(Closed) NWR: Lots of Questions for those who Cook!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: Do you enjoy cooking?
    Yes, I could spend all day cooking : (52 votes)
    65 %
    Meh, I do it to get by : (22 votes)
    28 %
    No way, I love take-out : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    1. I learned to cook from my Mom and from other people I know who like to cook. Mr. LK taught me how to make a bechamel sauce (wicked easy, ps).

    2. Epicurious.com is a great recipe resource. And the best cookbook ever is the Weber Real Grilling Cookbook.

    3. Most dinners take 30-45 minutes. We only do 1+ hour recipes on the weekend. This weekend we are tackling a 4 cheese risotto recipe. I hope it turns out as yummy as my mouth wants it to be!

    5. I guess it depends on what you mean by convenience/packaged food. I don;’t make my own pasta, so all pasta meals involve a packaged food. I am not above blue box mac n cheese as a side dish with slow cooker bbq ribs or a lipton noodle package mix with some grilled chicken. I guess i’m a mix and match cook. LOL

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper

    1) By trial and error and a great cookbook.

    2) Better Homes & Gardens Complete Step By Step Cookbook @1978 (but still in print and the best I’ve found)

    3) Depends on what it is, but usually way under an hour to make it and to the table in maybe another hour? I get started at 3, and we eat between 5-5:30 now that I’m home.

    4) Almost no convenience foods at all.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Hmm… I learned to cook because I had to. I just practiced practiced practiced. Though the people who ate my first pancakes have never eaten pancakes again (I was 8).

     My mennonite neighbor is the best source for recipes and she gives them out freely. Her food is fabulous. She is sabotaging my diet. Very very mean. Just kidding (sorta)! Her church does sell a cookbook of fab recipes.

    I cook twice a week (multiple meals) and it takes me about fout hours total. In the summer I hate the heat and it is easier to reheat stuff.

    I am not sure what you mean by convenient packaged food. Some recipes call for jello or coolwhip or frozen berries or frozen veggies, sometimes canned cream of mushroom soup?

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I actually really like to cook, but after a full day of work and college on top of that, rarely do I have the energy to make a gorgeous, complicated meal.

    Some of our staples are:

    Sunday Roast

    Enchiladas and Spanish Rice

    Pastas (seriously, so easy) and lasagna

    Steaks

    BBQ chicken

    Pork chops

    Tacos and tostadas

    Breakfast for dinner (waffles, french toast, eggs, sausages)

    French Dip sandwiches

    Stroganoff

     

    Sides:

    Corn/green beans/ broccoli/ asparagus

    mashed potatoes and gravy

    rolls/garlic bread

    chips

    caesar salad (I have a fabulous recipe that Darling Husband can’t get enough of. Message me if you want recipes for any of that, it’s all so easy!)

    I learned growing up- my mom worked a lot so I cooked quite a bit for my family. Also, when we got married I got really experimental. You can find recipes online.

    Good luck!

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    1.  How’d you learn to cook? From my mom and from cooking shows.

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes? I love food blogs, such as Smitten Kitchen, magazines, and traditional food websites like bhg.com (better homes and gardens).

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner? Less than an hour during the week. On weekends, we usually eat out or make a more involved dinner together.

    4.  What percentage of your meals have conveince/packaged foods in them? I use dried pasta, canned beans, frozen vegetables, bagged salad, etc. but very rarely use packaged dinners like mac and cheese from a box or frozen “heat and serve” dinners. I never use jarred sauces.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    1. I pretty much taught myself after I moved in with my Boyfriend or Best Friend (DH now). In college, I relied on ready-made frozen food from Trader Joe’s, mac’n’cheese, and sandwiches.

    2. Some of my favorite sites for recipes includes allrecipes.com, smittenkitchen.com, skinnytaste.com, 101cookbooks.com. I don’t really find any of my recipes in cookbooks, although I do own quite a few!

    3. Honestly, with all of the prepping of vegetables, slicing and dicing…usually around 30 minutes to 1 hour. But my husband grills a lot, so I prep side dishes, salads, etc. That usually doesn’t take as long.

    4. I don’t really use packaged food. But sometimes we do use microwaveable brown rice or lentils from Trader Joe’s.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee

    1.  How’d you learn to cook?

    My parents are both excellent cooks and we would always be in the kitchen before dinner watching our parents prepare and cook dinner. You pick things up as a child just by observing.  I started cooking when I moved out at the age of 18 and I watched ALOT OF THE FOOD NETWORK. lol It’s a great source to learn technique’s and quick tips.

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes?

    My favorite cookbook is actually the Betty Crocker cook book. I believe that this should be every first time cooks first cook book. I know I know it’s so simple, but really you can learn all of your basics from this cook book.  Once you’ve mastered a couple of recipes from the Betty Crocker cook book you can go on to the more gourmet cook books. I’m a great cook and I really enjoy Nigella Lawson’s recipes.  I also cook alot of healthfood and the http://www.eatingwell.com website provides some great recipes that are healthy and within portion ranges.

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner?

    It depends what I’m making, but on average probably 1 hour 30 minutes. That’s to prepare, cook and plate.

    4.  What percentage of your meals have conveince/packaged foods in them? 

    I don’t make my own pasta I buy it in the box. (I do have a kitchen aid, but I don’t have the attachment yet. I will get it though).  A majority of the time I cook fresh.

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    1.  How’d you learn to cook? From my mom and just practicing

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes? Allrecipes.com and my Betty Crocker cook book

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner? Depends on what it is, anywhere from 15 min to 3 hrs

    4.  What percentage of your meals have conveince/packaged foods in them? quite a few not everything can be homemade

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I personally love cooking!

    1. I learned to cook growing up (mostly baking) and experimenting with recipees and watching Darling Husband cook the last few years.

    2. My fav cook book is probably The Joy of Cooking or Better Homes and Gdns.  Both very good classics.  Everything from easy to challenging.  Very comprenhsive and has everything you need.  The joy of cooking is more expensive.  Also my #2 place to get recipes and ideas are food blogs.  LOVE THEM!

    3.  I’d say an average weeknight meal about 35 mins.  Weeknights I’ll make a pasta dish or rice and veggies or chili or veggie burger sandwiches or breakfast for dinner or something like that.  We get home and eat very late 8-8:30pm.  I have to slice and dice and cook fast or else we’re eating at 9pm and in bed at 10!

    4.  Depends what you consider convience/packaged… if canned or frozen veggies count then 75% but usually be buy lots of fresh stuff like veggies but also staples like boxed dried pasta, bread, frozen stuff, canned veggies, premade pizza dough & such.  We still eat frozen Amys burritos and premade meals sometimes for lunches.  Also we used jared red sauce for eveything!  Pasta, lasagana, homemade pizza, dipping sauce etc.  Its awesome and quick.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m going to toot my horn here and say I’m a pretty good cook. I by far prefer baking, but I’m happy to make anything that tastes yummy.

    1. Where did you learn to cook?

    Mostly by trial and error. My mom wasn’t a great cook, so I didn’t really learn from her (although she did teach me a lot about baking). I learned a bit from my grandma. Really, neccessity will force you to learn what you need to! LOL!

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes?

    I love the “Great food fast” series from Martha Stewart Every Day food. It’s very basic, few ingredients, and unbelievably delicious. It gives good techniques for beginners as well. Online, definitely Allrecipes.com and Skinnytaste.com. Allrecipes has a wealth of information beyond recipes, and I love that the recipes themselves are rated and have loads of feedback from other users. Skinnytaste is yummy, delicious, and simple. We haven’t disliked anything we’ve made from her site.

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner?

    Depends on what I’m making, but usually less than half an hour. If it’s something from Skinnytaste, it can take less than 10 minutes 🙂

    4.  What percentage of your meals have convenience/packaged foods in them?

    Very very very few. I try to go from scratch as much as I can. Sometimes we make our own pasta (that’s a weekend meal). I also try to cook according to what’s in season to get better deals (plus it tastes better!).

     

    My best words of advice would be not to get ahead of yourself and pick something BIG to make your first time. Start with a simple pasta or even burritos. Build your way up. Don’t attempt a risotto or turkey dinner right out of the gate 🙂

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    1.  How’d you learn to cook? Trial and error and Mother-In-Law.

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes? Allrecipes, MIL’s recipes, things my friends and family have tried out and we like so we swap.

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner? Depends. On a weeknight with something off the top of my head, maybe 30 mins to an hour. If I feel like trying something new or following a recipe, I’ll save it for a weekend and take however long until I get it right!

    4.  What percentage of your meals have conveince/packaged foods in them? Depends. DH’s family makes everything from scratch. I swear, his grammy churns her own butter. No joke. So like his mom will make homemade stromboli with homemade dough and home jarred sauce with meat from the butcher shop we raised and killed ourselves. We do buy cheese at least! I’m making chicken pockets tomorrow, and I cheated and bought package crescent rolls. On the whole, I tend to be a more happy medium between store bought and home grown! It just depends on my motivation, and honestly, I’m just not that good a cook yet!

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    1.  How’d you learn to cook? From watching my mom and from reading recipes, watching cooking shows, etc. 

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes? I love Cooking Light Magazine. I also really like Food & Wine’s cookbooks. Ina Garten has amazing, simple recipes that are delish. The internet is also a treasure trove of inspiration–I like epicurious.com and Smitten Kitchen

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner? Anywhere from 20 min to an hour, depending on what I’m making. I would say generally about 30 minutes. 

    4.  What percentage of your meals have conveince/packaged foods in them? Depends what you mean by packaged foods…I don’t make my own breadcrumbs, my own chicken stock, etc. I will always buy fresh fruits and fresh meat/fish, and make main dishes and side dishes from scratch. I do buy things like shredded cheese, prewashed lettuce, and premade pizza dough. If I’m baking though, everything comes from scratch. I don’t do packaged mixes!

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    1.  How’d you learn to cook?
    I sort of just taught myself, but it’s definitely in my genes, so I think I have a predisposed talent for it…my great-grandma, grandma, and mom all cooked amazingly, so it was only natural that I pick up their talent.

    2.  What is your favorite cookbook and/or location for recipes?
    Mostly magazines. Real Simple and Taste of Home: Healthy Cooking are my two favorites.

    3.  How long does it take you to make dinner?
    Anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. I try to keep it short though because I don’t like putting so much effort in for a meal that really only feeds two people for maybe 2 meals. For meals when we have guests over, or for holidays/birthdays/celebrations, I like to spend more time on something.

    4.  What percentage of your meals have conveince/packaged foods in them?
    Aside from things like dried pasta, store-bought bread, frozen veggies, jars of pasta sauce, etc. (which are all “premade” but not necessarily convenience foods IMO)…pretty much none. We keep a small stock of Annie’s mac n cheese and those boxed cook-rice-and-add-flavor-powder for nights when we’re just too lazy/tired/pressed for time to cook a real meal, but that’s not that often. Maybe 1x/month.

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    How did I learn: I pretty much taught myself, also once a week growing up as a teen, I would cook for my family, so I just followed recipies and whipped it up.

    Favorite cookbook/ location for recipe: Most of all my pasta dishes came from “cook yourself thin”  and I have several maranades that I just found randomly online. Others are meals I cooked growing up, or replicas of meals my husband had growing up.

    How long does it take: I am what my husband calls a “slow chef” I don’t like being rushed so typically from start to finish about 30-45mins.

    What meals have packaged food: pretty much the only packaged food I cook with are noodles, bread products, or rice. I make my own sauces for pasta, use fresh meat (not the meat that is pre-cut meat in a bag) I make most of my own meat maranades, if not my go-to maranade is seasoning w/ Italian dressing, and use fresh veggies not canned.    

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