Cooking is one of the things that keeps a family together. I have witnessed the transformative effects that simply sharing dinner together can have! Cooking food together as a family – and then enjoying the meal together – is one of the best ways to bond with each other.
Why is this? Well, think of what cooking requires. In order to successfully complete a recipe, you need to be able to manage a number of different elements at once. Having a few helping hands in the kitchen is a great way to accomplish this! When everyone has a job to do, people feel valued and appreciated, and everyone’s work goes into creating a delicious, shared experience.
With a family, however, complicated recipes are often out of the picture. And that’s okay! Sometimes, you just need to get dinner on the table quickly while the kids are sitting on the floor drumming on upturned pots with wooden spoons and using pot lids as cymbals. Often, simple recipes taste just as delicious as complicated ones with a fraction of the work.
I love sharing my simple recipes. These are recipes that I’ve developed over a lifetime with my family. Some of my favorite memories with my children and my grandchildren were made in the kitchen, and I hope that these recipes will help you make lasting memories with your own family. You don’t need to be a trained chef to make delicious food – you just need a great recipe and a willingness to try something new.
Whether you have a busy, bustling family or you live alone, my simple recipes are designed to be accessible by the home cook, no matter what their level of experience. When you cook, you have intimate control over every part of the experience – from the chopping of vegetables to the sear on your meat. It’s all up to you, and that’s what makes it special.
These simple recipes are perfect for the novice cook as well as the cook who has little ones for their sous chef. Because these recipes are so simple, they are perfect for experimenting on. Try out the recipe as written, but don’t be afraid to add or subtract ingredients or spices to make a unique dish that you will truly love. There is no failure in the kitchen, only practice. I hope these recipes will bring you and your family as much joy as they have brought me and mine over the years.