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Old 01-27-2011, 08:34 PM
Location: Orlando
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Home ec, in school, then did some bakery classes in a college, kind of an afterschool type thing, then i joined the navy and became a mess specialist!!! i still love, it but now its just a hobby!!!
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:11 AM
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I moved 1000 miles away from my family right after college and got my first apartment...I sort of had to learn how to cook because my rent was too high for me to eat out that much. Burned a LOT of food, and made some veeeeery questionable meals for awhile, but I learned. Thankfully, because I married a man whose idea of cooking is "Boil water. Dump in Ramen."
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:38 AM
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I also learned through trial and error. Some of my early memorable disasters -

I turned the heat on too high the first time I cooked bacon. I put the bacon in the pan and it shriveled up and disappeared! Nothing but black soot left in the pan .

Or the time I decided to make vegetable soup. I had some cans of vegetables (peas, green beans, corn) I figured I'd add them together and make a nice soup. So I dumped each can, including the liquid from each can, into a pot on the stove, heated it up and gave it a taste. And, oh boy, was it bad.

When I made eggplant parmesan the first time, I didn't know to peel the eggplant first. It tasted good except for the tough, chewy skin on the eggplant.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:47 AM
Location: North of Nowhere, South of Everywhere
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Self taught and by watching the Food Network.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:19 AM
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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1) Home Ec class in 6th grade

2) Working in a restaurant during the summer in High School - one night the Fry Cook quit and I was "promoted" from Dishwasher to Fry Cook that night(and got a raise) - learned from there!
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:37 AM
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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To be honest I've never been a good cook. I can throw some sh*t together so I dont starve to death. I had 3 older sisters. I have 3 daughters. I have 4 grandaughters. And i have 2 greatgrandaughters[and 2 more greatgrandaughters on the way]. Everyday at least 1 of them wants to cook for me. I am SO blessed!
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:51 PM
Location: NW Indiana
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My mom's mom refused to let her in the kitchen when she was growing up, so when Mom got married she didn't know how to cook. She learned well from her MIL and turned out to be an excellent cook. She started teaching my sis and me how to cook as soon as we were big enough to stand at the table and at the stove. In all modesty (ha), I'm an excellent cook and baker!
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:55 PM
Location: colorado
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Originally Posted by Caligula1 View Post
Right out of High School in 88 I went to a little cullinary arts program.
It was nothing major, not at all meant to teach a person to become a 5 star chef.
It was more Basic things like Knife skills bare bones basic cooking instruction. Think a paid for heavy duty home Ec class.
I did learn alot there but I think I learned more by watching my Grandparents cook while I was growing up.
Now I take what I learned in the cullinary program plus what I see on the food network (Alton Brown type food science) combine that with Grandma's cooking and BAM I'm a pretty good cook.
I also seem to have this uncanny way of looking at things I have on hand and making a pretty decent meal out of it. I always wondered if the ability to do something like that comes to a person as a natural sort of ability.

I do have a Problem with Spices.. Not salt and Pepper but more exotic spices.
There is alot I have yet to try and it's hard for me because I cook for people set in their ways.
When I first tried indian food the flavors just blew my mind, there were tastes in there that just did not (in my head) belong in a savory meal.
Yet it just tasted so darned good. It was sublime, Made me want more.. I have since cooked tandoori chicken but not in an actuall tandoor.
Pretty much thats as far as I have gotten with the Indian food.
I think if I went to the same cullinary program again besides the knife skills I would get so much more out of it.

My mom taught me, also my Aunties did too.
I love watching cooking shows, and reading cookbooks
I love cooking..
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:55 AM
Location: Arkansas
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I learned by watching food network . I am slightly tomboyish so when I was growing up I had very little interest in learning to cook. I got married fairly young (20) and we didn't have a lot of money to start with so I watched food network and got ideas and skills.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:46 PM
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I learned by watching my mother, supplemented by watching The French Chef.

Later, I honed my cooking and baking skills by enrolling in a few courses at a great culinary school.

Now I get fresh ideas from cooking shows, cookbooks and other food lovers.
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