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Old 09-23-2015, 05:41 PM
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Hi, I live in central NJ (Somerset County) - and I can't cook, like, uh, AT ALL!! I need to take some cooking classes - any one know any good cooking classes - after work hours and weekend - in and around central NJ?
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:28 PM
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Uh... cooking isn't as important as it used to be.

...at least in GA anyway, maybe NJ is different?
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Old 09-29-2015, 04:19 PM
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For shame FUbarbundy...of course cooking is important. It's a family steeple and a great cost savings, especially for those of us with exotic tongues.

Have you heard of Cook n Tell with Sue Sell?? They have been around quite awhile and really great for non-experienced people.

What ever you do, make sure you lean to cook. Not just for your husband or children, but for yourself. I personally love all the Fine French dining I make to treat myself and it taste better when made by hand.
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:24 PM
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Get a crockpot.
Some beef stew, a bag of mini carrots, 2 potatoes, and a packet of McCormicks beef stew flavoring.
Chop, chop chop, throw everything into the crockpot and add water. Cook on high for 5 hours.
Eat for days!
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:15 PM
Location: EAV
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Get a book like this:

Now You're Cooking: Everything a Beginner Needs to Know to Start Cooking Today: Elaine Corn, Daniel McClain: 9781883791001: Amazon.com: Books

Basically, I was where you were many years ago, and got this book. It uses very simple recipes and is not heavy on spices or tricks.

What it really taught me was to focus on being simple, the true importance of just salt and pepper, and working on actually cooking and timing. Break it down, unlearn you're bad habits and then build up all new habits.

Now I am a passable cook using a stovetop, oven, grill, smoker, pressure cooker and crockpot.

It's truly one of the more enjoyable things I do. Cooking is absolutely a life skill worth working on.

I'd skip classes. Use that money on buying food to cook. There are a ton of books and YouTube. Just cook. It will happen for you.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:16 AM
Location: Atlanta
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Since this is an Atlanta forum, I would not have a clue where to tell you to take a cooking class at any time in central NJ.

We all learn in different ways. I'm more of a reader, and there are tons of recipes online. That does not mean I did not visually learn from watching my grandmother cook. If I wanted to learn how to make sushi or bake something specific, I'd opt to take a class but not for the basics of everyday cooking.

I think you just need a little confidence. Don't ever again in your life say you can't cook because you can. Depending on your personality, you might like a site like Cooking For Engineers - Step by Step Recipes and Food for the Analytically Minded. It kind of gives you a thorough understanding of the science behind what works and why. For a sheer technique, I'd go with https://www.cooksillustrated.com/.

Good luck and don't worry, it'll work out. It took my mom 20+ years but she finally pulled it together.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:25 AM
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I think you need confidence, a crock pot and google for easy recipes. Once in awhile try a harder recipe on the stove or oven. Good luck and you'll have fun once you learn a few meals.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:52 AM
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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If you can follow directions and can learn a few basic rules, you can cook. Heck, I've learned a lot just by watching Food Network.
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Old 09-30-2015, 06:12 AM
Location: North Fulton, GA
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Here in the Atlanta area there are lots of places to take cooking classes- Public, Whole Foods, Cooks' Warehouse, and Whole Foods. I would sign up for a basic knife skills class to get started and then go from there. A hands on class will give you confidence.
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:06 AM
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I have discovered several easy and delicious dishes courtesy of America's Test Kitchen on PBS.
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