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Baker - love to make all kinds of cookies, pies, cakes etc 19 38.00%
Chef - savory stuff is your life, main courses and funky side dishes 34 68.00%
Dabbler - just starting out, not sure what you do well yet 5 10.00%
Specialist - Asian? Indian? Greek? other specialty? 2 4.00%
Reluctant cook - I only cook so no one starves. 0 0%
Gadget lover - Love to play with all those cool kitchen toys 8 16.00%
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:25 PM   #21
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I especially love baking, but chef is up there too. I am a gadget nut!


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Old 10-30-2006, 08:34 PM   #22
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Savory over sweet for me. S.O. does most of the baking.

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Old 10-30-2006, 10:59 PM   #23
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Chef and definitely funky. Think Butter Poached Lobster with Lobster Coral Foam and Lemon-Vanilla Bean Sauce.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:33 AM   #24
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I am a chef and proabaly a dabbler to
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:59 AM   #25
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Interesting, I never thought of being a "chef" and a "baker" separately like this, but come to think of it, I will probably fall into a "chef" category. As much as I adore sweets and try to make them myself when I can, I am never entirely confident with baking and tend to follow the recipe pretty closely, while when cooking other things I improvise my a.. off, just using the given recipe as a rough guideline or an inspiration.
I would like to get to the same point with baking too one day, though.
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:25 AM   #26
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Hmmmmmmm I'm not sure where I fit in. . People tell me I have eclectic taste in my decorating......I guess I'd have to say I have the same when it comes to cooking. I like to bake.....I've never had the urge to do it all the time but I have my moments where I really enjoy it. I love to cook all types of different things..... but I tend to drift to my old favorites as they hold treasured memories of the past. I follow some recipes ingredient by ingredient and if their a total hit then I leave them alone it they need adjusting then I add my own flavor and it becomes its own. I love to play with all the kitchen gadgets I can get my hands on when I walk in stores that have kitchenware. I don't buy into a lot of them though as I know that they'd just end up in my drawer after only being used a few times. I'm not a specialist of any type of cuisine......however, those dishes that I do prepare are all time favorites in our home. So..........just call me an Eclectic Cook.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:09 AM   #27
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"Its just so satisfying to me to take bits and pieces of things and make something so scrumptious. "

That's how I feel also!! BUT, not about baking/pastry!!

I'm a retired chef who loves to watch pastry chefs, but I've always just abhored baking/pastry work. It always seemed to precise and controled for me. Just let me have those bits and pieces and I'm off and running!!

Great, interesting thread!
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:19 AM   #28
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i wouldn't consider myself a chef, but i'm more experienced than a dabbler.

advanced dabbler? beginner chef?

i am by no means a baker.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:31 AM   #29
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Can't decide. Love both.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:24 AM   #30
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We balance out nicely in our family. My wife and I can both do most things, but I specialise more in cheffie things and she is definitely the baker and can make great jam as well.

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