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Old 10-01-2013, 01:12 AM   #11
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For me it is what is on sale when I go shopping. Or if I have the ingredients on hand I will often deviate from what someone else made. But it starts with them.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:45 AM   #12
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For me it is what is on sale when I go shopping. Or if I have the ingredients on hand I will often deviate from what someone else made. But it starts with them.
I also work with what I have on hand and what is on special. I do not go shopping with a list of things for a dish I want to make--instead I go shopping with a list of things on special and then go from there.

I have over 1000 cookbooks. I read them for inspiration and techniques. I like playing in the kitchen. It is a creative outlet for me.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:59 AM   #13
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My mother is a very good cook.She keeps on experimenting with new ideas.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #14
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It takes time to become familiar with different techniques, ingredients and combinations. I read cookbooks like some people read novels; I like the ones that have information about the culture and history of a place. The most recent one I have is "Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia."

Also, I've been reading "Cooks Illustrated" magazine for over 10 years. They take a recipe and experiment with different types of ingredients (cuts of meat, combinations of seasonings, etc.) to come up with the "best" version and they explain what worked and what didn't. I love that

And I learned a lot of basic techniques from The Food Network. I discovered "30-Minute Meals" while recovering at home for 6 weeks from surgery. I'm well past that now, but I think it's a great show for beginners.

The thing I like about The Food Network is every cooking show has it's own theme. Giada has Italian, Rachel has Quick Meals, Sandra has cooking with partially prepared foods....my husband cracks up at her color coordination. LOL I primarily watch the ones that make things that I would make for my family. Other that get too involved in fancy stuff aren't for me. There used to be a show on Sunday morning called "How To Boil Water." It was really good for beginners as it showed step by step how to prepare a meal in great detail, explaining the techniques as they went along. It is no longer on in our area. They should have realized that I'm not finished learning yet!
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #15
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There used to be a show on Sunday morning called "How To Boil Water." It was really good for beginners as it showed step by step how to prepare a meal in great detail, explaining the techniques as they went along. It is no longer on in our area. They should have realized that I'm not finished learning yet!
A lot of those episodes are available online: http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/de...20boil%20water

"Five-Ingredient Fix" is another good one for beginners.
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I enjoy exploring the food of other cultures and especially new ingredients. I generally stick with recipes from available sources until I feel comfortable enough with the ingredients and techniques. Then I experiment. I really like to take TNT recipes and see if different ingredients can be substituted to create similar dishes. We made "cabbage rolls" using collard greens and dirty rice with creole sauce instead of the "traditional" European versions. It turned out well.
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