Posted: 21 Jun 2010 02:43 AM PDT
I enjoy listening to the NPR show Splendid Table, but I rarely put its gourmet suggestions to work in my own kitchen. This week's episode sticks with me, though. Host Lynn Rossetto Kasper opens the episode with the statement: "Aren't you sick of being frugal?"
She bemoans frugal's negative baggage, contrasting it with the chipper term "resourceful." To me, they are synonymous, but I get her point. A simple change of phrase may be exactly what we need if we're tired of feeling cheap.
The funny thing is that, although Kasper opens the show by pooh-poohing frugality, her guest Tamsin-Day Lewis is downright militant about the need to cook at home. She's author of the new book Supper for a Song: Creative Comfort Food for the Resourceful Cook. This working mom never failed to get a homecooked meal on the table, even if it meant cooking at 8 p.m. or preparing food earlier in the week. It's a fascinating discussion with practical--or at least inspiring--advice for the frugal kitchen.
After all, creativity and resourcefulness are the elements that can make this frugal life rewarding for the long haul.
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