Did someone teach you to cook? Or does someone else do the cooking?

@free_man (7337)
United States
November 26, 2010 7:00am CST
Me my mother had so many children she didn't like us in the kitchen. We were only allowed to come in the kitchen to clean up the mess after she was done. So I never learned to cook till I was married to my first husband. He taught me to cook homemade biscuits I knew how to cook beans from my sister and fry potatoes. The rest of the stuff I learned from my ex husbands and experimenting . I am thankful that I know how to cook the dishes I know how to cook. But I thank God that my husband loves to cook most of the time. He is a great cook. So who taught you to cook? Do you experiment with things to see how it would taste? Does someone else do the cooking in your house?
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• United States
27 Nov 10
I grew up on a dairy farm, and I was always in the kitchen helping my mom. To this day, we still do the "home -style" cooking thing. Whats kinda funny though, is I have an older sis who can't cook worth a darn.. lol. I like to experiment a lil bit..as long as its not "outrageous"..if that makes sense.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Bonnet_babe and welcome to my lot. I can understand outrageous. I don't like to get too outrageous either. It is nice that you have such a loving mother that would take the time to teach you how to cook. Funny that your older sister can't cook. My older sisters cooked long before I ever started cooking. How was it growing up on a dairy farm? Did you learn to milk cows too? I wish I knew how to do that. Thanks for sharing!
• United States
28 Nov 10
We lived on a 100 cow dairy farm. I learned at a early age how to start milking, by machine and by hand.We no longer have the farm (animals and such), yet there are days I wish we still did.I would have loved to share that experience with my own daughter.
26 Nov 10
I learned cooking from the school...I started cooking lasagna, baked mac, siomai, hawaiian chicken and other filipino dish...and till I loved to cook food for my kids...it's very useful because you can save a lot.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Elice and welcome to my lot. I still can't seem to get the nack of cooking lasagna. I bake most of my meats cause I know it is healthier for you. You can save a lot of money if you cook at home instead of eating out. I love to cook but my husband is a better cook then me. I wasn't taught by my mother but I did learn a secret from her recipes don't have to be followed down to the T. You can either add or take away and it will still come out good. Again welcome and happy my lotting!
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
Lasagna is my favorite! I've got a lot of ways to eat lasagna hay! I can eat with chopsticks, utensils or even my hands! I just love the taste of it no matter how beautiful and different the medium for engulfing everything up.
@annein (128)
• Singapore
26 Nov 10
i can cook but the taste is not really good. so i don't bother cooking at all. when i was on my country, the maid will do the cooking but here in my current location, i prefer eating outside as i don't like cleaning the mess in the kitchen after cooking.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Nov 10
Hi Annein and welcome to my lot. I think it is important to learn to cook. The whole secret too cooking is tasting it as you cook. I love garlic and onions peppers and stuff that is good for you. I taste everything as I cook because if I don't and it taste bad I don't want to serve it too anyone else. The cleaning up is part of living. You make your bed after you get up don't you? Well that is the way it is with cooking. I don't mind cooking or cleaning up the mess. Some fast food isn't good for you. Have you read what is in some of that stuff? Have a good day my friend.
@annein (128)
• Singapore
26 Nov 10
thanks for the tips on cooking. yes, i'm aware of effects on fast foods to our health. actually, i only eat at food court or hawker place. thanks for the advice. :)
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@vnsdream (16)
28 Nov 10
My mum likes to teach me cook, but unfortunately, I don't like cook and help in the kitchen. So, most of the time is my mum prepare the meals for the family and I only cook when my mum is not around.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
28 Nov 10
Hi Vusdream and welcome to my lot. Your mum must be a great cook! MY mother was a great cook till she left my dad then her cooking went straight down hill. In time you may learn to like to cook good luck!
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
27 Nov 10
i learn how to cook from my mum since i was a child... my mum is a great cook and she loves to cook for her family... i always watch her in the kitchen while she cook for the family and she also ask me to help her out so that i can cook for my family when i get married in the future... now that i am already married, i am the one who does the cooking in my house as my hubby doesn't know how to cook at all... take care and have a nice day...
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
28 Nov 10
Hi Lingli. Your mum must really love you to take the time to teach you how to cook. It is a good thing to know how to cook. Hope you have a great day too!
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
Since my mom doesn't know how to cook, it's my father who does it in the house. But I learned it thru a friend who is very plain housewife, she does all the chores and more of the cooking. So she let me watch her and telling me every details of what she's doing. For her, cooking is for ladies at home. Since then, I found cooking a nice hobby, and hooked at it actually. I love experimenting too, collecting recipes and from there on, I got to learn a lot on cooking. Now at home, it's not my mom neither my father, but I who does it always.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi SimpleBB. I bet your parents are proud of you for taking up the cooking in your family. It was really nice of that woman to teach you how to cook. I love collecting recipes too. You must really be a great person. Thank you for sharing!
@tmxt0111 (11)
27 Nov 10
My mom teachs me cook. I can cook rice, boil a water, ... I like to fry eggs... ^^
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Tmxt and welcome to my lot. It is better to learn from our mothers then we can pass on this knowledge to our children. I know your grateful to her for loving you enough to teach you something knew. Thanks for sharing!
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 10
I like to cook and always helped my mom in preparing all the ingredients for her cooking. She did not teach me cooking but I have to look over her shoulders to see how she cook the dishes. It cultivated my interest in the art of cooking which inspired me to take cooking and baking classes. I do all the cooking at home as I like to experiment new recipes and get full satisfaction if others like the food I cooked.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Zandi. Sounds like a good mother there. I bet you enjoy every minute you spend with your mother. I really didn't have much interest in the kitchen when I was young. The only thing that I really used to love to cook was homemade bread. It must be a good thing to go to school and learn how to make things. I like to experiment with recipes and it seems to always taste good. Thank God!
• Philippines
26 Nov 10
I honestly say that I do not know how to cook viands. I know a little bit but it was mostly common sense that had taught me like cooking eggs, hotdogs and stuff. I really wanted to learn how to cook. Its a good investment really to learn a little bit of this and that. The reason why I never learned to cook is that we had housekeepers while I was going up and even if my mom force us to learn to do the thing, I was just lazy to stand and do it. So now, I am regretting a little. But its not to late to learn. ;)
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Preppydezza. It is never too late to learn how to cook. Actually cooking can be fun if you make it fun. I am lucky my ex's taught me to cook. My first husband taught me how to make homemade biscuits. My second husband taught me how to cook vegetables and yeast bread. Get you some cook books but remember you don't have to be exact on every measurment and you don't have to do it exactly you can add or take away things and it will still come out good. Tasting is a good thing to do though before you serve anything taste it to make sure you like the taste of it! If you like it more then likely anyone that taste it will like it too! Thanks for sharing!
@toniganzon (53177)
• Philippines
26 Nov 10
When I was in High School we were taught how to cook desserts in Home Economics class and how to make homemade mayonnaise, but i have forgotten all of them unless i have a recipe with me. When i was a kid i was really interested in the kitchen and love to learn with my grandmother doing all the cooking together with our cook. But i didn't learn anything and nobody taught me. My mother was a nutritionist and she can cook well but didn't spend time in the kitchen since she was busy earning money for us and if she does have time to cook, she never allowed me to be with her. Now I still don't cook at home and my husband is not bothered with it. We have a maid who does the cooking for us.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Toniganzon. I didn't take Home Econcomics I was more into shop and learning how to build things....LOL I was a real tomboy. I bet it was hard on your mother working all day and then having to come home and cook. The only thing that I wanted to learn to cook as a child was my mothers homemade yeast bread. It still makes my mouth water when I cook homemade yeast bread. I am not lucky enough to have a maid but I probably wouldn't let anyone cook for me anyway....LOL Thanks for sharing happy my lotting!
• United States
26 Nov 10
my parents taught me how to cook but just basic stuff
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi ChibiCloud. It is good when your parents teach their childern to cook. Wish I had someone to teach me when I was young. But I thank God that my husband loves too cook! He is a lot better cook then myself. Thanks for sharing happy my lotting!
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
26 Nov 10
I was taught at a very young age of 10 to cook. My first thing that I learned was spaghetti sauce. I also learned how to cook a turkey and all its trimmings. I'm very grateful that my mom taught me young and never needed to learn from someone else. Funny thing is my mom learned to cook from her brother-in-law and became a great cook. Now my significant other of 22 years also knows how to cook so if I'm not in the mood to cook he will which is great.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Lelin. Wow at 10 you learned to cook! That is great thing a mother can do for her daughter. That is cool that your mother learned to cook from her brother in law and is a great cook. It is a good thing that your siginficant other likes too cook too! Wow 22 years is a long time I am impress! I thank God my husband loves to cook too! Thanks for sharing my friend!
@annavi23 (6306)
• Philippines
26 Nov 10
when i was young, my mother always do the cooking. my father also does cook sometimes if the specialty is from him. i also cook sometimes. but it only happens once in a blue moon, i think. or it can be when the parents are gone and we have nothing to eat,i do the cooking.but still,with my mother's permission on what to cook. she alwayd plans what to eat or cook in the family. i have never had that thinking of deciding what to cook or prepare for the family. but hopefully,i can make the move to plan preparing food,like now, we are not getting any younger and we should help our parents for the cooking. if i do cook,sometimes the food tastes good,but never better than my mom's. i also do experiment cooking. or preparing desserts to be exact. well,it's not perfect but still,you'll know the taste is good. and i want to be good at making desserts in the future as well. i have no patience sometimes when it comes to viands.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Annavi. It is always good to learn to plan a good meal. Keep up the good work and learn real good from your mother and father how to cook and plan you will never regret it. I wish I had a good mother that would have taught me how to cook a good meal. Thanks for sharing!
@airasheila (5458)
• Philippines
26 Nov 10
A pleasant day to you Free_man, With reference to your main topic discussion, the main person who pushes me to learn how to cook is my father. Wherein during my childhood days, he told me that I must learn to cook at an early age since I am the eldest among the four siblings. That, I should learn and must know how to cook foods for my brother and sisters. For this reason, I have learned how to cook different dishes at an early age. And not only that, during my secondary stage when I was still a student, my mom also taught me how to do buy foods from the wet markets. With the above experiences that my parents taught me to do, I have learned almost the process. From the point that you need to purchase your raw foods from the market up to the time that you need to cook them.
@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Airasheila and a Pleasant day to you too Airasheila. It must have been great to have two such parents to want you to learn how to cook. I on the other hand couldn't get my mother to teach me anything about cooking or purchasing food. I still can't stand to go to the store to buy food. I am thankful that I know how to cook pretty good. I learned from my ex's and my new husband is a great cook he is teaching me what he knows now. Thanks for sharing!
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
26 Nov 10
During my vacation holidays many years ago, I have work as a part time cook. From the job, I picked up some cooking skill. Also, I tried to pick up some cooking tips from my mother. Till now, I am still learning from her.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Sjlskl. I worked as a cook too but they had their dishes mostly the same thing over and over. But I did learn a lot from it. Wish my mother had taught me how to cook. She was a great cook. She made homemade yeast bread and I loved the smell of it. I can make homemade yeast bread too but I learned it from recipes I had gotten from books. It is good that your mother will teach you how to cook. Thanks for sharing!
• Mexico
26 Nov 10
My granny taught me some stuff as a kid, but basically I've learnt over the years, I think the key is I kept thinking on which kind of food I enjoy,so I started to figure out how to do it, I follow some recipes,but usually add up some of my own,or remove, it's been particularly useful since I'm vegetarian,the only one on my house,altho my husband really likes that kind of food,so he barely eat meat,and I've got my mom into trying more of that weird healthy food cos I can make it tasty! Experimenting is important! I add what I imagine it can be good,thankfully most of the time it turns out good.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Katzedernacht and welcome to my lot. I like meat but I love vegetables too! I am like you if it is something I like I can usually put stuff together and make it taste really good. Experimenting is the key to the whole thing! If it don't turn out the first time try it differently the next time. Adding or taking away can make the difference to any dish. Also very important to taste it so you won't serve something that don't taste good to someone else. Thanks for sharing my friend!
• Vietnam
26 Nov 10
I like cooking very much, it's fun. But I don't know how to cook complex dishes. But in the future I will learn to cook, and I love a girl who is good at cooking!!!
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Ntsundance and welcome to my lot. I love to cook but my husband is a better cook then me so it is nice that he loves too cook. I don't mind doing the clean up his meals are way worth it. Cooking is easy just got to remember to taste everything before you serve it to someone else. Cooking don't have to be complex ! We watch cooking shows all the time and they make it seem easy. It is good to have a girlfriend that knows how to cook and is a good cook. Thanks for sharing my friend! And again welcome and happy mylotting !
@jasmeena (850)
• Indonesia
26 Nov 10
Wow, what a wonderful hubby!!I can bake, but not really good at cooking, except for simple food, like baked macaroni, omelet, baked potato, pasta etc. I learn from books and mostly from my brother in law,as he was an intern in Grand Hyatt Sydney and Mandarin Hotel, Jakarta before the monetary crisis and his father passed away. HE usually cooks breakfast for his son every weekend!!
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Jasmeena. I am very lucky God gave me a real special husband. I can cook but he cooks better then me so he does most of the cooking and I do the clean up. I don't mind cleaning up after he has cooked us a great meal. Your lucky to have a great brother in law. It is nice to learn how to cook. Thanks for sharing!
@NoWayRo (1062)
• Romania
26 Nov 10
Nobody taught me... Both my mother and my grandmother were excellent cooks, but I didn't like spending time with them in the kitchen when I was a kid, and I moved out of the house when I was still a teenager. I guess I still picked up some reflexes from them, rather than actual cooking skills. Later, I learnt by myself, using cookbooks, the Internet, cooking shows (by the way, God bless Jammie Oliver, my family would've starved without him ) All in all, I'm pretty happy with my experience as a self-educated cook, everybody seems to appreciate my food.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Nov 10
Hi NoWayRo and welcome to my lot. My mother could cook so good I wanted to learn how she cooked. But not wise to ask her to teach you because she wouldn't let us in the kitchen till time to clean up the mess. I taught myself from watching my husbands and they all could cook. I didn't have internet till 99 so I didn't have a way to look things up. I can't seem to follow a recipe but I think that was from watching mom she never used a single recipe. I wish I could cook like she cooked. Thank God for anyone that is willing to teach us new things.
@Xansus (950)
• Bulgaria
26 Nov 10
I test on my own :) My mother cook great , but we got a different tastes so i try things on my own :) Well now i have started looking in the internet too , there some things i find here and there :) Well lets hope one day my wife will do the cooking , but well if its needed i'll cook too , i don't mind it fun sometimes ;)
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Nov 10
Hi Xansus and welcome to my lot. I used to hate to cook but as I learned from others I learned to love to cook. But thank God that my husband can cook better then me and he don't mind cooking. Thanks for sharing.