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Old 03-25-2008, 06:00 AM   #1
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What do you do when you love to cook....

but you don't have anyone to eat it???
I'm finding more and more that the kitchen is really where I want to be. I could just go in there and crank stuff out all day. However we are only 5 people, 3 small people at that. Now I'm sure when they're teenagers I wont have this problem!
DH is trying to lose weight, so I'd rather help than hurt.
I only work weekends, I cant unload stuff on co-workers. My husband has no co-workers, he drives a truck. And really I dont think our extended families want to visit every weekend.
SO... keep cooking and dont eat it? Or find a new hobby to love . I mean a person can really only knit so many sweaters too...


Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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oh yes I do find that! one thing you CAN do is turn it into a little business! as for me you can see i LOVE baking cupcakes and sweet treats but i oculdn't be eating them all of course! i dont at all infact hahah....so i look for orders where i can experiment & have fun!

also, you could give them to bless others. this pro baker lady i know only has a lovely thin husband who wont eat much - she loads her bakes on orphanages & homes!!

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Old 03-25-2008, 08:10 AM   #3
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I'm a volunteer with Hospice, and I love to cook, so my patients get homemade soup, pie, chili, salads, etc. Most of the people I see, don't have anybody to cook them homemade meals so I try to see that they have good, nourishing food. It makes them happy and it makes me happy too.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:15 AM   #4
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Make cakes for your kids schools (the staff room will probably appreciate some snacks).
Cook for charity bake sales etc, find out your local charities.
Host fundrasing dinners for a good cause.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:23 AM   #5
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I normally give things to my neighbours but you could also cook for school or church as said above. Bake things that freeze well and stick 'em in there. Swap some of your cooking for chickens, or bypass the chickens and just swap for the eggs. Bake healthy things that won't hurt DH. Make non-edible items like play-dough or "pottery" or those glazed bread wreaths etc as house decorations - something labour intensive. Make real food that's really tiny, so labour intensive but very good for children's tea parties. You won't have time to make too much then!
Too many restaurants, not enough time...
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:29 AM   #6
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If you like to bake - and you're very good at it - approach a few local restaurants with samples of tarts, cakes, pies and breads. A lot of restaurants order in desserts, and quite frankly, they taste like it! Nice home made desserts presented professionally may put some change in your pocket. But you may lose your passion when it becomes a job.

Food for thought.....

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Old 03-25-2008, 09:42 AM   #7
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I enjoy cooking for a large crowd too. I tend to always make more than enough. On those occasions I try to plan to freeze some of the stuff. I get my fix every other month when I cook for a homeless program. We feed between 40-50 for supper and show a movie at a local church. I plan the menu and buy all the stuff and do the majority of the cooking. It's hard work but I enjoy it. If you are talking about cooking main dishes and sides, check with your local meals on wheels agency. They may have a way for you to help with the cooking instead of the just the delivery. I know they can always use the help.
I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:43 AM   #8
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it's been bothering me a little lately (again) about how much food my family wastes.

not just the stuff that goes unused and then bad, but also how much cooked food eventually gets tossed.

i eat a lot of leftovers, mostly for breakfast and lunch. but i noticed a trend with my wife and i that we are increasingly cooking too much: somewhat for the pleasure of cooking it, and on the chance that it comes out exceptional , there'll be leftovers.

so, we feed the outdoor cats, and i often bring food to my parents and into work.
i wish i had the time to volunteer to cook for the needy. it'd exercise my cooking soul, and i'd waste a lot less while doing good.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:53 AM   #9
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Do you have friends or neighbors who don't enjoy cooking? Maybe they would buy ingredients and you could cook their evening meals. Some people (Giada de Laurentiis is one ) have made a business out of becoming a personal chef. Since you have small children, hire a teenager to make deliveries for you.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:56 AM   #10
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I have often fed my neighbor who is single and a full time school teacher. At Christmas I made dozens of cookies (one way of trying new recipes, which I like to do) and made baskets for all the neighbors. I often drop food left overs off to my parents which is why I'm sure that is why they love to see me coming. hahahaha I would ask around to find that little old lady or couple who have outlived her relatives and now live alone - and - could use the leftovers due to mobility, health or financial reasons.

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