Hello, and welcome to Dinner Diaries!
I have kept other blogs in the past--ones that have basically been spaces for me to think, create, dabble in literary forms, and otherwise ramble. Dinner Diaries, however, has a specific purpose in that it is a place for me to record what my family likes to eat.
My family currently consists of my husband and myself, and our parents and siblings (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.). My husband and I got married three months ago (in June) and one of the first things I learned about being a married woman is that I suddenly have to start making real dinners on a consistent basis. Now, I am sure there are married people out there who will say they never make real dinners, or that my husband should do some cooking, or that I'm being really old-fashioned. Or they'll laugh and say, "Ha ha ha! Yeah...I thought that too. You'll get over it."
Well, I don't want to get over it. And I don't mind being old-fashioned. In fact, we've both been told we're a very 50's-esque couple. Wholesome and all that. (And, by the way, my husband definitely does his share of the cooking--especially because many nights I am in graduate school and come back too late to make dinner.) Because the truth is, I like cooking. I enjoy it. I did not realize how much I enjoyed it until I found myself having to do it all the time. Most importantly, I enjoy feeling in control of what my husband and I ingest on an almost-daily basis. There is so much junk out there that people eat, but we don't have to eat that stuff. Yeah, it's easier and quicker to pop some frozen meal into the microwave and then, voila! Dinner! But it is so much more rewarding to create your own dinner, not to mention I feel so much better about myself when I know I'm not eating chemicals and overly-processed foods.
I'm not a health nut, but at the same time, I am starting to become more conscious about what my husband and I eat. And I feel so good because of it.
Hence the purpose of this blog. I've been trying to come with/find different not-too-unhealthy recipes for dinner so that we have a variety and don't get too bored eating the same things. I think part of what will make healthier eating more enticing will be proving how you can eat healthily and still have a wide array of tasty meals to look forward to after a long day. Yet, it is easy to lose track of recipes, and I have way too many corners of my apartment and my computer where delectable recipes are hiding. Therefore, I will attempt to record as many recipes as I can on this blog, as well as my (or our) thoughts about each one. Many recipes will be dinner recipes, but not all! And I will most definitely have posts about baking escapades, as well.
Not every recipe here will be healthy to perfection, but the focus will be on limiting processed-foods, cutting back on fats and sugar (when appropriate), and creating meals that are easy to make at home. The recipes will always be Kosher, as well.
Feel free to share your own thoughts, comments, and/or recipes--I am always interested in learning about eating healthily and could always use new recipes (if you would like to email me, my email is in my profile).
Enjoy, and happy cooking!