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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Admittedly, I'm not a foodie. I don't seem to enjoy food like other people do. Unless it's made for me, and I don't have to participate in the actual cooking. Then, I'll pretty much eat anything.

In my office, people are foodies. They start the morning dreaming about lunch, and then they talk about what they had for dinner.
They get so excited, it almost makes me sad I'm not a foodie. But the other night, I was watching "Master Chef" and one of the home cooks was throwing a tantrum. The professional told him that you shouldn't cook angry, you can taste it in the food.

And I thought, then my kids have been getting a lifetime full of bitterness because I HATE to cook. You know what my kids do have? Excellent restaurant manners. From a very young age.

I think I'd like to cook more if I didn't have to do it every day for six people, who would prefer to just have mac & cheese out of the box. Not that I cook that. I make mashed potatoes five times a week, but I don't do it with the joy or zeal they do on "Master Chef" -- I don't wait with anticipation for the kids to say, "Excellent Mom!"

Because they're not really foodies either. So any of you out there who love to cook, what brings you joy about it? The people eating it, or the design of it, or the accomplishment? What makes you NOT cook angry?
posted at 9:57 AM  
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At 1:50 PM, Blogger Anne Mateer said...

I had to laugh when I read this because, like you, I HATE to cook! And perhaps because I've been cooking angry for so many years that's why I do it so badly. But what's interesting is that I have apparently raised a chef in the process! My daughter (20) is a total foodie who is currently doing a double major in culinary arts and biology. Who knew? All I know is we all breathe a sigh of relief when she is home from college and takes over my kitchen!

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh maybe I'll raise one up, that would sure be nice. My grandmother cooked with love. My mom did not. I couldn't taste the difference. LOL Which is probably how my kids feel, so why bother?

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

We're foodies at our house. My hubby cooks, and both of my grown sons cook in their own homes. (Lately, it's been rather amusing - one of them will call as I'm cooking, and they're making the same thing!) I enjoy cooking, as long as we have food in the pantry/fridge/freezer. It's less appealing to cook when you're trying to stretch meals.

Every meal is different for us because - except when I'm baking, I hardly measure any ingredients. So even if I make spaghetti often, it always tastes different. :-)

Cooking is therapy for me. I loved the comment about not being angry - not sure I've ever tasted anger in anyone's food, unless spicy counts - but I sure have tasted love!

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Stacie said...

Not my fave thing either. But I love to eat and I love my family, therefore, I have become a decent cook. And I think I'm okay with being decent. (And eating the popcorn my husband made while watching Top Chef).

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Stacie, I would say I'm decent. But I don't enjoy it. Maybe if my kids had more varied tastes? But that's probably my fault too. LOL

Tracy, that is so fun that your family shares the joy. That has to make it easier.

I think my kids should taste the love in the fact that I do it even though I hate it. : )

At 5:26 PM, Blogger jel said...

I didn't like to cook didn't think I could cook, even told DH, I couldn't cook before we got married . in fact the first 2 years we were married , we lived on TV dinners. but then 15 years in to be~in together, and WE got a stove, and watching the cooking shows, I stated cooking , and I like to cook. and bake :)

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Jennifair17 said...

I love to cook and bake. I enjoy seeing how things come together and the wonderful tastes. I try new things all the time. I grew up in a house where we enjoyed cooking and the results. My dad actually taught my mom how to cook when they got married and later she became a very good cook. And everyone loved her baked goods.

What I hate is the clean-up that is the result of cooking and baking.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger jel said...

Cleaning up is the downside of cooking :(

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Before I got married, one of my biggest "fears" was coming up with meals to serve for the years to come. Here I am 19 years later and I'm still disorganized. If I ever win a lot of money, I may consider hiring a maid and cook.

At 3:11 AM, Blogger Rockin' Ruby said...

Well i started cooking at 11 or 12(i'm 21) simply because it looked fun (and totally is). i dont like eating what i make (except my homemade pizza), but everyone else seems to enjoy it (especially that one particular recipe). i cook mostly mexican (my background) and you never ever use measuring spoons, its by feel. if you feel like you put enough then it is is but if your insecure then its not. its how my mom and one of my elder sisters taught me. theres a saying in spanish that says; 'si lo haces de corazon, hay que rico sabor!' translation; 'if you do it with love, oh how great it tastes!' (i'm translating loosely, sounds better in spanish)

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

I had to laugh at this. I detest cooking. I am terrible at it. I never really thought about it as I cooked when my kids were little - the mac and cheese thing, hot dogs, pizza and such. Now I learn from the kids that some of my cooking choices were a little strange. LOL Yet, my husband, my daughter, and my son enjoy cooking and do it well. I guess it was a matter of survival? I think also seeing how picky I am and how much trouble it is to feed me, esp now with diabetes, that they figured they'd better step up and find some food! My mother cooked with love as did my grandmother and my sister also is a good cook.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Brittaney said...

I'm with you Kristin. Absolutely hate to cook! It makes me so mad I cry sometimes. So I've practiced praying and thanking God while I cook. Helps a little bit, but not much. Also if it's really bad I turn on my Christmas music, because nothing saves a bad moment like some happy Christmas music.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger jel said...

just think what it was like back when , you had a cook on a
woodcook stove , where ya had to cut your own wood to built a fire to cook supper, and in this kind of heat!
( but I much say the food taste good that can from that woodcook stove! :)

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Barb, we're soul sisters and Brittaney I like your idea, though I am not sure I could get there during the cooking. And you know, I don't know how I came from my family jel, my great grandmother came across the plains in a covered wagon with ten kids and baked biscuits on the way. If that were me, we'd still be wherever we came from. LOL

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I love to cook. I've been moving all this week and today is my birthday, haven't been able to cook so we've been eating out a lot. Tonight it's just my husband and me and I think we're going out again. I kinda wish I had some steaks to throw on the grill and some fresh garden veggies to saute up with maybe some of my oven baked fries. Cooking relaxes me.


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