Where Did You Learn How To Cook?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
September 30, 2009 10:57am CST
Simple question as I have come across some amazing cooks here at MyLot. The creativity is pretty awesome. Even the simple ingredients some of you add to spice up scrambled eggs was a joy to discover. So if you love to cook, where did this talent come from or who inspired you?
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@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Hello I learned from watching my mom, now I watch the cooking channel to get some different ideas cooking is really great, took me a while to actually appreciate it, now I do and love every minute. Thank you.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
7 Oct 09
I think I need a TV in my kitchen (Dish Satellite so I can pause the channel) and cook while I'm watching it. That would be sweet.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Hello Oh yes what a great idea, Rachel Ray 30 min meals awesome, she makes it look so easy, I see people doing things like this on youtube now, they cook and share things with others its really cool, I am so not ready for that lol Thank you.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I never did like to cook but it was a must since we had three kids. I learned by trial and error. My mother was a wonderful cook but would never allow me in the kitchen to watch and learn. She had a rule that once dinner was done, no more lingering in the kitchen to eat or munch. I did not do this with our kids. They could do whatever they liked in any part of the house. I didn't teach them to cook as they were never home and had no interest. Somehow they learned and married men who knew how to cook so that was a plus. Our kids were involved in sports and it was difficult to get two of them to softball or soccer and the oldest to other events before they could drive. I spent more time on the streets driving than in the kitchen. I did manage to cook though even though I wasn't the best. Most often it was just ok.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I'm so glad my driving-kids-all-over-town days are over. I did enjoy meeting all those little league and basketball moms. Good times. And I remember eating a lot of hot dogs, burgers and pizza. My mom is a great cook, but she forgot to teach me too. She did, however, teach my daughter.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
2 Oct 09
We have remained friends with some of the parents we met when our middle and youngest daughters played sports. That was over 20 years ago. So our kids being involved in sports was a good thing for the entire family. I also recall eating the hot dogs and hot chocolate as we sat outside in the cold to watch soccer games. Those were fun times.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
30 Sep 09
DOnt love to cook but have to and sometimnes have to come up with something different if I dont have evet thing I need for what I am cooking thats where the new stuff comes in lol took it in school but only learned how to make sweets not good at all.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
Most of us probably started cooking because we had to. But it is fun when your kids enjoy your meal and say so.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
1 Oct 09
yup wehn ever they said so!
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Sep 09
When I was in Junior High school they still had cooking and sewing classes for girls. My Mom taught me to cook, but I learned some things in cooking class that she didn't teach me.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
It's a shame we don't have those classes anymore. I wonder with all the success of male chefs that we couldn't get boys interested too?
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Oct 09
Some would be, no doubt. And some girls would like the shop classes they used to have. No money, no money. Sad...
@babyjesus (277)
3 Oct 09
Maybe its in my genes. My grandma and mother were good cooks. i remember that as young as 6 or 7 years old i was already observing how my mom cooks. I love going to the market with her and then looking what's her next cooking will be. Then i discovered reading her recipe books until i started experimenting simple dishes which my mom has given me freedom to do in the kitchen. I like watching cooking show and have also joined a few contests. It was all fun and really enjoyed all of them. Until now, that i am busy with my kids school, i still have time to be creative in the kitchen.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
7 Oct 09
And now you can hand down this cooking gift to your children. Fun!!!
2 Oct 09
I did cooking at school, but i also cooked at home, from being fairly young. I would cook the Sunday Roast, for the family. I have also picked up tips, as i have gone along, and do like the cooking programmes on Sky, you can get some good tips there too.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Mmmm, Sunday Roasts . . . sounds like a wonderful family tradition.
• United States
1 Oct 09
I learned to cook some foods from my mom, aunts and also from looking up recipes on the internet and having a variety of friends of different cultures I have picked up a few recipes to try- such as Indian, Polish, Chinese and Korean. I get bored with one set of foods. I like variety.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
1 Oct 09
International dishes are always interesting, but I'm always afraid of trying them if I don't know what's in them. It's a great collection of recipes though, and a good way to learn a little bit about other cultures.
@surfette (674)
• United States
1 Oct 09
When I was little, I learned about cooking from my mom, who was a wonderful cook. She would let my sister and me help by doing some of the prepping, but it was mostly from observation. We always had home cooked meals, usually that were baked or cooked very slowly on top of the stove. We very rarely had any fried foods. When I got a little older, I received a Betty Crocker Junior Cookbook for a gift and tried several of the recipes. Tuna burgers were a real hit with the whole family because we were Catholic and were always looking for Friday recipes that were meatless. In Junior High, I took both sewing and cooking. These are life skills for everyone, man or woman, and should be in all schools. It is a real shame that they have been dropped from many school curriculum. I learned a lot from my cooking teacher who was very strict about being precise and accurate in the kitchen. When I was a single, working mom, I discovered the slow cooker or crock pot. It was always nice to open the door after a work day to the smells of a delicious, inexpensive and yet easy, meal. I still use my crock pot all the time. I keep certain staple ingredients on hand that will dress up any chicken, pork or beef. I watch the Food Network and try a few new things that look like we will enjoy them. I especially like Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
1 Oct 09
That is such a cool way to spend time with mom. You must have some wonderful memories. I've recently re-discovered the crock pot and bread maker too. It's so easy and the meat comes out nice an juicy. You're right about cooking classes in schools. I guess there's no money for such things anymore. A real shame.
• Philippines
1 Oct 09
When I was still a kid, I love watching cooking shows, that's when I fell in love with lifestyle and food channel. LOL. I just love watching people cook, and I often just wish I could cook that way.. The first time I tried was when I was unemployed and my mom pushed me to learn how to cook... though then I can only cook the simplest thing.. Now I try to whip something up from scratch, and my own recipe. lol. sometimes it tastes good, sometimes it's not even edible..hahahah.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Ah yes, trial and error. Some of the most famous recipes have come from that method . . . though I can't quite remember which.
• Canada
30 Sep 09
My mother tried to teach me how to cook, but I never took an interest in it, nor was I ever very good at it. However, I did marry a guy who absooutely loves to cook, and he's good at it, so it's my husband who handles all the cooking jobs in our house. It works out great for us!!
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
Oh, I think you've mentioned that before. How wonderful is that, a man that cooks for you? I can't wait to find me someone like that.
@jugsjugs (13045)
30 Sep 09
My mother taught me how to cook and i have yet since learnt by teaching myself as well as trying different things.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
Me too. I love trying something new and not being afraid to throw tasty ingredients together and see what comes out of it.
@vinocitd (218)
• India
30 Sep 09
i learnt cooking after i completed my college and came to search for the job with my friends and staying in the room , i learnt cooking there from my friends.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
My daughter is the same way. She learned how to cook while in college and now that's she's on her own she loves experimenting with new recipes.
30 Sep 09
Hi gtargirl,I've learned to cook at a early age from my mom and grandmom.I was 10 yrs when I start cooking.Cooking is good to know espically when learning new recripes.Take care.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
It's awesome when moms and grandmas will teach the daughters how to cook. I love it.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
30 Sep 09
Hi Gtargirl, I never do cooking until I moved out and stay with my boyfriend(he is my husband now) while we are in Singapore. I started to cook simple dishes,learn how to cook rice,etc. I am not a good chef, but for simple dishes,I still can do it. Now, I do cook for my family when my mother-in-law is not at home. Normally I will stick to 1 soup ,1 vegetable and 1 meat(either chicken/fish,no beef/lamb for me). Sometimes, I do look for cooking recipes online. My sister can cook very well. So alot of times, I will ask for some recipes from her too and try it out myself. I really need to spend more time in kitchen to improve my culinary skills. Actually I love cooking, I never has this interest at all until I married and cook more often. I feel regretted that I never take up any cookin courses before when I was back in Singapore.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I think cooking is one of those skills that allows you to begin at any age. It's always good to have a big sis that can share her best dishes with you.
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
30 Sep 09
Try blending sun dried tomato's, garlic, parsley,and chick peas in a blender add a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes and lightly spread on top of the eggs, fantastic. my dad cooked everything without thought, ive had everything from fried grasshoppers, chocolate covered ants, scorpions, rattlesnake,and smokey mountain oysters, and a lot of other strange things, he always said try it, if ya dont like it spit it out, but at least you tried, my son picked up my cooking went to c.i.a. and has been an executive chef for 20 years, so you can imagine we eat pretty good things and the only thing i still cant get down is a brussel sprout. yech nasty little buggers they are.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I am definitely going to try that spread for eggs. Very interesting and sounds tasty. Don't know about the grasshoppers et. al. and I'm afraid I wouldn't find the courage to try, not even when covered in chocolate. Uwwww. But what an awesome and most colorful childhood you must have had.
• Indonesia
2 Oct 09
I am not a good cook to be honest lol. I can cook moderately though, just simple meals, not the fancy restaurant types hee hee. Well, I mostly learn it from my mom. The rest is from my aunt who never gets bored of giving me recipies. I really want to have a better cooking skill, but alas! I don't have enough time. Well that's why there's always new year's resolution lol.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Ah, yes, those new year's resolutions. Sounds like you have a sweet aunt. She's bound and determined to turn you into a cook, I see.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
30 Sep 09
My first mentor was really my mother. From then on, I developed the love for cooking. Now, I watched cooking shows. I love kylie kwong. Hers are simple, so easy to cook. I also do love Rachel Ray, Curtis Stone. When there is a left over food, I try to improvise and tweak the recipe to suit with the available ingredients on hand.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
30 Sep 09
My mom wouldn't let me watch Rachel Ray for the longest time but with her busy schedule these days she finally sat down and watched the show. She was pleasantly surprised. Aren't moms great? I'm not so good with left-overs but have learned a lot from people here on MyLot. Getting better. Thanks for stopping by Jules. Have an awesome evening.