Top 10 of 20 to be accurate. Poppy has a list too, coming soon. Stunning to think that collectively we have written six hundred fifty posts in the past five years, three hundred twenty-five apiece, whole food, local and seasonal at the heart of most. My own top ten favorite posts are ones that I have attachments to for sentimental reasons, though it would be interesting to select a top ten, or twenty, based on statistics.
A few are a nudge to reconsider some habit or another that just doesn’t make sense in today’s world. I’ve asked myself and readers to consider a ‘local’ olive oil from California, to unplug electronics that aren’t in use, to question bottled water and meat consumption, all issues that I’ve grappled with myself. There are practices that I’ve lived with forever, taken for granted and then one day notice it doesn’t make sense anymore. Presto chango. Sometimes it’s that easy. Usually not.
Like cooking on a regular basis isn’t so easy. You might wonder why a liberated person, male or female, might choose to spend several hours a week cooking dinners. For starters, it’s a good habit if you want to live more sustainably (more economically!), but in a nutshell, it’s the deliciousness factor. I like to eat and I like, whenever possible, for it to be delicious. Not rocket science. I’m just hungry for a good meal. I grew up around cooks and cooking and I think culinary osmosis happens. It soaked in and I hit the ground running in my twenties. Plenty of culinary mishaps, still there are plenty, but I’m dogged about wanting to eat food that we cook at home. Well, unless someone invites me out to a nice dinner, in which case I will hang up my whisk in a heartbeat.
If you’re not there yet, stick around, we could, perhaps we will, regale you with a top ten list of reasons for cooking at home. Another time.
So, ten faves (and runners up) from my half of Mixed Greens that speak to me in some way – plus a postscript.
Chocolate Chip Cookie O’ My Heart Be mine forever cookies for your Valentines.
P.S. Cook On, It’s Green!
These losers got cut. Maybe next time.