You've heard it before, and you'll probably hear it 1,200 times more: technology has rushed in a new era of instant, immediate satisfaction. No longer do we have to call our grandmothers up (but we should!) to learn about that one casserole recipe - now we can search an entire knowledge database and it's right at our fingertips.
This era has also brought in an interesting shift in the kitchen. Search the web and you'll find now that there are so many recipes that claim to cut corners, reduce cooking time to a mere 30 minutes, or eliminate every time-wasting step. In some cases, they work, but in others, sacrifices in the final product are made. That's why we're here to celebrate kitchen victories and accomplishments.
This is our ode to the apple butters, the caramelized onions, the pie doughs, the spare ribs, and every other food that doesn't let you cut corners. We're all better home cooks for every experience that pushes us outside our boundaries and forces us to learn something new.
For a weeknight meal at the last minute, meals made as quickly as possible are ideal, but there's a time and a place for everything. That's why those long, arduous meals to cook always have a special spot in our heart.
Often, the recipes that require prep work and attentive cooking instructions are the ones that we feel the most proud of in the kitchen for a few reasons. Either they taught us a new skill or trick, they turned out so much better than we ever expected, or they prove to us that yes, we are decent cooks, after all.
The best examples of the reward for kitchen work are holiday dinners, by far. No - you don't make turkey every day of the year, but the two times that you do make it, you've put your heart and soul into it, along with every other dish on the table. That deserves to be celebrated and counted as a kitchen victory in our book.