And yes, I’m talking to you. You know who you are, faithful reader #1.
Somewhere around a year ago we started making the attempt to no longer buy mass produced, store bought snack foods.
It had to do with Peter receiving the book, Food Rules, by Michael Pollan, as part of a Christmas gift, from Krystal’s husband, Dustin. Somehow, I suspect K had something to do with this, but that’s beside the point…… It is a super quick, easily read, thought provoking book that will stay with out and revisit you, often. Anyway…….. this book really makes you think about how and what you eat, as he always does.
This gift made us especially ponder rule
# 39 Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. ……eat all these treats as often as you’re willing to prepare them~chances are good it won’t be every day.
Okay, we are willing to cook everyday, so I know we shouldn’t entirely take him literally…… You get the point. If we aren’t willing to make french fries or potato chips regularly, we won’t eat them, regularly. Doughnuts are not easy, they are a rarity. Now cinnamon rolls, I know how to make 7 pans at a time, I just need to remember to get them out of the freezer……. Same with homemade apple dumplings, dozens upon dozens at a time, we make………. Still…….
Other rules that ring a bell and make me continually question what we are putting in our mouths…..
#2 Don’t eat food your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
#3 Avoid foods products containing ingredients than no ordinary human would keep in their pantry.
#7 Avoid food products that a third grader can not pronounce.
#11 Avoid food products advertised on television.
#17 Eat only food products cooked by humans.
#19 If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
#43 Have a glass of wine with dinner. Yay! I really do like his thinking!
For this night’s pigging we picked Ranger cookies. We haven’t made them in a really long time. Have you ever experienced Ranger cookies? All I know is that I had a very good friend, from the 3rd grade on, we’ll call her Carla, who regularly brought these in her school lunch and they were good! Not sure why she would have ever shared them…. If my mom had baked them, for me, I wouldn’t have. I know that…. I suspect we also had them when it was her turn for the Girl Scout treat container to visit her house…. Yes, goody, good, very, tasty good!
When I was first thrown a wedding shower, eons and then some years ago, a family recipe was requested from each guest. This is the only recipe to survive the almost 33 years. The recipe box even survives, with the oldest, of all, recipes, others are stored in lots of different places, but if you want the really old ones, this is where they are kept.
And tell me you, also, have some disorganized, can put your finger on any recipe, in seconds flat, sort of place, too…. Don’t lie, I know you do.
So, thank you, Patsy, for allowing Carla to pass this recipe on. I think of the whole darn family, each and every one of you, and all the good times of growing up, in a small town, with every bite, every time, I enjoy one. I’m just glad the recipe makes a lot and I don’t have to cook treats *every* night, LOL!
And thank you Michael Pollan for saying homemade treats are okay and encouraged. I like the way you think. My great grandma would have liked you, too.