Easy, Made-from-Scratch Comfort Food Recipes
Hi, I’m Ashley – a registered dietitian and hobby homesteader with a passion for cooking from scratch. I love creating simple, easy, and delicious comfort food recipes using whole foods and seasonal ingredients. My goal with Everyday Homemade is to help other home cooks master the basic recipes and skills they need to start feeling more confident in the kitchen.
Does This Sound Like You?
You know you should cook at home more often.
You tell yourself every week that you’ll eat at home, but without a plan in place, you start relying on takeout and convenience foods again.
Your grocery budget is through the roof.
You can’t quite seem to reign in your weekly or monthly food budget. And with food prices going up, you know this isn’t sustainable anymore.
You want to cook food that you’re proud to share with family and friends.
You stress out before every holiday or potluck thinking about what to make. You wonder whether the dish you bring is even going to taste good and whether or not your family and friends will enjoy it.
You want cooking to be easy.
You don’t have time to be figuring out new, complicated recipes every night of the week. You want simple, home-cooked meals that you know your family will love.
Why I started Everyday Homemade
One of my very first cooking memories is making homemade apple pie with my dad on Thanksgiving.
I would sit on the counter next to the mixing bowl. As my dad would carefully slice the apples, I would stir them around with the cinnamon, sugar, and lemon juice. I remember feeling so excited to be making this apple pie and sharing it with our family.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to cook from scratch and be creative in the kitchen. As a teenager, I taught myself how to make tomato sauce, chicken parmesan, and buttercream frosting. Once I moved out on my own, I began teaching myself how to bake bread, make pasta, and simmer chicken bones to make chicken stock.
I love food so much that went back to school in 2014 to earn my bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition. I became a registered dietitian thinking I would work in a hospital teaching patients how to eat well for their particular health conditions. However, I quickly realized that my passion truly lies in creating recipes and food to share with family and friends.
So, I created Everyday Homemade as a way to share my recipes with you and, hopefully, inspire you to start cooking from scratch more often.
A Few Things I’ve Learned Over the Years
Cooking from scratch takes effort and planning.
It can be downright exhausting sometimes. But, it’s worth it in the long run. The more often you do it, the better you’ll get at it. Planning, grocery shopping, and cooking – it all takes practice.
Give yourself grace.
While we’d all love to have a home cooked meal ready for our family to enjoy at breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the year, that’s not realistic. We all have those days where something goes wrong, we run out of time, or we just simply don’t feel like cooking. It’s going to happen. In these moments, it’s important go easy on ourselves, order the takeout, and plan to make something delicious tomorrow.
The freezer is your best friend.
Making pie dough for chicken pot pie tonight? Make a double batch and freeze it so you can make apple pie next weekend. Beef stew on the menu? Freeze leftovers in individual portions for easy lunches when you don’t feel like cooking.
Ready to start cooking from scratch more often? I’m here to help.
I would love to hear from you! Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, need a cheerleader in your corner, have a question, or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out. I can be reached via email at [email protected].
I would also love to know what type of recipes you’d be interested in seeing on the blog in the future.
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