I'm a home cook; I've never had any training I've paid for (not with money, anyway :D). When I make dishes I learned to cook from Mom, my grandmother. It's food a person would make in his/her own home and not as part of a business. It's cooking for daily sustenance.
Gourmet to me is tasting food purely for the enjoyment of the food- as an adventure or sensory experience, such as the time I had gnocchi with white truffled shaved on them. It was purely a food adventure for me. Now if your mom made her gnocchi with shavings from a cue-ball sized white truffle as a typical weeknight dish, that'd be homestyle to you I suppose! :eek:
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