Need advice: cooking as a hobby.

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  1. Ivon Denosovich

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    I don't know how to cook but have always wanted to learn. What should I do? Should I buy books or watch tv shows or just wing it? For those of you who know how to cook, how did you learn? It looks like so much fun, but as an outsider it's all so intimidating!

    ETA: I'm primarily interested in beef, rice, and stir fry dishes. If that matters... and it may not. :confused:
     
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    A few months back I would have said just to find a recipe and follow it but I learned that it's not always that easy. My daughter's then boyfriend wanted to cook for her and I gave him our favorite recipe that was very easy - but he bombed it so badly that they couldn't eat the food.

    Have you checked in your community for cooking classes? Maybe barter with someone from church who could teach you to cook and you can do something for them (lawn work, computer work, painting, whatever you can do for them). If you lived here, I'd teach you the basics of preparation, the "cooking language" and some good recipes.

    The Pioneer Woman has great recipes and she shows you how to do things step-by-step so you might want to look through her site too.
     
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    I learned how to cook when I got married, I learned a lot from Betty Crocker, and a lot failures.
    Tv is good for techniques, a lot of these recipes most people will never make, although I make quite a few of them, but techniques are my main priority.
    Become familiar with some common cooking terms, and read a few recipes for a dish you want to make, which one sounds like ingredients you like, what ingredients are you familiar with, or not familiar with, going with easy stuff. If you find term in a recipe you don't understand look them up on line, or ask someone here.
    Cooking is not as hard as it seems, if a 16 year old can move past white brocolli ( you don't want ot know the story), and now be accused of being a resturant chef by people who don't know me but have eaten my food, then anyone who wants to cook can, with the right help and a little study, and a lot of attempts not being affraid of failure.
    Decide what 1 thing you most want to be able to cook, and do a little reserch and go at it. Theres a lot of people here who will help you.
     
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    Get in there and play! That' show you learn best, IMO. That's how I learned.

    BTW...when you do that, go ahead and throw the first batch out automatically. You'll save on doctor bills. :eek: :D

    (whaddaya mean, "That's just for when Rbell cooks??")
     
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    well, we threw out the broccoli, and a few other things along the way.
     
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    When I was single I took a couple of cooking classes at the local Community College. I didn't want to be the prime example of a single guy who lived on soup and sandwiches, or at McDonald's.


    After I got the basics down, and felt comfortable in a kitchen, I started getting cookbooks and trying new recipes. I'm not as good a cook as donnA, but nobody has sued me over my food yet, and nobody has died after eating it.
     
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    Rob, I'm almost certain your a much better cook then I am.
    But good advice, learning a few basics and your ready to go at it, cooking isn't that hard.
     
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    Get a cookbook with pictures. It is much eaiser when starting out.
     
  9. Ivon Denosovich

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    To All: thanks for the responses. Been away from my computer awhile, sorry for the "cut & run" posting.

    This is my dilemma. I really won't know if I can cook until someone objectively tries something I've done, but i dislike the thought of forcing someone to be a guinea pig.

    I took your advice here and just found a friend from church who cooks for fun and who has promised to teach me. Great idea! Thx!

    Sounds like sound advice. I have a nasty habit of doing too many things at once, so this was a timely reminder.

    Easy for you to say, you don't have to eat my cooking!:tongue3:

    In hours, how long did that take?

    Will do!
     
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    The classes met for 4-hours per week [2-hrs twice a week] for 6 weeks for a total of 24 hours for the class.
     
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    Step one: Find someone who wants to eat as a hobby.:thumbs:
     
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    sometimes recipes don't turn out like they should or like you thought they would, but you use ingredients you normally like, unless you do something really bad like burn it it will be edible, you just may not like it, no matter how perfectly we pul off a recipe theres always the chance we won't like recipe, has nothing to do with our cooking skills. and we've all messed up, like burning food before. I've burned more then my fair share in the past. and sometimes still do.
     
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    Get on YouTube and see what you want to learn. Some of the cooking videos on there are mediocre, but some are excellent. Here's a guy I love to watch and the stuff he makes is great... lots of "down-home" cooking as well as some fancy stuff:
    Dave Can Cook

    Cookbooks are great, too. I have several that see regular use.

    I pull recipes and ideas from television, articles in magazines, things I see in restaurants, whatever. I make a mean version of Outback's Alice Springs Chicken (my wife's favorite dish there) that I figured out myself. I've also come up with some original concoctions that have proven to be pretty good (Cabbage Dump, Spam n Taters [not what you think], some casseroles, etc.).

    Start with simpler fare until you have a solid handle on seasoning levels, cooking times, cooking techniques, stuff like that. One of the hardest things (for me) is timing everything to finish cooking at about the same time so it can be served together as I hate for a dish to sit while other things cook.
     
  15. Ivon Denosovich

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    Well said!



    Yeah, I'm gonna keep this in mind as this weekend is going to be my first attempt to make something. Wish me luck. :)

    Recommend any for Tex-Mex?
     

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