In my house it is always about the next meal. It isn’t just the family asking “what’s for dinner?” It is also that I am always thinking about how to make the next meal exciting and delicious. It is my way of showing love for those around me. I think anyone who cooks can relate because cooking and eating are social acts. Food is a shared reality that brings us together for a variety of functions from simply fueling our bodies to being with friends to negotiating and making social and political agreements.

 This is a blog about loving others through food. And where do we do that best than at home? To me, home cooking is about taking accessible ingredients and making the very best of them. It doesn’t require special tools or specialty ingredients to make something really delicious and really inviting.

Food was my first love and has remained a loyal companion. When I was less than ten years old I began cooking recipes from boxed and canned foods, things like tuna casserole and my own version of a Cherries Jubilee, using canned cherry pie filing and a now, rarely found product called Dream Whip. As I grew older and more brave with food, I ditched the processed foods for the beautiful bounty of fresh whole foods available to us in markets all across the US. 

Though our time-crunched world seems to require quick and easy when it comes to feeding ourselves, I believe that cooking and eating should not be fast or easy all the time. When we can we should take the time to be mindful while we cook, to interact with the ingredients in a loving and respectful way. To that end, the recipes you will find here, may at times be simply made dishes with beautiful ingredients. At other times they may be long and involved with many parts, but are the kind of thing to pull out for a warm welcome to a family gathering or a weekend with friends. Most of all, these recipes reflect home cooking at its best.

I hope you find these recipes inspiring and that you, too, can make the best of what’s right around you for that next meal that is always just around the corner.

It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.

M.F.K. Fisher

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