Julia Child I am not. My mother, the daughter of a Home Ec teacher, rebelled against her mother by becoming a career woman and using the plethora of shortcuts in the kitchen that became available when women entered the work force. As a child, I never knew that certain foods could be made from scratch. I remember specifically as a teen, my first boyfriend caught a cold and I offered to take care of him. He said he was going to his mother’s house because she would make him chicken soup. I told him I would make him chicken soup. “How hard is it to open a can?” I said. He informed me that his mother makes her own chicken broth and cooks a whole chicken…etc. I was floored. I had always thought chicken soup came from a Campbell Soup can.
Since then, I have discovered The Food Network and all of their easy tips. Cooking has become a hobby of mine. Even my mother has jumped on board getting in touch with her inner chef (Rachael Ray is her personal favorite because they both have no patience, in fact my mother refuses to make a meal that will take more than 30 min).
I have been experimenting with some of the foods that I was unaware could be made from scratch. I decided to share with you my experience making homemade strawberry jam. I used this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. As Ina would say, “How bad can that be?”
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