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Old 02-14-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Austin
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My new year's resolution is to learn to cook better and to cook more often. I can do the basics pretty well and I can make some pretty good stuff (beef stew, fajitas, stir fry - good, but not too fancy or complex), but I really want to take my cooking to the next level if that makes sense. I was looking at the meatball thread in the recipes section, and thinking wow, I wish I could make homemade meatballs, and sauce...I'm guilty of usually using sauce from a jar, which is not the same as homemade. I'd like to learn to bake pies from scratch, make homemade sauce, etc.! My question for those of you who cook a lot and are really good at it is - how did you learn? Did you take a class, did someone teach you, did you experiment on your own? What is your best advice for learning to be a better cook?

Oh, and just for fun, I am curious what is the fanciest thing you make? The thing you're most proud of? You know, the thing you'd make if the Queen came over for dinner?
When I started getting addicted to cooking shows it took my cooking to another level since I followed those recipes.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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I learned how to cook on my own,once I had my own place. I learned from books and once I got married my sweetest DH became my Guinea pig . Everything I tried on him and practice made perfect, now I am at least I think I am a very good cook. As told from people, I excel in East Indian Cuisine, Italian Cuisine and German Cuisine.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I had an older friend that was an excellent cook. She taught me some basics but I learned by trial and error. I have a Filipino friend that shared her recipe for soup that calls for spinach. It's my fiendish plan to get more leafy greens in hubbies diet. It worked too, he loves the soup. As a matter of fact we're eating it right now.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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Thanks everyone!! I loved reading your responses! I am inspired to be better!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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A combination of Mom, Home Ec in Junior High, and wanting to learn how to cook healthy...thankful for websites like Cooking Light and Skinnytaste...my husband is very grateful..and happy!
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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When I started getting addicted to cooking shows it took my cooking to another level since I followed those recipes.
Even at my age, I still love to experiment with recipes I get from cooking shows and I get the Foodnet magazine. It has a wealth of information. We are never to old to learn and change how we do things. At least I hope we are not..

Nita
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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haven't read the whole thread and maybe somebody has already suggested this. don't be insulted but there are some great kids cook books out there with great pictures, suggestions. A few years ago I bought 2 different cook books for my 2 daughters. I found some great recipes which have turned out to be family recipes.

tivo cooks country on PBS. Great show with good explanations and even experiments. it is a wealth of information.

good luck
Sorry that I never replied to you sooner.

What are the name of those two kid books? Haha. It wouldn't hurt to help out in my current progress.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Sorry that I never replied to you sooner.

What are the name of those two kid books? Haha. It wouldn't hurt to help out in my current progress.
Tell us what you've learned to cook!
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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haven't read whole thread yet, but just start off with a good cookbook with home style recipes. HIGHLY recommend this Thomas Keller (probably the greatest American chef of all time) book:



Many of the recipes are easily doable, taste fantastic, and can impress company easily. Julia Child is also a must own for almost anyone.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Sorry that I never replied to you sooner.

What are the name of those two kid books? Haha. It wouldn't hurt to help out in my current progress.
Three cookbooks I got off our shelf without much searching (there are others I'll look for later)

William Sonoma The kids' cookbook

Southern Living kids cookbook

The everything Kids's cookbook

Those are a great start and we have many family favorites from them.
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