How did you learn how to cook? As we look back through the history and time spent in millions of kitchens around the world, an evolution seems to have taken place. And, if you read to the end, you’ll see that the evolutionary clocks might be turning backwards…thanks to new technology!
Back in the day, recipes were passed down orally – like the special kind of story that they are. It was those recipes that had the “secret ingredient” that grandma would never tell you. And eventually, you realized that the secret was a dash of her love and a pinch of her joy.
As time went on, recipes were written down but had very subjective instructions. These first written recipes didn’t need to exactly provide great details.
See…”Form ground meat into meat balls. This makes 2 1/2 gallons.”
But they didn’t have to give specifics. Because…people stood in the kitchen with their mom or grandma and watched diligently as they prepared the meals, keeping a close eye for that dash of love or pinch of joy to make it’s way into the dish. And as you watched and assisted, you learned how to prepare meals. You didn’t need directions to be written down.
Cooking was a precious labor of love and there was plenty of time to stand at the stove all day to stir a homemade sauce. But seemingly, you never could catch that dash of love or pinch of joy being thrown in. But you know it was magically there.
Fast forward to more recent years…
Recipes are now meticulously written, as they became published in magazines, and cookbooks from the likes of Julia Child. A general recipe format was established.
And those old recipe cards were kept tucked in a precious little box, and handed down through the family. These cards and “vintage cookbooks” from the early 1900’s have become treasures today.
And we move to Present Day.
Recipes are everywhere – but not likely in a recipe card box next to your stove.
Nope, they are on the internet, flooding your social media and email inbox.
They are forever pinned to a board of things-you-will-never-actually-cook.
They sound scrumptious, look picture perfect, and are dishes everyone will love.
The instructions are detailed, down to measurements, minutes and degrees.
Sounds easy, right?
…if you are just like the people from back in the day who stood in the kitchen with their grandmother and learned how to chop an onion without crying their eyes out.
…if you know how to boil water.
…if you understand the basics of a sauteing and braising meats.
Especially easy if you have time and money to attend pricey cooking lessons on a regular basis to learn how to cook like grandma.
Imagine this – you want to have some friends over for dinner in your new apartment. You saw a video of something that looks relatively easy, and thought. “I can totally do that.” You find the recipe. You make your shopping list, you got this. You bring home the ingredients. You are…still not ready. How do you chop an onion? What the heck does saute mean? Are you even saying it right?! How do you know when the beef is “done”?
That’s what is missing today. Grandma. Your mom. Your aunt who bakes the best roast in the world. That one-on-one attention that it takes to learn how to cook the best food.
“I wish someone could just help talk me through this!”
We have evolved so far….too far…
Too far away from what really needs to happen in order to learn how to cook. In order to know how to find the magic, so that you can add your own dash of love and pinch of joy into the meals you make for your friends, family and loved ones.
Then, you meet Vonnie.
She’s got a virtual recipe card box with her always. It’s not even dusty. And it’s filled with delicious modern recipes, but just like grandma would make.
Vonnie will connect you with someone that can teach you what saute means, and even how to chop that onion. She has instructors waiting RIGHT NOW.
You can close the recipe on Pinterest, the YouTube video of how to boil water, and the info-graphic of how not to chop your fingers off while dicing an onion.
Just a few simple clicks and you have someone talking you through the story of the recipe, and teaching you how to make it perfectly…the first time…in your own kitchen.
With a little help from technology, we can turn back the evolutionary clock to get back into the kitchen to learn how to cook, master the basics, and enjoy some time with “grandma.”
Learn more about Vonnie Apps at www.VonnieApp.com
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