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   Posted 5/29/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
How's everyone doing this weekend? I have a question for you that involves everyone. Are you fond of cooking? Do you enjoy the process of making meals or maybe you like to bake. Or would you prefer to let someone else do the cooking because it's just not something you enjoy? Whatever way we go about it we all have to find sustenance and someone has to prepare it.

Often on weekends we're so busy that finding time to cook can be a challenge. And I'm not someone who buys fast food or quick fix things. Ya, I'm one of those old fashion girls who mostly cooks from scratch. In the winter when the wood stove is going I often put a pot of soup or stew on there to simmer away most of the day. Wow, that's good and the entire house smells wonderful.

But no matter....I do love to cook! Sure there are times I just don't feel like it, but for the most part it's an enjoyable part of my day. I especially love baking bread and most things that involve flour. And don't even get me started on cookie recipes. shocked smilewinkgrin I love it when hubby joins me in the kitchen to help. He's not a gourmet cook or anything...he was a bachelor until I married him at age 43! But he's a pro at bachelor food. <shudder> skull

But what I want to know YOU enjoy cooking? What types are your favorites to make?... main dish, dessert, salads, soups, BBQ? Fast to fix or all day meals? What's your favorite?

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   Posted 5/30/2010 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I love to cook. But my husband cooks a lot. He is a really good cook. He use to work in a deli and cater food. So he knows a lot of tricks to making things appealing.

I do cook more than I was. But in my first marriage, I was up at 3:30 every morning preparing breakfast and lunch for my husband and then had supper on the table when he got home from work. So this is like a vacation for me. I use to grind coffee from beans every morning with an old grinder that is over 100 years old. Talk about fresh coffee. And a sore arm. lol...

Good topic Chutz as usual. I don't know how you keep coming up with something interesting every day. But you do and it is a blessing to the forum.

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   Posted 5/30/2010 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I love to cook!!  I also cook from scratch but I really dislike to bake.  I am not one to measure when I cook and measuring is a must when one bakes.  Spaghetti sauce made from tomatoes that I canned last summer with spices that I grew is very satisfying.
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   Posted 5/30/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I love the IDEA of cooking and baking, but the reality is, I don't like doing it. Why, I don't know. I've always been interested in nutrition (probably because I've been trying to feel better since I was about 15!) So we eat a lot of real simple meals, with minimal cooking. Quite a feat, when I'm a vegetarian, and now gluten-free, and my hubby's not. :)
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   Posted 5/30/2010 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have my own herbs too that grow out in the yard. I love making spaghetti sauce from scratch and lazagna. Especially in the summer when I can cut the fresh oregano and thyme. This year I am going to grow sage and basil. Also get a rosemary plant. Just got to start. lol...

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   Posted 5/30/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, great topic. I like to cook healthy stuff. about a year ago I became addicted to the food network. I started watching it while I was on the elliptical machine. Now, some of those chefs do not cook healthy. Think Paula Deen and all her butter. But some of them cook really good stuff. I download their recipes and try them. I ask my husband if the recipe is a "keeper" or not. We have had some great meals. I do like to use my slow cooker and my bread machine a lot. Tonight I might make stuffed zucchini.
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   Posted 5/30/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Long ago and far away--I loved to cook and bake.  That was then and this is now!  I have studied nutrition since I was in my 20's and have always been interested in good food and eating healthy.  Consequently what cooking I do is from scratch and I'm also gluten free and my husband is not.  My husband doesn't cook unless you count peanut butter sandwiches or opening a can of tomato soup as cooking.  Getting dinner is a chore, a necessary evil if you will but I do want to eat and I want to eat something GOOD.  So I trudge thru the preparation but I don't enjoy it.  Fibro has taken so much--the unrelenting fatigue is the pits!  When I have better days I will try to prepare a new recipe but for the most part, I have variety but the same old variety! 

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   Posted 5/30/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to enjoy cooking, but anymore, I really dislike it. I have never been much at cooking lunches, it has usually been supper. Now, I am usually so tired by evening, I really don't care. Not to mention, it really hurts my back and hips to stand for very long. I am so short, if I try to do it setting down, I end up reaching up a bit, and this bothers my arms, shoulders, and upper back. This seems to be a problem no matter how tall the chair or stool is that I sit on. So, I try to choose what is nutritious, but as easy as possible. I sometimes use the crockpot, electric skillet, or bread machine as much as possible. I usually do soups, stews, or chicken dishes if I cook.

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   Posted 5/30/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to when I was married but I don't anymore shakehead That's why God invented Diners yeah

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   Posted 5/30/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What's cooking? Just kidding...seems like I don't do it very often these days. In the
Summer, we eat alot of healthy salads. My appetite is alot smaller in the heat and
because of it I've been shedding a few lbs.
When I do actually cook, I like creating recipes, mainly using chicken breasts.
I still bake a batch of brownies each week... a girl needs her chocolate. :-)
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   Posted 5/30/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Great Topic! How did you know I would try to refind the site after making something to eat?
Why? Because I was in sooo much pain.
I love to cook & bake. But I find lately by the time I am done cooking I am almost in tears.
I would love tips from others on how to make the task easier.
Eventually I will be moving to make my life easier.
I need to get rid of all the stairs for starters.
Oh and the washer needs to be were I will be definetly not in the basement.
But what about the kitchen? What works for others?
I'm seriously thinking of planning ahead with lower sinks and counters.
My son does carpentry so when it is time he will set me up with what I need.
I would appreciate any ideas you have.
As far as what I like to cook... anything that will bring the kids home for a visit.
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   Posted 5/30/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   

We had a thread a while back on tips for doing things easy. Especially cooking, but we could start another one since there are new members now. But I use the slow cooker whenever possible. I like to bake too. Salads in the summer really helps.

I am sure that there are others who would like to give you some tips also. If you would like to start a thread on this. Just click on New Topic at the top of the page and go from there.

I hope that you are having a good day.

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