Do you know how to cook?

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I can do the basics. Have been able too since around middle school. But that's about it. Since I live alone, I really don't see the point in getting fancy since no else is around to enjoy it.
Originally Posted by LadyV69
But YOU can enjoy it! I mean, I say that, but I know what you mean.

I can't even cook the basics. My ex was pretty discerning and never seemed to like the results on those few occasions when I tried (although he didn't say so outright). He was a much better cook, so he cooked more often than me. But most of the time we went out or ordered in. Now that I'm single, I still do that.

My baking can be good, but it's inconsistent. I'll bake something and it'll be excellent, but the second time it's terrible. My cooking, though, is consistently mediocre to terrible! And that is even following recipes. There is no way on earth I'd be able to "wing it" in the kitchen!
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I do. I enjoy it as well. My only issue is that SO is picky. And when I want to try something I only want one serving/piece, etc. It was better when I worked in the office. I could try new recipes and then bring them into the office.
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I can cook, I'm pretty ok at it. Always trying to improve.
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Don't feel too bad. I've worked with plenty of cooks who can't cook.
Some is just not grasping basic technical stuff even after years of cooking, but also a lot of people who simply have no palate. They can't taste when it's plainly obvious that something needs salt, or acid, or sweetness. Or the clowns pretentiously trying to figure out what the spice in gnudi is and reaching when it's just nutmeg because one, classic ingredient in gnudi, but two, it tastes like nutmeg!
I don't know how many times I've had to teach cooks how to zest citrus. I'm convinced that most people don't actually know how to zest citrus as a result.
There are also cooks who never actually cook and couldn't cook you a basic pot of white rice to save their lives. They just know how to mechanically do a task over and over.

If you can roast a chicken, that's a good basic skill! Roasting a chicken so the skin is crisp and the flesh tender, juicy, and flavorful is a good skill to have. A lot of people fail at that.

Cooking is easy so long as you grasp basic technique. If you learn how to sauté really well, you can make a whole bunch of stuff, for example.

And well, there is a right and wrong way to do things. I know people don't like being told that sometimes, but it's true. There are right ways to hold a knife. It's not only practical to hold a knife a certain way, it's safer. Just as it's safer to chop a certain way.

Serious Eats and Herbivoracious are great sites to learn good technique.
Epicurious usually has solid technique as well.
Originally Posted by Saria
I forgot to add boiling rice to my list of culinary accomplishments. Quinoa too!

My palate leans more toward the salty and acidic side. I almost always add extra salt and/or lemon juice to my meals. I crave bitter!!!

I can saute but I prefer roasting my veggies. The flavor just seems stronger.



If you can roast a chicken, that's a good basic skill! Roasting a chicken so the skin is crisp and the flesh tender, juicy, and flavorful is a good skill to have. A lot of people fail at that.
Hmmm you know I don't think I've ever tried to roast a whole chicken. I usually buy just breasts or thighs.

I may have a weekend project ahead!
Originally Posted by LAwoman
lol, so it's done. our mission this weekend is to cook something new! I'll start trying out some new drink recipes I saw on pinterest!
I'm a good cook but I hate daily cooking: I'm a working mom with with a foodie husband and 2 clingy small kids, one who is picky and one who has serious food allergies. Putting dinner on the table every night is complete and utter torture for me.

I love entertaining and cooking for a crowd though. I love baking too.

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I used to enjoy cooking. Then I had children. Actually, the first one ate anything I cooked, so it was still fun, but the other two? No way. So cooking has become just something to get food on the table. I don't even know if I could do it well any more.
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I'm a good cook but I hate daily cooking: I'm a working mom with with a foodie husband and 2 clingy small kids, one who is picky and one who has serious food allergies. Putting dinner on the table every night is complete and utter torture for me.

I love entertaining and cooking for a crowd though.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
Me too. This is why I cook as much as I can ahead of time and why my standup freezer is my best friend.

I can follow a recipe, but can't wing it. My baking is better than my cooking.

In grade 7, we made french toast. I couldn't eat french toast for the next 10 years.

I think (maybe wrongly) that almost anything I can buy at a restaurant or grocery store, I should be able to cook myself.

I really need cooking lessons.
I love to cook, Iove cookbooks, being in the kitchen, grocery shopping, and I love knives and kitchen gadgets. I truly find joy in it.
My mom never taught me to cook (she was and is a control freak in the kitchen) but when I moved out on my own at 18 I got all the family recipes from her, my dad, and my grandparents and taught myself how to make them and then went on from there.
I think every man, woman, and child should know how cook the basics for themselves and at least one really good meal for company.
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I have gotten to the point I can taste something and copy it at home. My chinese co-workers have begun this game with me. They make something. I eat it then try to duplicate it. I'm pretty good at it. I also go to resturants, and if I like what I eat I try it at home. Give me a recipe I try it. if i like it I'll keep it. if it needs tweeking somehow, I can do that too. I'm learning to bake. I'm doing pretty well with cookies and boozy cakes!
I hate cooking because I cook at work. Im leaving this field, because of all the drama.

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I learned how to cook during the first few years of my marriage. My poor husband had to endure so many horrible meals. There were times I refused to eat what I made and we both went out to eat. I was not prepared at all. I'm an excellent cook now but not then. I'm not very good at baking though. Mostly because I don't care to bake. I'm fine with bakery cookies and cakes.

ETA: ok, I lied. I'm an excellent baker too but I don't enjoy it. I made 1/2 dozen blue berry muffins and 1/2 dozen banana muffins and 1 dozen biscuits tonight. All from scratch and the family goobled them all up...my son and husband...but I still don't enjoy baking.

Last edited by Speckla; 07-03-2012 at 10:50 PM.
I forgot to add that I read cookbooks like a fiction book. I love cookbooks.
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One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

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I'm a good cook but I hate daily cooking: I'm a working mom with with a foodie husband and 2 clingy small kids, one who is picky and one who has serious food allergies. Putting dinner on the table every night is complete and utter torture for me.

I love entertaining and cooking for a crowd though. I love baking too.

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Originally Posted by mad scientist
I hear ya. I used to like it more when I was single. Now it's so difficult to plan and execute meals that it's sucking the joy out of cooking.

Like right now. My turkey meatloaf is done but I won't get it out on time because I have a kid hanging off of me. My plan was to make mashed taters with green beans. Haven't even started on those yet because of kid drama.

My oldest just ate half a bagel and my middle kid ate 4 peaches I was planning on using for a dessert for tomorrow. Oh well. At least they ate.
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I'm a pretty good cook. I can follow a recipe and make my own innovations after trying it a time or two, if I think it needs it.

I enjoy cooking, but that's because my husband helps with prepping (chopping vegetables, etc) and does all the dishes. If I had to do everything from start to finish, we'd be eating a lot of frozen pizza or other convenience food.
I can cook pretty well but have to admit I'm happiest with a recipe in front of me, not good at winging it. When I first left home at 18 I would often find myself ringing my mum to ask for instructions on how to do basic stuff, I was pretty hopeless and just kind of taught myself. I'm trying to get my boys into the kitchen so they'll know how to get by when they leave home - falling on deaf ears at the moment!
I love baking though, have been baking since I was about 12 I think, and will always volunteer to make dessert if I'm going somewhere where a plate needs to be taken.
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i'm not in the same league as my e-daughter saria, but i'm pretty good.

my mother has pictures of me at 5 years old, standing on a chair in front of the stove, cooking! i suspect she only let me stir things already in progress...



my dad's parents taught me how to cook many traditional eastern European dishes and my maternal grandfather gave me a copy of The Joy of Cooking for xmas 30 years ago. i used it until it fell apart (it was a paperback) and my sister gave me a hardcover copy of the new edition a few years ago.

i've developed a love of Italian food and i make a fabulous meat sauce and can turn any eggplant into a festa d'Italia! (if i do say so myself!)



i would love to get a copy of the Italian food bible called Il cucchiaio d'argento (The Silver Spoon).
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^^ I still have the Betty Crocker Cookbook my mom gave me 35+ years ago. It has loads of great tried and true recipes that I use to this day.
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^^ I still have the Betty Crocker Cookbook my mom gave me 35+ years ago. It has loads of great tried and true recipes that I use to this day.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
I have that one!

Actually, mine might have been my mother's, mother's. Its copyright is 1968.

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I am a pretty good cook, but I don't enjoy it. I used to have to cook for my family when I was a teen. I guess I burned out.

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