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Can you cook?
SilverWordz at 7:06PM, June 11, 2007
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Can you?

I don't cook much but I've noticed that I'm not a terrible cook. Well at least I like what I make, and my boyfriend says I'm okay at it. At least he's never turned down my cooking so far. :)

How did you learn to cook? I never helped out with the cooking while growing up, so I didn't learn anything there…. And for several years I lived with a previous boyfriend who loved to cook and was really good at it so I never cooked then either. So really the cooking thing is pretty new for me at 28. But I'm enjoying it now, especially the challenge of trying to get a meal out of barely any groceries.

Looking back I wish my mom and dad had made me help with preparing the meals. I can't remember how they made all my favorites growing up, so no more of the home cooking I remember as a child.

If you can cook, what type of foods do you like to prepare? (Any good recipes? ;) )
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Cthulhu at 7:08PM, June 11, 2007
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I have a great recipe for spaggheti, but it's a secret. Also, that is one hard word to spell.

SHUT UP.
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Custard Trout at 7:27PM, June 11, 2007
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I can just about manage, but I have a tendency to misjudge the times so I often end up over or under cooking things. And I've prohibited myself from using chip pans, fire bad.
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fern at 7:32PM, June 11, 2007
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I heart microwaves!
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deleted-byrequest-03 at 7:33PM, June 11, 2007
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Once, was making easy mac macaroni and cheese, but I accidentally put it into the microwave without water… Yeah, when it was done, I opened the microwave to find a huge puff of black smoke… It sucked.

And my answer to you? No. I can't cook.

This year, school's full of BS!!!
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StaceyMontgomery at 7:43PM, June 11, 2007
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I have the directions to making cold cereal written down, and I read them carefully every morning before i make my bowl of cold cereal.

But it comes out OK, mostly, so I guess i can cook.

But toast? forget about it. too many steps.
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Aurora Moon at 7:50PM, June 11, 2007
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Id like to think that I'm very good at cooking.
and my parents when they stay over often says that I'm very good at it too, but that might be just because they're my parents.

one of the easiest dishes to do is to take 3 tsp of butter along with a little bit of peaunt oil into a hot pan, let it melt. then take a fresh salmon (or more than one if you're cooking for groups or somebody else), and put them into the large pan so that it starts frying and stuff.
Frying it sounds unhealthy but if you just only stick with the peaunt oil then it can actually be quite healthy. salting the fish along with other spices of your choice (I like a tiny pinch of garlic powder) can make it taste great too….
just let it cook on both sides until it's golden in that white/pink way.

And then I just get one of those stuff where you can mircowave it.. like that bag of corn, along with the mircowaveable rice…

then tada! you got an supper waitin' for you!
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Aurora Moon at 7:52PM, June 11, 2007
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Once, was making easy mac macaroni and cheese, but I accidentally put it into the microwave without water… Yeah, when it was done, I opened the microwave to find a huge puff of black smoke… It sucked.

And my answer to you? No. I can't cook.

that happened to me with my ramen once. made the apartment smell like smoke for a week. -_-;;
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deleted-byrequest-03 at 7:57PM, June 11, 2007
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Aurora Moon
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Once, was making easy mac macaroni and cheese, but I accidentally put it into the microwave without water… Yeah, when it was done, I opened the microwave to find a huge puff of black smoke… It sucked.

And my answer to you? No. I can't cook.

that happened to me with my ramen once. made the apartment smell like smoke for a week. -_-;;

Ouch. My case wasn't as bad as yours, though. The smoke went away in about an hour.

This year, school's full of BS!!!
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Chelano at 8:10PM, June 11, 2007
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It is either hit or miss with me. I can cook something amazing ….or I kill it. I have Sicilian blood, so it runs in the fam I guess
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kingofsnake at 8:53PM, June 11, 2007
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Hells yes I can. I was a cook for 5 years. I can totally cook.

When I moved into my new apartment I made dinner for all my friends, it was like 12 straight hours of cooking, there were like 5 courses.
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dueeast at 10:39PM, June 11, 2007
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When my mom went back to work, my dad took up cooking on a regular basis. I think that inspired me to take interest and later on, learn to cook also. Now, I cook on a regular basis and have even taken up the ancient art of grilling, to my great satisfaction (and my family's). Since I'm an indoors computer geek the majority of the time, I have learned it's amazing what you can do with a mid-size Foreman grill and just about any meat…

I also have enjoyed the challenge of experimenting with non-dairy cuisine since becoming lactose intolerant several years ago. I make a mean non-dairy chicken stroganoff! (recipe available upon request, PQ me!)

Delightful topic, one of my close to home faves. Thanks for bringing it up!
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Alexis at 11:12PM, June 11, 2007
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I can cook pretty well. I've been a vegeterian for 7 years and a vegan for 4, so I had to learn to make a lot of things for myself. Of course, everything I cook is vegan, so I have no idea how to cook a steak. Most cooking isn't too hard, as long as you follow the recepie. I recommend “How it all Vegan” and “Vegan with a Vengance” as good cook books.
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usedbooks at 11:19PM, June 11, 2007
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I can follow recipes and do most anything necessary. I can feed myself. I have enjoyed cooking entire Thanksgiving dinners. (Roasting poultry and baking cakes are my favorite cooking activities.)

But…

I have started fires on the stove and in the microwave. I have had blenders and can openers activate themselves inches from my face. Our garbage disposal shot a can lid out at me once, barely missing my ear (apparently one of my roommates put the lid in the sink and forgot… same thing with other deadly kitchen ammo…). Oh, and the kitchen cabnets nearly crushed me to death beneath them when they fell from the wall while my roommates were out of town.

In short, my kitchen is trying to kill me. I don't spend much time there if I can avoid it.
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Memmy at 11:41PM, June 11, 2007
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I can cook, but sadly my husband can't. I cook variety of things from time to time such as Eggplant Parmesian, Rosemary Chicken, Chinese Chicken Salad, Caulifour soup, Minnestrone, Beer-battered Halibut (yum!), salmons and some fishes, variety of random reicipes that I decided to try out.

One thing I'm superly good at is making Hot Chocolate. :)

Still, microwaveable, canned soups, take-outs and top ramens is god-send for when I'm lazy. (which is very often)
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Lonnehart at 2:07AM, June 12, 2007
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I'm glad I can cook. Living by myself it's literally a requirement for survival. Ordering takeout or going for fast food every night can be draining on the pocketbook.
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Ryan McLelland at 8:44AM, June 12, 2007
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I love to cook and always cooked because my girlfriend never cooked.

I think I cook well. Everyone always thinks I cook well.

Then she cooks yesterday. And its good. GOOOOOOOD. And I'm very much…WTF?!?!?!!?

All this time I've been cooking and I've been missing out on HER cooking???

I was mad! And told her all she gets from now on is frozen pizza….
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SilverWordz at 8:48AM, June 12, 2007
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I think we've all had those crazy microwave accidents sometimes. Or even the non microwave accidents. Sometimes I'll start something, then get engrossed in something else and lose track of time…. That's usually a disaster. :D

You're right dueeast, those little grills are handy. I'll have to pm you too, chicken stroganoff sounds awesome.

A couple other gadgets I've gotten recently that I use a lot are a waffle iron (god bless waffles), a pasta maker (kinda a huge process but fresh pasta is awesome), and my absolute favorite, a quesadilla maker. That thing is awesome. Tortillas, cheese, some chicken or steak, three minutes later, pure joy. Or mix it up and add cheese, pepperoni, some black olives…. or for dessert some apple pie filling…

Yeah I love that thing.

I know the feeling too, Memmy. Easy stuff is still great for lazy days. And since my bf also can't or doesn't cook, I don't feel like cooking every day. He means well, and he cooks a mean ramen, makes a great turkey sandwich, and can handle himself at the quesadilla maker, but so far that's about it. :)

Lonnehart - Agreed there as well. I'm beginning to appreciate cooking in all the more because I'm so dirt poor at the moment. So I make breakfast, pack a lunch and cook dinner for myself. Trying to limit eating out (even fast food) to once a month if I can afford it then. Though thankfully Taco Bell is so cheap. Not great for being on a diet though.
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SilverWordz at 8:51AM, June 12, 2007
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I love to cook and always cooked because my girlfriend never cooked.

I think I cook well. Everyone always thinks I cook well.

Then she cooks yesterday. And its good. GOOOOOOOD. And I'm very much…WTF?!?!?!!?

All this time I've been cooking and I've been missing out on HER cooking???

I was mad! And told her all she gets from now on is frozen pizza….


Hahaha!

Maybe since her cooking got such a good reaction she'll be willing to cook more often.

Anytime someone compliments my cooking, I'm eager to cook again. :)
I've found too that I used to tell everyone I couldn't cook at all, but in reality I just didn't cook a lot. But I still had one or two recipes that I did pretty good.
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LIZARD_B1TE at 8:52AM, June 12, 2007
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My cooking talents extend to TV Dinners and Scrambled Eggs.
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Kohdok at 9:15AM, June 12, 2007
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I'm pretty good, as I am the one who cooks the most at my house.

As for Salmon, like Aurora Moon said, I like to broil them with a teriyaki marinade with pineapple juice and slices of pineapple. It is to die for and smells great!

When I sear fish, like you said, I tend to use Olive oil instead. It tastes so much better and is still about as good for you.
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kyupol at 9:15AM, June 12, 2007
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I'm a good cook.

I specialize in cooking hamburgers and using the microwave.
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Tyrapendragon at 11:05AM, June 12, 2007
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I didn't help my Mom with cooking very much growing up. Mainly because she worked the whole time and when she did cook she didn't have the time to have a kid helping her.

I did get to help my Grandma when I visited her and I always enjoyed it.

I really started cooking when I moved to South Korea to teach English for two years. If I wanted to eat something from home, I had to make it myself. Beacause my roommate was vegetarian, I didn't cook much meat and now even though I'm not a vegetarian, I tend to cook mostly withou meat. I do make chicken dishes at home occasionaly.

My favorite cookbook is the “Moosewood LowFat Cookbook.” I make stuff from it almost every week.

Some of the things I make a lot are:

Potato and Spinach Soup
Harira(an african soup with carrots, celery, chickpeas, potatoes, cinamon, cayanne, ginger, and tumeric)
Giambatta(Itallian Rattouiie)
Thai Fried Rice
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that kid yellow at 11:55AM, June 12, 2007
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im lucky that my girl does all the cook n
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AQua_ng at 12:09PM, June 12, 2007
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The best I can do is instant ramen with an egg and a sausage.

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bongotezz at 1:52PM, June 12, 2007
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spicy chicken

what you need: chicken breast, pepper, open pit BBQ sauce
1) take the skin off the chicken breast and throw it out. dont eat it raw. it's bad for you.
2) coat the chicken with a layer of pepper.
3) Pour the open pit BBQ (you can try other brands but this one works the best for me) over the chicken.
4) microwave on high for 5-6 minutes (this is what makes the BBQ spicy. I'm not sure why it's more spicy after you nuke it but it is. i found it out on accident when all i had was frozen chicken so i nuked it.)
5) cook the chicken at 350 for 1 hour.
6) after the chicken is cooked there will be BBQ chicken juice in the pan. put some in a little bowl and ad some more BBQ if the sauce is too thin.
7) dip the chicken in the BBQ chicken juice and eat.

you can make a side of rice and use the chicken juice as flavoring for the rice. i make this all the time.
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wyldflowa at 3:19PM, June 12, 2007
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I'm not an amazing cook but I'm certainly not awful either. I've never had any kitchen disasters (touch wood) - about the worst thing I've done is give myself salmonella but that wasn't due to my cooking it was my crappy fridges fault for not being cold enough. ;_; I've smashed a few things and I often burn myself but I've never started a proper fire or anything… O_O

You know those cook in sauces that mean you just have to cook the meat then pour the stuff in and leave it? They mean you can make curry or sweet and sour or garlic chicken stuff by just opening a jar! They're like… my godsend. XD


My brother's ex girlfriend managed to burn rice one. No joke. ‘_’
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Priceman at 5:55PM, June 12, 2007
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My dad taught me that chicks love guys that can cook.


…..I started learning immediately.
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maritalbliss at 7:05PM, June 12, 2007
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I can cook. I mean really cook. (I'm writing a cookbook right now!) I think it's one of the main reasons Ethan married me. Ethan can cook pancakes from scratch. I can cook anything but pancakes, so it works out well. If you go to our “about” page (from our comics site) in itty bitty print, in the “copyright” statement it brags of my cooking prowess.

And I despise Rachel Ray! She's like my Belloq!
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Deviant Lynx at 5:53AM, June 13, 2007
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I can cook, extremely well. Mostly from scratch from cakes to icecream. I got it from my grandmother who was taught by her father who was taught by his great uncle. I come from a 3generation of pastery chefs from his side. Oh gods lemon meringue pie!!!! I can cook other things, especially seafood…mmm ever since I got me a wok. :3

But that lemon meringue pie….I'm gonna make one now.

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