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Old 06-18-2012, 07:21 AM   #1
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One of my great joys in life is that I'm the "go-to" person in my family for food. Last weekend, husband and I were sitting on the porch, sipping, and the phone rang. Nephew wanted to know what ghee was and something about spaghetti squash. I'm familiar with the stores in his area, and told him how to make ghee from scratch, but also that you can buy it canned in Asian grocery stores. The spaghetti squash he should be able to find in his local Publix, and I told him what to look for and how to prepare it.

I often find myself in my local grocer (you have to understand that over the years it's been a heck of a lot of stores in almost every state in the union), advising people on what to buy and why. This particular nephew calls me at least a couple times a year. Sometimes he's actually calling my husband about army stuff. But often it is that he likes to cook, in a family where men don't cook, and wants my advice. "Call Auntie Claire" is the answer.

Do you teach your family and friends, and in some cases (as in grocery stores) total strangers how to cook?

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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Oh, yeah. I don't know how many cashiers I have taught over the years!! The other day, I actually had to tell a young man that what I was buying was CABBAGE, not LETTUCE!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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I shoulda added 'Whippersnappers!" to that post. I sound like I am 100 years old, and crotchety. (Only one of those things is true.)
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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I get calls and emails all the time from my sister and two daughters. SO calls me from work when she gets stuck preparing a meal. I sometimes provide recipes for her to cook at work.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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I held a class at a family dinner on how to make pie crust...I was tired of only bakling pies for our get togethers. I was 14 or so.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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I get calls not only calls from my friends and family but my wife's friends too. Most of the time it just someone wants to know what I'd do with with something or they want to ask how to do something.
I'm honored they ask me.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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I get that too, I often find myself discussing recipes or giving cooking hints. I've been cooking since I could stand on a chair at the sink peeling potatoes. Large family lol. I love cooking tho - all things food really. I most often would rather cook something than to eat out as that is often disappointing. My family and friends and Facebook often ask how to cook. I sometimes wonder when invited for dinner how I get cold potatoes and veges with my just out if the oven roast. Timing is a major issue, and gravies and white or cheese sauce out of a $3.50 packet, omg add some four and water or milk and make it taste better and cost less.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #8
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Even before I went to school I was the "go to" person for advice, recipes, lessons, etc. for family and friends, not to mention friends and family of family and friends!

In Home Ec in grade 8 I helped the teacher show the other students how to do things because I was bored with lessons of things I was doing for years.

I have a group of young ladies from our youth group who I am teaching cake decorating to but have Moms call me or get me through FB asking questions about birthday cakes, etc.

I feel really honoured when people ask me for advice. And usually I come out learning or relearning something myself!
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #9
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Me, too. I've been cooking, out of necessity, since I was 8. Fortunately, the early requirement to cook didn't spoil my enjoyment and love of it. I could just as easily wound up hating it.

At any rate, my children call often, as do my siblings. It's fun helping them and they are all accomplished in the kitchen, which makes me happy that I've been able to assist them in their success.

For nearly a dozen years I wrote a syndicated food/home/lifestyle column for a number of newspapers across the U.S. and I had so much fun when someone wrote to me with a question or comment. I made so many wonderful friends during those years and I learned as much from them as I hope I taught.

Also, for many years I was asked to teach two types of food classes for the area extension service. One was international foods and the other a general cooking class, sort of an intro or beginner class. The thing I enjoyed most about both of those classes was introducing new foods to the class participants. One young man had never had olives. He couldn't get enough of them. I looked at food through new eyes teaching those classes.

Food and cooking, for me, is fun and I use it as a relaxation tool. I can get lost in preparing something and the end result is my reward for whatever I did and however long it took.

Having said all that, there's still so much for me to learn and I'll try anything once. I know for dead certain that if I don't try, I'll never find out whether I would be successful or not.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:48 PM   #10
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I too started cooking at a very young age, I am the only one of 4 children who enjoy cooking for the pleasure of it. Even Mom cooks only because she has to eat. Dad and I share the joy of discovery and experimentation.

I've been watching PowerPlantOp's videos and he does a fantastic job teaching and Dad is learning to make his own soy sauce (at the age of 69) from the videos.

I love teaching, learning and eating...
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