Growing up, vegetables were canned and herbs were dried. There were two kinds of cheeses: Kraft singles and, for those special occasions, Colby. Sandwiches were made of baloney, mayonnaise and white bread. And if it was green, it better be a vegetable or why on earth would you eat it? I grew up in the eighties, when processed foods were the norms and quicker was always better.

Fast forward thirty years and I am in a new world. Gone are the casseroles filled with cream of mushroom soup because I am lactose intolerant. Canned vegetables have been replaced with my CSA (Community Support Agriculture) shares. Forget Hamburger Helper because my husband and I are on a quest to completely eliminate processed foods from our diet. Do I totally know what I am doing? I wish.

Julia Child once said: “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” Julia and I agree on this. What’s the worst that could happen? Dinner doesn’t turn out and you order Chinese: Steamed vegetables with brown sauce on the side, no rice and steamed dumplings for the really bad days (not that we order that often or anything).

Kimberly Aime

On the blog I hope to share with you our journey towards whole foods, clean eating, and learning how to cook. Be prepared to see mistakes, learn a little about healthy eating, and maybe not feel so bad when something goes wrong in your own kitchen. As my mother says, “It happens. Get over it. Have some toast.”

Please feel free to contact me, Kimberly Aime, at kimberly@learntocookbadgergirl.com
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