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Joined: 1/22/2011
Msg: 51
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From mother and grandmothers. Even my dad had hand in it. Cook the American basics, hamburgers, hotdogs, a few Northren Italian dishes I learned from the neighbors. Stir fry and Mexican meals since I am from the southwest and everything tastes better with green chili. But mostly I cook Native foods, soups, breads, corns, red meat, and stuff. I don't enjoy cooking I find fun when I cook for others and they enjoy but for me I could live on saltine crackers and tea.
Joined: 11/7/2012
Msg: 52
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 12/27/2012 1:12:57 PM
My grandma and aunt were the best cooks around. They used to bake out of their homes and people would come by and pay for dishes. The best dish was my grandma's apple cream cake. I can taste it now :) Thank you for bringing up the memory...
Joined: 12/26/2009
Msg: 53
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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:09:45 PM
I learnt the basics from my Mum, but it wasn't until I left home that I learnt if you have a good stock of herbs and spices in your cupboard, you can make almost anything taste good.

Reckon I'll make a chicken, barley and veg stew tomorrow - was never shown how to do it, just read a few recipes online and adapted it to my own taste.
Joined: 12/22/2012
Msg: 54
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/2/2013 7:54:01 PM
I enrolled in home economics for three years. Most of my inspiration comes from what I have eaten from various restaurants in my life time, books I've read, channels I've watched, magazine snippets and friends I know.
Joined: 2/19/2011
Msg: 55
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/3/2013 7:39:26 PM
My favorite show is "Chopped". Most of the time when I watch it, I am screaming at the TV, telling them what to do...................


Hahahhaaa!!!!! Me too!!!!
Joined: 10/21/2012
Msg: 56
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/4/2013 5:06:29 PM
I would say by trial and error over the years to learn how to cook good from scratch.

Mom was a very good cook as she feed 8 hungry kids . And I try to duplicate some of her favorite dishes when then the mood strikes me. And when its cold or I'm a little under the weather, it going to be chicken soup.

And now with all the cooking shows,you learn and pick up so much more information. And now its like you know ahead of time what they are going to do. lol
Yet also learn more of the secrets that they share with you too which comes in handy.
There are so many wonderful cooks out there, but one of my fav is Jacques Pepin, as he makes cooking wonderful meals look so simple,and to understand for yourself how to do it easily.

And buying very good cook ware,knifes,etc is imperative to make each meal fit its pot. ^^^^^^^^

I'll cook but can you do the dishes? ^^^

bon appetite
Joined: 11/5/2012
Msg: 57
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/4/2013 8:01:10 PM
I picked it up as I went along. I had some cooking classes in highschool where we learned to make cheese and potato pie which was very nice but since I'm lactose intolerant not very useful. I don't think the classes really did much more than a cheese and potato pie.

The rest I picked up as I went along, watching my mother and other women. Then I used this to cook what I now cook. Usually I throw things in the steamer or the crock pot. I never use oil, salt or sugar. All my cooking is extremely healthy.
Joined: 10/2/2012
Msg: 58
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/7/2013 8:57:17 AM
Started by helping my mom in the kitchen when i was young, nothing more complicated then stir the sauce and put this in that bowl then i got to work in a kitchen when i was 16, fast food but everything was made from scratch. Now i'm 23 and i've worked in a few different kitchens around here learning what i can from people who've been doing it for ages and following recipes on tv / internet.
Joined: 11/12/2012
Msg: 59
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/11/2013 11:50:54 AM
My mom and "trial and error:" another word for experimenting with dishes
Joined: 1/6/2013
Msg: 60
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 1/20/2013 10:26:14 PM
I've learned by trial and error heh. Mostly just looking it up and trying it out. You'll never know until you get your hands dirty.

Rule#1 if the smoke alarm goes off it's done.
Joined: 12/25/2012
Msg: 61
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 2/8/2013 6:42:26 PM
I started by watching my grand mother bake bread. Then I would watch my mother do the same. Then in high school I had to take home ec. I then went to college and obtained a degree in food service management which I had to take a cooking class. Thats when my cooking took off. Recently I developed my own BBQ sauce recipe for a sauce. I am trying to get it marketed. I also cook a variety of home made soups. French onion, italian wedding soup and ham pot pie are my specialties. I also make a mean meat loaf, bear can chicken, steak on the grill, and a nice sacre torte (double layer choclate cake (from scratch) with a melted choclate glaze poured over it which leave a nice chocolate glaze/icing on it....very good)
Joined: 1/24/2013
Msg: 62
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 2/11/2013 7:08:25 PM
ever since I was 5 my dad has always had me in the kitchen teaching me different tips and tricks to cooking... I can pretty much cook multiple meals by myself...

I am no chef, but it is a good thing to have some cooking under your belt!
 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
Msg: 63
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Posted: 2/12/2013 12:38:10 PM
as teen-agers, I think all my sister and I were ever allowed to do ... besides all
the TEDIOUS work involved in canning fruit and making jams under CLOSE
supervision ... was to bake cakes ... we made TONS of cakes for whatever
charity needed cakes ... we were VERY good at making and decorating cakes
for charities ... the only time we made fudge was after I was married and the
fudge never did set up ... we eventually used it as chocolate syrup!

as a teen-ager, I did make all my own breakfasts because I had to walk a mile
to the bus stop to go to school and my mother had more important things to
do than make me breakfast ... I invariably had a poached or soft-boiled egg on
a piece of dry whole wheat toast ... for lunch, I always packed half an apple and
half a tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread! funny ... I hadn't thought of that
in years!
Joined: 2/14/2013
Msg: 64
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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:51:36 PM

I tend to watch tv shows like Come Dine With Me, Masterchef, Hells Kitchen, Saturday Kitchen etc (the list goes on, i love cooking shows) and when i see something that looks nice, I make it, simple as that haha. I watched saturday kitchen yesterday and one of the chefs made a triple chocolate cheesecake in 10 mins, i made it this morning, it was amazing! :D
Joined: 8/14/2012
Msg: 65
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 2/18/2013 8:41:21 AM
Being a farm girl my mom started me in the kitchen at a very young age helping with prepping stuff first. By age 11 I was helping with the harvest meals. I was mostly put on the dessert, I was the best baker.
Joined: 2/14/2013
Msg: 66
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 2/20/2013 4:19:19 PM
I would go to restaurants, eat something that I liked and then try to make it the next evening at home. I find that it's a good way to learn, by attempting to mimic what someone else has made. It also helps to teach you to slow down and taste their food in an effort to figure out what ingredients were used, a useful skill when adjusting your own food for flavor.

I eventually took some seminars at the California Culinary Academy which were rather good. I also worked with someone who is making a cookbook and worked through several of her recipes to proof them. It was good experience and it should be a great book when it comes out.
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