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Hi, my name is Stefanie, and I am a self taught cook. I have been cooking since I was 10 (experimenting and creating concoctions as my mother put it). I learned by watching all the cooking shows I could find. I am a self confessed cooking show junkie.

My boyfriend did a programs watched summary on our TV a couple of years ago, and Food Network scored a whopping 80%. He made fun of me for a week, but I never heard him complain when he ate all the yummy food I made him : )

I cooked all the meals for my family since I was about 14. The first 3 months I was in college, my parents ate nothing but take-out and prepackaged foods (I thought my mom was kidding, but when I came home for Thanksgiving, the cupboards were bare, the freezer was packed with TV dinners, and the take-out menu were displayed like magazines on the coffee table).

I love going to restaurants and recreating those meals at home. Thought about going to culinary school and becoming a chef, but didn't like the idea of being yelled at, on my feet for 12 hours a day in the heat of the kitchen. I get major satisfaction out of seeing the look on my friends' and family's faces when they bite into something tasty. Never thought I would get that in a restaurant.

Anyway- really glad to be here and ready to get started posting.
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Welcome to the board.

so what are some of your favorite shows? Have you taught yourself any other way? Read any good books?
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I like to watch Rachael Ray and Ellie Krieger mostly.

I learned through watching cooking shows and experimenting on my own. Not really into cookbooks. Like Rachael, I am not a recipe kind of person. It must be the Italian in me- I cook through feel- the look of the food, the taste, the smell. I will take a recipe I saw made on a show and try to recreate it "my way" by changing around some of the ingredients or cooking methods. Like I said in my first post, I like to recreate dishes I have in restaurants at home. I grew up in Queens and when I moved to upstate NY, I missed my favorite Italian restaurant, so I recreated my favorite dish (a shrimp and pasta dish with tomatoes and feta cheese and a cheese and breadcrumb topping). I get to eat it whenever I miss my former home. It is more affordable and I get to control the amount of fat and salt and quality of ingredients.

I don't bake that much because I hate measuring and following recipes verbatim. I have become more of a baker in the last year, though. I went as far as making 4 different kinds of Christmas cookies (from scratch) for my Aunt's party last Christmas Eve. She is the ultimate baker in my family, so her telling me the cookies were all delicious was the greatest compliment I could have received. For a friend's party over the summer, I made chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing and cannoli filled cupcakes- which everyone adored. My friend's brother went as far as telling my boyfriend that he was stealing me away so I could make the cupcakes for him everyday : ) I like all areas of my cooking to be the best they can be, so I have given in and begun baking.

Cooking is my greatest passion and I enjoy it more than almost any other thing. (knitting is a close second : ))
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Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the board,

A self taught cook? wow that would be hard. I look up to you as I am trying to do the same
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stefcap, I could have sworn I'd extended my welcome to you! In spite of my tardiness, we hope you enjoy exploring the site, visiting and participating often.

Welcome! :bounce:
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