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Old 08-21-2007, 12:50 AM   #31
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Never trust a skinny cook.
i hate when people say this!!! I am quite thin but I LOVE cooking and LOVE food and am a pretty good cook too, i think.

Sometimes skinny cooks can be good too... maybe they have a fast metabolism! (like me, plus I enjoy working out)
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:42 AM   #32
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i hate when people say this!!! I am quite thin but I LOVE cooking and LOVE food and am a pretty good cook too, i think.

Sometimes skinny cooks can be good too... maybe they have a fast metabolism! (like me, plus I enjoy working out)
Agreed, grumblebee. Loving cooking and food does not automatically = overeating/obesity.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:27 AM   #33
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I love to cook and always have since I married over 33 years ago. Both my mother who died when I was 9 and stepmother were not the best of cooks. When we first married we were poor college students and ate deer meat for nearly a year because my DH had killed it. So I really didn't get to experiment a lot. To this day I abhor venison unless it's smoked, seasoned, and dried. Anyway, I knew that I had made the big time when my FIL turned to my MIL, who was a fantastic cook, and said "Mama, I have to admit that Debbie has turned into a great cook and she agreed" Living in Southwest Lousiana also notched up the cooking experiences. I learned to cook how to make a mean seafood gumbo and it took first place in a Cajun cookoff. The 2nd year a pot that was supposed to serve 50 people was gone in 5 minutes. They have an expression over here and that's "love is the best ingredient"---and I think that is so true. If you cook from your heart then the dish will reflect it. Good cooks cook from the heart. You're passionate about it---you have 5 million spices, seasonings, cookbooks, and are hard to drag out of kitchenware shops YOu also have recipe clippings 20 years old and ready to collect more. It's from the heart.
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Old 08-21-2007, 05:28 AM   #34
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i hate when people say this!!! I am quite thin but I LOVE cooking and LOVE food and am a pretty good cook too, i think.

Sometimes skinny cooks can be good too... maybe they have a fast metabolism! (like me, plus I enjoy working out)
Ditto. This is the most overused and retarded saying regarding cooks/chefs, especially considering that a large number of top chefs are not on the heftier side.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:07 AM   #35
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Ditto. This is the most overused and retarded saying regarding cooks/chefs, especially considering that a large number of top chefs are not on the heftier side.
Lighten up IC its just a quote.To say its retarded is just another one of your cheap cutdowns.I dont understand why you always hafto inject your false sense of superiority into just about every post you make.
To use the word retarded is just plain rude.
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Old 08-21-2007, 01:32 PM   #36
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Its like saying something is gay. Its not meant to be offensive, but some people take offense. Personally I care not about it.

I think there definately are levels of cooking, and consider myself above average on the amateur circuit. Compared to pro chefs, I am certainly a laughing stock.

When did I know I was good? When I told my parents I made pan seared seabass over spring greens with lemon juice dressing, and they asked when I was going to cook them dinner. :)
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:00 PM   #37
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I can cook, and actually can cook well, and people like it and all of that. But I do not think I am a good cook. My mother is, my grandmother was and I tell you why. Consistency, yes, in my eyes it is consistency. I do not care if you cook from memory, hart or cook book; if you can consistently make your dishes taste the same and taste good then you are a good cook. With me, every time I make something it tastes a little bit different. Also I think it is very important skill to be able to fallow the recipe. I for one can’t.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:57 PM   #38
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Lighten up IC its just a quote.To say its retarded is just another one of your cheap cutdowns.I dont understand why you always hafto inject your false sense of superiority into just about every post you make.
To use the word retarded is just plain rude.
Well, sorry you were offended. Like BBQ Mikey said, it wasn't meant to be offensive.
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I can cook, and actually can cook well, and people like it and all of that. But I do not think I am a good cook. My mother is, my grandmother was and I tell you why. Consistency, yes, in my eyes it is consistency. I do not care if you cook from memory, hart or cook book; if you can consistently make your dishes taste the same and taste good then you are a good cook. With me, every time I make something it tastes a little bit different. Also I think it is very important skill to be able to fallow the recipe. I for one canít.
Consistency is a part of it, but you can't disregard everything else and say that only consistency makes someone a good cook.
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I think a bog part of it is technique. The best and most exciting flavors in the world won't help you out if you don't know how to properly bring them out. I think a test of a good cook is being able to make simple dishes taste great. Pan-roasted chicken breast with white rice. If you can make that good, then I'd say you're a good cook.

It is more than that, but it's hard to define. I'd say the moment I knew I was a good homecook was when my fiancee's co-workers requested that I cook Thanksgiving dinner for them annually, and they volunteered to pick up the bill. The moment I knew I was a good restaurant cook was probably when Chef told me he was very happy with the quality of my food and work. This meant alot, especially from him, since he's not the type of guy to talk too much, and when he does, it's almost never to hand out compliments.
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