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Old 06-18-2014, 04:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by BakedPotato View Post
Hey all!

I personally believe that food is a direct channel to someone's mind and culture. and through cooking different foods, I can learn more about myself, test my limits and broaden my horizon.

As a designer, sometimes our results (product) can often be very subjective and lines can get blurry. But the results for cooking is very honest, which I always find comforting.

So yea! What does cooking mean to you guys? and how does your cooking affect the ones around you?
It just kills the neighbors when the wood smoke from one of my cookers drifts in their direction. It also kills them when they see me doing a crawfish boil or steaming up some crabs.

The reason we cook for the most part is that none of the restaurants around us, can do a better job, especially seafood, German (there are none) and Italian.

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Old 06-18-2014, 04:14 PM   #12
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Where I live, it's the only way to get the food quality I desire. Also, it satisfies part of my creative side. Third, I love to serve good food to my family, and guests. Lastly, it's less expensive than eating poor, or mediocre food at the restaurants around here.

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Old 06-18-2014, 04:19 PM   #13
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Ya gotta eat! I'm pretty creative, and enjoy making all sorts of things, food being one of those things.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:22 PM   #14
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-I get pleasure from making and eating dishes that my mother and my grandmother made when I was young. Now they're gone it's a way of keeping them around me.
I think MC summed it up for me.

These days my diet is so limited that I really can't call what I do cooking, I just burn meat and toss salad!
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:02 PM   #15
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There are many reasons why I cook:-

- To make a meal the way I like it.
- To see what can be made of ingredients I already have.
- Largely to try out recipes though and this is because:-
(a) it's like bringing a restaurant into your kitchen
(b) you get to bake your cake and eat it!
(c) to test recipes and, if successful, keep them for guests

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Old 06-18-2014, 05:20 PM   #16
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I'm addicted to good food.

It effects Shrek, he is nicely rounded...
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:26 PM   #17
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So many reasons.

Gotta cook to eat.
Dad was a chef so I was exposed to it early in life.
It's always been something that captured my interest. Watching Julia Child on PBS started it all. Then other early shows.
I was not allowed to cook when I was married as my ex considered it her responsibility. Divorce intervened and I had the need, the desire and the opportunity to cook. I immersed myself in learning to cook.
My sister taught me how to cook some of my mom's recipes.
I do a pretty good job so get a lot of positive feedback for my efforts.
My SO is happy I own the kitchen and put a good meal on the table every night when she gets home from work.
I enjoy teaching/helping others. My daughters call for help. Even my sister, a great cook, calls me from time to time.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:42 PM   #18
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I'm really not into lofty reasons to cook. The bottom line real reason I cook is because I love my own cooking. People will often say to me that I must love cooking. Actually it's not so much that I really like cooking, but my own food just tastes the best to me.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:20 PM   #19
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I cook to eat, if we ate out every night, we'd be broke and REALLY much fatter

I bake for the joy of it. Baking is a great anxiety tamer for me. I love creating new recipes or reworking existing ones. I love the reaction when I bake for people.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:12 PM   #20
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Our youth group "interviewed" me in their weekly spotlight several years ago and the first question was an obvious one considering I had gone to culinary school, was catering and a baker.

"What is your favourite food?" My answer astonished almost everyone in the room - "Anything that someone else makes". I, unlike Kayelle and Merster, don't like eating my own food. It is not that I think it is bad, I have just been working with it, taste testing it, etc. and it may be a dish I have made a hundred times so I am just plain bored with it.

I cook/bake to please others, to relieve stress, have fun experimenting, and sometimes to make some money so I can go out and hire someone else to cook for me!

Yup, the real me exposed!

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