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Old 12-22-2011, 12:23 AM   #31
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AMAZING replies from mostly everybody! Took some time to read them all at once but im done now and glad to know more about everyone on this forum! :)

VERY interesting stories and life experiences, thank you a lot for ALL the replies...
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:45 AM   #32
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another engineer (television broadcast), foodie, and home cook here.

as far as food as a profession goes, i've worked in fast food joints, made and delivered pizza, was a bus boy and waiter in a country club, and even worked the grill at the country club's pool cabana. but that was many years ago when i was a kid.

good experience, especially in terms of learning about people. like pets, you don't mess around with a hungry person.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:37 PM   #33
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The job I use to earn money to buy food and cooking stuff is criminal investigator for a state law enforcement agency. I was given the Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook at a very early age. I got serious about cooking about 18 years ago. It's partly self-defense. My wife can cook two things, salmon croquettes (which are good) and tacos (which aren't). She suffers from a mysterious affliction that affects her sister, too. It renders them incapable of seasoning. So the taco recipe becomes: Brown ground beef. Put some in each taco shell with cheese.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:21 AM   #34
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I stand firmly in the "nobody" category. I discovered that I enjoy cooking many years ago and, like music, it gives me great personal satisfaction. I love to try new things and put new twists on the tried and true. Sometimes Mrs Hoot looks at me sideways when I tell her I want to try this or that, but bless her, she most times refuses to try some of things I come up with. My favorite form of cooking is over an open fire, but the older I get, the tougher it is to do.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:03 PM   #35
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You're a great cook! How did the chicken panties work out? Or did DH put the kibosh on them?
DH said no to the diapers...but I was out there cuddling them tonight..and had to stop myself from bringing Harriet and Myrtle into the house....it's COLD!!!! Poor babies.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:29 PM   #36
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I'm a wife and mom. In my world, that means I feed people. I started cooking like a lot of folks, standing on a chair stirring...whatever was there. I am a decent cook, but I'm a better baker.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:05 PM   #37
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:42 AM   #38
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I learned to love and practice cooking from my grandmother when I was a little girl. She cooked for the farmhands on our 500 acre Ohio Dairy farm. I took "Home Ec" in Junior High and got the brainy idea that I could be a better teacher than the one I had. Not a conceeded viewpoint but she was teaching us scrambled eggs and hot chocolate and I was already preparing full meals. I also took all the foods classes that were offered in High School and loved them. Graduated thinking I would be a teacher but life happened and it took me a while to get where I am.

Today I love my HS Family & Consumer Sciences teaching job (formerly Home Ec) and hopefully challenge my students with better assignments than I had.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:09 PM   #39
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I learned to love and practice cooking from my grandmother when I was a little girl. She cooked for the farmhands on our 500 acre Ohio Dairy farm. I took "Home Ec" in Junior High and got the brainy idea that I could be a better teacher than the one I had. Not a conceeded viewpoint but she was teaching us scrambled eggs and hot chocolate and I was already preparing full meals. I also took all the foods classes that were offered in High School and loved them. Graduated thinking I would be a teacher but life happened and it took me a while to get where I am.
Today I love my HS Family & Consumer Sciences teaching job (formerly Home Ec) and hopefully challenge my students with better assignments than I had.
Like you I was in Home EC. in the seventh grade. The first thing we made was scratch tomato soup. I was helpiing my mother make stews and soups at home. And my mother also taught me the "why" of cooking as I was learning the 'how." Something I didn't learn in HE.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:56 PM   #40
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What a fun and interesting thread! A really good read!
I have always known that the kitchen was the place to be. I spent a lot of time in our kitchen, and it seemed like everyone in the family had a kitchen that was exciting and fun. One Grandma made bread every week and always welcomed help from even the very young grandchildren. The other Grandma was in her kitchen always cooking great meals and baking cookies with the help of any child who wanted to wash up and grab a stool! Mom was busy with four children all born within four and a half years, but still found the time to let us help in the kitchen. I was backing cookies alone for 4-H at 8 years old, and I was making complete meals by the time I was 10. Mom would allow us to plan, shop for, and cook an entire meal about once a month. The pride in preparing our own meal will remain with me forever! I love to cook and bake and experiment in the kitchen. My first job was at McDonalds at the grill, and I did work one summer as a grill cook at a local mom and pop place, but other than that the cooking and baking have come from my kitchen. Come on over, there is almost always cookies in the cookie jar. ;)
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