I’m not sure know where you’re coming from, but thanks for stopping by! Special mention of Dining with Donald who treks all over frozen Winnipeg in search of the best fast-food fried chicken. (As a Southerner, I’m happy to report that Popeyes is in the lead!) Donald– given your calling, I hope you are intrigued by ‘the creeds.’
The three creeds– which I’ve posted about several times before and which deserve to be posted anew– are The Meal Planner’s Creed, The Shopper’s Creed, and The Cook’s Creed. They are from the Modern Family Cookbook (1942, updated 1958) by Meta Given, who “made it her life’s mission to feed a nation nutritious food economically.”
A creed, as the word was understood by Given at the time, was “a summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1953). (FYI, folks once knew of America’s Creed.)
The Creeds speak directly to one of my favorite rant topics– the transformation of attitudes from the pride of making a home to the drudgery of housework. But we’ll set that aside.
The Meal Planner’s Creed
The health of my family is in my care, therefore–
I will spare no effort in planning the right kinds of food in the right amounts.
Spending the food dollar for maximum value is my job, therefore–
I will choose from variously priced foods to save money without sacrificing health.
My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility, therefore–
I will increase their pleasure by planning for variety, for flavorful dishes, for attractive color, for appetizing combinations.
My family’s health, security, and pleasure depend on my skill in planning meals, therefore–
I will treat my job with the respect that is due it.
Be sure to check back Friday to see how Beef Stroganoff Thursday turned out!