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Old 01-15-2009, 04:03 PM   #11
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I am a 'survival' cook. I don't love it enough to be a chef; I don't hate it enough to feed outside the home; enjoyed it enough to keep my aging mother alive for over 11 years as I cared for her; and now I cook for one to survive.

Much of my food comes from a Food Bank so I don't have much choice or advance notice of what will be "available" so I became food challenged and that led me to becoming a Food Preservation (canning, dehydrating, freezing) guru and helping others deal with those issues.

Nowadays I love working in the kitchen with food that I don't have to eat right away (my waistline thanks me) and can stockpile food for the future. I also learned to enjoy making my own condiments and spice mixtures to not only save money but also eliminate a ton of salt and preservatives from the diet.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:20 PM   #12
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I'm just a mom and grandmother who finds cooking very therapeutic.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:33 PM   #13
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I prefer to bake, make candy and preserve jam. I love a good challenge when I am in the mood.

I do cook as well but my real love is the pastry chef side.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:38 PM   #14
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I'm just me. Never canned or preserved, as I've never been more than a family of 2 in my adult life - no need.
I am better at some things than others - I am not a well rounded person!
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:48 PM   #15
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I work at home and my wife has a full-time job, so I cook pretty much everything and enjoy doing it. I also bake all our bread. That was quite a challenge for a while when we first moved to upper Colorado, as the 5,000' altitude made some things happened that baffled me for a while. Okay now though. I've got a few recipes that I've adapted that work well for me. Time in the kitchen is the best time there is.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:53 PM   #16
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I do a little of everything. I bake a lot and make a lot of soups. Beans and stews.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:04 PM   #17
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Family style cooking...my fav is trying new International dishes!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:16 PM   #18
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Family style cooking...my fav is trying new International dishes!
Ooo, me too. I'm currently learning some Thai dishes. :)
Mmm, curry.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:20 PM   #19
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Thats one country still on my to-do list!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #20
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Knocked that off my to-do list a couple of years ago... love Thai!
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