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Joined: 7/2/2005
Msg: 26
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Joined: 4/11/2005
Msg: 27
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 12/30/2005 7:34:46 AM
I grew up with two younger sisters that never really claimed a nack for cooking. I guess its the same as having a green thrumb or being a good welder or mechanic some have it some dont.. My mom taught me in the kitchen over an old wood cookstove with an electric 2k element that was put into the old stove some great food came out of it still does i own it now lol. She grew up back in ft dodge iowa and later came out here. I think when meeting my dad why they got married lol and still are he would go hungry. I hope if i ever find the right gal that wont be the paste on the tooth brush holding a marriage together.. me being a smart arse.. And at age 13 i learned how to cook in the scouts i would have died if i didnt learn how plust that cooking badge was a must for eagle scout lol.. I did meet a lot of people and some really good cooks out there. Not just in a dining all during scout camp some traveled from other states. Years later i got into mainline pipeline and some guys would cook barbeques off the back of there rigs. Guys from texas,wyoming,mississippi. Some things i couldnt stand or didnt want to eat. I guess holding out for the right girl. Why i wait lol. Hot water and coooking is the main issue not a lot of women are into one or the other. I guess why some put cooking on the profile as an interest.
Joined: 12/17/2005
Msg: 28
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 12/30/2005 9:19:39 AM
The first thing I made was acake at my ants house, then some cookies. Later bread.
Then I took a home meck class where we made different things. I even learned how to make sweet water taffy. Then I moved in with my grandparents and I watched them cook. Then I moved out on my own and just took off doing it. I don't really look at the books. I have lots of them that I relate to if someone needs to know just how to make something. But I am one of them people that messures nothing, just add to taste, unles its something I have made a lot of. I guess i taught my self a lot. Then once I met my old man his family taught me about canning, and freezing food. So that just added to it I guess. After all these years cooking is like breathing just something people do.
Joined: 3/31/2006
Msg: 29
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How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 2/14/2007 9:04:45 AM
I started at an early age. I've always loved to eat and spent a lot of time watching both parents in the kitchen. Since my father was a much better cook than my mother (sorry Mom!) and they split most of the cooking duties, I also learned early that cooking was not "women's work". After the divorce, my mother started letting me experiment when I was 10-11 and when I didn't poison anyone, she let me make dinner 2-4 times a week for the family as a way of helping out. I still love spending time in the kitchen, especially when I get to show off for that special someone. I look at recipes strictly as starting points, and I think creativity is my greatest asset. No one has died yet, so I guess I'm doing something right!
Joined: 10/13/2006
Msg: 30
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 2/14/2007 11:51:27 AM
[but the sauce came out of a can. Hunt's is as good as anybody's in terms of bang per buck. ]
hunts spaghetti sauce???...EEWWWW!!!!
Joined: 1/24/2006
Msg: 31
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Posted: 2/14/2007 2:01:50 PM
I've just sort of had a natural way with putting the right spices with the right foods.Over the years I've cooked for weddings,birthday parties.anniversaries,general parties for up to 160 people.Enjoying the kitchen as well as sharing recipies and the time with those interested spending time with the cook.Oh and of course the cooks wine lol.
I once invited my landlord for dinner,to find later he was the head chef for hotel Toronto.Must have been OK he asked for the recipe lol and he's still alive.
Joined: 7/26/2006
Msg: 32
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 10/29/2007 3:13:12 PM
I first started cooking in the summers when I visited my aunt. She lived on a farm and had anything you wanted to cook..and lots of patience to teach. From there, I started helping my mom, then took home economics in school.
The first time I moved out...I cooked and my roommates cleaned.
After I married, I took specialty courses at the tech school and got to practice with dinner
parties, etc.
One of the neatest things I've ever done was backstage help at a Southern Living Cooking
Schoool that my Pilot Club sponsored. I did tablescapes and actual prep of foods. Lots of
fun. Now I'm a great cook but seldom is just no fun for one.
I love to watch the cooking learn about technique as well as ingredients.
Joined: 4/19/2007
Msg: 33
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Posted: 10/29/2007 4:34:19 PM
I was in university and was trying to cook without much success. I asked a female friend how to cook pasta. She knew I was a slow learner, so she explained to me exactly how to cook pasta, bit by bit, for a full 10 minutes. I tried what she said for a few times, and got the hang of it. By the end of the year, I was quite happy cooking pasta and even made up my own sauces.
Joined: 9/22/2004
Msg: 34
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 10/29/2007 5:14:42 PM
My parents were big on cooking, and they cooked most of the family meals at home. So growing up in that environment, I picked up on things, mostly from observing my mom cook. As a result, I could make snacks and breakfast foods by the age of 6 (with some supervision, obviously). As I grew older, I learned more cooking methods, and by the time I started high school, I could make a complete meal by myself.

Now, living on my own, I'm so glad I learned to cook. It's cheaper than restaurants, and I get a kick out of actually making something. Most of the stuff I usually make are my own twists or simplified versions of family classics. But on nights when the fridge is empty and my brain is fried from work, nothing can beat a good take-out meal.
Joined: 7/2/2007
Msg: 37
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Posted: 11/29/2007 5:46:59 PM
Out of desperation! My mom couldn't really make anything other than green bean casserole, and chocolate chip cookies. Anything else and you were risking your life! So rather than heating up tv dinners in the microwave I started cooking and never really stopped.
Joined: 3/11/2007
Msg: 38
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Posted: 11/29/2007 9:00:54 PM
I have pretty much taught myself what I know to date.
Not that I am a fancy cook or anything like that! lol
Mom was never really into cooking so I was left to my own!
Joined: 12/5/2007
Msg: 39
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Posted: 9/8/2008 6:51:27 PM
I grew up in NY only child of a single mom and her boyfriend was to cheep to pay for a babysitter so instead he took me to some of the best restaurants on long island and NY City on his expense account so I developed very fine tastes in food at an early age so when I was 13 my mom started her masters degree so was not home at night so had to make dinner for us and TV dinners just did not cut it
So I started and while I made some things that were inedible I also made things wonderful so I continued learning and got better so not a bad cook at all now and yes I made very nice dishes such as beef wellington I also excellent on the grill and make wonderful omelets
Joined: 9/22/2004
Msg: 40
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 9/8/2008 7:02:03 PM
I pretty much learned by watching my mom (and to a lesser extent, my dad). My family wasn't into restaurants, so I had plenty of opportunities to observe how they cook. By age 6, I could already make breakfast foods and desserts. Over time, I picked up on things, so by the time I started high school, I knew how to make a complete meal. This served me quite well, especially after I got my own place. It's fun to try a recipe from the internet or my own rendition of a family classic, although like a lot of people pointed out, it gets boring when you know you'll be pretty much the only one to eat it.
Joined: 2/14/2007
Msg: 41
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Posted: 9/30/2008 7:53:20 PM
For me, it was just trial and error, although I had watched cooking shows in my late teens, for some weird reason.

I rarely, rarely use recipes, just my imagination, and it seems to work well.
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 10/1/2008 10:25:09 PM
When I was a little girl , spent my lazy day of Summer breaks at my Grandparents
farm in Virginia. There I got to spend time with two people that were my heart of
hearts and loves of my life- My sweet loving Grandparents. When being there with
them I'd help my Grandmother in the kitchen - Till one day at age 6 I pulled up a
a stoole and adorned apron just like my Grandmother wore and helped her in the
kitchen bake homemade bread & pies ! Then from that point on I watched her real
closely how she preparped meals of all kinds and her spices and special touches they
made everything taste fine. I learned to cook by someone I loved best and that loved
me unconditionaly that was my Grandmother Effie Mae whos jams and pickles were
the best and better than all the rest!
The rest of my cooking lessons was from my Mother,
then what I learned in cooking class at school ,
followed by many cook books that I collect.
I still feel I was taught by the best ...
My Grandmother she made everything taste great !

This Forum I Post In Loving Memory Of My Late Grandmother
.....................................She ... Taught Me The Real Meaning Of Life !!!!!
Joined: 9/4/2008
Msg: 43
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Posted: 10/2/2008 2:27:22 PM
My Italian grandmother. She had her own garden and made everything from scratch, from sausage to bread to pasta. I was fascinated by her alchemy and spent a lot of time in her kitchen. She always had biscotti on hand to sweeten the deal and make sure I was around to lend a hand. Smart woman.
Joined: 6/12/2007
Msg: 45
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Posted: 10/27/2008 11:14:30 PM
Camping. If you're going to go out in the woods and burn twice the calories you normally do, it doesn't take long to learn out of necessity. I wasn't completely clueless to begin with, having some basics from my parents at home and at parks (we camped a lot together), but then began to develop my own on scout outings. Throw in a little competitive nature of teenage boys along with being really hungry and you'll understand why it's important to be able to come up with a seven course meal miles from civilization using only a campfire and Coleman stove. Way cool. I'm just now beginning to translate those skills into a "normal" kitchen...
Joined: 8/4/2008
Msg: 46
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 10/28/2008 5:23:52 AM
Everyone thinks my dad taught me to cook because he was a chef.
He didn't but he taught me two excellent things:
1. What good food tastes like - bad food is unacceptable
2. Not to be afraid in the kitchen - good ingredients and methods = good food

Then I hit the books over 40 years of trial and error.
Joined: 8/21/2007
Msg: 47
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Posted: 10/31/2008 4:01:22 PM
I learned Italian style cuisine from my ex-mother-in-law. I learned Asian-style cuisine on my own from books. Everything else - I learned through trial and error, and 8 years of subscribing to Bon Appetite Magazine. Cooking is one of my greatest passions. I just love feeding people.
Joined: 12/10/2006
Msg: 48
How did you learn to cook?
Posted: 11/30/2008 10:29:59 AM
When you grow up in the kitchen it just seems to come natural. As I became older it was if you want to eat you must help find the food or prepare it in some way.

Living on a remote island, though it was the largest island in the nation gave a young child an open view to alot of assorted fruits, vegetables, island herbs, natural cooking utensils, and a open ocean and grounds of fresh fish, fowl, and other meats.

We would buy our staple goods by the 25 to 50# bag that were brought over by the ferry. Our kitchen was with us at any given time or place since it was basically an open fire that you would start whenever or where ever you were at.

Watching over the shoulders of the islanders and or active participation was my best teacher and the taste of the food after working hard to obtain it was definitely rewarding.
Joined: 2/3/2006
Msg: 49
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Posted: 12/4/2008 2:24:49 PM
Well, I didn't really learn most of my cooking from my mom like many would, although I did learn to slice a potato fast by watchin mom...I learned by watching aunts and friends and such..kinda self taught....Usually all my friend cook well so i learn a tip or recipe from each one...Read a lot of recipe books too...
Joined: 7/11/2008
Msg: 50
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Posted: 12/5/2008 12:36:24 PM
My X husband was/is a Fine Dining Chef, and I used to go work with him all the time, and travel to high dollar places all over the United States, and we worked with a lot of famous Chefs. It is the one good thing I did get from my marriage...especially since I live on the Atkins diet!! I make all of my own sauces, salad dressings, soups, stocks, not to mention I LOVE doing all of it. And I know what is being put in the food I eat. It has also really changed the way I shop, and I spend a lot of money on good food. But it beats eating porrly, and I can make it last a long time. The most fun of all of it was meeting all the chefs we see on tv, and spending time in their kitchens, and learning things I would never have gotten to see.
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