Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The lost art of baked goods
Maybe I am a dying breed, but I like to bake. I love making cookies. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was my yellow kitchen aid. I enjoy showing up to places with a basket of warm cookies and watching them disappear. I especially enjoy the look on peoples face when I tell them, "yes, I did make these from scratch". I find humor in the fact that people will spend $15 on a tub of cookie dough that would cost $3 to make (not to mention you get twice as many cookies)But I feel my kind are slowly disappearing.
More and more it seems "baking" has turned into a trip to Costco. Don't get me wrong Costco has a great bakery, but I think it has become some type of mandate that no group of people are allowed to gather without a tray of costco muffins!! I recently was in charge of putting together food for "Parent Day" at our school. Wanting to prove a point that we could serve food without spending a bunch of money, I called some fellow parents and I was able to put out quite a nice spread (if I do say so my self) for free. We had cookies, bagels, quick breads and brownies- something for everyone. We also had a tray of costco muffins that were donated. Everything was gone before those muffins were touched. Hmmmmm...
I know lives are busy, but isn't that even more of a reason to take the time to slow down and actually make something? In a world of "instant everything", I want my kids to know how to "do" and not just where to buy. We make goodies you can only get from our (and Nana's) kitchen and I know that someday Ben and Sam will be making those same goodies with their kids.