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Old 01-10-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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I also have read many receipe books, watch some cooking shows; then close the book and cook.
Guess it's kinda like having a gift for music, listen and write or play. Me, read and cook!

Tonight, creamed tuna haha..
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Mostly from my mom, my aunt, and my grandmothers. After that, a lot of experimentation, trial and error, successes, failures and disasters, live and learn, and the help of some friends.

When I was about 7 or so I got a copy of the Betty Crocker's New Boys and Girls Cookbook. I still use recipes out of it, on occasion.



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quite a few phone calls to my mother
My mom lives for those phone calls! Sometimes, even if I know what I'm doing, I'll call her anyway to ask. Just a small way of making her happy.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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I started off "helping" my mom and grandma with their baking. I learned how follow a recipe, how to separate egg yolks, the difference between stirring/folding/beating, how to knead and roll out dough, preheating the oven, etc., etc.

Later I helped make salads and learned to do some of the prep work for meals - cutting onions, grating cheese, etc.

When I was old enough, my mom let me start making some simple meals on my own (spaghetti, hamburger helper, meatloaf, etc.).
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Florida
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From mom and grandma for basics, from recipes and trial & error, and I get tips/ideas from cooking shows.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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i watched both my parents cooking while growing up, but neither really let me try my hand at anything. i have always loved baking because i love following recipes. when i got married i went through quite a while of eating very basic stuff and trying to cook on my own. after a few barely edible meals, spice wise, something clicked in my brain. i am no chef by any means, but i understand which spices should go together with which foods and have gotten much better. i get compliments all the time from freinds and family.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: LI/VA/IL
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Learned to cook after I was married. When I was living at home till 25-always working and never interested. When I was married then I called my mom and 2nd mom (mil)
Now I still have a lot of their recipes (hand written)but scour the net for low fat recipes as our lifestyle eating has changed.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I hated cooking when I was younger. My mantra was, " I don't cook, I re-heat." Then the scale starting going up and up from eating so much fast food, and I finally said enough was enough. So, after many disasters, and almost burning down a kitchen once, I think my cooking is very good. I still have my disasters like anyone else.

I think my mom is loving it when I still call her and ask her questions about a recipe. I will, however, never be able to replicate her potato salad, still the best in the world.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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My parents had restaurants when I was young. I didn't pay any attention. When I was stuck at home by myself, I started watching "Julia Child, The Galloping Gourmet and Justin Wilson" on PBS. Of course as I become older, I read cookbooks, cut articles out of the newspaper and now on the Internet.

I like the idea of cooking items that are from scratch so I can control what is in the recipe and everyone seems to appreciate that things are made from scratch and with love.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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I tend to freestyle and get very creative when I cook, though for specifics I will find something online or in a book if precise measurements are crucial, (like a good batter recipe, I love to fry!)

I look in the kitchen, see what I got to work with, and voila!

I'm actually a better cook than my mother (sorry ma, mean it) she rarely used spices, or even salt!
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Reading some of these comments, I realize I need to give credit to some of the chefs on the Food Network for teaching me knife skills.
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