Who Taught You How to Cook?

United States
August 26, 2007 10:40am CST
Most people will say it was their mother who taught them how to cook. I recall a couple of times when I was near the kitchen my mother would call me in to advise me on how to do something. Strangely, the only thing I remember was how to singe the hairs of a chicken. I started learning how to cook when I was in the 7th grade. Back then there were home economics classes that were required of only the females to take. I learned most everything I know about cooking due to these classes. I took them through 10th grade in school. My grandmother often gave me tips and hints on how to make her favorite dishes. I learned how to make pork chop gravy from her teaching me over the phone. It took me a few tries before I finally perfected it. I had to toss out a few skillets of lumpy, too thick gravy. When I finally perfected it, I called my Gram up to let her know. She was so proud. She said, "I knew you could do it!" With my own children, I always let them be a part of the kitchen. They were always hovering around me watching and sometimes helping. They were allowed to come in one at a time when I was making something that required hot oil such as doughnuts or when I was making homemade candy. Safety was more important than teaching. Who taught you to cook? What are your most fond memories?
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• Portugal
26 Aug 07
it was mostly my mom who taught me how to cook the most simple things but when i was younger i liked to watch those cooking TV shows and i got some great tips from them too! then i watched my aunts cook and i still learned a little bit more... i guess its a continuous learning process u learn something from here and there and u mix the knowledge all together to make a dream cooked meal!
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• United States
26 Aug 07
The learning process never ends. I too watch the cooking shows. My favorites are Paula Deen, Alton Brown, and Tyler Florence of Food TV. I have made several of their recipes and my family has been delighted with them.
• Portugal
26 Aug 07
oh yeah i know love those shows but right now im into the jamie oliver's show! the guy is British and he is making a hell of a good job making British eat healthier! he even got a different program for the lunch at schools!! and i just love his energy of course theres a lot of funny cook out there that just make u enjoy cooking ! they play it fun! makes me wanna get out of the couch and go do that myself!
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• United States
26 Aug 07
I was just thinking about his show. I haven't seen it in a long time. He made some great dishes.
26 Aug 07
It was definately not my Mum who taught me how to cook as she couldn't cook at all. The only thing she was any good at was the sunday roast (verygood). As for anything else she was useless, yet her Mum was a professional Cook at a large company in the City. I taught myself how to cook. I can remember the days when Mum and Dad used to go out and leave me in with my brother and I would dive into the kitchen and start cooking. Our favourite was dropped scones.
• United States
26 Aug 07
I would also wait for my mother to leave the house so I could bake pies, cookies or cakes.
• United States
26 Aug 07
my mom started but she is a bland cook, my husband is from syria and is an excellent cook so he refined me. But truthfully watvching the food network really made me a better cook all around.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
26 Aug 07
My mom tried to teach me how to cook. I always kept her company in the kitchen, and she would let me stir the cake batter or roll out the pie dough. When I was a little older though, when I would have really learned from her, we moved to Chicago where my parents owned a bar, and ran it full time. My mom didn't have much time to cook anymore, and we ordered out for food most of the time. When I first got married, my husband and I lived with my inlaws. It was my dear mother in law who really taught me how to cook. She put three meals on the table every day, and made snacks at night, and so many pies and cookies she should have opened a bakery. Too bad I never learned how to make pie crust like hers. She's the best cook I've ever known.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Aug 07
I learned mostly from my mother and my maternal grandmother and also from my dad who was an Army cook. My mom taught me how to make cookies (mostly peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cakes), pies especially lemon meringue pie (she used Sheriffs) and cakes, and my dad, how to make stuffed green peppers and cabbage rolls. My dad did make a green tomato pie once because it was a cool reason and there were so many tomatoes we did not know what to do with them. My grandmother taught me how to make trifle. She also taught me how to make custard, and marinated salad. I did go to home economics and I learned a few dishes there, but I was way ahead because of my helping in the kitchen. I remember before Christmas, around November, we would make the Christmas cake, and take turns pouring in the fruit and mixing it into the batter and then getting out the cans with the brown paper and putting them into the oven.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
26 Aug 07
well my mother taught me alot when i was younger,and then i just learned on my own by just experimenting and coming up with different ways of cooking.also i love to watch some of the cooking shows to get some good tips.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
I have gotten a lot of good tips and ideas from the cooking shows. We have new dishes that I enjoy cooking.
• United States
26 Aug 07
i just got new dishes too,they are so nice and makes me cook more.but i hate cleaning the stainless steel though.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Stainless steel is the most durable cookware I have known. You can burn it and with a little elbow grease and a scouring pad it comes clean. I have had non-stick cookware that has been replaced over and over again. The stainless keeps on going.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
26 Aug 07
We were never allowed to help in the kitchen. My grandma raised my three sisters and me and I never learned how to cook or do laundry. My grandma did all that. We put all our own clothes away but that was it. She canned everything that could possible be canned but we were never allowed to help or even observe..I learned to cook by myself. Nothing major but it helped me to get by. My hubby does the cooking now, I really don't care too. His family owned a restaurant and he learned to cook from her. I lucked out I guess.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
I still wonder why they never let us help out. Maybe it was because they had a routine down and didn't want to have a young child hanging out in the kitchen.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
26 Aug 07
Well I didn't have a mother that cared about me therefore I was never taught to cook and wasn't allowed to use the stove. I had the cleaning to do. Needless to say I moved out right after I was done grade 10. I couldn't cook a meal fit for a tramp but I learnt through trial and error. I have always liked homemade bread and decided it shouldn't be that hard to do. Well heaven forbid I had asked my mother what went in and she said "simple as hell all you need is salt oil and flour and even told me the amount, that was a first." Well I went home and I didn't only try three or four times I tried several and each time my bread looked good even nicely brown but the loaves were so small and hard you could have killed someone by throwing it at them. My brother was going out with a really nice girl(Gail) and for some reason she liked me a lot and would often come to see me have a short chat then go on her way. One day she came to see me. It was my day off and like so many times before I made bread. I was in tears this time and it was really bothering me. I guess I must have been about 18 years old. Anyway Gail came by like I said and she could see how upset I was so she left right away said she's be right back. She was back in about 1/2 an hour and told me she told her mom what happened and asked if her mom would write out the steps in bread making. Have you guessed what I did wrong? No one ever told me I had to use yeast. No wonder I was baking bricks of cement!!! From that day on I sure had some nice bread. I'm glad you teach and help your kids, they'll thank you later!!!Take Care...
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• United States
15 Sep 07
Bricks are mighty hard to cut with a bread knife!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Primarily it was my mother who taught me. After that, I taught myself and I learned from cookbooks and a few cooking shows. My sister gave me her chili recipe. I asked my mom to teach me how to make rice pudding a few years ago. She started too, but it went something like this... Sometimes you can use 1/2 cup of whole mile and 1/2 cup of condensed milk...Sometimes you can use evaporated milk. I got frustated. I just wanted an easy to follow recipe lol. I may try again sometime.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I learned to make fried rice by watching the chefs and a Japanese restaurant that we go to sometimes called Benihana. It's one of those restaurants where they cook in front of you, at the table.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Surprisingly, Elusive, it was my great-uncle who taught me the most about cooking-even though my great-aunt was a professional cook. He had the patience to show me how to cook the few dishes that I really liked. I got married when I was very young and had very little knowledge about cooking. My aunt came to my rescue many times by cooking dishes and bringing them to me(we lived next door to each other). I eventually learned to cook all kinds of dishes and went to work as a cook.:D
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• United States
26 Aug 07
All of my kids are able to cook quite well.
• United States
26 Aug 07
No-one taught me. My mother left when I was 5 years old and the housekeeper would not allow anyone in "her" kitchen. So when I had to cook or starve later in life it was through and lot of hit and miss meals. After a lot of misses I turned out to be a pretty good cook but absolutely cannot bake anything from scratch so if it does not come prepackaged in a box then forget it. When my daughter was 12 she make her own birthday cake.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
When I was a teen, I baked most of the pies and cakes in our house. My mother was't much of a baker.
@wonderful1 (2076)
• China
26 Aug 07
i can't cook now. i mean i can't cook well. my dad teach me how to cook when i go to a high school, but i don't like cook, so i can't cook well now. my boyfriend is a good cooker,but he is tired after a hard work, so we often go out for dinner. and we go to a small restaurant regularly.
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• China
27 Aug 07
Hello, I have met you for more than ten times. And can I add you as my mylot friend.I also want to know which country are in.Ok?
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
26 Aug 07
For me, it was a random thing. SOme things my mom taught me how to make, a lot of the basic skills I learned at school, and then I spent a few summers and weekend working for a catering company. I'm still not very good at it though.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Practice does make perfect. My sister-in-law was once known as the "freezer Queen" because she would use a lot of freezer meals that you just need to toss in the oven. Her son once called her potatoes "crunchy" and those were her mashed potatoes!
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
3 Sep 07
My mom- She was great with teaching me- My dad is such a picky eater so we didn’t do a lot of different things- I experimented when I became an adult – I now cook more than my mom- and many more items that she does- but she gave me the basics- I also learned from one of my aunts and my gram!
@matlgal (1687)
• United States
29 Aug 07
I am kind of a self-taught cook, the only time my Mom wanted to see me in the kitchen was to clean the dishes. Otherwise it was her kitchen. I have learned alot since those days and love to watch the Foodnetwork now when time permits and try some of those recipes. They make it look so easy LOL.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Well I certainly as heck didn't learn how to cook from my mother or grandmother..neither could cook to save their lives and if it were possible would've burned water....LOL My great-grandmother was THE cook in the household and thankfully I must have inherited her skills and I do remember as a child when we were all still living with her, that she would allow me to do some of the cooking...nothing hard, but like frying up bacon, scrambling eggs..I was only three, four and five at the time. I've since advanced of course, and after I graduated college started to really get into cooking...so do just about anything now, from French cuisine, to oriental,italian and spanish
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@Cammeel1 (372)
• United States
28 Aug 07
My Mom taught m how to cook mostly. I learned a bit from my Dad and my older brother. All of them were very good cooks. I just never had the inclination to bother with it. I never really cared for cooking or baking and still to this day it is rare that I go all out and put my heart into a meal. I do have some fond memories of being in the kitchen with my Mom when she was putting up veges from the garden. She would even make grape jelly from the grapes out on the vine. And oooh I loved to bring in the apples and help her to peel them for her apple pie! Mmmm now I'm hungry! hehe
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I learned a few things growing up watching my Mom, Stepmom and Grandmothers but actually Hubby taught me alot when we met. I learned how to make biscuits and gravy, baked bbq chicken and several other dishes. He's really good about teaching me and I love to learn. Have a great day!! AT PEACE WITHIN
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 07
My late dad was quite good in cooking many delicious western dishes and desserts. During my middle school days I stayed in his restaurant as it was quite near to my school. During that period I had leant some basic cooking skills from him like preparation of prawn cocktail, prawn salad, baked crab, chicken puff, apple pie ...... My dad always let me taste his master piece immediately after he had done it. I did enjoy very much when it was served hot.
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
27 Aug 07
well my mom did taught me but vaguely remember coz im so preoccupied with other things and lazy about cooking...in my highschool days i have an elective of which was cooking and it was a disaster!!but as i grow old and get married i learned to cook thru recipes and my own initiative i guess..