Cooking for your loved ones always takes a bit of preparedness. Once you have found your recipe, prepped your shopping list, and finally went to the grocery store your exhausted. This only adds to the admiration you hold so fondly for your Mother, Grandmother or whomever cooked for you. They spent an abundance of time and effort adding that secret ingredient “LOVE”. While we may have the time and inclination to do so on occasion, such as Holidays and Family Gatherings. Everyday is not an option in our new instant gratification reality.
You can have a homemade with a “love” meal any day of the week. Knowing some Shopping short cuts and easy cooking techniques is the key to success. If you are not the “BEST” cook start simple. All the great recipes of our heritage and childhoods were created in a much more simple time. THESE ARE ATTAINABLE! ANYONE CAN COOK< I PROMISE!
A great base is am amazing place to start. Pardon the Pun, but a great soup is “ALL ABOUT THE BASE”.
Homemade Base to Wicked Kitchen Chicken Pot Pie
Our amazing stock always began with 3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, one pound of butter , 2 stalks of celery, 2 pounds of carrots and 6 large Yellow onions. A LARGE roasting pan was filled with the chicken. The one pound of butter cut into pieces and covering the chicken. next slice the onions, celery and carrots and cover the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and Italian spices. Cover it all with 3 quarts of water. This goes into the oven at 325 for 2 hours and then 250 for another 4. This was the base of all of my pot pie.
However if you don’t have the expansive time to do this, a Great quality store bought stock will do. Add your personal selections of dried or fresh herbs and veggies to create your base. This will begin to fill your kitchen with a sensory memory of “LOVE”.
I am not a huge advocate of boxed, frozen or pre packaged meals. However, which ever way your choose to feed your family is loving,
Taking time to cook for your loved ones is an act of “LOVE”. You may not be the MOST Amazing cook , but your effort will not go unnoticed. Remember with a little practice, ANYONE CAN COOK!