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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:42 PM

Do you love to cook for yourself ? Or is it just a "survival" thing ?

I envy the people who love to cook for themselves. I think cooking for two or a family, etc. is a different and more enjoyable matter.

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Reply Do you love to cook for yourself ? Or is it just a "survival" thing ? (Original post)
steve2470 Dec 2011 OP
tinrobot Dec 2011 #1
BiggJawn Dec 2011 #2
no_hypocrisy Dec 2011 #3
Recovered Repug Dec 2011 #4
dimbear Dec 2011 #5
Matariki Dec 2011 #6
Brickbat Dec 2011 #7
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SheilaT Dec 2011 #10
Historic NY Dec 2011 #11
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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:47 PM

1. I'm a creative type, I like making things

Food is just one more fun thing I get to make. Besides, it can be a lot healthier for you when you control exactly what goes into your meals.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 10:54 PM

2. Survival.

I just get tired of eating out of a paper bag all the time.

"Two Dine. One merely Refuels"

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:00 PM

3. Both

Survival: I can control the ingredients which means little or no salt and no additives and no HFCS.

For Myself: It's a skill that you develop. I started out with very simple fare like scrambled eggs. Last night I baked my first ham successfully. And I've collected something like 50 cookbooks of different cuisines. I eat as well as if I went out.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:06 PM

4. Pure survival.

My cooking beats starvation - barely.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:08 PM

5. Every so often I go all out, but I'm more of a modifier. Start with something

storebought and go from there. For example, a frozen pizza plus pineapple, mushrooms, etc. and you're getting on towards a meal. Making a pizza from scratch is a pretty major effort.

For spaghetti, Ragu and frozen meatballs simmered for about a half hour with some wine rather than making the sauce from go.

What would that be? Half cooking?

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:15 PM

6. I have a weekly, local organic fruit/vegetable CSA

It forces me to get creative with cooking, usually for myself. I tend to keep it simple, but interesting.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:19 PM

7. I like to bake for myself, but when I cook for myself, I end up eating pretty much the same thing

every day. I am fine with routine when it comes to food for myself.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:21 PM

8. Love to cook. It's truly an art form.

I recently made a sauteed kale with onions, pine nuts, chantrelles, oyster mushrooms kosher salt and coarse ground pepper that was to die for. Simple, fabulous, healthy. We recently joined a CSA so get a random box of seasonal veggies once a week and we've been having a blast learning new recipes.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:24 PM

9. I love cooking, it runs in the family.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:29 PM

10. I really like to cook, and it's not

as difficult or as time-consuming as many often think. Even making pizza from scratch.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:29 PM

11. I do, but I freeze some...prefer to cook for 2 + the more the merrier...

I'm an experimenter, love to get people reactions.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:33 PM

12. I liked baking as a teen. After that I mostly cooked to survive. Occassionally I would

get out a recipe book and try something complicated. Went to cooking school. I realized I didn't enjoy it so much. Now I cook for 3 and am suddenly beginning to enjoy it. I make old fashioned meals though.... nothing fancy. I have a tough audience so it is a little hard to be learning at this late stage. But I am.

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