I often post pictures of my meals on my Facebook page. And I think about the women who, two generations ago, would just laugh at that and think why is that dumb girl posting her dinner on the internet. I mean when did actually cooking a meal and eating it at home more than three nights a week become something amazing?
There are hundreds of blogs out there that give out recipes and tell you how to meal plan because honestly, we don't know how to meal plan and most of us probably only knew how to cook about 2-3 meals when we first "set up housekeeping". When did cooking dinner go from being what you just knew how to do to something that needed to be taught?
I was trying to figure this out in my own life because my Grandma made it look pretty easy. She could put a big spread on the table and it seemed like it just happened. My great-grandma could cook for about a hundred people (with my aunts and cousins helping) and it looked like it was the easiest thing in the world.
My Grandma cooked breakfast and dinner everyday for a lot of years. My grandpa thought it was horrible how I ate "cold" cereal for breakfast. He would never do that. He had to have bacon and eggs or gravy and biscuits. My mom worked outside the home full time for most of my life and she did not cook. I've heard rumors (from her) that she cooked when I was like 2 but ya know, I don't remember it.
My stepmom cooked for us because she did mostly stay home but she also had some at home jobs like babysitting and such. We were only at her and my dad's house half the time and so we were at my mom's house the other half.
Somewhere between the Great Depression generation and the Baby Boom generation we lost the simple art of cooking and eating at home and I see a huge move to get back to that but it seems like a lot of us just don't know where to start.
I will tell you though that after having cooked many a meal at home I now have a greater appreciation for those women who just "made dinner happen" night after night, month after month and year after year. I now see how difficult it really is. Yet I also see how important it is.
What do you think? When did we stop cooking dinner?