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Old 04-21-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Cooking, baking or both?

your preference:
-i'm a cook
-i can bake
-i'm great at both
-i'm a sommilier (kidding!) actually, elfie, you're our discusscooking sommilier! :)

i cannot bake. i've tried & tried. it just bores me. too meticulous. too scientific. i've thought of going through pastries classes, i'm just not into baking enough to drop another $40,000 or what pastries would cost, i'm uncertain.
i luv cooking. i adore it. that's why i dropped aforementioned $40,000, actually now, for me as a re-entering student, $60,000.
what is your strong point?

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Old 04-21-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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I like both and do well at both. I'm a very math-oriented person and enjoy calculating, measuring, etc., so baking comes naturally to me. I'm also a very precise person, which helps too. Either way, the end product is always fun.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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katie, i luv the end product, too!
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:55 PM   #4
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me too katie, and once you have the basics down, you are free to change a recipe and make it your own. case in point i am going to make cream cheese blueberry muffins later. i will use splenda and maybe whole wheat flour. the flour will make them a bit more dense and certainly better for me. i don't remember my grandmother taking careful measuements when baking. she had the basics down and just did her thing. i love both cooking an baking. equally .
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:13 PM   #5
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I have never been much on baking. I may make a total of 5 or 6 cakes/pies/cookies in a year, and if I bake bread, it's in a bread machine. Baking is just not my bag.

I do love to cook, and so does my husband. I really enjoy cooking with shellfish, and he really enjoys cooking with red meat. We both like to make soups, stews, and gumbos, so our pots never lack being stirred.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:36 PM   #6
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-i'm great at both

well i do well at both
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:42 PM   #7
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I do it all, including being the sommelier, and I enjoy it all pretty much equally.

One exception -- I don't make salads, which bores me. I like them, but I find making them to be the culinary equivalent of washing windows.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:11 AM   #8
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Baking I can do--after all, it's just following a formula. I enjoy cooking because I can be creative and mold the recipe to my current mood. I am a sommelier by tutorage and an inclination to drink while eating!
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:14 AM   #9
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I love to cook, making our Sunday goodies is something I look forward to..I love to create a new salad each Sunday and dessert is something I enjoy just for the fun of watching my son in law's face. I love making breads and choosing the menu for my loved ones. Sometimes I even let them choose what to have

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I do it all, including being the sommelier, and I enjoy it all pretty much equally.

One exception -- I don't make salads, which bores me. I like them, but I find making them to be the culinary equivalent of washing windows.
Yeah, salads are drudgery for me, also. The advent of those triple washed organic greens and a good salad spinner has made things a little better. I love eating a well-prepared salad, though. Especially if someone else prepared it.

I bake (nothing fancy: breads and cookies mostly) and everyone enjoys the output. I cook, as well. I always have people telling me I should open a restaurant. Nooooo thanks. I worked in them for years and decided to go to college as a middle-aged person and do something else. I'll confine my culinary activities to my family (which is pretty big!). I really enjoy baking and cooking. I do bake with a scale and am much more precise; I think that comes from having a pastry chef for a son-in-law.
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