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Old 03-11-2008, 11:33 AM   #51
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i'm either really lucky that my friends and family are all decent cooks, or i just really like to experience the food that someone else has prepared for me, to taste things their way, because i can't recall more than 1 or 2 occasions that i thought the food sucked.

i can remember one time, at my sil's house in rural virginia, a special "treat" of her vesion of a southern breakfast was served. even though it was , i still enjoyed it in a way for the novelty and experience. and the biscuits saved the day.

my eyes must have been like dinnerplates as she poured a half bottle of corn oil into a skillet (a bottle lasts me a year), poached the eggs in it, then fried crumbled sausage in it, adding flour and milk to make a gravy. i mean, none of the fat was poured off. it was all just incorporated. the eggs were served floating in oil, and i was afraid i'd have a heart attack if i had too much gravy.

but her homemade biscuits were just out of this world. a little butter, and i was elbows deep in oily eggs.

so, all in all, it was a meal shared with family. that makes up for a lot.

(as long as there's good bread, too.)
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:18 PM   #52
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Happily the only meals I get invited to are by my mates, and I taught ALL of them how to cook!
(we were all single at one time and my place was the place to get the grub! (and Beer)).

Now we`re all Hitched and with kids each, I can be in their kitchen helping out and giving tips and ideas still with no offence taken, and I`v never once had a problem with their food Bar Once, when it came to BBQ! Frozen Middle black outside!
(soon corrected and explained, and never repeated).

oddly, it`s all the Lads that do the cooking most of the time now too, I`v never once been invited when their Wife has cooked summat?

Snob... naaah, we`re all the same now man :)

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Old 03-11-2008, 01:22 PM   #53
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This thread reminds me of a dinner I had awhile back. We invited one of DH's coworkers and his wife over for dinner. We had a turkey in the freezer that had been there awhile so we decided to have a Thanksgiving-type dinner. The whole time the wife was acting so amazed that I cooked all that. (Boxed stuffing, Rhodes rolls, it really wasn't a very "homemade" meal). I was just wondering what her idea of a home-cooked meal was, exactly. I can picture her putting a Stauffers lazagne in the oven and calling it home-cooked. I must say I was pretty amused by it all.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:52 PM   #54
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Some of my favorite pasttimes are cooking and sharing with friends. Even if I nearly slice off my fingers in the process. This weekend I showed a coworker's 15 year old daughter how to make American chocolate chip cookies. Nadzhda is from Russia and was just amazed and the whole purpose was to give her more experience in speaking English--sorry I can't just sit down and talk--I need something to do--so I did what I do best---everyone was so happy with the cookies and they brought Russian pancakes stuffed with so many wonderful things (mushrooms, vegetables, meat) We had so much fun and delighted in each other's company. I don't think I've had such a fun time in a long while. Nadezhda also brought her beautiful cat, "Josephine" whose original name was Joseph until the vet had to break the news to them.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:38 PM   #55
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I'm not sure itf you'd call it a snob, but I tend to show people I care for them thru spending time on a nice meal. Then if someone just slaps something together when we go over I take offense because in my head, I think they don't give a crap enough about me in return to spend any time making any effort.
I've come to realize tho that some people would rather spend the time talking and hanging out with you. I like to do both I guess!
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:20 PM   #56
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I agree with all of you. You are all right. I really shouldn't look at it any other way then time with friends. They are cooking, and doing the best they can, because they care about me.

In my head though I will always be saying "I could have done this better".
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:20 PM   #57
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In my college everyone at the dorms have a full blown kitchen in their rooms, but what i have come to find out is that people do not really use them. I learned to cook about 7 months ago and feel in love with it. I have always liked cooking when I did, and every time I do cook i invite as many people as possible over. Tonight i have to charge them 6 bucks, but being in college i cant keep buying food for 4+ people. I enjoy cooking and they do not or do not know how.
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:26 PM   #58
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my eyes must have been like dinnerplates as she poured a half bottle of corn oil into a skillet (a bottle lasts me a year), poached the eggs in it, then fried crumbled sausage in it, adding flour and milk to make a gravy. i mean, none of the fat was poured off. it was all just incorporated. the eggs were served floating in oil, and i was afraid i'd have a heart attack if i had too much gravy.
that's not the way we all cook here in Virginny, buckeroo. You need to have you a nice Smithfield ham biscuit. Just a little of the ham juice on the biscuit to help it go down..................
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:43 AM   #59
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I'm firmly in the camp of those who believe that if it is made with love for me, I don't care if it is instant mashed potatoes.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:56 PM   #60
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I'm firmly in the camp of those who believe that if it is made with love for me, I don't care if it is instant mashed potatoes.
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