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My Hubby is a great cook. I tell him that a certain day is his for the meals. I am always amazed at the variety that he presents. He always asked, how did it fall on me, but he really loves it. He comes home with recipes torn from the magazines in his breakroom. He present beautiful meals and it makes me feel wonderful to be pampered. (I deserve it)


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DID YOU JUST SAY YOUR HUSBAND. IS HE A GOOD COOK OR WHAT? MINE HAS A VERY SMALL REPERTOIRE THAT HE CAN COOK BELIEVE ME SO I NEVER GET A BREAK AS HE LIKES HIS HOME COOKED FOOD, NO FROZEN HERE.

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A fascinating tidbit I learned from the Hispanic Community that works the orchards here in VA is to use Mayonnaise instead of eggs in cakes.

Now a lot of those tricks are stashed permanently in the old noggin. We are talking about using Pumpkin in the No Pudge Fudge recipe and I already knew about using cake mix with pumpkin so now it clicked as far as using it with the brownie mix too. Of course, it didn't occur to me to use it with chocolate as I am used to using it with Spice Cake Mix.

As for the Jewish cooking, you learn to do so many fascinating things with Vinegar.

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11/5/07 9:41 A

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My mom, definitely. She *loves* to cook and is always trying out new, interesting things. I grew up watching the Food Network and cooking shows on other channels with her. Because of her, I know all sorts of things my friends don't, such as how to separate an egg.

So, yeah. My mom.

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Give a great big hug to all those other people's mom that made your life better. I have several friends that do this and I admire them so much. They give and give with a great big heart of gold. They do all they can to make a difference in a child's life, suffer through some tough times, but appreciate all the successful lives they impact.

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And on the subject of Jewish Cooking....

I spent most of my childhood passed from one person to the next so I didn't have a stable parent that cooked in front of us.

BUT, I had a village that taught me to cook so to speak. You know, like how they say, "it takes a village to raise a child".

And I learned a lot of kosher cooking that way too.

I've also picked up some tidbits from the Hispanic community and the middle east as well as from just about anyone out there really.

My husband grew up on those TV Dinners that you pop in the oven and the McDonalds.

I grew up hungry or whatever was in front of me so I have learned to appreciate just about any flavor out there and enjoy real food.

Most of what I cook now, I have learned from books, internet, television shows, and tips from other users out there.

How I cook, I have picked up so many tips from so many different fantastic women that spent their lives feeding other people's children in addition to their own.

So hats off to all of those "Semi-Adopted Mom's" out there for reeling in other folks kids and taking care of them. Thanks to other people's Moms, I managed to survive some pretty hectic times.

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11/3/07 12:46 A

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Hello out there.
I learned to cook by watching my parents and then just trying new things on my own. I use to love to bake but being in Arizona I don’t like to turn on the oven any more then I have to. I love to cook and my husband loves to sample my creations.
He loves to grill and I love creating new ways to fix meats, fish and anything else for him to grill. I think I make the best salads we have ever tasted, if I do say so myself.
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Kendra ~ do you have a favorite on Foodtv? I didn't like him at first, but now I find I'm watching Michael Chiarello ~ Easy Entertaining. And, of course there's Rachel and Emeril.....I just wish I had someone who would gather everything I need and do my prep work! lol

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10/30/07 11:24 A

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i am 95% self taught (i call my grandma with the occasional questions). i am a food network addict and everything i know is something i saw on tv and practiced at home.


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I learned the most and the basics from my mom. She could always just "throw something together" with whatever we had on hand.

However, I've also learned a ton from my Mother-in-law and my chef husband.

I love to learn how to cook my favorite foods. If I try something at a restaurant, I will do my best to duplicate it.



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10/29/07 12:57 A

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I learned from my mother! I loved to watch her cook when I was young. My first cooking experience believe it or not was when I was five years old! My mom was sick in bed that day, so I decided to surprise her with breakfast. I made scrambled eggs (shell included) and burnt toast. My mom says she will never forget that day. I actually still remember trying to scrape the burnt off the toast. Of course my mom told me that eventhough she appreciated it, I should not go near the stove again! But she made sure to let me help her whenever she cooked. emoticon

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Hello all,
I learned the basic from my dad who was a cook in the army. .The first lesson he taught me was a very important one that I still practice today. “That was to clear up as you go and it will make your cooking experience so much more enjoyable. After that He taught me to make many wonderful dishes. I then turned to a varsity of cook books that are out there and there is also the foodtv. Some the receipts I put together are just some thing I put together. And most of the time they turn out great. Just remember to eat what you enjoy and and enjoy what you eat.
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I learned the most about cooking in high school. I took home economics and a couple of cooking classes that were offered. I got a little from my mom but she's not much of a cook. It was mostly self taught.

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my Mom did she was a professional cook who made up her own recipes I learned so much from her just wish she were still here to see I'm now making up my own

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My Mom and her Mom...both had their specialties with cooking AND baking. My Mom makes the very best ever lemon meringue pie, and my Gram used to make the very best ever fudge-her recipe went with her when she passed away and noone has been able to reproduce it.
Funny tho, things have come full circle-used to be I'd call my Mum for advice and guidance....now she calls me! I am a cookbook and recipe collector and my husband is quick to remind me that I will never be able to try all the recipes I've collected. I tell him it's not about being able to try them all it's about having so much choice.
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I KNOW THIS IS OFF THE SUBJECT MATTER HERE BUT I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHECK OUT THE THREAD THOSE HALLOWEEN TREATS--- I JUST POSTED 3 GHOULISHLY DELIGHTFUL RECIPES THERE. AND I THINK EVERYONE WILL ENJOY THIS THREAD. SO GO NOW AND READ ALL THE POSTS SO FAR WE HAVE A FEW DIFFERENTLY NAMED FOODS THATS FOR SURE.

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My mother and grandmother for sure. I remember making meals for our family starting in about 6th or 7th grade once in a while as a treat for my parents. I still do it!

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Although I grew up watching my mother, I would definitely say my aunt, because she has taught me so many different dishes and ways of cooking.

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I taught myself, and then once I got to where I could make meals I started to buy cook books so I could try new things.

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I learned on my own really while watching mom at home, Rachel Ray and other cooking shows on television and then trying things on my own.

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My grandma and Betty Crocker!

I love making most of my food by hand. I dont really care for buying pre-packaged anything (except Kraft mac-n-cheese, they got it DOWN!)

My grandma used to call me a kitchen witch when I was little, because I never measured anything and it all turned out perfectly.


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ANOTHER WAY TO PREPARE YOUR OWN SPICES FROM WHOLE IS TO USE A SIMPLE MORTAR AND PESTLE AND GRIND THEM THE AROMA AS YOU GRIND IS FANTASTIC WHEN YOU ARE DONE YOU SIMPLY USE A SPOON AND REMOVE TO THE DISH YOU ARE PREPARING. WE GROW OUR OWN GARLIC AND I AM ALL THE TIME CRUSHING GARLIC CLOVES IN THE KITCHEN. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY. AND TRACY DO TRY THE ORANGE PEEL ON THE CHICKEN JUST SPRINKLE ON LIKE SALT AND PEPPER TO EACH PIECE AND THAT'S IT. THE COOKING DOES THE REST. GOOD LUCK.

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MMMmmmmm ChefSophie, that sounds Good!



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Maryfingerhoot there is a recipe on sparkrecipes for haluski with nutritional information. Might want to check it out.

I use toasted sesame seeds a lot. I'll put a little oil in a nonstick frying pan. Then add spinach that I stir with a clove of garlic on my fork. When it's cooked, I serve it with lemon and sprinkled with toasted seasame seeds.

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Lesson learned: There is postively, absolutely NO comparison between assembly line packaged/bottled spices and making your own. There are some I'll always have to buy at the grocers, but what I can grind on my own...WOW! The feel, the look, the fresh aroma, the cooking aroma. Too easy to get hooked!

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I've seen all that browning seeds on Foodtv too and today I even picked up some sesame seeds to try that with.....only now I can't remember what I was supposed to do with them afterwords LOL

Carol and Beth, you two sure have me beat on spices. Where I am, there's one grocery store ~ Kroger, with very limited shelf space....so, the choices we have on everything are very limited. Some time next year we are supposed to get a new grocery, so I can Not wait till we have more options. I know I could probably shop on-line, but that's not any fun.

Carol, I LOVE orange ~ I've gotten really into orange lately with my Zesty Orange Poppy Seed dressing and my orange pork chops...I'll keep in mind the orange for chicken.



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my gram taught me the most about cooking and then i tweek the recipes to make them healthier but i am trying to figure out how to healthify halupki or pig in the blanket to some people and haluski cabbage and noodles as you can tell we ate alot of starchy foods lol

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My dad and my aunt and a friend that is always challenging me to come up with something better

 
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My daughter gave me a nice coffee grinder. But lately I've been using it as a spice grinder. I've been purchasing the un-powdered/un-crushed spices (whole seed/ whole leaf) and doing my own grinding. Thanks to FoodTV I'm also dry skillet browning some seeds before crushing/ginding them. I'm enjoying experimenting with grinding different spice combinations. So far, so delicious!

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I ALSO HAVE A SPICE COLLECTION TO BE RIVALED BY FEW BUT I DO BELIEVE I WILL HAVE TO TIP MY HAT TO YOU AS I THINK YOU GOT ME BEAT. I BUY ANYTHING NEW I CAN FIND OR SEE AND I BUY MORE THAN ONE WHEN I DO I HAVE ONE CALLED ADOBO SEASONING THAT IS A TRIFLE ODD BUT NOT BEING ABLE TO BUY PAPRIKA COME ON NOW THIS IS A BASIC OR AT LEAST I THOUGHT IT WAS. I HAVE THE SPICE ISLANDS SPICES FROM EXOTIC LOCALS THAT ARE REALLY SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO COOK WITH. IF YOU CAN FIND A STORE THAT CARRIES THIS BRAND YOU WILL PICK UP SEVERAL ONES. I FRY MY CHICKEN WITH ORANGE PEEL ADDED TO IT AS A SECRET FROM EVERYONE BUT MY DAUGHTER AND I GET RAVE REVIEWS FROM EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER EATEN MY CHICKEN. IT GIVES THAT OLD CHICKEN A TAD DIFFERENT TASTE. THIS TRICK I LEARNED FROM MY MOTHER. NO NOT LEMON PEEL ORANGE PEEL. TRY IT AND SEE.

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Hi Sidneygirl! The most exotic? I have some really great spice mixes from Australia. I have speculaas spice mix for Dutch spice cookies (speculaas).

I've joined several spice swaps at recipezaar which is partly how I've accumulated so much. There's another one coming up soon. It will post in the 'Cooking Contests & Events' thread: http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewforum.zsp
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I grew up in a family that liked all kinds of food. Eating was always an adventure. My grandmother was an elementary school teacher and a good cook so she started me early and knew how to explain things. My Father worked in a bakery summers while he was in school and we made all kinds of things together, like rolls, butter cream candies, bread, and other things. My mother loved to cook and one of my most treasured possessions is a book where she wrote recipes shared by friends and notes to baby sitters about us. Today both my brothers, and both my children share my love of cooking.

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Sidneygirl,
I grew up in Arkansas, and you are right! LOL!
Paprika is considered a spice there, and almost exotic!, but a staple in Dallas where we just moved from!








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Elmo ~ how wonderful to have so many good cooks in your family!

Hasn't the internet really made all this cooking So much more fun! I like the allrecipes.com site ~ I love seeing the reviews beFore I start cooking. What is the most unusual spice you have on your shelf? Where I live here in Arkansas, I'm lucky if I can find Paprika! LOL....exaggerating a bit there, but we are pretty limited.



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I've always loved cooking. I made my first meal for a Girl Scout badge at age 10. Wow, that's my dd now! I made my grandmother's macaroni & cheese which is my kids' fave meal now. When I was in high school, my brother went to cooking school then came home & made bearnaise sauce. Well that was the beginning of the end, lol. My grandmother was a FABULOUS baker. My mom is a great cook as well. Mom also is the queen of substitutions - she runs the cardiac rehab program & knows all these bits about what to substitute so her patients can eat anything. I have a monstrous collection of cookbooks & watch plenty of cooking shows. The Frugal Gourmet was an early fave of mine too! His were some of my first cookbooks. Then came recipezaar & I got involved in all kinds of 'games' & now cook something new just about every day! (literally) I have a friend who claims I have spices from countries you've never even heard of. A bit of an exaggeration but yeah, I have quite the collection.

So with all the babble, I never answered the question. I guess it wasn't any one person! Or maybe it was just myself? :)

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THE FRUGAL GOURMET is my Hubby's favorite. He has all the books. I will ask for something and he will make it for me. I love the bar-b-que shrimp in one of his books. They are absolutely the best. A New Orleans recipe, shrimp, butter, oil and spices, after cooking, sopping up the juice with French bread. I do not need to think about it, because I will go off the deep end and request it. Hubby learned to cook because he always called me how to fix this and that. We worked different times, but passed for our evening meal. I finally told him, there were cookbooks on the shelf, pick one, read and fix. He has become a fantastic cook. He enjoys being in the kitchen and preparing a meal. Makes my day. He brings home recipes that he wants to try. I cook one day and he will cook another. It is an area where we spend much time together.

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I HAVE TO ADMIT I LEARNED ALOT FROM MY GRANDMOTHERS AND AUNTS AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST MY MOTHER. I LEARNED HOW TO COOK EARLY, AS MY OLDEST BROTHER WAS IN NAM AND I WANTED TO COOK HIM HIS WELCOME HOME DINNER AND I DID JUST WHAT HE ASKED FOR AND EVERYTHING CAME OUT RIGHT. I WAS IN THE 5TH GRADE AT THE TIME SO I DID GET AN EARLY START. THEN I MARRIED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 16 TO AN ARMY SGT. AND ALL THE SINGLE GUYS SHOWING UP ALL THE TIME FOR A HOMECOOKED MEAL MADE ME START HITTING THE COOKBOOKS FOR IDEAS TO EXPAND MY COOKING JUST TO SEE WHAT I COULD DO. I HAD TWO NEIGHBORS WHO WERE ALSO ARMY WIVES AND WE WOULD GET TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT WE COULD PULL OUT OF A RECIPE BOOK THAT SOUNDED GOOD AND THAT WE HAD THE SUPPLIES IN THE HOUSE TO MAKE. AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE AT IT YES WE HAD SOME FLOPS BUT THEY WERE FUN FLOPS AND WE LEARNED BY EXPERIMENTING AND KEPT AT IT UNTIL WE GOT IT RIGHT. I ACTUALLY SENT SOME HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS TO A BAKE SALE THE COMPANY HAD ON POST AND THE GI THAT BID THE HIGHEST AND GOT TO EAT THEM SENT ME WORD HE SURE WOULD LIKE SOME MORE OF THEM AND THAT REALLY MADE MY DAY. SO BY TRIAL AND ERROR, LESSONS AND FINALLY THE GOOD OLD FASHIONED COOKBOOKS. I REMEMBER THE FRUGAL GOURMET AND I HAVE SEVERAL OF HIS COOKBOOKS ALSO.

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Ahhh. My kitchen is always open to anyone who knows their way around the spice cabinets.

Welcome SIDNEYGIRL. Besides the local church only plays cards that have pictures of saints on them emoticon

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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hehehe ~ I guess I'll be playing cards at the church LOL

gotta love the jimmy buffett fan!
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My Dad: he was a cook in the NAVY-Korean era-I grew up with his cooking. My mom's cooking was a cheap hunk of beef in a pot of water and beer with freeze dried veggies, cooking allday until they were semi-mush.
From my Dad I learned to only let women in your kitchen if they can HONESTLY cook, otherwise tell'em to go play cards at the church. My wife stays out of MY kitchen.
I also have very little tolerance for men who like to scratch their zippers and admit that they can't boil water.
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Edited by: WRITEMANN1 at: 10/19/2007 (22:56)
"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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I learned to cook from by Grandmothers and my Mother. I think I was about 4 when My Grandmother pulled a chair up to the kitchen counter and let me make buscuits, (really she was controlling everything I did with her hands over mine) but boy I was proud of those biscuits. I still have that recipe in my head. My other Grandmother lived on the farm and I would go stay with her and she would let me help her with the veggies. I could snap beans when I was four. My greenbeans taste the way hers did. Mother finally gave in when I was about 8 and let me help her cook (although, she would not have near as much mess if she did it all on her own)
All these women were wonderful cooks and I just feel they gave me the desire to cook good food.

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Hey guys ~ I really want to thank you all for sharing your stories!

It's so interesting reading how we all came to cook ~ Julycheryl, I remember the Frugal Gourmet too! I enjoyed his show a lot. ANd Healthgoddess, your young kids ARE going to know how to cook ~ and it sounds like they are going to find it to be something loving to do as a family, so sweet! and Loseitgal ~ that has to be the funniest I've read ~ so much Mexican you might have had baby food blended burritos! LOL....

thanks again everyone for 'playing'....
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I learned to cook from my Great grandmother, both my grandmothers, my mom, and my dad. My mom really showed me a lot of techniques but everyone else showed me recipes and how to do specific things they do. I still call whenever I need help with a recipe.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
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I taught myself to cook, to do most things.

At a young age I was cooking for my younger sister and myself from what was left in the refrigerator, as we were left alone all weekend, and most nights, because mom was an alcoholic.
So from about 3rd grade on, I was figuring out how to make a few eggs stretch, or some bologna, or whatever was left, to make enough meals for the whole weekend. While not good for the waistline, it has taught me how to be grateful for what I have now.
It wasn't till I was older than I finally began reading packages and realized beans need to be soaked overnight, etc!
So my answer is me. I learned by trial and error as a child, then when I got older, I loved the library and was the only kid in school reading cookbooks!
I remember finding out from a teacher once how to do laundry! LOL! Back then there was no inquiry, she just told me, then gave me a hug.
Of course after I grew up I began watching cooking shows on pbs, then later on food network, to learn healthier ways to cook.
I was still a kid when the frugal gourmet was on tv, and I remember looking up frugal in a dictionary, and laughing when I saw the definition!
So now, I know how to cook. Probably too well! But I'm grateful for what the experience has taught me! :)








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Actually, my ex-husband! He was a fantastic cook. He could make anything. My mom was not a good cook, and I was a very picky eater, didn't like to try new things until I met him. Now I love new food and am always trying something new. I've become a great cook and my new hubby is very happy :)

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Oddly enough, even though there was always cooking going on around me growing up, no one actually taught me. I guess I just picked up some things from hanging out in the kitchen growing up. My sisters and I started cooking meals at very young ages--I think I was probably in the 8th grade. Prior to that it was just pancakes,eggs, hamburgers and hotdogs. My freshman year in highschool though my parents usually didn't get home til 7 or later so if we wanted to eat we cooked. So at 13 I could do chops, sloppy joes, steak, tacos/burritos etc. Basically we just took what was in the fridge and did whatever we thought would make it taste good. Now I look through recipes and watch cooking shows to get ideas and then adapt them to what we like or have handy in the kitchen. And my kids are always in the kitchen with me, they help measure, stir, and even make suggestions as far as what special ingredients they think something may need---and let me say at 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 their suggestions can be quite creative! LOL! I just want them to have all the warm and yummy memories I had as a child. Sorry, I think I may have veered off topic there at the end!
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I mostly taught myself too, I learned a little here and there through my mother and grandmother but I married at an early age and began to collect cookbooks and experirment and watched alot of tv cooking shows:)

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i would have to say from helping my mom in the kitchen and i also love to read cook books.

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My mom taught me a lot, but I also like to watch Rachel Ray and when I had satellite I watched Emeril. I'll never be able to catch up to him!

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me, myself and I, along with Erma Bombeck and James Beard, mostly. Now, I am learning from Rachel Ray and other on television cooks, and gee, even from YOU guys, on Spark!

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I learned from my mother. Being the baby of the family, I was never allowed to do much--my job was cracking eggs, which I now excel at. I also was too little to even reach the knobs for the oven! However, I would sit in the kitchen with my mom as she prepared dishes. My sophomore year of college I had a great big kitchen and roommates who loved to cook. I learned some from them but discovered that all those years in th kitchen had rubbed off on me, and I simply knew recipes and tricks and things and both enjoyed and was good at cooking and baking.

I'm also still learning from her. We're Jewish and do the whole Sabbath thing and whenever I call on a Friday afternoon, my Dad will hand off the phone to my mom right away knowing that I have some sort of cooking-related question.

One of the neat things is that as my skills & repertoire have grown, I've been able to share tips and recipes with her.

The other neat thing is that this is how she learned from her mother . . .

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mother...grandmother...and (is this cheating?) the great chefs at culinary school!

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My family as a collective whole and the food network. My great grandma, grandma, mom, dad... all great cooks. I helped, watched, and learned. Now I watch food network all the time for new ideas and read a lot of cook books.

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Myself mostly, with some help from Alton Brown.

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I'm mostly self taught...I picked up a few things from my mom and my grandma (mostly some really good base recipes and the mantra "clean up as you go")...but my family's diet is very meat and potatoes and I don't really enjoy that cuisine ALL the time, so I started experimenting as soon as I could!

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I taught myself, with recipes from cookbooks, relatives and Campbell's soup!
My mother was a very good cook, but couldn't stand to have anyone in the kitchen with her, so I was relegated to peeling vegetables, making salads, and setting the table.
I wasn't very interested in cooking when I first got married, but learned pretty fast!
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I learned some from my mom but mostly I'm self taught too.

First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.
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I would say for most of the cooking I taught myself except for anying "Mexican Cooking" that I learned from my mother. Because we are hispanic the only food and I do mean ONLY food that was ever cooked in our house was Mexican Food.. I use to joke with my mom that instead of "Gerber" food when I was a baby she was probably sticking burritos in the blender and feeding me that. Well, because of her ONLY cooking mexican food it made me want to try and cook myself so we could have different things. At a young age I started cutting out any recipes and then asking for books. As long as it wasn't mexican i was trying it. My mom appreciated the fact that I fell in love with cooking because it helped her out and made the menu with a little bit more variety then what we were use to.

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My grandmother taught me some about cooking, but I mostly had to teach myself. Then when I married, my husband taught me alot.

I love to experiment with different recipes. I cannot bake worth a darn, though....don't know what that is about..... emoticon

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Honestly. Myself. My mom is a fabulous cook but she didn't teach me much. Once I started seriously dieting I bought weight watchers cookbooks and just followed the directions. I found that cooking could be a lot easier than it seems.

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Oddly enough, I taught myself! My mom was a single parent and worked 60-70 hours a week so most of the time I ended up making dinner for us myself because by the time she got home from work I was starving and couldn't wait any longer.

Let me tell ya, you learn a lot about cooking the first time you try to make a chicken/rice/broccoli casserole and it comes out more like samonella surprise!

I used to clip recipes from Redbook and save them in a church cookbook my grandmother gave me... I'd try recipes from the backs of Onion Soup mix and Cream of Mushroom soup... mostly I learned to cook through trial & error. I learned to bake from my grandmother and my dad who were both wonderful bakers but not too keen on actual meals. lol

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My mom was not a cook and her repertoire of dishes consisted of onion burgers and round steak with carrots cooked in the pressure cooker...LOL....really, I don't remember eating much else.

I think I've learned most of what I know from watching Food TV, from internet sites, and from helpful friends who've shared recipes with me.

Who taught you most about cooking?



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