Not that I am not all about supporting the local restaurants, but let’s be honest, December led us into a cream and butter crazed, fried food, sugar loaded, anything goes state! A lot of people start resolutions, start to try to eat cleaner, or exercise more, at the start of the New Year. Makes sense to me, it is a great clean slate. In my opinion, eating at home is where you will get undoubtedly the healthiest foods. You can see what is going into every dish and control it. I tell this story to my classes a lot:
A couple years back, my husband had a favorite dish around town from a restaurant, it was mussels in this incredible broth. I love to eat at restaurants and recreate the meal at home, so I was off on a challenge. I would make them for him about once or twice a month, and every time he would tell me I was getting closer. Eventually I nailed it, and told him the truth about how I did so. I knew the base of the sauce was butter, but every week I was adding more and more. By the time I had “nailed it” it was a WHOLE STICK of butter in a pound of mussels. I couldn’t tell him during the process because I thought he would make me stop cooking them, and I got seriously intrigued by the copious amounts of fat, and I didn’t want to stop! Have I made them since? No. Point being, there is usually a reason that you can’t make your food taste like your favorite dish at a restaurant, you wouldn’t allow yourself to add that much butter, or cream , or even a crappy oil to your dish.
So I believe the cleanest slate is cooking from home. Your “splurge” will most likely become some homemade cookies or extra cheese on that taco rather than a plate of fried artichoke and aioli.
I invite you this month to eat at home as much as you can. I will be posting some good home cooked recipes here, hopefully they will help and inspire you.
See you in the kitchen,