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Old 01-07-2008, 08:43 AM   #1
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The statement "I can't cook"

I hear that all the time from friends. I try to explain to them, cooking isn't hard you just need to relax and do it. When asked what they can cook, spaghetti is number one because it's just opening a jar and boiling the spaghetti--it's so sad..

what I try to do is encourage them to take the next step. I ask if they can fry up hamburger? their answer, yes. I ask if they can dice up an onion.....yes...

OK, fry up the hamburger until almost done, drop in the diced onion and let it cook until the onions are clear. Stir in the spaghetti sauce...

There--you're cooking. From there try different things. Add spices, use sausage, buy some fresh garlic and herbs... learn what these things taste like.

I also encourage watching some of the simpler cooking shows. See what they do.

What do you do to encourage friends that don't cook to start?

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Old 01-07-2008, 08:57 AM   #2
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I tend to offer a simple approach to a recipe, similar to yours.

You say you can't make xxxxxxx xxxxxxx!

Break down the recipe to its basic steps:

Can you prep the ingredients, Slicing, chopping, measuring, etc. - Sure you can.

Can ou heat a pan and add a couple of ingredients to it and let it cook for a bit. Sure

Can you add other ingredients, stir and cook for more time. Sure

I think a major issue is that someone reads a recipe or just looks at it and panics at the total process (look at all those steps!). If they can break it down to simple steps, it seems more manageable.

(This is true of a lot mre than cooking.)
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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with herbs and spices it`s quite simple and most everyone Already has the tools to use them!

what I`ve done with a few in the past is simply open a jar of X tell them to close their eyes and have a smell, then ask, what Foods does it make you think of?

99 times out of 100 the answer they give you is typical of the food you would use it in :)
with eyes still closed suggest a few other typical ones they didn`t mention, you`ll soon be agreed with.

and the Best part is that, there IS NO right or wrong answers :)
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:18 AM   #4
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What I think your friends are really saying is "I don't want to cook".

There's an abundance of cooking information on television, libraries, internet and bookstores.

We all learn either what we want to. or what we need to know.
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:35 AM   #5
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What I think your friends are really saying is "I don't want to cook".

There's an abundance of cooking information on television, libraries, internet and bookstores.

We all learn either what we want to. or what we need to know.
You're exactly right. If you can read you can cook.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:56 AM   #6
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I taught my sons how to cook when they were younger and lived at home. They cook better than their wives
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:12 PM   #7
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I tell them, "My Mom says, if you can read and follow directions, you can cook." She does, and it's true.

The "follow directions" part is important. I had a friend who complained her roast beef was always overcooked. After talking about it, I found out that after cooking for the amount of time the recipe said, she cut into the roast to see if it was done to her liking. Not familiar with carry-over cooking, she always put it back in the oven because it looked too rare, and then of course, it overcooked.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:08 PM   #8
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I tend to say that I can't cook. My mother can cook, my ant could cook, my grandmother could could (oh, my could she cook). Me, I can make couple-few dishes here and there, but not nearly as good or as many or as fast as my mom. No I really can't cook. I can't even fallow the recipe. Everything I cook I cook from my head. What kind of cooking os this, neah. Cook should be able to cook from recipe book. Not me, I can't fallow directions.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:31 PM   #9
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Ok, how about this: I can't make biscuits! At least so far... they keeping coming out flat, but I keep trying!!!

Anyone can cook if they want to. But there are some of us who just don't have good common sense about cooking... I've seen it and it's scary!
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What I think your friends are really saying is "I don't want to cook".
I think your right.

I really think people don't want to take the time or put forth the effort.

It's too easy to choke on industrial food.
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