Is cooking a chore or an enjoyment for you?

United States
June 3, 2008 6:16pm CST
I love cooking. It is one thing I am pretty great at and it tastes much better than anything I can get outside this house. And it is much healthier too. If you think is it a chore or can't boil water without burning it, why not take some classes and learn some new techniques that might make it fun? I took cooking in middle school and have been hooked. I perfected myself once I got out on my own. I can cook just about anything, my baking is right down to the tee without even timing it and I can bake without exact measurements. Rachael Ray is wrong about that. You do not need to have exact measurements for baking. Eyeballing it is just fine.
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@roi452 (232)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
Cooking has always been an enjoyable activity for me. I grew up i the kitchen, my mom owned a small canteen when i was small so all us, my sisters and i learned how to cook at an early stage. All of us in the family knows how to cook. We each have our own speciality and ways of cooking. I didn't have any formal training but my friends have always told me that i can open my own restaurant based on how my cooking taste.
• China
4 Jun 08
I start to learn how to cook because of my first job.It was a small company and the boss required me to do cooking for everybody's lunch.It was tough for me at that time for I have to learn from the beginning.lol.But now my cooking is much better and I enjoy do some cooking for my friends sometimes.It is actually great,isn't it?
• United States
4 Jun 08
I too have real life experience, but most of mine comes from watching. And if I had a question, you can bet I asked it. The rest is pure genetic luck. Fadeto- It is great.
@roi452 (232)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
Yup it is really great. I love cooking for friends. I actually find myself highly motivated when cooking for my family or friends; i cook better under these situations. It's gives you a good feeling when your friends appreciate your cooking.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I never thought I would enjoy cooking when I was younger. I now love it and enjoy doing it most of the time. When my fiance and me bought our house I just started to cook. I took the basic things I learned from my parents and went from there. I have a cooking style of my own now . It took a few months, but little by little I turned into a pretty good cook . I remember the first time a few years ago I burnt a huge pot roast dinner ( forgot to keep adding water) Those were the days ! I agree with baking you don't have to measure to a tee, my dad never did, and I don't either . I enjoy cooking for my love ones , and enjoy seeing them love it !!
• United States
5 Jun 08
Not me, I have always been facinated with cooking. It was probably because my dad kept all his recipes a secret and I always wondered what made them taste so great. I finally got his chicken recipe, but all the rest have been dealt out among the other kids and none of us has the other.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I bet all his cooking was great. I am a late bloomer hehe. I suppose that is why It took so long to catch on with cooking.
• United States
5 Jun 08
It takes time. He was a pretty good cook. Old school hills style though. Which is a long winded way of saying he fried alot.
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
hello, , hmmm, I also love cooking. It was one of my favorite hobby and I am really happy whenever my family praised me and they quite like the food I cook. Even if it was tiring to cook but when I saw their face and they are really quite pleased with it, it remove my tiredness. However, there are also times, that it became a chore to me. That is when after a days work they will still request that I cook the dinner's meal. Also, when I had to think of different meal to cooked so that we wouldn't be fed up with the same meal everyday. For me it's real hard to at least cook different meal especially having a limited ingredients sometimes. So whenever that happens I just tried my best to pleased them with whatever food I think of to cooked.
• United States
4 Jun 08
That is all you can do sometimes. I can actually prepare better meals with fewer ingredients because I am not trying to think of a whole lot to put in there. My staples are always: garlic powder (or salt), pepper, onion powder (or flakes) and salt. If I have those 4 things (and I always do) then I can make anything taste great.
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
wow, that sounds great, you must be a great cook!! well, it's really difficult for me to think of a different meal sometimes even if I had those basic ingredients. hehe, I guess, I'm not a good chef like you, XD
• United States
5 Jun 08
Nope, I have just practiced. If I get clueless, I know I can always come online and find something as well.
@msmamaof3 (244)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Oh I love to cook, especially baking! I'm famous for my Buttermilk Pie!
• United States
5 Jun 08
Oooh! That sounds good!
• United States
6 Jun 08
Darc...that sounds like something you'd be good at...man.... I need some of that now, and I am in weight loss mode....grrrr, LOL
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I love cooking to an yes you are right about eyeballing I also love baking
• United States
19 Jun 08
A fellow foodie!
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I love to cook and I love to try new recipes. For things that I make all the time I don't even bother measuring items, I just throw them in there and mix them up. Usually everything I make turns out delicious the family is always happy. I get so happy when everyone likes my cooking. It is so nice to see everyone appreciate the food and enjoy it. It gives me a nice sense of accomplishment. I would love to take some cooking classes at a college though just to improve upon my talents I already have and teach me some new tricks!
• United States
11 Jun 08
I too would love to go to college, but I have to just rely on Alton Brown to educate me. What I want to study is cake design.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Cooking is definitely something that I enjoy doing. I don't think of it as a chore at all. I actually get excited about making a nice dinner in the evening or finding a new recipe to try out. I especially like baking. I agree that having exact measurements is really not that important. I sometimes just dump in ingredients and then gradually add whatever is needed to make it taste just right. I often use a basic recipe for something and then tweak it a little bit to make it the way I really want it.
• United States
11 Jun 08
That is what I love about baking. You can add fruit or candy or something to enhance the basic recipe. Then it becomes your own.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Its not a chore. Its more of an enjoyment for me. Its great learning about new recipes from around the world. Its nice cooking items based on things read, heard or even from dishes I've tried previously in restaurants.
• United States
9 Jun 08
That is very true. Some of my latest searches for recipes have been from around the world. They are outstanding, the ones I have tried so far.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I cooked for so many years when my kids were growing up, I'm cooked out. I live alone and I'm a vegetarian so there's not that much to cook. Mostly its remove the plastic wrapper and put it in the oven. I still love to bake and everyone loves what I make. My grandmother never measured a thing, but when I'm baking, I'm measuring carefully. Life would be easier without measurements, it would save a lot of time. Maybe I can't eyeball because my vision is so bad.
• United States
6 Jun 08
Don't feel bad, my eyes are terrible too. It is mostly instinct.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I definitely enjoy cooking. I cook almost everything from scratch. My children have seizures and other issues and so making everything from scratch allows me to have control over what is NOT in their food. Homemade tastes better, is better for us and we homeschool and so constant cooking is a great math tutorial!!! Besides, my 8 year old boys know how to make everything from cakes to noodles to soups and salads to full meals...they are going to make wonderful hubbies someday!!!
• United States
6 Jun 08
I guess! Wow. My son loves to cook with me too.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Most of the times it is a chore. On week ends, I sometimes am in the mood to cook. Since my husband is a steak and rice type of guy, cooking is not that enjoyable for me. I like to experiment with different cassoroles, and he does not like that kind of food. So then it becomes a boring chore.
• United States
5 Jun 08
You are right. Steak and rice would be boring. Well the rice part anyways. lol. I cannot help but love a steak.
@ml2blog (414)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Cooking is an enjoyment for me, especially when my family members eat my cooked food and enjoy it, I am very happy.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I feel that way too.
@sjlg01 (46)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I love to cook as well. It can be a bit much sometimes, especially for me cause I have to make sure the kitchen is clean before I cook. So I sort of make it a chore as well, but when the food is done I think it is well work the time spent while in the kitchen.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I guess. I sometimes have to clean the kitchen before I cook, but rarely. I like to get it done afterwards.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
4 Jun 08
CHORE! CHORE! CHORE! I envy you! I wish I could cook, but alas, I do not have talent in the culinary department. I suppose that's why I don't look forward to it or enjoy it at all. If I were able to whip up some creative, delicious meals I'd probably like it. I took cooking in middle school as well, but I guess I didn't pay attention like you did!
• United States
5 Jun 08
I had no choice. I had one of THOSE teachers. lol. And she made us try weird foods. Like different veggies we never tried before. Then there was the ice cream in a coffee can. I have to admit, she saved the best for last and I got facinated that you could make ice cream in a coffee can! From there.. well the rest is history.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
4 Jun 08
to be honest it is more of a chore for me because i have so much else to squeeze in every day. when i am not stressed and i have time i don't mind it so much but even then i don't LOVE it. baking i need measurments but cooking i eyeball things and i make up my own things to throw in. it comes out surprisingly good most times too.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I have those days too.
• United States
4 Jun 08
I really used to hate at just the thought of stepping into the kitchen...but then as a wife,cooking becomes an inevitable part of everyday life...and so i started cooking...i wasnt as bad as i thought i would be...probably it runs in the blood as my Mom cooks great food....and so i picked up by-and-by...and what has made it more challenging and exciting is the fact that my husband is a big time foodie...and he loves any cuisine as long as its tasty and piping hot..and he is very appreciative of my cooking...he always encourages me....so eventually ive developed a liking for cooking...
• United States
5 Jun 08
You do tend to develop a necessity for it when you have a family.
• United States
4 Jun 08
When I was married I loved to cook. But seems since I got divorced I have lost my interest for it. It is a total chore for me now. In fact... I hate it, lol
• United States
5 Jun 08
I can understand that completely. Sorry to hear about your divorce though. I know it is hard.
@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
4 Jun 08
Hi tanniebabe. I love cooking too. I like to create new dishes and try new recipes. I love baking too and I can do anyting I want and it comes right. One of my hobbies is cooking and baking. Have a nice day.
• United States
5 Jun 08
I can do basic baking. No fancy decorating. I have always wanted to take some classes to learn about that though. Working with fondant and stuff.
@youless (93640)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Jun 08
I also love cooking and it's one of my interests. It's an enjoyment for me rather than a housework. I am pleased to do so. I especially like to see my family enjoys eating my dishes. I buy cooking books and I like to try something new. I have the talent to cook. If I have a good mood, I will cook better:) I love China
• United States
5 Jun 08
I have a ton of cookbooks and haven't tried much in any of them. I am going to have to start doing so. The same thing gets boring. Of course now I am beginning to watch what I eat now that I am done having kiddos. So that doesn't leave much.
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Im not a big baker. I find that (for me anyways) that you have to have the exact items (NOT measurements, but the ingredient) or it changes the taste tremendously or turn out even LOL. I do love to cook though. I hate following recipes. So Im one of those people that can take a pan and whatever I have on hand and make it into a meal. My husband was super picky when we first moved in together, but has learned that if he doesnt atleast try it he will go hungry unless he cooks something for himself. HAHA My mom was never that great of a cook when she cooked. I did most of the cooking when i lived with my parents, becaues most of the time they both worked nights and with being the oldest I had to feed my sister and myself. So I learned pretty quickly how to cook, with being able to call my grandma to get the basic instructions on how to do something. My husband likes to brag to the guys at work about my cooking...which makes me feel really good.
• United States
5 Jun 08
Well I guess you made enough of those meals pretty well that he loves them. Wish I could get my son to at least try stuff.