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Old 06-20-2014, 06:43 PM   #31
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I cook for many reasons.

I truly enjoy cooking.

I can be as creative as I want while cooking.

I think of it not only as a necessity, but also as a hobby.

It is a never-ending experiment of trying new things .. like a science lab at times.

It is something I can get so involved in that it becomes a therapy of sorts for my mind.

I cook because I like to eat.

I cook because my DH likes to eat and he loves my cooking.

It is the one and only thing I can do that does not scare me if I faulter or fail .. I can always fix it up.

Plus I get to play with some of the coolest "toys" in the world !
What she said!
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:43 PM   #32
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We have been packing to move back to the US, and that has created some interesting challenges. Between packing kitchen equipment and trying to empty the pantry, I have fewer options. Tonight I made wings. I mixed together some thyme, Montreal Chicken, chili powder, Spanish paprika, local sea salt collected in the island salt ponds, black pepper, red pepper flakes, olive oil, Liquid Smoke, Worcestershire sauce, orange juice, pineapple juice, pineapple rum. Baked in the oven at 400 for 45 minutes.

Tasted great! Seems like its hard to really make bad wings if you just use a little sense.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:21 PM   #33
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I learned to cook watching my mother and helping her. She had a wood burning stove. I never thought it unusual. We had a lot of neighbors who cooked on a wood burning stove. I learned to put my hand in the oven and count until it was a certain number before I had to withdraw it. Then I knew it was the right temperature for a cake or some other food.

I still cook the foods my mother taught me to make. And some my first husband taught me. I find cooking very therapeutic. I love prepping the veggies for a stew or even a dinner. Very rarely do I buy a can of veggie. If I do, it will be probably sliced beets for beet salad.

There are certain foods I just have to peel. Cucumbers, potatoes for mashed, all carrots. There are just some peelings I am not willing to eat. I will often run a fork down the side. It gives the veggie an appealing look.

I have yet to have a failure making gravy. Whether it is pan gravy or from the juices of the roast. Never a lump. I thank my mother for that. She gave me the secret.

I cook because it is a way to bring out the feelings of taking care of my children. They are all grown now, but still want me to make special dishes for them.

So why do I love to cook.

For my family
For the pleasure it gives me.
Seeing how much others enjoy the food I fixed for them.
And because it gives me time to just think quietly while I am cooking.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:55 PM   #34
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I also cook because if the microwave croaks, my husband would starve.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:25 PM   #35
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I cook to stick it to the Man and all his manufactured food by-products.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #36
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I'm a "foodie:" someone who loves to cook, loves to eat and loves to talk about/write about food. My love of cooking came originally from my WWII Marine Father who loved to cook long before it was cool to be a man in the kitchen.

Cooking for me is "therapy." Nothing is quite so satisfying than creating something tasty in the kitchen. My wife and I have traveled extensively and she remembers people, places and things. I primarily remember what I ate! Sharing a good meal and beverage with people offering up their own cuisine is a communion of sorts.

I will always admire and respect the art of cooking, wherever I may find it.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:59 PM   #37
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I cook because I love to make people happy with my food

It's sometimes easy for me to forget what happy memories are made from food. I make the easy, no knead bread, and ds asked me a few days ago if I could teach him to make it, asked specifically for it.

I just stood by and instructed him how to do it, didn't help at all. When he took it out of the oven, he just had this angelic look on his face and said, "It smells...so much like home" and gave me a smile.

It's so easy to forget that this really is what memories are made of, the everyday things, and it touched me so much. This is why I cook.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:44 PM   #38
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Because I have yet to walk by a restaurant here, smell what's cooking and think yum I need some of that.
If I want to eat what I like I have to make it myself.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:34 PM   #39
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I used to cook to make everyone who was going to eat my cooking happy, then everyone moved away and I just cooked make my bank account happy because eating meals out is expensive and most of the restaurant meals I could make better my own damn self.

Now I am a culinary consultant for a food, beverage and pastry ingredient manufacturing company, writing product descriptions and creating and testing recipes using those ingredients, so I do it to make my clients AND my bank account happy! Oh, and my test cooking makes the company's employees pretty happy, too. Most of them haven't had to buy a meal in years!
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #40
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So many of my reasons have already been listed. Most of what you guys have already written. In particular, I usually enjoy cooking. I often prefer my own cooking. I have control of the ingredients when I cook.
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