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I am obsessed with food...

Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGNShy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin
edited November 2020 in Cooking

I cannot explain just how much I love cooking. I mean, I love everything about it. I love not only growing it..I love shopping for it, cooking it, eating it, planning my life around it...I need an intervention!


Everything here was made in one of these two appliances! (except the caramelized onions, which was used for French onion soup)

I really do need an intervention. I'm obsessed with the instant pot brand!


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  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 2,949 admin

    I agree completely.... except for needing an intervention! Food is my life's passion.

    "The pleasures of the table belong to all ages, to all conditions, to all countries and to every day; they can be associated with all the other pleasures and remain the last to console us for the loss of the rest."

    Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that shares this obsession. To think, some people absolutely loathe cooking! It's literally my most favorite hobby...and I simply cannot understand how one could hate it!

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 2,949 admin

    I can't understand that, at all! I'm also amazed by people who give no thought to what they eat. They just eat to fill their stomach... it is animalistic!

  • jodienancarrowjodienancarrow Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 702 admin

    Food is the best way to bring friends and family together. My absolute favourite is to cook a good healthy meal and have conversation and laughs around the table or wherever that may be.

    I love being in my kitchen with a plan to cook something nutritious and yummy, with many ingredients sourced from the garden. I’m with you @Ruth Ann Reyes cooking food is good for the soul. No intervention needed!

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,399 ✭✭✭✭

    My kitchen and pantry amaze many. It surprises me how many people DO NOT cook, or only cook simple things.

    Of course, that means they can have a tiny uncrowded kitchen and more time for fun things. Any guesses as to how healthy they really are?

  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin

    I honestly do not use cookbooks! I may google several of the same recipes and then I just make it up as I go along!

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,364 admin
    edited November 2020

    I have many cookbooks & make up many recipes. My favorite series is Company's Coming, but I get my recipes from everywhere. I write any of my made up ones down as I go so that I can reproduce or modify them as desired. All modifications are written down as well. I have to have variety in my food or I get bored very quickly.

    I also do as @Ruth Ann Reyes and combine variations of recipes to do my own thing.

    I take microwave recipes & make them conventional as we don't own a microwave.

    I also alter recipes by substituting ingredients that would have additives. We avoid quite a few and due to that and the fact that for a long time acceptable foods were impossible to find in stores, I had to get creative. So, some recipes can become quite complicated when you make everything from scratch, like soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and so on.

    Meals are always large here due to having big eaters of heavy foods & 7 family members. Sometimes I enjoy cooking and baking, other times, I am glad that I have kids that can do some.

    It has become more of a job than a passion as it takes a lot of time when one always cooks huge meals.

  • naomi.kohlmeiernaomi.kohlmeier Posts: 242 ✭✭✭

    I also love food. I wake up planning what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, what i can make for dessert, how to preserve food, how to make my own medicines from foods and what I can forage. I currently have sourdough bread raising on the counter, kombucha on the bench in my kitchen and kefir and fermented veggies in the fridge. I love all aspects of cooking, baking, eating, reading about food and preparing holiday meals, or any meal for that matter. AND I work in a kitchen store, so I generally talk about food or preparing it most of the day as well. My husband also likes to make things, so we do talk about food a lot in this household. Oh, and my one daughter is a pastry chef, so there's that!

  • I love to cook. I especially love to bake. However, I've been single since 2004, and cooking for one is a bit less exciting.

    I do love having leftovers, and cook with that in mind now. Occasionally we have a friends and family meal, usually around the holidays. That's when I get to enjoy trying new recipes or making old favorites.

  • GroundedGrounded Posts: 154 ✭✭✭

    I have to admit that I enjoy cooking, it is therapy for me many times. That being said, I would disagree that making simple food is unhealthy. There is an art to taking simple ingredients and combining just a few in a simple recipe. Whole food, fresh food, well sourced food, interesting spices are more important to me.

  • annflancanannflancan Posts: 81 ✭✭✭

    One of my favorite memories with my kids is cooking and giving them a basket and asking them to go in the back yard to pick a salad and a veggie for dinner. To this day, as adults, they remember me saying, during our meal, that we are eating a living dinner. No packages, no additive, no preservatives....just fresh food to nourish our bodies. Kids in the kitchen is a wonderful thing. We even had fun while they washed and dried the dishes as I prepared lunched for the next day.

  • water2worldwater2world Sherry Jochen Sevierville, TNPosts: 161 ✭✭✭

    @Ruth Ann Reyes Oh my gosh---even your pictures made me hungry and ready to cook!!

    I must admit that I have never used an instant pot. After seeing your pics, I am ready to try! Any suggestions?

  • water2worldwater2world Sherry Jochen Sevierville, TNPosts: 161 ✭✭✭

    @Acequiamadre and @LaurieLovesLearning , I Love to just read cookbooks---especially some that belonged to my grandmother, even the notes that she had written down. They definitely don't "read" like todays cookbooks!

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,364 admin

    Could you imagine if we could all get together for a potluck. Now, wouldn't that be something?

    Mmmm.... 😋

  • Annie KateAnnie Kate Eastern Ontario, CanadaPosts: 325 ✭✭✭

    @Ruth Ann Reyes You are a very talented photographer, too! Your pictures make my mouth water. :)

    @LaurieLovesLearning The potluck idea sounds lovely, for the fellowship of all the amazing GrowNetWorkers, the food, and the idea of no limits on gatherings.

  • Annie KateAnnie Kate Eastern Ontario, CanadaPosts: 325 ✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning The potluck idea sounds lovely, for the fellowship of all the amazing GrowNetWorkers, the food, and the idea of no limits on gatherings.

    We could have a virtual potluck....

  • VermontCathyVermontCathy Posts: 373 ✭✭✭

    Great stuff! And cooking is one thing we can continue to do and enjoy despite lockdowns.

    My cookbooks range all over the place, from Once A Month Cooking, to The Best in American Cooking (Paddleford, 1970), to Daily Hollow House Soup & Bread Country Inn Cookbook (Dragonwagon, 1992), to ethnic cookbooks like Pakistani & North Indian Cooking: A Complete Guide for Students & Beginners (Raza, 2015), Authentic Mexican (Bayless, 1987/2007), and Real Thai: The Best of Thailand's Regional Cooking (McDermott, 1992). My most recent acquisitions are Vietnamese Food any day (Nguyen, 2019), Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes From Hunan Province (Dunlop, 2007), and The Food of Sichuan (Dunlop, 2019).

    I don't cook all the recipes in these many books, but in most cases I have at least a couple of recipes in each that are made fairly regularly. (Well, not Hunan and Sichuan yet; I got those books recently and haven't tried them yet.)

    Vietnamese Food Any Day is especially interesting because it was written to be used in the United States with ingredients that are available (mostly) in normal grocery stores. The Chinese books require a visit to an Asian grocery, and I make the Thai recipes with some ingredients skipped because they are too hard to get here.

  • nicksamanda11nicksamanda11 Posts: 140 ✭✭✭

    Cooking is the way that I express my creativity. I can make something delicious out of nothing, that feels like a God given gift to me.

  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin
  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin

    I have the 6 quart Instant Pot Ultra. But, any model will work just as well. Seriously, it's changed my life and upped my game!

  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin

    Thank you so much! I love it and regret not jumping on the blog bandwagon back in their hay day!

  • soeasytocraftsoeasytocraft Alberta, CanadaPosts: 165 ✭✭✭

    @judsoncarroll4 Animalistic! 😂 You are so right! I laughed as a picture of a couple of people who I love comes to mind. They live to eat anything and everything unhealthy. In my mind I affectionately call them pigs at the trough. Don’t tell them though! 😂

    My extreme obsessive organic yummy 😋 home grown cooking of food is kinda hard for them to chew.

  • DurwardPlessDurwardPless Posts: 108 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2020

    WOW! @Ruth Ann Reyes Great pictures! Are you married?

  • SlippySlippy Posts: 117 ✭✭✭
  • water2worldwater2world Sherry Jochen Sevierville, TNPosts: 161 ✭✭✭

    @Ruth Ann Reyes Thanks---I will check black Friday deals! With a recommendation like yours, I can't go wrong! (I just needed a "small" push!)

  • Ruth Ann ReyesRuth Ann Reyes Managing Director TGN Shy of the Chi - Zone 5bPosts: 348 admin
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