I Like to Cook From Scratch

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    Feels good to start cooking again.

    Yesterday I made a Root Vegetable Mash and it was a winner with my family! It feels good to make food people (including myself) enjoy eating. The mash was simple with just Potato x 4, Swede x 1/3 and Carrot x 6 (amount of vegetables was guesswork based on expected taste) mashed...
    Shiznitone Shiznitone
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 11, 2014

    Today I made steak tacos on corn tortillas

    topped with cilantro and Mexican cheese for my boyfriend's family and they absolutely loved it
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    2 Responses Oct 27, 2014

    Mothers Day = Lemon Drizzle..

    Being a student i didn't really have the finds to get an expensive present and mum has everything ! I mean everything ! So i decided to pick up some nice flowers and cook some food for her. Lemon drizzle gets it name from the last step of the cakes formation. Where you pierce...
    fmhp fmhp
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 20, 2012

    I Like To Cook From Scratch

    I used to be so busy with work and small children, I relied heavily on packets for my cooking although we always had fresh vegetables.  Now that I have time I am really loving cooking from scratch without all the nasties/additives they put in the packets.  I feel...
    Glondie Glondie
    51-55, F
    Apr 26, 2010

    Do you understand how awesome you will be

    if you learn to cook? It's like a super power people!
    khewster khewster
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 23, 2014

    To Those Penny Pinchers

    Cooking from scratch cost significantly less than buying all ready made foods at the super market.  These food companies are making money hand over fist because so many Americans are too lazy to make their own foods.  It costs them about .15 cents to make infant formula...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Oct 18, 2009

    Slowfood Movement - Goodbye Campbells

    I have always used campbells cream soups in my cooking.  Then I read one of cc5439's comments and it made me think.  Actually, it made me pull out the soup and read the label.  I have gotten rid of practically all other processed foods except my Campbell's...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    25 Responses Oct 18, 2009

    Smoky Potato Soup

    2-3 medium potatoes, scrubbed and chopped.....put in a saucepan of water, not quite enough to cover and cook on medium heat until they are almost done.  Add pepper and salt to taste, and a little Wrights Liquid smoke (about 1 tsp).  Finish cooking, when potatoes are done, add...
    WildAmy WildAmy
    61-65, F
    1 Response Jan 1, 2012
    Netabell Netabell
    26-30, F
    Jun 28, 2015

    It's almost like meditation to me.

    To empty my mind of everything and feel the ingredients and bring it all together using only my experience and no cook books. Cooking for my family is an expression of love ❤Grilled ChickenGreen BeansSpaghetti Carbonara (dairy free) 
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    1 Response Mar 18, 2015

    Nothing Beats Real Food...

    It may not sound like a really masculine thing to do, but after having been forcefed restaurant fodder for almost every night for over 3 years, nothing beats some real home cooked food... .... restaurant food, especially on the budget I was on, is unvariably a slab of greasy...
    delt delt
    46-50, M
    8 Responses Dec 10, 2007

    Well, Not Really

    But my fiancé can cook. She makes the best pot roast you'd ever lay your teeth on. She makes her cookies with love. She adds just the right amount of spice to her stews. She cooks without a cookbook, and hell, she can cook. As far as I go, I'd blow up the kitchen.
    MaiaTheBroken MaiaTheBroken
    18-21, F
    Jul 6, 2012

    I tried cooking from scratch

    and ended up summoning a demon.
    texan75 texan75
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Oct 28, 2014

    Dig Your Tasty Vitamin A Fix

    pardon the fact that I'm not using measurements here, just a good healthy yummy side dish you can make as much or as little you might need,and balance the ingredients according to your taste,budget,season etc. grab a few carrots-(last night I just used one large one...
    dubkebab dubkebab
    46-50, M
    1 Response Apr 17, 2010

    I haven't eaten at a restaurant in ages

    because I can cook anything I want faster and cheaper at home. I'm addicted to my own cooking and dream of someday owning a restaurant or catering company.
    ShesAVeryKinkyGirl ShesAVeryKinkyGirl
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 12, 2014

    Tonight I am making home made pizza.

    The dough is rising now. Next to grate the cheese. To the cheese and tomato sauce I am adding fresh chopped garlic and onion, basil and oregano and some fresh ground black pepper.
    pdqsailor1 pdqsailor1
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2015

    Learned Early On.

    Until you have learned how to cook, what herbs and seasoning do in a dish, what combinations go together, how the pallet handles food and drink, you can't really appreciate what goes into a meal you and others find so appetizing in a good restaurant.  Spending a lot of time...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 8, 2013

    Follow Me On Twitter

     I've started a scratch food group.  we can exchange recipes   scratchfood@twitter
    penguinswon penguinswon
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2009

    Curry Powder From Scratch

    For a few years I've been doing as much as I can from scratch. When I make a chili, I make my own stocks and grind my own paste. It really does make a difference. A few weeks ago, I made some curry with a powder ground and blended from scratch. The difference was remarkable...
    penguinswon penguinswon
    6 Responses Dec 10, 2007

    Wic Approved

    I've notice on a lot of items I buy there is a WIC approved sign. Does WIC only approve real food?  Is the WIC approval a sign that its good to eat?
    MarkFree MarkFree
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Nov 4, 2009

    Where Is The Fun If There Is Not Challenge?

    Recipes I like cooking from scratch: A birthday cake. homemade feeling and frosting. Raviolis, Pancakes, Muffins, Cookies, Homemade salad dressings...
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    2 Responses Sep 9, 2010

    I've cooked shrimp campus before.

    I bought the wrong size shrimp but it still cane out delicious, and my boyfriend and I smacked on the whole dish that night! I hope that when I come into more money that I can col more healthy meals from scratch.
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 23, 2015

    Homemade Mac & Cheese

    I don't know if I have posted my recipe (or my mom's I should say) for homemade Mac & Cheese. It's not exactly from scratch from the purist's point of view, but it is not from a box (though I like Kraft too!) You boil the macaroni, drain it, shred some cheddar cheese. Add...
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    3 Responses Aug 22, 2007

    Carrot, Corriander And Mushroom Soup.

    So i first had this soup whilst i was at a resturant. I really fell in love with it ! So i attempted to make it, all from scratch and it turned out to be really good. Its abit nippy here in the UK at the minute, so its perfect sunday, curled on the sofa, comfort food. I didn't...
    fmhp fmhp
    22-25, F
    Feb 19, 2012

    Tonkatsu Curry .. Yummy !

    I made Tonkatsu curry which is basically, a fried pork loin with curry and rice. A Japanese dish. I always have this whenever i go to Wagamama's, so i decided to make it at home and see how it turns out ! I bought a couple of extra pork loin steaks as i hadn;t cooked this...
    fmhp fmhp
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2012

    It is a great skill to have.

    Mcdonalds and frozen pizzas will only get most people so far. And if you know how to find food and cook it in a survival situation then you are a great steep ahead
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits
    22-25, M
    Sep 24, 2014

    One of my kitchen mottos is,

    "cinnamon sugar and garlic makes everything better." Not together, though; that tends to make everything worse.
    Chaosforthefly Chaosforthefly
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 28, 2014

    I learned how to cook

    when I was 11 because my mom worked late and my dad wasn't a part of my life. I have an older brother who has anger issues and they are worst when he's hungry, so I learned how to cook. At first it was just box Mac and Cheese, and anything in a can that I could cook in a pan...
    sighselly sighselly
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Sep 23, 2014

    there's something satisfying about making

    something on your own, even if it's total ****. c:
    aspiringmagicalgirl aspiringmagicalgirl
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 11, 2015

    I just found these awesome stores near my home.

    One is all kitchen supplies and the other had specialty ingredients and cookbooks. I bought a few different types of olive oil and some rosemary flavored pasta. I can't wait to cook it and I will surely be returning to those stores.
    an2012 an2012
    22-25, F
    Oct 26, 2014

    Being A Chef

    this really helps not not been working as a chef for years and I hust love cooking from base ingresientsgreat taste and so much variety
    christinemelody christinemelody
    56-60, T
    1 Response Jun 8, 2012

    Last Night I Made ...

    Green bean casserole, roast chicken, baked potatoes instead of roast potatoes, with some perfectly done carrots and broccoli and some some absolutely delicious home made stuffing. Yum !
    fmhp fmhp
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 31, 2012

    It's Worth The Time And Effort..

    I always try to cook everything from scratch. It takes up a lot more time that way, but it's usually worth it in the end. You don't have any of those nasty perservatives in your food, you know exactly everything in it. Plus, it tastes a thousand times better. Bread, pancakes...
    delirium delirium
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2010

    I Make My Own Skin Care Products From Scatch Too

    My body has allergies and intolerances, and my kitchen serves as the production facility for healthy food preparation and natural household cleaning and skin care product making as well. I enjoy spending time doing all of these things, but most of all I enjoy the compliments I...
    Sophora Sophora
    2 Responses May 17, 2012
    Deathofall Deathofall
    31-35, M
    Oct 27, 2014

    That is the way I like to cook.

    If I want lasagna, it will not be stouffers
    jlhhlj123 jlhhlj123
    26-30, F
    Jul 4, 2014

    This afternoon I decided to serve pasta

    for dinner. I made my own egg noodle dough with the Kitchen aid mixer, then extruded it into spagetti and laid the noodles on drying racks. The machine worked perfectly. After this was done I diced cloves of garlic, chopped onions and sauteyed them in a sauce pan until...
    pdqsailor1 pdqsailor1
    51-55, M
    Mar 29, 2015


    on some kettle cooked sea salt and cracked black pepper chips. I have to try to cook these myself, soooo good and know they would be amazing fresh. ^•^
    fortysixandtwo fortysixandtwo
    22-25, F
    Feb 20, 2012

    Shrove Tuesday ...

    ...A.K.A .. Pancake day ! I made pancakes with fresh, firm, juicy, sweet strawberries and some melted chocolate. I make crepe type pancakes, as opposed to american type pancakes. It was soooo good ! Heaven !
    fmhp fmhp
    22-25, F
    Feb 22, 2012

    And Grow My Own Stuff Too

    Nothing can beat cooking what you've grown.  Pick lots of zucchini when they're no bigger than your forefinger and dry fry them in a really hot pan for a couple of minutes.  Serve with parma ham.  yum yum,  Seemples!
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    4 Responses Mar 4, 2010


    WOOHOO.. today I finally mastered the art of baking French Almond Macaroons!!! Tricky little things that take a bit of skill to get just right. Now I can play around with some more interesting flavors and see just how creative I can be!! Cant wait to begin... Now all I...
    MissSass MissSass
    31-35, F
    8 Responses May 18, 2010

    Into Indian

    I've been on a Indian cooking streak for a few months now.  I don't always pull it off, but it's worth the effort, usually.  I love spicy, fresh, and low fat food. I think the reason I don't always have total success is that I am determined to use much less fat. Also...
    Incensical Incensical
    51-55, F
    Nov 24, 2007

    Why Bother?

    Why cook from scratch? Because I can. Because people whom I care for love my cooking. Because it makes me feel good to do it. Of course, it's not practical all the time. And sometimes I want to go out. Or I want to use ready-made products and gussy them up for my palate...
    auroramaru auroramaru
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2010
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