It made me curious about you, our readers: what kind of cooking did you grow up with, and do you feel like it's different from how you cook and eat now?
I grew up in a fairly health-conscious middle-class American family. It was a large family, so my mother did a lot of baking and cooking at home. We didn't eat a lot of prepared foods or fast food — as much out of frugality as out of health concerns. But we did have the occasional sugared cereal (quite a treat, those Golden Grahams) and we ate a lot of peanut butter and honey (on whole wheat bread) and yogurt stirred up with grape jam. We also ate a lot of homemade sloppy Joes, pizza, casseroles, and lasagna.
Those are the sorts of things that make me nostalgic for my own home cuisine. I feel like I still like to cook in a similar way, with plenty of pasta and comfort foods — hopefully simple food, well-made. But I have also added in a lot more vegetables and foods from other parts of the world.
What about you? What was your home cuisine, that you grew up with, and what sorts of things make you nostalgic for it? Do you still cook in the same way that you grew up, or have you departed from it?
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