"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-19-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
What's Your Culinary Philosophy?

WHAT IS YOUR CULINARY PHILOSOPHY ?
Do please join us on this voyage and share with us your viewpoints ...
Italians rever the art of the table, so it follows that my paternal Grandmom Margherite has had a tremendous subjective influence on me.

THE SEASONAL FRESH PRODUCT constitutes my general culinary philosophy. I dislike canned, frozen and / or jarred foods with heavy sodium and sugars. I prefer to go to the Farmer´s Market, Central City Markets and / or International Supermarkets for our meals.

If cooking Italian, I use Italian pastas or make my own. If in Madrid Capital, I predominately eat the daily catch of shellfish or fish, or chicken or our steak cuts from León ( rated number one by Forbes Magazine and the NY Times ).

The Mediterranean has glorious mountains, hill country and fish stocked seas and ocean ports and coasts ... There is no need to open a can or buy frozen fish ... Italia, The Iberian Peninsula, Greece and France have some of the finest products in the world.

In these ancient lands, there is enormous diversity as in the USA or Canada or the British Isles.

We love colorful, fresh unaltered, grown on substaniable soils, delicious regional cuisine, from rustic to refined, however, the products that speak of the land and their wines ...

Signature dishes ... The Vet surely is indeed very pleased that I take such an interest in the culinary arts, wine & food pairing and the epicurism & the gastronomic repertoire of our home.




Kindest regards.
Margi. Cintrano.

__________________

__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,408
I don't know if it qualifies as a "philosophy", but I try to adhere to a few simple rules.

  1. Try to buy as local as possible.
  2. Try to eat as few processed foods as possible.
  3. When possible, buy organic.
  4. At least two-thirds of what's on the plate must be vegetables.
  5. Eat fish twice a week. Eat meatless twice a week. Limit desserts to weekends only.
  6. Once a month, cook something I've never cooked before.
  7. Don't waste food.
__________________

__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
CWS4322's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rural Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 12,296
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
I don't know if it qualifies as a "philosophy", but I try to adhere to a few simple rules.

  1. Try to buy as local as possible.
  2. Try to eat as few processed foods as possible.
  3. When possible, buy organic.
  4. At least two-thirds of what's on the plate must be vegetables.
  5. Eat fish twice a week. Eat meatless twice a week. Limit desserts to weekends only.
  6. Once a month, cook something I've never cooked before.
  7. Don't waste food.
+1
__________________
I've got OCD--Obsessive Chicken Disorder!
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...les-76125.html
CWS4322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
Steve & CWS: Good Philosophy or Culinary Life Style

Thanks alot for your feedback ... I do same more or less ...

Kindest.
Margi Cintrano.
__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 12:56 PM   #5
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,005
I am with Steve on 1, 2, 4, and 7!

I like to try to make great food using basic ingredients that can be found in any local market, at low cost. It goes along with the Shaker philosophy of taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. I enjoy reading about exotic ingredients and sample them whenever I get the chance but, I do not normally buy them. I think any cook can take great ingredients and make good food but, a real cook can take good ingredients and make great food. Someday I hope to be a real cook!
__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 01:07 PM   #6
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Both in Italy and Spain
Posts: 3,425
@ Aunt Bea,

Bea: " Steve is quite a epicure and winemaker now " ...

I like healthy, simply grown and easily prepared food that creates a memory of aromas, product of course, lingers indelibly in our minds and hearts and is grown on sustainable soils ... I believe we are on similar sides of the tracks ...

I wish to thank you for all your feedback.

Kindest. Have a nice evening.
Margi.
__________________
Margi Cintrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2012, 07:53 PM   #7
Head Chef
 
qmax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Puget Sound convergence zone
Posts: 997
I'm drawn toward Euro along the Med cooking, Spanish, French, Italian. But along the same lines, the freshest, most perfect ingredients I can find.
__________________
qmax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
I wish I could say I eat only in season, local, and fresh. BUT, northwester Illinois -- that would mean no fresh produce for most of the year!

As we get older, I try to buy foods with more flavor so we can eat less of it. Being in cheese-land, we drive around to small, artisinal places in small towns and buy cheese directly from the maker. This way a small amount goes further.

Mostly my philosophy, though, is to enjoy what I eat. My sense of smell went berserk for a couple of years, and most foods just smelled appalling. I lost weight, which people told me was a good thing. All I could think of was I no longer enjoyed cooking and eating. My mother has a rare intestinal cancer and has eating problems, and many of my older friends have illnesses or conditions which preclude enjoyment of food. So my real philosophy is to enjoy what I eat, and share that enjoyment with friends and family as much as possible.
__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 05:15 PM   #9
Sous Chef
 
MostlyWater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 959
Whatever doesn't kill ya, makes ya stronger.
__________________
IF ONLY 1/3 OF YOUR CLOTHES ARE A MISTAKE, YOU’RE AHEAD OF THE GAME.
NORA EPHRON
MostlyWater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 05:39 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,874
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
I like tasty food made of food.

I don't want a bunch of weird chemicals added to my food. I don't even want to see guar gum, because it usually means they aren't making it the traditional way and it doesn't taste as good.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.