What Is A Summer Kitchen?
A hundred years ago, people did not rely on stores like they do today for their food. Instead, they grew their own food in gardens and orchards, foraged for it in the woods, or raised animals to obtain the meat, eggs, and dairy that they needed. During the warm weather, they often used a Summer Kitchen, which was a small building that was separate from their main house, to cook meals, make bread and butter, and preserve the harvest from their gardens for use during the rest of the year.
I was raised by a loving and humble family in the rural countryside of Pennsylvania. Both sides of my family have farmed for generations and it is from that heritage that I learned a lot of powerful food lessons that I have applied since I was a child. I learned:
- How to grow (even in a limited space) and preserve my own food so that I could always provide for myself if need be
- The importance of experimenting with a variety of ingredients and cooking styles so that I would always have balance in my diet
- How to stretch my limited food dollars to obtain the highest quality nutrition at the lowest possible cost
- The tremendous value of always seeking out discounts and coupons and, most importantly, how to maximize those benefits that many overlook
- The multiple perks of using alternative sources for food (hint: the grocery store is not your only option)
My family also taught me that it is my duty to share what I have been given with those close to me, to always trust in God, and to give back to others since I have been blessed in so many ways.
Food is my passion and creating delicious, wholesome food for my family is one of the primary ways that I show them how much I care about them.
I will be the primary content creator for this blog and I cannot wait to share with you all that I have learned (and will continue to learn) about how you improve your life through food.
I am a novice when it comes to food. Until I met Vickie, I always purchased food the traditional way – if it was quick to prepare and it seemed healthy, I would buy it and consider it a win, both from a financial and nutrition perspective. I completely lacked variety in my diet. Once I found something that I liked, and it was convenient, I would stick with it. After all, why alter what clearly (or so I thought) was working for me?
I never actively searched for discounts or coupons; I just wanted to get into the store quickly, get my staples, and get out so that I could move on with my day.
Unfortunately, I just did not know what I did not know.
Looking back, I now know that I wasted a lot of money and the “benefit” that I received was that I did not eat nearly as well as I should have. I should have seen that food is a major investment in my health and well-being, and doing it the right way does not need to involve spending the maximum amount.
There is a better way and, as the primary editor of this blog, I will help Vickie show you that way.
We would love to hear from you so please contact us anytime (DanVickie@SummerKitchenCreations.com).
Thanks for reading and good luck in your own journey,
Dan and Vickie