Soon I will start the soup. I have a beautiful new cookbook (I have a ton of cookbooks but I can't resist more) that thinks the way i do. I think I will enjoy making the soup from that recipe. One nice little step at a time, no hurrying.
I grew up cooking. I took over the family shopping and meals by the time I was in seventh grade. I did not use cake mixes or take shortcuts. I still feel a little funny making things like this short-cut cheesecake. I would have been horrified to consider it back then. In fact, making a cheesecake with cream cheese instead of ricotta and cottage cheese would have horrified me. I still prefer the German type, with ricotta.
A lot has changed, though, in the way I cook. My horizons have perhaps both expanded and shrunk.