Once upon a time, I posted about cooking on personal blogs, and then I started a food blog named The Married Guy Cook [posts prior to this one chronologically were imported from there]. It was inspired by and a spoof on the name of a short-lived food blog by Jeff Soyer, The Single Guy Cook. That was especially appropriate, since my cooking ability came to the fore once I was married.
Now I am not. Married. [Not true, exactly. Deb wished to break up, but we have never divorced or lived apart – not that we could have afforded to, and remain an intact family for all practical purposes.] Which makes the name a bit odd. And it’s built into the domain [which I regret having subsequent failed to renew, probably since I wasn’t using it and lacked funds to keep it in the collection], so still odd even if I rename the blog itself. Which I did, but in the midst of a blogging drought and already dreaming of this new place.
Along the way, I thought about how much I knew now could have saved me and given me a better diet when I was single. Along the way, I hit economic disaster that made my existing frugality useful and challenged it to be more so. Along the way, I had a child with multiple allergies. Allergies to fundamentals, eggs and milk, and more avoidably, peanuts, bananas and now tree nuts. Worse, early on, thankfully temporary sensitivities to substances in most foods.
When I was young, I loved watching Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. I had to agree with my late grandfather’s remark that there was nothing frugal about much of what he cooked. I hope to do better here, but the theme is general, not absolute. Nor is it only about cooking.
To cut to the chase, this blog will be about frugality, something more in vogue than usual currently, and while that may relate mainly to food, that’s not about cooking as such. Call it lifestyle as much as anything. This blog will be about food and cooking, obviously, with an eye to frugality and making do, but not tied exclusively to it. This blog will have a
large coping with allergies component. That could perhaps be its own blog, but I decided not to be too niche about it. Finally, with three young, variably fussy kids to feed, expect to see an element of making them happy. At the same time, I haven’t forgotten my decades as a single person who could have saved money and eaten better, so I plan to touch on that as well.
I welcome guest recipes and ideas. Feel free to contact me in the comments or at an address to be named later, as I set the place up in finer detail.
Finally, I expect to import material from my old blog. Probably directly, with the possibility of reposts from the past as well. That may look disjointed, or be dated prior to this “first post,” so please bear with me. And by all means, if you missed it the first time, peruse away.