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It makes me happy when...

It makes me happy when a hard boiled egg peels easily
It makes me happy when someone eats a meal I've prepared and gets such a look of pleasure on their face when they taste it.
It makes me happy to see my children cook and enjoy food
It makes me happy to try a new recipe and it turns our exactly as I wanted
It makes me happy when the new recipe is declared a "do again" by my family
It makes me happy to taste something that sends my tastebuds soaring

Sometimes the simple things in life are all it takes to make me happy.

What makes you happy? (re: food related)

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  1. It makes me happy when I screw up a new recipe I still learn something regarding ingredients, cooking temperatures, and cookware(that I can apply to the next time I make it...)

    1. It makes me happy when someone says "I never liked X until I tasted this!"

      1. it makes me happy when....
        ....someone goes to a place I have recommended and reports back on how much they liked it!
        ....when someone walks in and smells the room and can't wait to dig in.
        ....when I decide to just make something from whatever I have in the fridge and it turns out delish (although I may not be able to reproduce, LOL).

        1. It makes me happy when I make something different for dinner and my husband not only likes it be eats the leftovers. I have to say he is the pickiest eater I have ever tried to feed. Most foods I suggest he gives a big thumbs down so now I just go ahead and cook what I think looks tasty that day and as of yet he has not boo hoo'd any of it! That makes me extremely happy. no more same old same old.

          1. It makes me happy to try something I've never had before--whether I like it or not. At least I tried it.
            It makes me happy when I enjoy a meal/snack and not feel guilty about calories.

            1. It makes me when I am able to make a traditionally unhealthy meal both healthy AND tasty.
              It makes me happy when a recipe of my own invention turns out well.
              It makes me happy when my husband is proud to share what I've made for him with his co-workers and they request I send my baked goods to staff meetings.
              It makes me happy when I don't catch something on fire.

              1. ... when the cut of meat I'm looking for looks great AND is on sale
                ... when my guests wipe every last bit from their plate with my homebaked bread.. then wipe clean the serving dishes.
                ... when an invite to a pot luck includes a specific request for one of my signature dishes
                ... when the visiting "problem eater" child cleans his/her plate and asks for more.
                ... when I climb on the scale and find that at least I haven't GAINED any weight.

                1. It makes me happy when:
                  - i cook the meat dead on medium rare.
                  - the cake comes out of the mold in one piece.
                  - you just KNOW your dinner party kicked ass.
                  - my husband says, "something smells good!"
                  - someone introduces me and describes me as a great cook
                  - my baguette sounds hollow when i tap on it.
                  - my dad says my thanksgiving reminds him of my mom who passed away years ago

                  1. Love this thread!

                    It makes me happy when...
                    ...I eat a really good meal with people I enjoy spending time with.
                    ...I open the fridge and see more fresh, healthy food and less take out containers and processed foods.
                    ...I come home from work and can make dinner because the kitchen is well stocked.

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                    1. re: potterybliss

                      It makes me happy when ...

                      My daughters (who are both under 10) prefer to stay home on Sat and Sun mornings to make breakfast and lunch from scratch - whether it be scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes, dumplings instead of asking for McDonalds or pizza

                      We try out a new restaurant and feel like we have found another 'regular' that we would want to keep going back to

                      Summer is here and I can start grilling steaks, shrimp, salmon and veggies in my backyard BBQ

                    2. It makes me happy when...

                      My youngest daughter's teenage friends choose our house to hang out because they know I love to feed them and we have the best snacks & treats
                      One of the family/friends offers to help make something or clean up for a holiday meal
                      Our whole extended family gets together for a special meal (about 3-4 times/year)
                      I walk into the Italian specialty market I patronize and the butcher says he has a special meat/poultry/fish put away just for me
                      The people I work with ask me to plan all the office events because they trust my menu planning, location selection, etc.
                      Getting invitations for dinner at other people's houses makes me REALLY happy (people seem to be intimidated by this)
                      Sharing my knowledge with other CHs and getting advice on this board makes me happy
                      Cooking with my family (daughters, niece & nephew) sharing recipes passed down through the ages and teaching them how to do things

                      1. It makes me happy when . . .

                        asked who our grandson wanted to invite to his birthday dinner, "requested" that his Gigi and Poppa be there! And he turned 6 yesterday!

                        I make something that is new to my picky DH and he actually likes it.

                        I am with the family, and friends, and a certain dish is mentioned an they go "have you ever had Mom's? It's the best."

                        I get to eat food that I had in my childhood, like polenta, spaetzle, palachinka (sp?)

                        I add a little something extra to a dish that makes it sing, and others agree.

                        I introduce new foods to my grandkids and they love them.