Bon Appétit!

Resolve to start the New Year living the #saysolife! This year Mimi is going to help you learn to cook or if you already know how to cook, expand your culinary horizons and domestic pursuits! Mimi and Mademoiselle believe that part of gracious living involves some cooking and entertaining. Much to our chagrin, there are a lot of excuses today about not cooking or entertaining at home. Many seem especially defiant to embrace the art of cooking and feign helplessness in the kitchen. Parents with far too busy schedules have given in to “to go” and are satisfied with having someone else do the cooking. It has become far too easy to hand over cooking to someone else when our time is short and our schedule or workload is too burdensome.

We find no viable excuse for not being able to properly prepare food and nourish yourself. Everyone should know how to cook a few things. If you learn to cook a select few items, preferably a breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner and dessert, you will eventually become confident enough to branch out and try cooking other things. In the great words of Julia Child, “you don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces –just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Mademoiselle gets the excuses and uses them frequently, but believes with a little effort you can learn to “source” fresh foods to make healthful meals a reality at home. She also believes you can impressively entertain without too much effort or expense. Mademoiselle has shortcuts and sources to make these and many other recipes quicker and easier by “sourcing” the required ingredients rather than making it all from scratch.  

In our posts, Mimi and Mademoiselle share recipes and time saving entertaining and sourcing tips, so that even if cooking is not what you’re about, you will be able to master these recipes and cooking techniques. So, you can be the one to show up with something homemade at a party, feed yourself in a snowstorm or fix a meal for someone you love.

Our recipes are time tested and SaySo approved, but watch out…we are from the South, we eat meat, we like butter and cream and respect anyone who likes bread. Many of our recipes are old and back then no one really counted their calories either! YUM! Our motto is just like Julia’s, “Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

If you want more inspiration for cooking at home, Mimi and Mademoiselle recommend:

Cooked by Michael Polland   Southern Food by John Egerton   Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits by Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault   A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

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