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Old 06-21-2009, 07:16 AM   #11
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I can bake if I have to. But, in fact, I love the fact that with cooking you can experiment, you don't have to use the recipe. If I don't have a certain spice, and I'm familiar with the cuisine, I can use my experience to get the flavor the way I want it to be. On the other hand, to me baking is science. You really have to have the science down pat before you can experiment at all, and you really can't experiment with the basics. You also cannot just say, oh, supper is in 20 minutes, I think I'll do this. There is little room for spontineity. I've lived many places, and in many rough circumstances, and could always throw together a meal for a half-dozen or more. Baking takes all day and certain ingredients, and I really have never been able to get into it. On top of that, I don't have a sweet tooth at all.

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Old 06-21-2009, 08:26 AM   #12
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I am a cook, I guess. Recipes are just a guideline for me, and I rarely make anything the same way twice.

I do bake a lot of bread, but I use the NYT recipe, and I find it to be very flexible.

I don't bake sweets, because I don't need to eat them, and I can't resist. Better to not do it.

(But now I have a granddaughter coming in October--guess I will have to get those cookie recipes out again.)

I just haven't been the same
since that house fell on my sister.
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:44 PM   #13
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congrats on the baby grandaughter-to-be!

i believe that life would not be complete sans comfy 'ol tee-shirts, the Golden Girls, and the color pink
& rock on, PITTSBURGH-
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