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I Like to Cook From Scratch

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    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

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    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

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    Follow Me On Twitter

     I've started a scratch food group.  we can exchange recipes   scratchfood@twitter
    penguinswon penguinswon 51-55 2 Responses Aug 5, 2009

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    That is the way I like to cook.

    If I want lasagna, it will not be stouffers
    jlhhlj123 jlhhlj123 22-25, F Jul 4

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    Macaroons

    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 9 Responses May 18, 2010

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    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

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    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 41-45, M 7 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    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

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    Experimenting in the kitchen.

    ..that's what I call it when I'm cooking. When I cook food that I tasted and liked during my travels to other countries, I refer to recipes only to get ideas and not necessarily follow what they say (that's why I don't like making cakes, pastries and bread which require following...
    shiningcosmos shiningcosmos 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    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!
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Mar 4, 2010

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    This Turned Out Really Well

    roasted cauliflower...drizzle with olive oil,chopped garlic,s&p,some pine nuts,parm.cheese-and lemon zest! put 'em in the oven or broiler 'till they're done-haha you might add the pinola nuts a bit later so they don't scorch... DEELISH!
    dubkebab dubkebab 46-50, M 5 Responses Oct 11, 2009

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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

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    Deathofall Deathofall 26-30, M Oct 27

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    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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    The Best

    I love from-scratch cooking!! I make gravy, biscuits, soups, pancakes and more from scratch.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F Apr 11, 2010

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    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 3 Responses Oct 28

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    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 26-30 Jul 8, 2013

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 22, 2007

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    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 51-55 6 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    Today I made steak tacos on corn tortillas

    topped with cilantro and Mexican cheese for my boyfriend's family and they absolutely loved it
    Curlytop242 Curlytop242 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 27

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    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 1 Response Oct 26

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    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

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    Cooking Is Fun

    I especially like to cook without a recipe.  My spaghetti sauce is never the same twice.
    SomeguyinUT SomeguyinUT 31-35 Oct 21, 2008

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    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 26 Responses Oct 18, 2009

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    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

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    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

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    Munching

    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

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    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 4 Responses Sep 23

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    Oh I do ..much prefer a proper cooked meal .

    .than throwing something pre cooked or Ready Made together.Hubs is particular about having his meals cooks from scratch too.Obviously if you are busy, cooking from scratch is tricky. A tip which has helped me time & time again is ..whenever I'm busy to use my slow cooker. It's...
    Mmmcherries Mmmcherries 46-50, F 5 Responses Sep 26

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    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

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    I tried cooking from scratch

    and ended up summoning a demon.
    texan75 texan75 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 28

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    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 1 Response Feb 19, 2012

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    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

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    Almost Always

    as soon as I start to cook, I feel happy. Relaxed, and happy. I wish I more reliably took time to do that. Make a date with myself, etc.  :)
    penname penname 41-45, F Nov 4, 2009

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    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 3 Responses Feb 16, 2012

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    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 2 Responses Jan 31, 2012

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    Time Out

    I am afraid I am a purist when it comes to food... just about everything I cook is from scratch. The only thing I use out of a jar is spaghetti sauce.. and even then, I just use it as a base and make it my own. I love creating new flavor and texture combinations... coming...
    MissSass MissSass 31-35, F 9 Responses Apr 28, 2010

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 9, 2010

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    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

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    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

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    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 18-21, M Sep 24

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    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 46-50 3 Responses May 17, 2012

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    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...
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 23

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