Sometimes, when watching these cooking shows, I get peeved at the 'chefs' and the way they turn their nose down at canned foods or frozen foods and such. They tout that you should only use fresh ingredients, fresh herbs, etc.
That's all well and good if you are them, with their big budgets and lots of money. But there's nothing wrong with frozen and canned food. They can help you put good meals on the table at reasonable prices.
Not everyone can afford all the stuff they use.
Growing up, I was raised by a mother who made simple meals. They were good, hearty meals of roast and potatoes and carrots cooked in the crockpot. Homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, soup made from the week's leftovers, and chili. She rarely used a recipe.
I learned all this from her.
Yes, she had a garden and fresh vegetables; but the dried seasonings were what she used to season her food. Most of the produce from the garden was frozen or canned, to last through the winter.
Folks today, thanks to the cooking shows with their food-snob chefs, have gotten away from simple food and simple eating. Perhaps here in the posts of my blog, that can be resurrected.