That’s why I had a blast at my local Taste of Home Cooking School. I enjoyed an evening out with good company and learned a few things about cooking quick and easy meals at home.
One of the big things I observed is that so much of what we eat is about marketing. From the packaging right down to the photo of the finished item, we are beseiged by all kinds of messages and branding. It definitely makes you think about your food purchases. (Fresh, local, and organic, anyone?)
I also learned that I have forgotten how to properly measure flour. Yes, it is back to Home Economics class for me! Our lovely Taste of Home Cooking School Demonstrator showed us all that the way I was measuring flour could be ruining my baked goods (not to mention costing me more money!). It turns out that the way you measure flour can result in as much as 25 percent too much flour in a recipe. So now I’ve learned the proper way to measure flour.
One of the other things I was reminded of at the cooking school is that good cooking doesn’t have to take a lot of time or a lot of ingredients. I make a lot of excuses on the nights I grab a convenience meal from the freezer or ask my hubby to bring home a pizza. But the truth is this: if you can read a recipe, then you can cook. And it is so much better for you and your wallet to make something at home.
Have you ever been to a Taste of Home Cooking School? What did you think? Did you learn any new tricks?