Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mom's cooking

I'm one of those rarities - born in the vanguard of the boom, but with a mother who worked outside the home. My mother also cooked - supper every night. So I've wondered why this is no longer done - why is it that children whose mother's are employed get nuked chicken nuggets and Kraft dinner and take away pizza - instead of a hot home cooked meal of meat or fish and 2 veg. Reading this article in the NY Times

I realized one of the differences is that this author/mother gets home at 7:30 p.m. My mother worked in the days when not everyone overworked, and she took a job closer to home with less pay, rather than trading life for a commute. So she got home, back then in the fifties and sixties, at 5:15 p.m. Time to cook, eat, and many evenings get out to a civic or church meeting, to be involved in her community, not just with her job and family.

Times change, not always for the better. But thank God for one modern mom's commitment to feed her family real food, and then publish her ideas for doing so efficiently. Now, if she could just combine that with a consciousness of seeking a local, sustainable food supply...

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