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Old 12-16-2007, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hi Everybody

Hi, my name is Stefanie, and I am a self taught cook. I have been cooking since I was 10 (experimenting and creating concoctions as my mother put it). I learned by watching all the cooking shows I could find. I am a self confessed cooking show junkie.

My boyfriend did a programs watched summary on our TV a couple of years ago, and Food Network scored a whopping 80%. He made fun of me for a week, but I never heard him complain when he ate all the yummy food I made him : )

I cooked all the meals for my family since I was about 14. The first 3 months I was in college, my parents ate nothing but take-out and prepackaged foods (I thought my mom was kidding, but when I came home for Thanksgiving, the cupboards were bare, the freezer was packed with TV dinners, and the take-out menu were displayed like magazines on the coffee table).

I love going to restaurants and recreating those meals at home. Thought about going to culinary school and becoming a chef, but didn't like the idea of being yelled at, on my feet for 12 hours a day in the heat of the kitchen. I get major satisfaction out of seeing the look on my friends' and family's faces when they bite into something tasty. Never thought I would get that in a restaurant.

Anyway- really glad to be here and ready to get started posting.


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Old 12-16-2007, 08:11 PM   #2
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Hi, Stefanie. Welcome to DC. You background sounds very similar to mine. I began cooking at age 8 and have been going at it full tilt ever since. My husband, Buck, says I'm the best cook in our county. I know he likes my cooking since he never turns down a chance to sample something new.

Love your attitude. Start posting away. We're glad you've found us.

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:28 PM   #3
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Hi Stephanie,
a big welcome to DC..Glad to have you join us. Looking forward to sharing recipes and tips.

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:29 PM   #4
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Hi, welcome and ENJOY!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:05 AM   #6
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Welcome Stef Glad you found us I started cooking when I was 14 years old under canvas at the Iowa state Fair and have been cooking all my life and I am 67 now
Cook with passion or don't cook at all
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Old 12-17-2007, 02:19 AM   #7
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Welcome to DC Steph!
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:14 AM   #8
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Welcome, Stephanie!

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