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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 10-31-2006, 11:59 AM   #31
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This is really neat to see all these replies. I'm beginning to think I need to start another poll to see what kind of Chefs we have. Beginner, Advanced, Expert, that sort of thing.

cjs, your comment really struck my funny bone. I consider myself a baker, but honestly I never think of myself as precise. I guess when I was starting out I was, but in the course of time I have become rather whimsical about my baking. I toss things together without measuring all the time. Likely, that is because I have a pretty good "eye" and don't need to be meticulous anymore.

I am so enjoying reading all these responses and finding out how similar many of us are. Cooking is such a creative process and so satisfying to the soul.
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Old 10-31-2006, 12:52 PM   #32
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"Chef" is correctly a term for someone who runs a professional kitchen (or a section thereof) as opposed to a home cook who prefers savory cooking over baking...

I enjoy both savory and sweet cooking, and in fact, started out professionally as a baker, and got more and more into the "top of the stove" kind of cooking... BUT I try to avoid baking because I know I will eat too may of the resulting products!
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:18 PM   #33
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Baker here.

I'm terrible at making stuff up. I need the guidelines of a recipe. I can never go to the store without knowing what to buy. I can't just buy on a whim and make a fantastic meal. Ah well.
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:50 PM   #34
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"Chef" is correctly a term for someone who runs a professional kitchen (or a section thereof) as opposed to a home cook who prefers savory cooking over baking...

I enjoy both savory and sweet cooking, and in fact, started out professionally as a baker, and got more and more into the "top of the stove" kind of cooking... BUT I try to avoid baking because I know I will eat too may of the resulting products!
Dang it June, do I HAVE to be correct?? That is really really hard for me you know!

LOLing at the last comment. Ken complains about my baking for the same reason!
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:07 PM   #35
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I have alot of great ideas and inspiration when it comes to baking, but sadly, I'm not very good at it. It seems like baking is a very precise art a lot of times, and that's just not my style. I love doing savory dishes as well, and I'm good at that, so it's much more fun and satisfying. I would really love to learn to bake well though.
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Old 11-01-2006, 11:52 AM   #36
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There should be a box for "I love to do everything" or "I love a challenge"

I love to do everything and anything and have gotten pretty good at everything but cake baking.

I love a good weekend challenge like making consumme or something complicated or exotic.
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:11 PM   #37
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I'm a baker. I love making sweet stuff. My mom keeps telling me I'll be diabetic soon! I would love to try to make more savory stuff but that requires too much ingredient shopping and I just don't have that kind of time right now
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:33 PM   #38
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I love to cook and I love to bake, but I consider myself foremost a baker. My most favorite combination to make is soup and bread. My baking preferences are not necessarily sweets. I love to experiment baking breads. I do excel in cookie baking. Because I am the only one who eats my sweets, I try to not bake sweets very often. Am really looking forward to VB's pumpkin coffee cake recipe, will bake that around Christmas.

While I admire the qualities of a Chef, I will never fall in that catagory. I cook grub, really good grub, but grub nonetheless. We raise most of the fruit, vegetables and meat that we eat. I cook and bake from scratch, with the highest quality ingredients I can get my hands on. We eat what is in season and encourage others to eat locally produced food. I love to experiment with cooking. I too read many cookbooks, but do not follow a recipe when cooking, except when dealing with an unfamiliar beast. Like recently, I have been cooking beef parts I have never seen before. I have a bean soup simmering today and will serve it with some whole wheat bread I made yesterday. And have a pot roast thawing for a veggie soup for the weekend. Love to cook AND bake......
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:01 PM   #39
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Having done both at a professional level, I think they both have there possitives and negatives.

I love the percision of baking and pastries, and the outcome, but sometimes I didn't have the patience.

Cooking is instantly gratifying, and there is alot less guess work. Easier to create things on the fly.

I have respect for all of it.
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Old 11-01-2006, 03:43 PM   #40
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Baker and gadget lover. I'm not that much into savory stuff, but am good at it, generally speaking, when I cross over into the dark side.
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