Re: Any mamas here cook everything from scratch?
I make everything from scratch. One really nice resource for me is actually The Joy of Cooking. The book. Everything in there is from scratch, and it has all the basic recipes so you can find what youre looking for in there. I know there are tons of fad cookbooks out there, but I only own 3, plus I have a membership to Cooks Illustrated online, and that's it. I own Joy, All Around the World for international recipes, and a thin cookbook filled with quick scratch recipes to give ideas. It's nice to have a trusted resource for recipes and Joy has never steered me wrong.
Things that are always in my house are brown rice, oats, beans and cheese. I also have a share in our local CSA which takes some mystery out of what we are eating - we plan our meals around the veggies that come to us. When we get beets or swiss chard, we just saute the greens and serve it with a rice salad sometimes. Your palette may need to adjust to the individual flavors of whole foods, so go easy on yourself.
Danielle, Nick, Gigi ('08) and William (7/11)