the "Foot Book"

Cooking with “make do” ingredients will not make food that is as delicious as food made with the best ingredients.

The best food, meticulously prepared, will not entice picky eaters. Don’t bother. At each meal, make at least one thing they will eat. Until they’re grown. Then make what you want and they can fend for themselves.

The kitchen is not just for cooking.

sleepover at Pa and Ma's house

Meals do not have to end in dessert. But desserts can be wonderful.

fresh from the oven

There are more cheeses out there than cheddar and mozzarella. Taste some of them. Some stores offer free tastes of many cheeses. Find something you like that you’ve never had before. Enjoy it.

Homemade jelly, jam and tomato sauce are easy to make.

Snow White's turn on the plunger

One great chef’s knife is worth it’s weight in gold.

The only two knives I really need are a sharp chef’s knife and a sharp paring knife.

The kitchen is not just for cooking.

scissor time

Failure is just a learning experience. Try again.

Sometimes when you fail as a cook, those you serve it to do not know it’s a fail. Keep your mouth shut.

Experimenting with new recipes and new foods is fun. Most people make the same few recipes over and over. Get out of the rut. There is a whole wide world of food out there.

A Kitchen-Aid mixer is not a must, but it sure is helpful.

making bread with Ma

Meat on the menu is not necessary for a satisfying and delicious meal.

More food than you might think can be made ahead, then reheated, and will taste just as good as freshly made. This can be a great time-saver.

A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen.

helping Pa vacuum

You don’t have to cook a fancy meal to entertain guests. Popcorn and a movie or game night will do it.

You can make popcorn in a brown paper bag.

Meal plan: entrée, something green, something yellow or red or orange, and something fresh.

You can’t go wrong with chocolate.

eating Grandma's Christmas Mice

When you begin eating more fresh veggies, your body begins to crave more of them.

You can learn new things and grow as a cook at any age.

Cook for leftovers. They make great lunches and snacks. And some days you don’t feel like cooking. Fridge food can feed your family when you don’t want to.

You can live life without ever sifting flour.

making pie for Pa

Recipes do not have to be complicated or time consuming to be good.

Preparing food is a basic human experience. You should be participating.

~~Rhonda ::who, I have to admit, loves to cook::


  1. Mary
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, Rhonda. Love the photos!!

  2. Posted February 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    You have a wonderful list!

  3. Mika
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Great list Rhonda. 🙂 Two I’d add to the list as it pertains to my kitchen …

    * Complicated does not always equal tasty, but messy almost always does.

    * The highest compliment I ever received was when I was in my twenties and a lady at church told me I was too young to cook like her grandmother. 😉

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