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Do you enjoy cooking?

  1. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    I know for some, cooking is like a chore, but I always have enjoyed cooking. I lovvvveeeeee food! lol, I call food a "hobby." Thank goodness for high metabolism in the family genes.
    Nothing like experimenting with food and ingredients & spices to see what you can come up with.

    1. dutchman1951 profile image59
      dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I gree, I love to also. am learning

      1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
        Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Keep learning, I always used to tell my students [I taught cooking] life is like a... no that was Forrest... cooking is not rocket science its an art, like making your first pottery piece in art class in elementary school. Just go with the flow and it will be what it will be.

        1. dutchman1951 profile image59
          dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I keep trying Carmen, I have had some real disasters!

          1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
            Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Well if you ever need help you know where to find me.

            1. dutchman1951 profile image59
              dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Thank you, I may send a question or two your way. Appreciate the Offer.

              Jon

              1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
                Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Any time Jon, youre welcome.

        2. Michael Willis profile image78
          Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I can see cooking as an art also. It may not be for everyone, but for those who have the skill and creativity for it will always have many friends. lol

          1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
            Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            You can say that again! A few times in the past, however, I discovered after the fact that one of the reasons I was invited to a few social functions was because of my cooking... oh, and would you mind bringing... and I thought it was only due to my shining personality, not my shining pots! LOL

            1. Michael Willis profile image78
              Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              My relatives always ask what I can make for dinners and sometimes they request certain meals. My mom still "tells me" what she wants me to bring! lol

          2. dutchman1951 profile image59
            dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            sense starting this, I have come to learn it is about an actual mix of sience, common sense and thought. And I have found, also like you have, that most do not care to work at something that hard. I enjoy it.

            For me its not work,  Its more like art work and zen in combination. Now commercial cooking, kitchen work, is hard work, you have to like it, I will sat that. Its labor intensive, but has a special reward I think. Again though I am learning, long way to go.

            1. Michael Willis profile image78
              Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              You are completely correct! It is a science as well as an art. Maybe my desire for experimental cooking came from my love for science. lol. Sometimes I come up with great recipes and sometimes..., well....not so good and I scrap that one.

              1. dutchman1951 profile image59
                dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I whent after an Alton Brown formula for Ribs and Sauce, using the Oven and making a foil wrap act like a brasing dish...total disaster, did not get the taste at all. Came out more like a Crock Pot Prok Roast attempt. Missed it compleately.

    2. archdaw profile image60
      archdawposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I am one of those that do it, because I have kids to feed. Whenever I tell people this that have tasted my cooking they don't believe me, because they say my food taste good.  My mother always told me growing up that I was blessed with a seasoning hand.  I HATE COOKING!!!

    3. Specialk3749 profile image61
      Specialk3749posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Growing up, I hated cooking.  After I got married and learned "how" to cook and my family started growing. I started cooking more and have learned how good it feels to make something that they all love.  There are times when it gets old having to do it day in and day out, but thankfully my husband and my oldest daughter like to cook as well and can give me the weekends off!  I LOVE that!

    4. althea_m profile image61
      althea_mposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Cooking is like therapy for me. It's the time I can be the most creative and my family reaps the healthy rewards! My three year old son even loves hummus. That's when I know I've had success smile

  2. creativeone59 profile image42
    creativeone59posted 7 years ago

    I definitely agree with you Micheal, cooking to me is like the air I breath, it ain't nothing but a meatball.!!!  LOL.  creativeone59

    1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
      Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      We must breathe the same air creativeone! Does it smell of chili and curry and basil and cayenne pepper; sugar and spice and everything nice?

  3. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    Cooking can be an expression of the cook! I tend to think the recipes I come up with says something.

    1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
      Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree Michael.

      1. Michael Willis profile image78
        Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I grew up next door to my grandmother. She was an amazing cook. She always said to make your recipes your own.

  4. mistywild profile image59
    mistywildposted 7 years ago

    I love cooking, I hate the mess it makes though!

  5. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
    Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago

    I love to cook and am creative with it. My husband will come into the kitchen and ask what I'm cooking. He knows I never write anything down so will get a pad and pen to write down what I'm putting into my 'creation' in case he wants to do it one day. My kids do the same.

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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    I can cook when I have to but would rather yank my own toenails out with hot pliers.

    1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
      Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hahaha, sounds like you Ghost, don't forget about those cans in the pantry. LOL

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        Ghost32posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Still living on those, Carmen.  When the money improved in late August, it simply meant that we were able to stock a few cans of Swanson's white meat chicken to go with the pork & beans.  As for Pam, her favorite canned meat is Hormel ham.

        1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
          Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I can't buy the chicken or the ham in Canada, but I do like albacore tuna and pork and beans are a staple. I must admit I stopped making them for my boys after they took some on a hiking trip with their dad. Farting became a hobby that they both became experts at. Me.. no I never!

          1. dutchman1951 profile image59
            dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Do not laugh but Lanna accused me of teaching the Dog that!

            I told her, you have got to be kidding!

            1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
              Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              C'mon you probably did!

              1. dutchman1951 profile image59
                dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I tend right now to cook toward the rich side in flavoring, so it may be the samples the Dog gets!, so yea, probably did...lol

  7. bgpappa profile image85
    bgpappaposted 7 years ago

    Love it. Self taught so who knows if it is good, my family doesn't seem to mind though

  8. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    A lesson I have learned cooking is...you can take any package meal such as a hamburger helper, knorr dinner and the like and add to the recipe and make it your own creation. Everyone will think you slaved over the stove preparing it.
    And after a long day at work and time is short...it can be so easy to have an enjoyable meal with just adding a few extra ingredients instead of eating out and spending a lot of money!!!

    1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
      Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You know it Michael and if you're like the woman in the old [I hate to use the term] rice crispy squares commercial just throw a little flour on your face to make it even more believable. LOL

      1. Michael Willis profile image78
        Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ROTFLOL....I am not against that!

  9. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    And I am one who loves spicy foods. Love hot and spicy! It is hard to find those type of recipes. I know a lot of people who enjoy the same, so I have started to share mine for those type of food lovers.
    I even make a hot and spicy spaghetti, manicotti and salad!

    1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
      Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'll do a hub on Cajun recipes, if you love hot, spicy with a hint of sweet you'll love them!

      1. Michael Willis profile image78
        Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'll look forward to that hub.

        1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
          Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I'll try to post it sometime this week.

        2. dutchman1951 profile image59
          dutchman1951posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          me to, please write it. The chicken stock one is right on the money.

          1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
            Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Well, who could refuse two such dashing gentlemen. My word, I shall have to do it, now won't I?

            1. Michael Willis profile image78
              Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Yes ma'am...please do! I plan on writing and posting my hubs for the mexican manicotti very soon. I also make what I call "manicotti bites" in both Italian and Mexican recipe.

              1. Carmen Borthwick profile image81
                Carmen Borthwickposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I'm looking forward to those.

  10. sannyasinman profile image58
    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago

    Can't cook, won't cook. Eating is much better!

    1. Michael Willis profile image78
      Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol, then it makes good to know someone who cooks!

  11. Purple Perl profile image80
    Purple Perlposted 7 years ago

    Cooking is an art! Being creative in the kitchen serves as a respite from boredom, depression or simply enjoying a healthy family lifestyle.

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
      prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      agree, i like to cook...to keep me busy....I love the smell of spices

  12. NaomiR profile image84
    NaomiRposted 7 years ago

    I like cooking for friends and family, but not as much for just myself and my husband, probably because we like very different foods. I hate fish and am not crazy about red meat (which he loves) and he doesn't like pasta or melted cheese (which I love), which leaves out many Italian dishes. The only thing we really agree on is chicken!

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

    I don't like cooking at all, apparently for good reason - my kids always thought school lunches were delicious!

    My choice is always raw vegetables and bread. I don't like meat, don't like eggs, my boys chose to "forage". Now one is a chef at a restaurant in L.A. For me, if I can't just grab it and eat it, it's not worth the trouble, I've set my boys up to be suckers for women who can cook!

  14. europewalker profile image82
    europewalkerposted 7 years ago

    I have never liked cooking,can't stand being in the kitchen unless it is for a cup of coffee. Luckily my husband is a good cook,otherwise we would starve.

  15. Jenny30 profile image60
    Jenny30posted 7 years ago

    Love to cook as well, especially Italian and Mexican dishes!!!

    1. Michael Willis profile image78
      Michael Willisposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Mexican and Italian are my favorite also. I have been combining the two and creating New style of casseroles.

      1. Jenny30 profile image60
        Jenny30posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ohhh I so have to try that!!

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    Madame Xposted 7 years ago

    Yes, I like to cook - my husband taught me how. But I hate having to cook if I come home late and am too tired to do so.

    Then he does!

  17. Colebabie profile image62
    Colebabieposted 7 years ago

    Love it. My favorite memories are of my family in the kitchen. Its definitely a destressor for me smile

  18. Azur Moon Wolf profile image60
    Azur Moon Wolfposted 7 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoy cooking.  I like to think of myself as a creative person and cooking is just another extension of my creativity.  The only recipes I follow are for baking, because that is a science, but I am a "little bit of this, little of that, ooh and a dash of this" and a "hmm, I wonder if this will work in here" kind of person!  smile

  19. zadrobi profile image61
    zadrobiposted 7 years ago

    Mac N' Cheese here I come hehehe

    1. Paradise7 profile image86
      Paradise7posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Ditto here.  It's unfortunate--I'm absolutely the worst cook in the world, but I love food.  I don't mind cleaning up, though.  I'll clean up for you if you make dinner.  Are we on?  What are we having?  What's for desert?  Should I bring wine?

    2. Colebabie profile image62
      Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hehe. But you can make some amazing Mac N' Cheese!

  20. Hope Wilbanks profile image82
    Hope Wilbanksposted 7 years ago

    I love cooking, but more than that, I love to cook for people that like to eat. One of my favorite things to do is invite friends over for dinner. I love cooking something wonderful and sitting down at the table together to eat and have fun and talk and laugh together. That's usually always followed by a card game of some sort. *love* it! smile

  21. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 7 years ago

    I heart cooking! smile

  22. lrohner profile image86
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    Cooking and baking are my passions. Cooking is the art while baking is the science. Keeps my right/left brain thing in sync! smile

    My poor kids grew up with meals like seared scallops over angel hair allo olio with garlic and an arugula salad on the side and thought it was normal! smile

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    I like baking more than cooking. yep to me cooking is a chore lol.

  24. Ladybird33 profile image75
    Ladybird33posted 7 years ago

    I like to bake more than cook but yes, I love to cook.

  25. Chloe Comfort profile image60
    Chloe Comfortposted 7 years ago

    Cooking dinner every night for the family - not so much BUT give me a party to cook for each weekend and I'm in my glory! I love to cook, especially for crowds. I get very creative and love to surprise people with something new each time. Would love to be on Top Chef!

  26. Sexy jonty profile image61
    Sexy jontyposted 7 years ago

    sometimes I enjoy cooking ....
    but sometimes it's irritating ......

  27. Daniel Carter profile image91
    Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

    I never did like cooking. But Saturday mornings I was in charge of the kitchen, and it was Big Breakfast, with waffles, eggs with everything in 'em, bacon, fruit, juice, and several different syrups. After being single, and wanting to entertain, I kept the tradition alive, and it grew to hosting other gatherings.

    Now I cook when I can, but I like to share it. Thanksgiving is spent at the house I have a few hours away, with family and friends, and everyone has an assignment and we cook and bake and make in shifts and teams, and it's really a fabulous time. Nobody leaves the kitchen until it's spotless. We have a blast. I host gatherings the same way.

    So I look for or invent recipes that I can put together in 30 minutes or less, that are knock-out flavorful and reasonably healthy.

    So cooking has become a very enjoyable experience for me, when I have time for it.

  28. Aya Katz profile image88
    Aya Katzposted 7 years ago

    I like it when there is a big return on a very small effort. Last night I made fresh cranberry sauce to add to our usual baked chicken meal, which took only about ten minutes of effort, and made the kids happy.

  29. ertweryt profile image59
    ertwerytposted 7 years ago

    comparing to the cooking,i like the dish which is already cooked

  30. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    I enjoy cooking and baking.  When I first started cooking, my goal was to re-create the meals my mom had made.  She was a cook from scratch lady, but never wrote her recipes down!  She died when I was 17 and I have done a fair job of recreation and written the recipes down.

    She could also bake homemade bread, rolls, etc., that I don't think I'll ever master.  I don't believe we ever had store bought breads.

  31. retellect profile image79
    retellectposted 7 years ago

    I absolutely love it! Great way to relieve stress and take stuff of my mind. Very therapeutic smile

  32. prettydarkhorse profile image65
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    I like cooking specially Asian foods, I like to experiment on variation of sauce etc, little bit chili,

  33. retellect profile image79
    retellectposted 7 years ago

    I love Asian foods too! Jamaican food tastes the best to me though, I even wrote a few hubs on them. haha big_smile

  34. A2shley profile image59
    A2shleyposted 7 years ago

    Cooking is awesome!  I'm not very precise with measurements some times (i.e., too lazy to get the tablespoon out) so baking has always been a challenge for me but I LOVE experimenting...now if only I could get someone to clean the pots smile

  35. myownworld profile image79
    myownworldposted 7 years ago

    o.k. let me see...having to feed two perpetually starving kids...a husband who walks in the door, with that look: so what's for dinner today?...and above all, having to spend time in the kitchen when I could be doing something much more productive with my life, say like posting on hubpages forum!!...hmm....no...not so much! wink

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
      prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      they must love the way you cook because they always waiting for the food, hi myownworld, good day! bless you today!

      1. myownworld profile image79
        myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        hmm....i guess so, u know how tempting those indian curries look..to all EXCEPT the one who cooks them!! lol..if it was up to me, I'd live on salads and sandwiches! wink

        1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
          prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          oh the curries are awesome, yes sometimes you dont like it when youre the one who cooked it,

  36. bearnmom profile image47
    bearnmomposted 7 years ago

    My mother-in-law was the creative one.  She would play with a new recipe from a friend until it was all her own.  It might not turn out right the first time but after working with it a few times it would be a "Try it -- You'll Like it" recipe.  If Nunny was being creative she would always say that when you would ask what she was making.

  37. Mocha Momma profile image60
    Mocha Mommaposted 7 years ago

    I absolutely love to cook, in all forms, if it requires me to handle food, I love to do it.  Food to me is an art, and I can appreciate great food, it must be pleasing to the eye and palate, not the same old thing, and I love refreshing recipes and love trying new things.

    It gives me a great feeling to share my passion for food with those that I love and care about.  My love shows in my food.  It is an open expression of who I am and can be very invigorating and even liberating. 

    I learned much from my grandmother, and her diverse knowledge of various cuisines from around the globe.  Its in my genes to love to nurture and care for others and use unique and well prepared meals as a way to show that. 

    I hope that my little one will feel the same about food.  It truly is an experience that when done right awakens the senses and makes you feel more than alive, it makes you feel LOVE.

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    mtsi1098posted 7 years ago

    I cook on the grill year round - the grill has been relocated to my garage where I can cook all year

  39. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 7 years ago

    I just HATE cooking... can do with a kettle, a microwave (thank you genius who invented it) and a fridge, anything else I have in the kitchen is just for the sake of having it smile

  40. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image91
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 7 years ago

    I love cooking. I made some vegan banana bread last weekend.

 
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