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Old 01-19-2008, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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I basically learned out of survival. My mother was and still is a terrible cook and my grandmother was average but bland. Never was a clove of garlic allowed to cross the threshold. Roast beef was cooked to consistency of shoe leather.

When I was 13, my mother got a job from 3-11PM-so my job after school was watching my 3 younger siblings (one an infant) and cooking dinner. I started making things up in my head and making them. Boy was my Dad happy.

A couple of years later, my best friend's Mom-who was a wonderful cook, found me watching her every move in the kitchen. I credit her with my love of food and experimentation.

I enjoy watching cooking shows on TV-especially Lidia Bastianich and Barefoot Contessa.

So what's your story?
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Trial and error!!
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I love food. I picked up some cookbooks, and started experimenting
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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I started when I was 10yrs old making
pancakes before the TV went off at midinght

When I was 13 I started washing dishes at a fine
dining night club American/Italian,I was taken under the wing of the owner and running the
kitchen and Sunday Buffet by the time I turned
seventeen

The only down fall to this it's makes it hard to
eat out
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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Experimenting.....if I wanted to create something I had in a restaurant I would get what ingredients I thought was in something, as I cooked it I would write down what I put in it...if we liked it, we saved it and voila, a new recipe.
I love the combination of different spices and a lot of my cooking is that combination.
I will take a recipe, throw out what doesn't look good, add things that I think will and again something new. I haven't had too many complaints except my kids used to say "Mom, can't we just have a hot dog"?
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Old 01-19-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Hillsborough, NJ
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Experimenting.....if I wanted to create something I had in a restaurant I would get what ingredients I thought was in something, as I cooked it I would write down what I put in it...if we liked it, we saved it and voila, a new recipe.
I love the combination of different spices and a lot of my cooking is that combination.
I will take a recipe, throw out what doesn't look good, add things that I think will and again something new.
Same as posted above, plus I learned alot from my Mom. I use alot of her recipes, some of which were my great grandmothers. You cant beat a recipe for gravy thats been in the family that long. God Bless them old Italians
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Old 01-19-2008, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Machinist-so glad you called it "gravy". On-going arguement with hubby-he says "sauce"-not when it's loaded with sausage,pork, meatballs, braciole-now that's gravy. (And I'm not even Italian).
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Old 01-19-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I learned a lot from my mom. She was an adventurous cook.
I still have her Joy of Cooking, which had belonged to her own mom--it has notes from both penciled in about this or that recipe. ("Terrible!" "Sauce too runny.")
There were a few failed cakes and disastrous dinners during the Cooking Education of Cil.
One time I forgot about the eggs I was boiling and they exploded onto the ceiling. Good times.
When I went off to college, my grandma sent me a book called the College Cookbook, it was recipes and money-saving strategies culled from college kids all over the USA.
It emboldened me to try all kinds of food, all sorts of techniques.
Then when I got married and had kids, I became a bit more domestic, our hours were more regulated, and I had to please a husband who needed more calories than I did, so this was yet another learning experience.
I'm still learning all the time.
Since I've been living in Florida, I've been eating a lot more fresh seafood than I ever had in Colorado.
Cooking is still fun for me.
It's just dirty dishes that are laborious.
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Old 01-19-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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My mom taught me quite a bit. But she also let me experiment. I learned ALOT by doing that. I had 3 younger siblings as my taste testers. My kids are little, but they help me in the kitchen. They both love to help and I hope they will enjoy it later on.
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Old 01-19-2008, 02:50 PM
 
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I learned cooking from my mom and some cooking and baking from my dad,but I didn't learn to REALLY cook until I had kids and had no choice but to learn to cook everything. Over the years I now know what I am doing and teaching both of my kids.
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