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Old 03-06-2006, 04:03 PM   #11
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decent pans, herbs, basics like sea salt, broth, dijon mustard, evoo, a good knife...amazing isn't it.
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:54 PM   #12
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Tx.. are you sure we're not twins separated at birth or something? You're very much like me. : )
I think that would be a VERY scary thought for some people!! to have two of me!!!
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:55 PM   #13
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lol! I"m sure it would make some people very happy!
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:28 PM   #14
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Gosh, I don't know, if a friend was coming over to do some carpentry, I am sure he would find my chisels dull, some stuff rusted, and a terrible mishmash of tools he would be horrified at.

But then again I have minimal interest in carpentry and little knowledge of the subject.

Many folks view cooking the same way.

They get by and generally have little interest in doing more. Although they like thier food to be tasty, they have no idea how to create it and are not willing to expend the effort to do so.

Just as I am not eager to learn how to make a China cabinet.

And so the the novice's tools frustrate those who are more adept at the skill.

We do cook, and have to, for family in another state. And we cannot drive there easily and basically have to fly.

What we do is use what implements they have, plan the recipes, buy almost everything we are going to need, and wing the rest, and sometimes buy a new pot or new knife to leave behind.

Just a thought.
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:45 PM   #15
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When I know I will be cooking somewhere else I bring my owns chefs knife. I use a knife safe to transport it.
Oh, gosh!!! Thank you so much! I've been trying to figure out how to transport my knives without dulling the edges for sometime now. Nothing I tried really worked. I didn't know the term "knife safe" so I couldn't do a search online for them!

Thank you! Thank you!
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Old 03-07-2006, 03:41 AM   #16
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I guess what I find odd is that the people I'm talking about DO cook, and not grudgingly, they like it. I may get one friend a good knife for a present sometime, and I'm pretty sure one of her grandchildren probably got one for Mom. I have friends and family members who hate to cook, and those who love to. I swear the ones who hate to cook have better knives than those who love to. I wonder if people who hate to cook are more attracted to neat kitchen stuff, hoping that will make them want to cook?
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:02 AM   #17
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I think most people do not care about their knives... At my MIL it was so bad that I insisted to give her a few good sharp knifes for christmas the year before
but know she admits that the new ones are worlds better than her old trash...

what else? no fresh or froozen veggies, but canned... canned mushrooms...
my friend never has garlic at home, I could not live without that... and she doesn't own a casserolle form... said it got lost during a move...
a big pot for pasta... also rarely seen...
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:26 AM   #18
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I don't know about my friends' kitchens, but a sharp knife is exactly what is missing from mine... I was hoping to get some for my wedding, but nooo
When I need to slice meat and I'm getting aggravated, I go get my filet knife from my fishing box Good thing I keep the thing sparkly clean.
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:44 AM   #19
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I find it hard cooking in another kitchen because nothing seems to be handy.Not organized. things that should be near the stove are across the kitchen and no spices.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:35 AM   #20
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I think that would be a VERY scary thought for some people!! to have two of me!!!
Texas, that's why I'm an only child.

I agree about the knives. We have two butchers blocks full of knives, which my husband keeps nicely sharpened, but it's amazing how few kitchens have even one sharp knife.
Right on about the spices, big pots and bowls...most people don't have tea-pots or big pitchers, either.

Another problem I have cooking in other people's kitchens...Sometimes I take a dish that needs to be reheated, and I'll swear, no two microwaves work alike. It's also amazing how some very otherwise neat and clean people let them get so nasty. There have been times I was leery about putting my dish inside for fear of contamination.
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