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Old 09-09-2016, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I do most of the cooking at home and always find something I could do better. My wife laughs and says it was perfect.

I heard the expression above, (it was regarding a sandwich but believe it applies to other meal types), so thought to ask how you good folks feel about it.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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In my own opinion, absolutely! I'm a good cook, but I'll tell you something - when I put a big spread on that I've worked for hours on (think something like a large, family Thanksgiving), by the time it hits the table I want NO part of it.


Additionally, in a non-restaurant setting, I associate someone making food for me a sign of love - an effort to make me happy, and that they CARE about me enough to try to make me happy if that makes any sense - I think it's one of the biggest reasons that nothing to me tastes as good as when my mother makes it.


Finally, in a restaurant setting, it's very easy for me to actually enjoy the food, and not having worked on preparing it (goes back to the first paragraph. )
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: NC
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It is true in a way. Often I feel guilty knowing a sauce or soup has lots of fats, calories, sugars, and I do know it if I have created it. but if someone else has made it and it tastes really good I don't worry about those things. Don't ask, don't tell!
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:52 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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In my own opinion, absolutely! I'm a good cook, but I'll tell you something - when I put a big spread on that I've worked for hours on (think something like a large, family Thanksgiving), by the time it hits the table I want NO part of it.


Additionally, in a non-restaurant setting, I associate someone making food for me a sign of love - an effort to make me happy, and that they CARE about me enough to try to make me happy if that makes any sense - I think it's one of the biggest reasons that nothing to me tastes as good as when my mother makes it.


Finally, in a restaurant setting, it's very easy for me to actually enjoy the food, and not having worked on preparing it (goes back to the first paragraph. )
That's exactly how I feel. My husband thinks it's because I nibble while I cook, but I don't. I used to taste things as I was learning to make them, but now I know exactly what I need to put into everything and I don't need to taste any of it to make it come out right.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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In my own opinion, absolutely! I'm a good cook, but I'll tell you something - when I put a big spread on that I've worked for hours on (think something like a large, family Thanksgiving), by the time it hits the table I want NO part of it.
Then, after spending all that time hustling to make sure everything is ready and right, after 30 minutes it's all gone.
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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If you are a lousy cook - yes
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I always enjoy food cooked by somone else and Im a good cook. I Think we cooks appreciate the work of others, and we are interested in a slightly different take on the most basic foods.
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Old 09-10-2016, 04:41 AM
 
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outside of the squirrelly and ocd eaters,,, I think most people like to sit and enjoy the meal instead of thinking they are responsible for everyone elses food/eating experience..

I think that's why many go out to eat at holidays

on one family gathering a few of us threw in 20.00 each and we got a take out buffet food...
this worked out well, because the host was so wound and worked up about the food,,,she could not enjoy herself and others had to drink to tolerate her



I don't think its just the taste of the food,,,there's so many other dynamics around eating..


I can go to most cookouts and technically it may not be as good - they may buy cheaper steaks or buy pink slime burger at Walmart,,,
I just try to enjoy myself and appreciate whatever food is there
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Old 09-10-2016, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I guess I am the odd man or gal out: In most situations enjoy my cooking better than others. Sure, like everyone I love going out to a decent place to eat and love when others do the cooking, giving me a break, but I happen to really enjoy my own cooking. I don't even mind all the prep. What do have is the clean up.

This doesn't mean I do not enjoy others efforts or I want to cook all the meals, 7 days a week, 3 times a day. It also doesn't mean there are not some dishes others do much better than me, whether friends or my favorite restaurant and I have lots of dishes I will never learn to perfect, dishes I would much rather have someone else prepare.
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:02 AM
 
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I guess I am the odd man or gal out: In most situations enjoy my cooking better than others. Sure, like everyone I love going out to a decent place to eat and love when others do the cooking, giving me a break, but I happen to really enjoy my own cooking. I don't even mind all the prep. What do have is the clean up.

This doesn't mean I do not enjoy others efforts or I want to cook all the meals, 7 days a week, 3 times a day. It also doesn't mean there are not some dishes others do much better than me, whether friends or my favorite restaurant and I have lots of dishes I will never learn to perfect, dishes I would much rather have someone else prepare.


you make a good point here,,,as did another poster..
the act of prepping and cooking ... is also not only a contribution to family... (gatherings) but a gift...

Ive had grandmothers that wouldn't think about going out to eat,,,it was a labor of love, as it was for generations
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