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The Best Things About Being a Good Cook

Poll Results: The Best Thing About Being A Good Cook

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 25% of voters (15)
    Feeding loved ones
  • 12% of voters (7)
    Amazing friends
  • 27% of voters (16)
    Creative outlet
  • 13% of voters (8)
    Other people do the dishes
  • 20% of voters (12)
    The grub
58 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

So?  What do you think?

 

BDL

post #2 of 21

Having people, mainly family, find they really enjoy what they thought they hated.

Chef,
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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Chef,
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post #3 of 21

Honestly, I was looking for an additional choice called, "Being able to take whatever weird scraps are left in the cupboard or the back of the 'fridge at the end of the paycheck and making something reasonable from them".

 

I'd never presume to call myself a good cook,

 

Doug

post #4 of 21

   BDL, really?  

 

You are much more than just a good cook!

 

 

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(I voted ;) )

Dan

post #5 of 21

The joy of non work cooking is feeding family and friends and seeing them happy!

post #6 of 21

hmmm.....a combination of all the above on any given day.  Kinda cool to make a couple of apple pies sans recipes with nephew and the table of extended family raving about the pies wanting recipes....???? we got no stinkin' recipes.....here's what we put into it, did not measure so good luck with that.

 

Moving fast, creating on the run.....that's a good time.....being able to make many dishes in a short amount of time creating the ooooo ahhhh factor.....though I'd do  it without the outside pat on the head.

 

other people doing dishes is pretty awesome too.....though that rarely works.

 

well and good food, isn't that a btm line item......that's taken for granted.

 

cooking with all your senses.....
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cooking with all your senses.....
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post #7 of 21

Pretty much all of the above for me. I love whipping up pancakes for kids on a moment's notice... they get very excited. But most of all I love it when someone says they haven't had X in ages. I pretty much drop everything to hit the store immediately.

 

Lately people have been challenging me in the kitchen and I've been throwing parties to showcase whatever it is I've experimented with. It's given me quite the reputation. 

post #8 of 21

+15! (Although you could almost put this under the "amaze your friends" area -- "um, I thought we didn't have anything in the house, so where did all this come from?" "Ta-da!")
 

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Honestly, I was looking for an additional choice called, "Being able to take whatever weird scraps are left in the cupboard or the back of the 'fridge at the end of the paycheck and making something reasonable from them".

 

I'd never presume to call myself a good cook,

 

Doug



 

post #9 of 21

Really the idea of anybody loving my food.  When someone tries your food for the first time, take one taste of it. Their eyes widen a bit, they sigh, shake their head in disbelief, mutter "oh my god...!" and you know that's the best damn <insert specific food here> they have ever had.  I was not a popular kid growing up.  One of my first memories of grade school was of a fist fight that broke out because two boys didn't want to have to sit in the desk next time mine, and they actually fought over the only other desk available.  And I never became much more popular than that. But when people eat my food, that outcasted kid may as well never existed. When people eat my food I am the man, attractive, even a person or two's personal f'ing hero.

 

 


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+15! (Although you could almost put this under the "amaze your friends" area -- "um, I thought we didn't have anything in the house, so where did all this come from?" "Ta-da!")

 

I've pulled this off a few times. My room mates were all staring a fridge with almost nothing in it. a half hour later they're like "wtf is that?!" "risotto!" I reply. "F*%#king Macgyver..." they sigh, still in disbelief that I can make food they consider "fancy" when it seemed like there was "nothing to eat."

post #10 of 21

All of the above.  But i'd say I learned to cook first of all because I love food, and YOU CAN ALWAYS EAT WELL IF YOU KNOW HOW TO COOK WELL.   Only after learning to cook did i realize the other advantages, the look in people's eyes, etc. 

 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #11 of 21

I voted for the creative outlet, however all of the above apply to me.  I think more than creativity I love honing in on my technique.  There are many times that I refuse to eat my own dish simply because of a little mistake like slightly overcooking the pasta.  It ruins my whole mood and I have a hard time forgiving myself for it.  I make notes on all my recipes - I write down the date that I made it and what changes I would make the next time.  I'm not planning on entering any competitions, working in a restaurant or as a caterer, and I'm not even interested in learning everything there is to know about cooking.  Some techniques do not interest me in the slightest like sous vide.  I just want to cook the food I like better and better each time.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

Koukouvagia:  I feel you and feel your pain.  It's time for a re-evaluation and to accept that you're a very good cook.  Very good cooks make "inattention" mistakes, and they're still very good.  Don't be so hard on yourself.  These things happen.  You'll be an even better cook when you let go of the internal pressure.  No one's going hungry, and no one must eat poorly.  I've always consoled myself that no matter how badly I screw up, there's always KFC. 

 

For everyone who has yet to vote:  It's a multiple choice poll, you may vote in as many categories as you like.

 

BDL

 

post #13 of 21

KK: Yeah, what BDL said!!!

 

Don't forget Julia Child's immortal advice: Don't be afraid. You can always eat your mistakes.

They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #14 of 21

Yes, I agree with julia child, and I am not nearly so particular.  So the pasta is not al dente - i eat it anyway -the sauce is usually enough to compensate. Though for a question of pride i'll be very apologetic if guests are here and i make some mistake and something doesn't come as it should. 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by KYHeirloomer View Post

KK: Yeah, what BDL said!!!

 

Don't forget Julia Child's immortal advice: Don't be afraid. You can always eat your mistakes.



Thanks all for the encouragement.  I wish I strived for this kind of perfectionism in my real job hehe!  It seems most of my mistakes happen when I toot my own horn.  Case in point, I invited some friends for brunch a couple of weeks ago saying "I make the best home fries!" and then I burned them.  Shrug.
 

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #16 of 21

I just love those initial steps of planning a dinner/event, and slowly, creatively, advancing it.  Sometimes collaborating, sometimes steering, always thinking broadly.  And when it comes to planning the food and tying everything together...BLAM!  Just an awesome feeling to create like that...and it is a gift--not everyone is able to do (or love) the behind-the-curtain work.  But I love it.  All of it.  The creativity, the questions and help from friends, opening up my home for my family and loved ones, packing up food for people to take home, coaching others through their own adventures.  I do like cooking alone sometimes--but the experience is shared it becomes so much more for me.

 

Football games, holiday gatherings, dinner parties, backyard BBQs, kids birthday parties, family events--BRING 'EM ON!

 

So...the best things about being a cook...to me, definitely the creative outlet, but also the friendships and fellowships that my time in the kitchen...provides a seasoning for.

 

But I still do wind up doing the dishes, usually.  Guess I need to work on that one.  :)

post #17 of 21

color me for not paying attention, but i did  finally get to vote ..i voted in all categories plus one more..i can do it for a living, and as income....

i can/have and will continue to always have work...i can always make a living....somewhere...anywhere...both important and special...

i figured out at a very young age that work in the kitchen always had two constants.... you would always be warm and you would always be fed!...equally important and special....

....that and i'm really good at what i do....plus i soo care about the food... the fact that people want to give me lots of money for my food still blows me away sometimes....who gets the better deal here? hard to say...me for being able to channel my creativity, my essence?....it's quite personal really...or is it the customer/friend who always gets something so personal and completely unique and special?...symbiotic relationship for sure...as far as mistakes...i love that they're edible!!!! what other career can you have your cake and eat it too?!!!!

joey

 

 

food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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post #18 of 21

decorated with sprinkles too boot!

cooking with all your senses.....
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cooking with all your senses.....
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post #19 of 21

 bdl,

what you got to say?

joey

food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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post #20 of 21

As much as I respect Julia and her legacy, I have to humbly disagree. She never had to eat my early attempts at Indian food!

 

Doug
 

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KK: Yeah, what BDL said!!!

 

Don't forget Julia Child's immortal advice: Don't be afraid. You can always eat your mistakes.



 

post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 

I eat well, don't do many dishes.  I love to feed the people I love to feed, and they seem to enjoy it.  My friends aren't amazed anymore, but they still show up for the grub and at their homes, I still get invited into the kitchen.  I get to buy all kinds of fun, cooking-hobby stuff; get to hang with you guys, which is fun.  People who really know how to cook ask me to kibitz. 

 

Those are some of the highlights.  What's not to like, besides cleaning the barbecue?

 

BDL

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