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Old 07-21-2009, 03:23 PM   #31
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My wife Both of my grandmothers couldn't cook worth a ****, my maternal grandfather did the cooking for that house hold, and my mother rarely cooked, and my paternal grandfather only grilled (and he used a gas grill, I can't stand the flavor of gas in my food) I learned how to cook hands-on, and I was horrible. Then I met my wife. Before she went to school, she was already a good cook. Then after graduations and add the experience ... and wow.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:32 PM   #32
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Wow. So he doesn't eat red meat at all? You poor woman...
It really isn't that big a deal, & I totally credit his lifestyle choice (he hasn't eaten ANY red meat products for 37 years) for my good health. Every single person in my immediate family has high blood pressure/hypertension & extremely high cholesterol. Heck, my brother had all the above when he was still in his 20's. I, on the other hand, since hitching up with hubby 30 years ago (we've been married for 20 of thos years as of next month) have both low/normal blood pressure & normal cholesterol levels. I attribute it completely to my healthy diet, which I most likely wouldn't have if it weren't for the husband.

Now, that said, I do enjoy red meat if I feel like it when we dine out, & I'll also make it for myself when he's away on business. But that's a drop in the bucket. And he wouldn't mind at all if I wanted to make it for myself all the time - it's not an ethical principle with him, but health.


And it's certainly made me very well versed in interesting recipes for poultry, seafood, & vegetarian dishes - lol!!
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:10 PM   #33
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My wife complains bitterly that I've made her gain weight, with all the rich food I like to prepare.

Well, maybe not bitterly... :D
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:24 PM   #34
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My wife complains bitterly that I've made her gain weight, with all the rich food I like to prepare.

Well, maybe not bitterly... :D
it feels great when someone makes that complaint doesn't it?
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:26 PM   #35
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My mothers aunt was my biggest influence, after her it was PBS chefs. Jeff Smith in particular. I always felt that I learned more technique from his show than recipes.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:28 PM   #36
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My wife complains bitterly that I've made her gain weight, with all the rich food I like to prepare.

Well, maybe not bitterly... :D

I blame my wife for any weight I've gained ... I can't help myself
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:32 PM   #37
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it feels great when someone makes that complaint doesn't it?
Doesn't it though? It's why I started cooking in the first place!
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:33 PM   #38
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Jeff Smith in particular. I always felt that I learned more technique from his show than recipes.
That is exactly what I'm talking about.

Even in his cookbooks, he emphasized technique over formula.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:21 PM   #39
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My mother and ( I hate to admit) my ex wife. My mom is an amazing cook, but my ex was even better, and I have to say I am pretty good my self, but she was just unbelievable.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:08 AM   #40
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The Jeff Smith thing: I think it was Our Immigrant Ancestors and I think it was a recipe for potica. This was my mother-in-law's specialty, and Jer and I decided to tackle it. I'm not sure which ingredient it was, probably for the dough, because I'm not a baker and need recipes to be exact (the filling I could wing it). Well at some point in the recipe it said something like "now add the XXXXX." Huh. We read and reread the ingredients. Then, in a panic, wound up calling relatives we barely knew, but who had made potica before! We've done it once since, but it is so much work that I buy it from Vermont Country Store now.
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