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Old 07-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
 
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Default Do you know how to cook?

I just realized that I don't know how to cook...kind of.

I can do all the basics: roast chicken, roast vegetables, potatoes 5 different ways, garden salads, spaghetti, breafast basics, and a few others but beyond that I have zero skill in the kitchen.

It just feels like something I'm supposed to know how to do for myself and I don't. How many of you out there can't cook and how do you get buy?

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I just had microwaved french fries for breakfast.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
 
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I don't cook. I don't know how and I have no interest in learning. My husband is a great cook, though, which is how I get by.

I do love to bake and am a good baker, if I do say so myself. Nothing fancy, just cookies and cakes, but everyone loves them!
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #3
 
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I didn't know how to cook until I got married. When my mom found out I made our first Thanksgiving dinner as a married woman, she said, "TNB cooked?! By herself? Oh, bless her heart." Like I was a special Olympian or something.

I started watching the Food Network. I was addicted for a while. I followed the recipes and not long after that I started to feel like a competent cook.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
 
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I learned when I was in my 20s...when I figured out how much men love it when women cook for them!

Prior to that, I got by on the few little basic meals I could throw together or I ate out. And I dated a guy for a yr and a half who was a great cook; he hooked me up a few times a week.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
 
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Anything I have a recipe for I can make for sure but I do experiment
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
 
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I would love to take some classes on cooking techniques and knife skills.

But yes, I can cook. I imagine a taste and create it. It's a skill I developed from cooking holiday meals with my dad, who is the master of that. However, he can't follow recipes at all and I can do that, too. I tend not to and only use them for inspiration, but can use them if I so desire.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:47 PM   #7
 
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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.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:57 PM   #8
 
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I have always hated cooking. Refused to pay attention when my mom tried to teach me.

I hated cooking as an adult, still refused to learn. My ex husband was a chef, and obnoxiously controlling. He would criticise me when I tried. He'd even pick apart how I used a knife! I refused to cook for him.

My love of my life boyfriend can not cook. But loves to eat. Made it known that he liked to be fed in the beginning of our relationship. So I started cooking for him. And he loved it. So I kept getting creative, and trying stuff.

Once you get the hang of it, its pretty easy to come up with stuff. I'm not a gourmet or anything, but my family eats well, and healthy.

Allrecipes.com is a good place to get ideas.

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Old 07-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #9
 
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My mom and all the women in my family cook so I just kinds learned without realizing it. Having to cook for 100 people is a pretty normal occurance.

I can figure out how to make most dishes by sight and or taste. So i hear something and I try it. I'm always trying new things. i just google a recipe and in the end I still create my own verision of it

A couple of years ago, I took about a dozen cooking classes. Loved it. It helped to introduce me to knew spices and techniques

I love to cook :-)
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:28 PM   #10
 
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I can cook. And I'm good at it too. But I don't love doing it. I'm hoping to retire from cooking one day.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #11
 
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I can cook and bake at a VERY basic level.

Actually I used to cook much more when I was younger than I do now .... and I was MUCH THINNER back then ... hmmm...connection?? Eh, maybe not ... who knows.

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I didn't know how to cook until I got married. When my mom found out I made our first Thanksgiving dinner as a married woman, she said, "TNB cooked?! By herself? Oh, bless her heart." Like I was a special Olympian or something.

I started watching the Food Network. I was addicted for a while. I followed the recipes and not long after that I started to feel like a competent cook.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:01 PM   #12
 
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I know how to cook and I love it! I cook when I'm bored or stressed. It relaxes me. I like to try new recipes and adapt lower fat versions when possible.

I learned mostly from Mom and my grandmothers. I also LOVE The Joy of Cooking and refer to it for techniques
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I can cook about as much as you can, Parissy. But I used to be much worse. I didn't know how to bake chicken or do anything beyond ramen or microwaveable popcorn. Lol.

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My love of my life boyfriend can not cook. But loves to eat. Made it known that he liked to be fed in the beginning of our relationship. So I started cooking for him. And he loved it. So I kept getting creative, and trying stuff.
That made me smile
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My love of my life boyfriend can not cook. But loves to eat. Made it known that he liked to be fed in the beginning of our relationship. So I started cooking for him. And he loved it. So I kept getting creative, and trying stuff.
That made me smile
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:30 PM   #17
 
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Like Scrills I have a large family (on moms side), all the women cook, and I learned without realizing it.

In elementary/high school I was a baking and cooking fiend. If I was home, during summer break, I was making something. Now I mainly cook for myself and after working 12 hours I'm not typically feeling too fancy. I made easy go to's that I can pack for lunch/dinner or dishes that I can slow cook while working. If the mood hits I will spend all day in the kitchen making everything from scratch.

Like others have said, I would like to take a class to learn better knife skills/techniques.

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Old 07-02-2012, 03:46 PM   #18
 
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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.
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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!
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I like cooking and I keep us fed, but I'm just so-so at it. Thankfully Mr. Spring would disagree with me.
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