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Do you guys like to cook?

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I love cooking. I constantly think about what I'm going to make for my next meal. Sometimes, I go over the prepping and cooking process while I sleep. I love it when the food came out just right, and I wish I have a bigger stomach and a faster metabolism so I could eat more. While eating out is great, I enjoy even more the food I cooked with my own hands. Unlike many people I know, I enjoy prepping the ingredients. But, like many, I hate doing the dishes afterward.

I made a cajun seafood soup tonight, served over rice. My gf came home complaining about her stressful work. But while we were eating, I could see the stress melting away as she was eating the steamy, comforting soup. She hadn't talked about work since.

This is one of the main reasons why I cook.
 

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Yeah I love cooking too, especially the prep work. Since I cook for only myself,
, I always make too much and have come to the realization that it is way more expensive for me to eat this way. However, its the only creative thing that I enjoy doing.

My problem is after I cook, sometimes I get so tired, I don't even feel like eating. Does anyone get like that?
 

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Originally Posted by cheessus
My problem is after I cook, sometimes I get so tired, I don't even feel like eating. Does anyone get like that?

Never. But sometimes I feel like, because I spent so much time cooking the meal, I enjoy it less. I think this is due to the fact that, when you cook, you're exposed to the aroma and flavor of the food. Thus, when it's time to eat, the anticipation is gone or has been greatly diminished. Without this, the food doesn't seem to taste as great.
 

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I love to cook, and I wish I have enough time to practice on my cuisine of choice but it has to take a backseat with other stuff to do at home. There's something about the preparation stage (measuring, cutting, etc...) that is kinda peaceful and zenlike when you're not in a rush. Then the opposite of that happens when you cook, a frenzy of heat and stirring and tasting and adjusting (I usually cook Chinese food, so the actual cooking part is usually done in a huff)
 

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Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
Never. But sometimes I feel like, because I spent so much time cooking the meal, I enjoy it less. I think this is due to the fact that, when you cook, you're exposed to the aroma and flavor of the food. Thus, when it's time to eat, the anticipation is gone or has been greatly diminished. Without this, the food doesn't seem to taste as great.

Hmm true. Also all the prep work is just tiring and standing over a flame/oven dehydrates you.

By the way for those of you who haven't tried drunk cooking, you should really look into it. You can create some pretty amazing things, provided you can keep your fingers.
 

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I do, but I am a student and have a frustrating kitchen. I can't wait until it gets cold so that I can make some of my favorite stews.
 

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Definitely, mostly because I also like to eat. Also the thrill of creation, or doing something really well.

For instance - for my FIL's birthday I made a german chocolate cake from a box, but did the icing from scratch, and that made a world of difference in the presentation and the flavor.
 

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Originally Posted by Reggs
I do, but I am a student and have a frustrating kitchen

+1
 

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I've really come to enjoy cooking over the last year, although I'm not quite at the level where I can just come up with something by looking at what I have available. I'm still working with recipes and what I know well. On the weekends though, I enjoy spending some time to try to make something I haven't done before.

Do you all have say, a few dishes that your mother/father made that you loved but can't quite get right yourself? There's a couple of those for me.
 

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I like cooking quite a bit. I usually cook Italian though I will cook pretty much anything. My favorite thing to cook is probably caramelized onions as I eat these in or on a lot of things, they can really change a dish.
 

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I do enjoy culinary endevours as well. I've done a few courses at Copia, and have tried to make every dish in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".

At this point though, after doing most of them, I find that if I can't do what I want using one or two cast-iron pans, a well used chef's knife and a whisk, I put it off.
 

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I am not against cooking as sometimes when a man cooks this can really turn a woman on but just me per say I would not cook unless I had a book infront of me full of delightful recipies.

I can follow the books direction flawlessly so if any of my friends ever needed a house party chef then I would be it.
 

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I love it, and I cook in a beautiful kitchen (built more or less to my spec, including the 9" wide counter to the left of my stove, placed specifically for resting my wineglass), surrounded with things that I enjoy using.

But after almost 15 years of cooking for a family it gets old and you cook boring stuff. There are ruts and I'm in one right now.
 

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Absolutely. The problem for me, as it is for most of you, is time, so I really only find myself ‘cooking’ on weekends. My solution is to do a batch of something every weekend (e.g., short ribs, pork belly, ragu, soups, stocks, even gravlox) that I can portion and freeze for future consumption. Obviously, certain things like seafood need to be done in real time, but using the combination of fresh and frozen, I can make a multi-course meal on a weeknight without an overwhelming effort. That is, when I’m not travelling and eating horribly on the road.
 

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