This week we crank up the kitchen machine!
A kitchen is kinda like a machine. One that isn’t being used regularly is stiff and creaky, one in constant use becomes like a well oiled machine. Things come into the kitchen like ingredients, water, energy and things flow out … finished meals, snacks and dirty dishes. A kitchen without a good system is like a machine that isn’t carried for. It clogs up with dirty dishes, unused and unwanted gadgets, food that goes bad, ingredients for recipes no one ever has time to make, and of course just general mess. Or in the case of a kitchen that’s never used at all … you know, like the beautiful magnificently equipped kitchens you see on tv right before the owners of said kitchen go out for dinner . That kitchen is like a machine that has seized up through sheer lack of use.
If your kitchen sounds anything like these don’t despair! We’ll start out with the very basics of turning the crank on your kitchen machine to get things going. This week is part about attitude and part about cooking.
Take Charge of your Kitchen!
First we need a daily reminder that we are in charge of our kitchens and that what we are doing is urgently important! That reminder is wearing an apron and shoes in the kitchen. I’m channeling Flylady here I know, but this step matters a lot though it sounds kinda petty at first. At least that’s what I thought when I read Flylady’s admonition to get dressed to your shoes. Sure, it’s about comfort in the kitchen and protecting your clothes. But more importantly it’s about attitude. The shoes will help keep you from getting tired. The apron will be the uniform that will remind you of your new professional title “She Who Cares About What This Family Eats”.
The Granny Plan is unavailable as an eBook at the present time but feel free to read the summarized version on this site.
[ The Granny Plan was originally inspired by a weekly series I wrote back in 2013. I thought I’d share some of the original for new readers … just click thru the links to get a little taste of the book from the linked post excerpts. ]
- Getting Started
- Step 1: It All Starts With Buttered Carrots …
- Step 2: Our First Main Dish
- Step 3: Clean As You Go
- Step 4: Feed Yourself First
- Step 5: Eliminate One Fake Food
- Step 6: What Can I Improve in 15 Minutes?
- Step 7: Begin Work on a Real Food Project
- Step 8: Start Building a Real Food Pantry
- Step 9: Do You Have Kitchen Gaps?
- Step 10: List Your Routines
- Step 11: Expand Your Real Food Knowledge
- Step 12: Find Your Real Food Tribe