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Old 02-11-2009, 01:39 PM   #11
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That is a great answer above !! I didnt get started cooking until my grandmother was already gone, and while I had seen the cooking right there before me I hadnt paid a lot of attention to it. I had to try and try certain things and be very stern with myself about admitting what was missing. Gradually I got several of the staples right. Which reminds me of two saying I always heard my grandmother use with some frequency. When someone would say they were not a good cook she would always reply, TO BE A GOOD COOK YOU GOTTA COOK, and I have certainly found that one to be true. The second was said when someone said they didnt like a certain vegetable or other food, and that is THERE ARE NO BAD FOODS, ONLY BAD COOKS , meaning simply that if something is prepared properly it will almost certainly taste good. With that as my background, there are only two foods I dont care for. Sure wish I had paid more attention back then.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:07 PM   #12
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I would recommend Joy of Cooking --- Irma S. Rombauer

4500 Recipes (In the 75th Anniversary Issue) Lots of information, methods and instruction --- Check your local Library for a copy -- or book store.
I given several of these books as gifts to young "Home Chefs" --- It's well worth being in your collection of cookbooks..

Have Fun & Enjoy!

PS...Don't forget the old adage ... Practice, Practice, Practice!!
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:17 PM   #13
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Another idea would be to subscribe to a cooking magazine like Taste of Home. They have a few different magazines to choose from. You should be able to find them online somewhere too. I have been a subscriber for about 5 years and have saved all of my magazines for things that I still go back to - my favorite recipe is the blueberry french toast bake (this takes two days to make, but we have it every Christmas morning). Taste of Home has a few books too - I only have two of them, but they do put their better recipes in them. Most of them are easy to make. Of course, with my untalented hands, my meals never turn out like the pictures!!! Good luck!

Oh also - try looking around on the web for some local cooking shows or local talent willing to teach you some simple recipes with demonstration. I just contacted a friend with a restaurant and she is willing to teach me how to make a goulash recipe someone so kindly offered me on this website. You never know what you will find locally.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:30 PM   #14
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Thanks guys, all great ideas. and that idea of learning from others is really good - everyone has their specialities for sure. I think I have to be less afraid of messing up... worst case it doesn't taste good!
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Matt,Try cooking for the week on your day off. Research new recipes that entice you, go shopping at your local markets for the freshest produce (which is always fun to do) and have a blast experimenting with your food. Freeze it in individual portions, pop in the microwave after work and VOILA! You're set for the week. Good luck.
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