Starting From Scratch

August 8, 2009 at 12:56 am 1 comment

It all started with a simple suggestion in a Michael Pollan article: “Eat anything you want — just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.”  Here I am a week later, thinking about how to make things like mayonnaise, yogurt, and crackers for my 30-day cooking from scratch marathon.

The way I see it, the point of this experiment isn’t to act like I’m doing a historical re-enactment at Colonial Williamsburg. It’s to make real, healthy cooking a part of my life — with the help of modern conveniences.

The ridiculously well-stocked pantry

The ridiculously well-stocked pantry

And I’ve got a LOT of conveniences thanks to Jeff, my partner in crime.  Check out his ridiculously well-stocked pantry.  In terms of kitchen equipment, he’s got everything a girl could ask for — a Stand Mixer, Vita-Mix, food dehydrator, crockpot, food processor, and 40-cup rice cooker (long story).

I also happen to live in Seattle — the land of plenty when it comes to accessing natural, whole foods and farmers markets.   This is lucky because there’s not much chance of me growing veggies, raising livestock, or starting a rice paddy on my patio.

Ever since I developed food allergies, I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating the power of food.  My goal isn’t just to write a blog — it’s to change the way I eat long-term and answer some questions:  Is it healthier and cheaper to eat from scratch? What are some time-saving tips?  How were certain foods made historically and by previous generations?

That’s why I’m calling this blog Scratch Everything — because I want to rethink everything I thought I knew about food as I start cooking from scratch.  Sadly, that meant rejecting some fabulous titles (thanks to Jon for these):

  • Burger, She Wrote
  • Living Fajita Loca
  • The Balsamic Verses

So, brace yourself for some terribly awesome food puns and an exciting month of learning about the art and science of cooking.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. stanley  |  August 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    pantries are for food. machines go in a barn.


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