There is nothing quite so invigorating as having home cooked meals on a regular basis. It seems that experiencing such regular fare is not only good for the individual from the standpoint of good nutrition, but it is good for the psyche as well.
When the food we eat is prepared by someone you trust and have had experience in eating their food, there is a psychological comfort in knowing that that particular style of cooking is going to render a comfortable and satisfying experience.
For example, you certainly have memories of the cooking that your mother was able to employ when you were a youngster. You remember her meat loaf dinners with mashed potatoes and gravy along with fresh peas and an apple salad with mayonnaise.
Or her spaghetti – what a savory and wonderful experience! Sitting down to such a meal brings memories of not only the food, prepared in just the special way that she always used, but the family memories that are brought to light. The conversations and problems that were brought up and solved in the midst of a glorious meal that made supper an event to remember.
Home cooked meals were a part of family life that is missing in many homes today, as family members work longer hours, simply because of crazy work schedules. Plus the fact that we life in a society today where families have much different schedules than used to be the case.
There is a plethora of single parent families, and children grow up with schedules of family members dictating that they are on their own much more frequently. For example, a child may have to fend for him or herself while a parent works the second shift, and a good meal cooked at home may be an unknown event if meals come from microwave concoctions.
Meals cooked in the traditional manner always would have a main course of a meat entree along with mashed or fried potatoes, a green vegetable, a salad of some kind and a good dessert. Moms all had their own recipes for things, and in many cases, they were specially identifiable to that particular mom.
A home cooked breakfast consisted of bacon and eggs, with the eggs being cooked either sunny side up, once over easy or scrambled. A fruit dish usually accompanied the meal along with a couple pieces of toast smothered with strawberry jam or a similar substance.
Lunch would consist of a sandwich or two of ham, beef or turkey, often accompanied with soup or broth. Fresh milk was the staple drink for children, later to be substituted with tea or coffee.
The family supper or dinner was the staple event of the day, with parents and children gathered around the table together, partaking together of a well-planned meal which was bountiful in its size, and delicious in its splendor and presentation.
Everyone knew basically what to expect, and the togetherness over such a meal built lives and attitudes which remain with us forever, as the memories and precepts brought forth became the fundamentals from which formed our attitudes and principles.