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Old 07-22-2005, 06:18 PM   #11
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Children, children...you make me feel so old!

We didn't even HAVE a TV until I was in first grade, and then, we were among the first in town. There was only one staion available at first, and sometimesit didn't come in so well. The big deal for the men was watching "Wrestling at the Chaise" on Saturday night, or, for women, watching Liberace on Sunday Afternoon.

I got my love of cooking from helping my grandma in the kitchen. She was quite a gourmet cook for her time, and was always glad to have me in her kitchen "helping".
My mother wasn't fond of general cooking, but she loved to bake for special occasions, and I helped her make pies, fancy cakes, and lots of cookies. Her decorated cookies looked like little toys.

My cooking badge was one of the first I got in the Girl Scouts, and by the time I was in high school, I was taking it seriously. My grandma and I spent some special times together while she taught me basic skills that got me off to a good start: how to make a white sauce...how to sear a roast...how to make a custard...and much more.

Not only do I love to cook, I love to entertain...another thing I got from grandma. Nothing makes me happier than to stand back and watch the people I love eating, drinking and laughing.
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Old 07-22-2005, 06:37 PM   #12
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kadesma... they cooked the duck ??????????
i'm sorry
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Old 07-22-2005, 06:44 PM   #13
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Moving out on my own in college. I loved to try new things and use my roomies as guinea pigs.
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Old 07-22-2005, 08:05 PM   #14
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kadesma... they cooked the duck ??????????
i'm sorry
Yep, she cooked my duck.../she tried to tell me it ran away...I was young but, I knew my grandmother, everything had a use and if it didn't produce, it got eaten or used in some way...
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Old 07-22-2005, 08:22 PM   #15
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okay... but the duck ???? the duck was a pet !!
my uncle did that with all the chickens he had too.
even the one everyone was partial too. i called him
a meanie and wouldn't talk to him for 5 minutes while
i cried on my aunt's shoulder. and i loved my uncle so
going 5 minutes without talking to him was alot. i think
i was 4 at the time. 5 at the most.
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:14 PM   #16
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i loved cooking from the time i was like 6 or 7 and and used to make kid-friendly recipes and was asking for cookbooks as soon as i could read. i was allowed to make anything i wanted as i hit my pre-teen years. i always used to watch 'great chefs' and those sorts of shows and looked very forward to them.
so glad i stumbled upon cooking. now i'm going to have a career in it.
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:31 PM   #17
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okay... but the duck ???? the duck was a pet !!
my uncle did that with all the chickens he had too.
even the one everyone was partial too. i called him
a meanie and wouldn't talk to him for 5 minutes while
i cried on my aunt's shoulder. and i loved my uncle so
going 5 minutes without talking to him was alot. i think
i was 4 at the time. 5 at the most.
I was about 6 when this happen to me, I can imagine how upset you were..Kids feel things a lot more than we realize. Cade was here one night and a rather large plane sailed over the hose and I made the remark about how close the plane was. The nest day his mom said he woke crying thinking the plane would come back and hit Ma's house!!! Poor little guy.
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And yes the duck was my pet, it followed me all over the place and would get up in my lap when we had breakfast out in the backyard, to eat the bread crusts...
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:33 PM   #18
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awwwww kadesma that poor little guy
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Old 07-23-2005, 12:19 AM   #19
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what got me started cooking was - eating. i have always loved food. my mother and my friends' mom's were all very good cooks when i was growing up. my best friends were different nationalities (italian, german/jewish, chinese), so i was exposed to lots of great stuff to eat.
after eating a ton of take out - chinese food and pizza in college, i decided to learn how to cook when i got my first apartment. i started out copying some things that my mom used to make, and started watching cooking shows on tv to learn some techniques. also, i started working in nyc at the ripe old age of 21, and loved to eat out in the myriad of restaurants here. as i became a better basic cook, i started trying to copy some of the fancier or more difficult things that i'd had in the restaurants.
i still love to eat out as often as possible (hey, they're the professional chefs for a reason. and there's no clean up ), but i also like to cook, more often homestyle than fancy, if given the time.
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I remember taking a children's cake decorating class at the Community College when I was in Elemetary school. We also had some children's cookbooks. My 2 year old likes to help me "measure" out the flour and stuff. He ends up making a huge mess and I never know how much flour actually went it.
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