Friday, April 26, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #24

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Meet everyone!
This week's Get-to-Know-YOU Question:
Who taught you how to cook?

*HOSTS*

Laurie, from Created by Laurie:
I was in middle school when my parents divorced.  My Mother started taking us out to eat instead of cooking - and it was the SAME restaurant every time. I started to teach myself how to cook in the kitchen.  (Meanwhile my Father was teaching himself to cook too)  Once I went and lived with him he gave me lots of tips and ideas!  (He cooks from scratch - bread, beef stroganoff, salsa - you name it!)


MY answer

Unfortunately, nobody ever taught me how to cook.  Sad story...The first time I made cookies, it took me over one ho ur just to find all the ingredients and kitchen utensils to make the cookie dough!  And then after all that, my chocolate chip cookies in NO way resembled anything edible.  =(  After moving out on my own, I taught myself to make simple dishes (I still love the simple & easy recipes), but it really would have been nice to have Pinterest back then, along with all the other great foodie websites that we have now (and help me immensely)!  My mom (who has always been long distance) would also visit on holidays and teach me how to bake.  I'm a much better baker than a cook.  She's good at both and still tries to help me with cooking.  Aaah...What would I do without Mom?  Because of my experience with no learning as a kid, I try to involve my kids with cooking and baking and make it a fun time whenever they want.


*CO-HOST*

Crystal, from Angelorian Tradition:
I was taught to cook by two people for the most part actually.  My mother gave me my first lessons starting with cream of wheat, fried eggs and oven baked potatoes. Not all for the same meals of course. By age 8 I made my very first dinner all by myself, it included baked chicken, canned corn heated and slightly crunchy boiled potatoes with sugar cookies for desert. My first attempt at the frosting for the cookies netted a horrid green goop, turns out there is more than one type of white powdery stuff that can be kept in a cupboard, I used Bisquick instead of 10x sugar the first round and it tasted as awful as it looked. Fortunately I had the sense to ask for a bit of help at that point and find the right direction before putting it on the cookies. My paternal grandmother gave me my first baking lessons, beginning with my childhood favorite, pumpkin pie. My grandfather happily ran to the store for the ingredients as he was the true definition of a pie addict and then we spent the rest of a rainy afternoon with me learning how to properly roll out, cut out and pinch a pie crust into place with grandmas' very patient directions and assistance in between smacking grandpa's hand as apparently pumpkin pie filling tastes every bit as good from the bowl as in the pie:) Great question and a lot of good memories!


*FEATURED GUEST*

I taught myself. My mother never really taught me or let me cook with her so I experimented with recipes that I would see on TV or read on the Internet and I basically learned by trial and error :)


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13 comments :

Lynn Huntley said...

I learned to cook in Home Economics class in Jr. High School (Yes, I'm that old:) My mom was a horrible cook but my Grandma was an excellent cook, so she also taught me~ Thanks for hosting Ladies~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

Jennifer said...

I learned a lot just from watching my mom and grandmothers but I wouldn't say any of them really taught me to cook. I have learned a lot from cookbooks and cooking shows now that I'm older.

Natalie R said...

Mom for sure, but the Internet too!

Angelique Ouellette-Tower said...

My mom taught me how to cook & bake, my grandma taught my mom how to cook & so on & so forth.
I remember the first thing that I cooked by myself was scrambled eggs when I was 5 years old - I did that so young in order to get a "Brownie Badge." I've been cooking & baking ever since (that sounds like I'm bragging - I don't mean for it to sound like that).
Thanks
Angie
godsgrowinggarden.com

Journeys of The Zoo said...

I still don't know how to cook. Seriously! I have to read the instructions for Kraft Dinner which I actually made for the first time (in around a year) today and it tasted like cr@p. My husband is very, very patient and thankfully HE likes to cook.

Thanks for linking up to my BlogLovin Hop Kim and inviting me to participate here. I linked up and look forward to finding some new blogs.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
Finding Humour in Everyday Life
http://www.journeysofthezoo.com

Veronica-MeGustaNailPolish said...

No one and I have yet to learn. I love to cook but I am not any good at it. I think my family has some stupid mentality of learn how to do things by yourself without the help of others. Lol.

Roxanne Lewis said...

My dad was an exceptional chef who worked professionally for 20+ years tantalizing many people's taste buds. I learned a deep appreciation for great food from him but not how to prepare it however. It was a dash of this and a pinch of that in world. No measuring tools in the house and no timers. "You know it's done when you look at it." As an adult, I craved all that wonderful fresh prepared food so I figured out how to make it on my own with a lot of trial and error. My kids and I have created many of our own recipes that way and the memories are even better than the dishes! :)

Cindy Eikenberg said...

Kim, thanks for hosting the party! I learned to cook from my grandmother and mother, though most of it was trial and error along the way once I become a young adult. The only thing we were definitely taught as children was how to make our family's marinara sauce. Have a great weekend!! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

What a great question! My mom would have loved to teach me to cook, but I was too busy outside. Then my poor husband tried to teach me. I didn't really learn until kiddos came along. Rachael Ray probably taught me more than anyone! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Katie R said...

My mom taught me informally on the go and the rest i learned trial and error when i moved out.

Savard Studios said...

In college, a chef/boyfriend taught me to cook. I love to cook when I'm not busy. Since I'm always busy ain't nobody got time for that! Too much prep and clean up. Cheese and crackers work fine! Although I do love to grill everything!
Thanks for hosting!
Sandy

Melissa Perry Moraja said...

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xo

Melissa

Vashti Q-Vega said...

Hi Kim! Thank you for visiting my blog, and also for hosting this hop. You're the best! :D