Hi I'm Edye. Thanks Nick for your warm welcome to Cheftalk. I look forward getting to chat with some of you. I am just a home cook who loves to entertain friends. Always wanting to start my own business, I've decided to go into making food for the masses! So, here I am making new friends, asking questions, wanting to learn, and reaching out to others for advice when needed! This is going to be some ride! Wish me luck!
Hi, I'm new too!
Hello Edye! Welcome to Chef Talk. It sounds like you're about to make a big step, from home entertaining to cooking for crowds. It's a good thing you found us! You're going to want to do a lot of reading here, perhaps starting in the Culinary Students' forum. You'll be happy to know that all forums are open to us home cooks to peruse, but we must consider all of the professional forums as "read only", and not post there. All questions must be posted in the General Forums, where they'll be given the attention they require.
Fortunately, there's a good search tool here, because we have great cooking articles you'll want to take a look at as well. Then there are the reviews of cooking equipment and cookbooks; the photo galleries; the archives of special guest conversations and the best collection of members you could hope to find anywhere. I can't tell you how many times I've come here looking for a dinner idea, and come away with a recipe from someone's kitchen halfway around the world. I hope you enjoy being part of this community, and that you visit often to share, learn and participate here.'
What direction are you hoping to take in the culinary world? Good luck with your endeavors.
Thank you for your help and for reaching out to me. I'm so glad to have stumbled onto this site. Everyone seems so welcoming! Really this is great!
I think I should clarify what I'm doing. I'm not really cooking for the masses I'm packaging pasta- hopefully for the masses! It's actually quite different then what is out there now and I'm very excited about it..... and there is so much more to do, it still feels quite a long time away. Yet, my target date is mid September. So any suggestions and moral support is quite welcome! And you? What do you do?
Edye, I'm a retired teacher/reading specialist. I taught at all grade levels for 30 years, mostly middle school students. Fourteen of those years were with students who had physical disabilities.
I've been cooking since childhood. My mom and grandmother were excellent home cooks, and I learned a lot from them. My mom was especially adventurous for her generation, I think. No canned soup casseroles for us! We were eating homemade Greek, Puerto Rican and Chinese dishes in our house in the Midwest in the early '60s when a lot of my friends were eating meals from boxes and cans. (My heritage is Eastern European Jewish.) I didn't bake a lot, but in recent years I've tried to do more of it. Somehow I got into baking rugelach, and briefly baked them for a deli here in town, although I still do for family and friends. Mostly I make cookies and have gotten interested a bit in making pies as well. I tinkered with bread a bit but it doesn't seem to like me! I guess I'm primarily a savory cook though. I've been a member here at Chef Talk almost from its beginning and I can't tell you how much I've learned here. The greatest gift has been how much confidence I've gotten to go ahead and try things, but also I've gotten affirmation for what I know as a home cook. It's the culture here that makes it possible for a professional chef to compliment a home cook like that.
Thank you for writing. I think I'm going to really like this website....
So you like to make rugelach! I love it and my mothers... yes, I'm Jewish as well. I have a good friend who has a company on the east coast making rugelach and does quite well. Why did you stop baking them for the deli? Was it because of restrictions? Where are you located?
As for me, I just like to cook, pretty much everything / anything but right now it's only about pasta and learning how to dry it in the home!
I'm glad this site provides support. I need it!