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    Kswck Guest

    Default Who taught you to cook?

    Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?

    Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').

    Learned on my own.



  2. #2
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Sat 12 Jul 2008 02:39:11p, Kswck told us...

    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your

    own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    Initially, and at a very your age, my mother, grandmother, and great-
    grandmother. All three were fine cooks. That was a foundation and
    springboard for me learning and refining on my own. You never stop
    learning about food.

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  3. #3
    Miche Guest

    Default Re: Who taught you to cook?

    In article <48792492$0$11634$[email protected]>,
    "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    Learned from my mother and the Edmonds Cookbook, aka the NZ food bible.

    Miche

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    cybercat Guest

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    "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48792492$0$11634$[email protected]..
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    My mother tried but I kept going upstairs to read or going out to catch
    frogs with my Dad.



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    aem Guest

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    On Jul 12, 2:39*pm, "Kswck" <ks...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    Mom cared more about taste and texture than that but didn't have much
    skill. I learned the basics from the two ladies who ran the school
    cafeteria where I had a succession of jobs, and from the short order
    cooks at a couple of joints where I worked during college. Then Julia
    showed me how to appreciate and try to achieve more than the basics,
    Jacques taught me techniques from his shows and his books, Jeff Smith
    widened my culinary horizons even further. More than from all of them
    I learned techniques and ingredients for Chinese food from my Chinese
    uncle whom the rest of the family considered the best cook of them
    all. He was actually an organic chemist whose work included crafting
    scents and perfumes but cooking was his favorite hobby. The other
    night I was lightly browning some dry flour in a skillet in order to
    darken it for a sauce I was going to make and had to smile because I
    remembered my uncle telling me, "you don't have to do this but the
    result will be better even if no one else knows why." -aem

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    Beer Drinking Dog Guest

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    Kswck wrote:
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.
    >


    Both grandmothers, but mostly my grandmother on my Mom's side. She
    taught me how to make homemade noodles (the skill skipped a
    generation--my Mom couldn't do them if her life depended upon it) and
    gravy. My dad was also a cook (short order, mostly, in diners and
    various restaurants), but he didn't cook much at home. He would
    sometimes bake for special occasions. Learned to love cinnamon rolls
    from eating his. Picked up a few things from him. My grandfather on my
    Mom's side was a butcher. Learned a lot about meat and knives from him.
    Picked up a lot of the rest of my love of food and kitchen skills by
    watching and reading some of the greats like Julia Child.

    Other more recent influences have been Alton Brown, Mario Batali, Ming
    Tsai, and Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

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    Andy Guest

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    Kswck said...

    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your

    own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.



    I caught on to a couple of my favorite dishes Mom cooked by watching
    carefully.

    Pop Pop was suave carving the turkey. I paid strict attention.

    Inherited cookbook volumes became my best cooking resource. Foolproof!

    Andy

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    The UnInmate Guest

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    "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48792492$0$11634$[email protected]..
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    I taught me to cook. In my birth family's tradition, men don't cook except
    when working as cooks or chefs in a professional capacity. Men cooking at
    home is just a no-no. When I moved to a rooming house in another city to
    attend college, I barely knew how to boil water. The guys I lived with
    helped with the basics, but I quickly wanted to try fancier stuff and bought
    cookbooks (there were almost no cooking shows on TV back then). Which
    explains why I'm something of a retard when it comes to cooking compared to
    most people here.



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    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Who taught you to cook?



    Kswck wrote:
    >
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    All of the above plus experience in commercial kitchens. Any time anyone
    made a meal for me that I enjoyed, they were asked for the
    recipe/technique etc. If it was an awful meal, also took note *never* to
    do that!

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    James Silverton Guest

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    Arri wrote on Sat, 12 Jul 2008 17:44:33 -0600:


    > Kswck wrote:
    >>
    >> Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn
    >> on your own?
    >>
    >> Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be
    >> cooked in a fry pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till
    >> it's dead, beef so rare it would moo and chicken ONLY in a
    >> pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake. (Don't get me started on
    >> her soups-she believed food was to keep you alive...taste?
    >> 'You want that too? Why?').
    >>
    >> Learned on my own.


    I guess I drew up knowing how to make breakfast fried stuff and probably
    learned from my mother. She wasn't a bad cook and used the freshest
    ingredients but tended to cook vegetables to death.

    Until I shared a house and also all the chores with 3 others, I'd never
    really tried to cook apart from barbequing steaks and corn in the nearby
    national park. My future wife was not very complimentary about my steaks
    :-) However, I'm a chemist of sorts so I bought a book and my first meal
    in the shared house was not unsuccessful.
    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    The Kat Guest

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    On Sat, 12 Jul 2008 17:39:11 -0400, "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?


    My Mothers Mother.

    Great cook, and my Mom learned from her, just not enough.





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    mequeenbe.nospam Guest

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    Kswck wrote:
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    my birth mother was a professional cook before the madness took over
    completely, so the genetic touch was there. my step-mother and your
    mother were sisters in the kitchen. i learned from watching others,
    being taught how to cook mexican food by the first mother-in-law and
    from then on it was hit or miss, experimenting, watching friends, and
    reading cookbooks.

    harriet & critters hiding from the heat.

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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Who taught you to cook?

    Kswck wrote:
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.
    >
    >




    I learn something from nearly every person who cooks for me or
    lets me assist. Learning can be defined as a positive thing
    ("Do it this way") or a negative one ("Yuck, don't EVER...")


    gloria p

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Who taught you to cook?

    Kswck wrote:
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your
    > own?


    I ventured out on my own with not a clue about how to cook.
    My mother did all the cooking and I was only permitted to
    do potato peeling, like that.

    I really like to see when people cook with their kids, I think
    it's a great idea all around. They get a head start on life as
    far as being able to take care of themselves, and maybe they
    will eat different foods if they make it. It's a good interest to
    cultivate.

    My first mil taught me a little bit, she was a fabulous cook.
    Italian. I learned crazy stuff from her, like you could cut up
    an apple or an orange, whatever was in the refrigerator, and
    put it in a tossed salad. Wow. Laugh if you will, but really
    that's the first time I started to think about food in a different
    way. Food-wise I'd led a pretty sheltered life, except that I was
    the only person I knew of my friends, etc., who'd ever had
    sushi.

    nancy

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    dejablues Guest

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    "Wayne Boatwright" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] 6.120...
    > On Sat 12 Jul 2008 02:39:11p, Kswck told us...
    >
    >> Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your

    > own?
    >>
    >> Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    >> pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    >> would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    >> (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    >> alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >>
    >> Learned on my own.

    >
    > Initially, and at a very your age, my mother, grandmother, and great-
    > grandmother. All three were fine cooks. That was a foundation and
    > springboard for me learning and refining on my own. You never stop
    > learning about food.


    My mom, who was always a fabulous baker has gotten to be a better and
    better cook as the years have passed, my mother-in-law, whose roots are
    Southern and has some really great signature dishes, and the home-ec
    classes we had to take in junior high. Yes, those home-ec classes were
    great!



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    Julia Altshuler Guest

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    With exceptions here and there, no one in my family cooked. Learning to
    cook was therefore an act of rebellion. (One grandmother made
    hamentaschen with us. My mother sometimes made a meat & tomato sauce.
    Other than that, it was broiled meats, salads, and frozen vegetables.
    Not bad, not what you would call cooking.)


    I learned from cookbooks, trial and error (lots of hideous and humorous
    errors), the Culinary Institute, Jim, and more cookbooks.


    --Lia


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    MayQueen Guest

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    Kswck wrote:
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >

    The cooking gene definitely skipped a generation in my family. I do
    remember my mom and aunt showing me a few things, but I think my love of
    cooking comes from my grandmother. She didn't specifically show me how
    to cook, but I know I observed her quite a bit. I've noticed that my
    cousins are also much more culinarily (I'm pretty sure that's a made up
    word) gifted than their parents.

    I was interested and wanted to learn. I did learn a lot from the chiefs
    on PBS. My efforts were encouraged and appreciated which then spurred
    me on to more. So I guess I fall more into the learning on my own side.

    --
    Queenie

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    Edwin Pawlowski Guest

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    "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48792492$0$11634$[email protected]..
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.
    >


    At home, I could fry an egg, make a burger and other simple survival types
    of cooking but had no interest aside from that. It was some years later that
    I really started to get interested. Frugal Gourmet and Romagnoli's Table
    were the two that really got me interested so I took the time to learn basic
    cooking and some of the science behind it.

    Out of necessity I've been doing the majority of cooking the last couple of
    years so there definitely was a payoff in time spent learning. Wish I had
    watched my grandmother more though. I certainly miss some of her meals.



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    Nexis Guest

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    "Kswck" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48792492$0$11634$[email protected]..
    > Parent, other family member, friend? Or did you have to learn on your own?
    >
    > Mom boiled every veggie to death. Figure ALL pork must be cooked in a fry
    > pan covered with mustard and sauerkraut, till it's dead, beef so rare it
    > would moo and chicken ONLY in a pressure cooker, or Shake-N-Bake.
    > (Don't get me started on her soups-she believed food was to keep you
    > alive...taste? 'You want that too? Why?').
    >
    > Learned on my own.


    A little of D. All of the above.
    My mom taught me some things, my grandma taught me some things, my aunts
    taught me some things and I taught myself alot of things.

    I've aldo attended some of the cooking classes at Great News....but mostly
    because the menu looked interesting and I wanted the recipes! lol

    kimberly



  20. #20
    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    When I was five I begged my mother to let me cook. She said anyone who
    wants to be a good cook must know how to read. So I taught myself to
    read. When I could sort of stumble through stuff she made me read the
    directions on the Jello box. When I could do that (albeit) with
    coaching, I made , , , Jello. It was all smooth sailing from there
    (well, mostly).

    My mother was a good and adventuresome cook. I remember Chinese food
    from a cookbook by some nuns from Peking/Beijing borrowed from the
    library. She spent years trying to recapture the English foods my dad
    grew up on - lemon curd tarts, Yorkshire Pudding, Boiled dinner with
    suet pudding, beef and potatoes . . .

    I made my first entire meal at between eight and nine years old.
    Venison Swiss Steak, baked potatoes, green beans and butterscotch
    pudding. Then I used to wait until the grown ups were gone and go
    into the kitchen and experiment. No wonder they would never give me a
    chemistry set for my birthday.

    Later on she turned me on to Julia (I bought the books!) and the
    Frugal Gourmet, but my strongest skill is walking into somebody else's
    kitchen and improvising a meal from whatever I can scrounge up -
    occasionally a disaster, but almost always edible.

    Now I am retired due to disability, I live alone and HATE to cook for
    one. If you're ever in North Dakota . . .

    Lynn from Fargo

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