My mother was a terrific and very adventurous cook - I wish I had learned more of her techniques before she passed away at a young age.
She made all of the bread for our household, as well as all of our jams and jellies. We never, ever used mixes until much later, and then only for the occasional cake. This was all in the days before slow cookers, bread machines, Cuisinarts, etc. She made it all look easy and it was certainly tasty, healthy and varied. I know she did it on a pretty tight budget as well.
Both my grandmothers were talented cooks as well. Me, not so much. I'm fine with baking but the rest of it's rather hit or miss, I'm afraid. Fortunately, my husband's very tolerant of simple meals, and a big help with holidays, when more is expected.
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