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Old 09-09-2007, 12:54 AM   #1
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What motivates you into your kitchen?

For me, it's the pure enjoyment of looking in my "kitchen store" {aka pantry}, finding items I want to experiment with and then, creating something unexpected/new/different and therefore interesting.

For you is it the smell of what's cooking, the actuality of getting your hands on the food or in the food, the notion that 'everyone has to eat eventually' or your creative side too?

Let us know what makes you a person who ventures into the kitchen and why.

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Old 09-09-2007, 02:45 AM   #2
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My Beautiful Barbara and the food she prepares. Does that count ?

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Old 09-09-2007, 03:52 AM   #3
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Bringing something back that the recipient had thought was lost to them forever. My mother's brown sugar pie for my daughter who loved it when she was a young child. The special borsch for an exchange student who was homesick for her food. There was a surprised and delighted "It's just like back home!" Cooking Syrian for a dear friend and her family.

Her great grandparents were from Syria and her grandmother made the old recipes. As a young girl my friend always asked for the little meat pies. After several tries and about a dozen dishes in a cusine unknown to me I was sure I had found them and set off on the 300 mile drive with everything needed in the car. While I chopped parsley for taboule she did the recipe for the pies - skeptical - but she tried them. First batch out of the oven, as soon as it was cool enough to eat - an excited "That's it!"

After about four days of cooking for the extended family, plus all the things a family needs to do with three very active children, my friend and I were very tired sitting at the table after everyone had gone to bed. She was nibbling on some just baked Syrian date filled cookies, otherwise we were quiet.

Then she looked up and said, "David, grandmother has been gone nine years and it's like she's here."

Folks, it can not get any better than that. Many hours of trial and error in a hot little apartment kitchen had gone into being able to help her and her entire family prepare those meals. A lot of prayer also, a lot asking that her grandmother somehow be able to guide my hands. Maybe she did. The secret ingredient as you all know better than I is love. David
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:35 AM   #4
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David, that's a lovely story. My dear friend is Lebanese and her mother was a wonderul cook. You brought back some great memories of days I spent in their kitchen when I was growing up and beyond.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:03 AM   #5
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I love trying new recipe (especially with picture) that looks delicious. And i'll be very glad if the result is (ehmm) not bad & the most important: Cold be eaten by me & my family but..if the result opposite, I'll make the same recipe & ask my self where is the mistake? that motivates me most to go to my kitchen
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:09 AM   #6
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I just enjoy cooking, not fancy nor do I try new dishes very often. Enjoy cooking my families favorite meals (mine too) !
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:36 AM   #7
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what... Other than Hunger you mean?

I guess my main reason is that I love experimenting.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:56 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by YT2095
Other than Hunger you mean?

I was gonna say, this funny feeling I get in my stomach sometimes too!

I'm driven in the kitchen primarily by wanting to taste/eat the results of something new! Sometimes wanting to make something old better!
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:46 AM   #9
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i work as an engineering manager, and my boss is a big time "you know what."

by the time i get home EVERY SINGLE DAY, i'm stressed & tired.

cooking is what relaxes me... and takes my mind COMPLETELY away from work.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #10
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by the time i get home EVERY SINGLE DAY, i'm stressed & tired.

cooking is what relaxes me... and takes my mind COMPLETELY away from work.

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