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What Do You Wear When You Cook?

inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 08:01 AM

I watch all kinds of cooking shows - some for the education, some for the food ideas, others for both, yet others so the Man and I can play Mystery Science Theater over a few beers or a bottle of wine...

Watching the women in particular, I'm starting to feel a little self conscious and underdressed when I cook. I never wear my hair down. Jewelry is off. Fake lashes? I can just see the glue melting when I open the oven to check on my roast. (But maybe my roast will look prettier with long lashes...) And I hate wearing street or work clothes to fry in - smell for one, stains for the other.

Hair up, jewelry off, a tank or one of the Man's old beer tees, maybe the occasional frilly apron when I wanna feel precious, and pj or yoga pants. That's what I wear when I cook.

What do you wear when you cook?

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  1. todao Jun 15, 2011 08:21 AM

    I don't have a cooking wardrobe. Whatever I happen to have on at the time is good enough.

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      inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 09:21 AM

      I almost always change out of street clothes to cook unless I've left the house looking like the slob that I do when I'm cooking. Then no need to change! :)

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        Ruth Lafler Jun 23, 2011 01:18 PM

        Whatever I have on, with the exception that I don't like to cook in clothes that are too baggy or that have floppy sleeves -- for what to me are obvious reasons -- and if I just got home from work and I'm wearing something new or especially nice I'll change the top. Otherwise, I might be barefoot in my oversize (but short-sleeved) sleepshirt or wearing jeans, a t-shirt and tennies or a skirt, blouse and low heels I wore to work (although to tell the truth, any shoe that can be slipped off will be slipped off sooner rather than later ... if company is coming I keep my shoes near the kitchen door and slip them on at the last minute).

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        DougRisk Jun 15, 2011 08:26 AM


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          inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 09:20 AM

          I'm relieved that you've decided against the fake lashes, Doug.

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            DougRisk Jun 15, 2011 09:28 AM

            Oh, Damn, my bad:

            - Jeans
            - T-Shirt
            - Fake Lashes

            Everyone likes to feel pretty.

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              inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 01:51 PM

              Well shoot! Now you can have your own show! I'll be the first to watch.

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          Nanzi Jun 15, 2011 09:27 AM

          Whatever I have on, but not good clothes, just the schlepping around the house stuff. I usually change into older stuff as soon as I get home. And really old stuff if I'm doing something messy.

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            escondido123 Jun 15, 2011 09:54 AM

            Whatever I have on, just like when I decide to garden on the spur of the moment. I have permanently stained a lot of tops that way, but too late to change.

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              arashall Jun 15, 2011 11:37 AM

              I now have a large collection of permanently stained shirts that I try to remember to change into when I'm cooking.

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              LeoLioness Jun 15, 2011 10:09 AM

              Whatever I happen to be wearing, though I do take off any rings or dangly, in-the-way jewlery. I neither dress up nor down to cook dinner.

              I put on an apron if it's something that could get messy or if I'll be doing a lot of cooking.

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                shanagain Jun 15, 2011 10:45 AM

                Ditto plus hair up... except I tend to forget the apron more than not. Many a favorite shirt has been sacrificed to the rag pile thanks to my arrogance.

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                  shanagain Jun 23, 2011 08:34 AM

                  Update: One more for the rag pile after a righteous splatter from last night's fried chicken.

                  + One more reminder that bare arms and grease do not mix. What I really need is one of my husband's old shirts to use like a 1st grade smock.

                  1. re: shanagain
                    sunshine842 Jun 23, 2011 10:41 AM

                    Shana, get your hands on one of those fine-mesh screen "lids" for your fried chicken -- doesn't stop it from popping or spattering, but the screen lets the steam out (so stuff gets good and crispy) and at least keeps the velocity of the spatters down to a manageable level.

                    Doesn't do a bit of good when it's time to turn stuff, but 90% is better than none.

              2. ttoommyy Jun 15, 2011 10:45 AM

                I wear whatever I have on as long as it's not "dress clothes"...which I hardly ever wear anymore anyway.

                Remember, it's television and they are trying to attract viewers. If a female cook/chef wears something nice, has her hair done and some makeup on, it may atttact a few more male viewers. It's all big business. If Giada came on in sweats and a t-shirt then we'd be on here saying, "Why can't that woman put something nice on for a change?"

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                  inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 10:50 AM

                  I guess we see things differently on this topic because if Giada, who would still be attractive in sweats and a tee wore sweats and a tee to cook, I'd just think it practical, not un-/less attractive.

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                    inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 10:52 AM

                    This is not to say that Giada actually does wear sweats and tees to cook and is just perpetrating a big lie on her viewing public. :)

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                      saacnmama Jul 24, 2011 08:54 PM

                      A lie? I didn't realize she sold her show as reality tv!
                      Honestly, do you really think they have everything quite so perfectly prepped when it's just them and the fam? I don't. They're there to sell us something, and dress accordingly.

                2. alliegator Jun 15, 2011 11:22 AM

                  At the moment I always wear my standard summer at home uniform of a tank top and cotton gym-type shorts. I remove rings and bracelets, and not only pull my hair back, but usually bun or braid it. It's very long and would be really nasty in somebody's plate!!
                  For super messy projects, I have a few tanks printed with ridiculous things like "winner of drinking contest X in 2005" or whatever that I also use for nasty cleaning projects.
                  If people will be coming over while I'm still in the kitchen, I'll upgrade to a spiffy dark tank top, jeans and flat sandals. And the makeup (without fake lashes) would have been put on before the cooking started.

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                  1. re: alliegator
                    inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 11:27 AM

                    Oh yes. THOSE. The Man has a SLAYER t-shirt from back in the day that I wear for only the grimiest projects.

                  2. Breadcrumbs Jun 15, 2011 11:36 AM

                    After wearing work clothes during the day, as soon as I get home I always look forward to changing into my casual/comfy clothes. T-shirt and sweats in the winter and capris in the summer. These are clothes that I can cook, clean and garden in and I won't be kicking myself if they get stained, ripped or damaged. Jewelry comes off as well.

                    I didn't always do this but after years of ruining clothes and scrubbing who knows what out of the crevices of my jewelry, I learned my lesson!

                    If guests are coming over I wait until the very last minute to change and freshen up and then will wear an apron if there's any last minute prep to do while my guests are here.

                    1. Novelli Jun 15, 2011 11:37 AM

                      For standard cooking, whatever I have on, plus an apron to protect.

                      I also use a snap-button lab coat any time I'm baking LOL!

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                        Isolda Jun 15, 2011 11:45 AM

                        Fake lashes? I wouldn't even wear those when I'm not cooking! Sounds itchy. Honestly, I just wear whatever I happen to be wearing unless it's a nice outfit. When I'm rolling dough or doing something powdered sugary or floury, I wear an apron. I usually forget to wear one when frying and later regret it when I find the oil splashes on my shirt. One thing I always wear is shoes. I hate being barefoot and I especially don't want to be barefoot in the kitchen.

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                          inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 11:51 AM

                          With you on the barefoot thing. It's usually flip flops for me.

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                            sunshine842 Jun 15, 2011 02:19 PM

                            and I'm *always* barefoot when it's warm -- my fleece slippers when it's not.

                            I'm far better known to NOT wear what I SHOULD wear -- a dark-coloured apron that won't show all the spoodge that shows up on everything -- even when I'm just walking *through* the kitchen.

                            I seem to be like Pigpen in Charlie Brown....I don't need to actually be doing something, grease spots seem to just appear on my clothing....

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                              Breadcrumbs Jun 15, 2011 02:34 PM

                              I feel the very same way about those grease spots sunshine!!

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                            odkaty Jun 15, 2011 01:23 PM

                            Running shorts
                            Tank top
                            Barefoot in the warm months
                            Wool knee socks in the winter (makes up for the lack of fake lashes)

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                            1. re: odkaty
                              inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 01:27 PM

                              Plus they double as oven mitts.

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                                alliegator Jun 15, 2011 01:34 PM

                                I think I've got you beat with my fuzzy socks featuring the sock monkey. They have little grippy things on the bottom which make them perfect for working in the kitchen if I've just shined the floor.
                                In the summer, nothing grips like my bare feets :)

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                                  odkaty Jun 15, 2011 02:11 PM

                                  I have those too ... in tiger and leopard print variations :-)
                                  Perfect traction for hot steamy summer canning days.

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                                    inaplasticcup Jun 15, 2011 02:17 PM

                                    Careful girls. You might get people hot and bothered over all this sock talk... :D

                              2. alanbarnes Jun 15, 2011 09:08 PM

                                Cook naked! It scares the kids, but teaches patience with the bacon. Seriously, though...

                                Winter - jeans, t-shirt, Doc Martens.

                                Summer - shorts, t-shirt, bare feet.

                                I have no hair and wear no jewelry (or false eyelashes), so those aren't an issue.

                                1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 15, 2011 09:10 PM

                                  previous threads that might be of interest%3




                                  oh, and bear in mind when you watch those shows that the hosts probably don't look like that when the cameras are off and they're cooking in their own kitchens. take note of how the competitors on Chopped show up - t-shirt, comfortable pants, Crocs or clogs, and maybe a do-rag or sweat band...far more realistic for someone who doesn't have a wardrobe stylist and hair/makeup people waiting in the wings to touch them up between takes.

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                                    inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 05:07 AM

                                    Thanks for the links, ghg! Further to ttoommyy's comment upstream, maybe another question to ask would be:

                                    Whether you dress up to cook or not, do you prefer that your cooking show hosts do?

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                                      goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2011 10:49 AM

                                      do you prefer that your cooking show hosts do?


                                      nope. i don't care what you're wearing, i'm watching for the FOOD. and truth be told, i'd rather *not* watch someone digging their blinged-out hands into the food or slicing & dicing with manicured talons (be they real or fake). it completely skeeves me out to think about the crud that ends up crusted on/in the jewelery, and i'm always waiting for them to lose a piece of polish-coated fingernail that will inevitably end up in the final dish.

                                      i know many of the male viewers appreciate the revealing tops Nigella, Giada et al sometimes wear, but all i can think about when i see that is how unpleasant it would be to end up with a hot oil or water spatter in one's decolletage. no thanks.

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                                        inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 10:52 AM

                                        Yeah. Burnt boobs is no fun.

                                  2. ipsedixit Jun 15, 2011 09:57 PM

                                    I thought this was quite topical.

                                    From the WSJ:

                                    "When she entertains in her Los Angeles home, Ms. De Laurentiis, who is a judge on season seven of the TV show "Food Network Star," as well as hosting her own show, often chooses an ankle-dusting cotton dress. The length "looks sophisticated," she says, but it's still somewhat casual because of the less dressy fabric. She likes cottons with a little stretch and flowing quality—jersey knits are a favorite—so that her movements aren't constricted."

                                    Read it all here: http://goo.gl/sVh9w

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                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      sunshine842 Jun 15, 2011 11:55 PM

                                      an ankle length dress? I can't even imagine how much grease I could carry around on *that*

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                                        rakip Jun 16, 2011 04:56 AM

                                        Like Ms. De Laurentis, I too like to look sophisticated while cooking chez moi but I achieve 'the look' by wearing apparel that matches the plats du jour. For French food, my beret, for Spanish (or Mexican) my mantilla, since the recent Royal wedding, I wear a fascinator (feathered). I eschew headgear when I'm preparing Canadian or American food. I prefer the June Cleaver look: my best string of pearls and my frilly heirloom apron. I must admit that some evenings, very few, I too wear jeans and my best stained tee. (I keep everyone out of the kitchen those evenings.)

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                                          inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 05:09 AM

                                          Be careful with those mantillas, rakip. They catch fire...

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                                            buttertart Jun 16, 2011 12:19 PM

                                            No toque when cooking Canadian? Oh the horror.

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                                              inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 12:33 PM

                                              I wonder how Canadian tastes with fava beans... and chianti.

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                                                buttertart Jun 16, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                Like back bacon, probably.

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                                                  inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                  LMAO. Good one, bt.

                                            2. re: rakip
                                              sunshine842 Jun 16, 2011 03:11 PM

                                              so YOU'RE the one who bought Eugenie's horse-collar hat.

                                              It'll look better with spaghetti stains.

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                                                josephnl Jul 31, 2011 10:42 AM

                                                I always put on my kilt when making haggis!

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                                              BelovedofIsis Jun 16, 2011 03:15 AM

                                              Whatever I chose to wear that day, unless I'm getting home from work then the scrubs go right in the laundry basket, even then I just put on my regular clothes. In the mornings I cook in my pjs. I am currently looking to invest in an apron and I also carry a dish towel on my shoulder from time to time like my grandmother when she cooks.

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                                                inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 05:11 AM

                                                Saw some really cute ones for 20 bucks at Cost Plus the other day... :)

                                              2. DoobieWah Jun 16, 2011 02:22 PM

                                                Cotton lounge pants and a t-shirt.


                                                Almost always.

                                                1. inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                  I tried/am trying the barefoot thing today because it's getting hot but it's not working so well for me. Back to flip flops or flip flops + socks (which I like to call the ghetto geisha look).

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                                                  1. re: inaplasticcup
                                                    goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2011 03:35 PM

                                                    i've been embroiled in a lifelong battle with my mother over my preference for remaining barefoot in the kitchen. i've been pretty lucky so far, but given the recent increase in the frequency of my bouts of clumsiness, i suspect it's only a matter of time before she'll have the opportunity to say "i told you so."

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                                                      inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 03:45 PM

                                                      I've been pretty lucky, too, so here's some salt over my shoulder that we'll keep our feet intact, barefoot or flip-flopped.

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                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2011 06:35 PM

                                                        appreciate the sentiment! next time i knock wood for something i'll think of you ;)

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                                                      kmetzaholic Jun 16, 2011 03:38 PM

                                                      Black Tie - always. Just to freak my guests out. Have a "stunt" formal wear set that does yeoman's duty much of the time. If you're going that way, I'm going this way. A contrarian to the core, granted..

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                                                      escondido123 Jun 16, 2011 06:22 PM

                                                      Bare feet in the kitchen? My floor is never that clean. I need shoes of some sort to avoid my feet getting dirty!

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                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2011 06:38 PM

                                                        ha! i'm just the opposite - you really could eat off my kitchen floor. no shoes make it past my front door and i clean the floor every day. (yes, i'm insane, that's been covered many times before.) i'm always horrified to see the soles of my bare feet when i stay at my folks' house for a visit - they're filthy within minutes, so i inevitably i pull out the broom & mop and get to work. i *can't stand* wearing shoes indoors, and socks on slippery hardwood floors are a very bad idea for me.

                                                      2. buttertart Jun 16, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                        Anything from nothing to formal dinner party wear, depending on the situation. If I'm doing prep for a party, quite often a favorite old shirt and leggings, but I always get into something more presentable before the guests arrive. Chinese slippers with, always.

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                                                          sueatmo Jun 16, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                          If I am going to be sauteeing, frying or baking or otherwise going to be standing over the stove, I'll wear an apron I made for myself. I'm rather proud of it, actually. It is one of the first things I made for myself on my (then) new sewing machine. It is colorful, comfortable and no nonsense. And it covers me up in case of a grease splatter.

                                                          If I have my rings on, I'll often take them off and put them in a glass mise en place bowl. Since I always have earrings on, I'll have earrings on for cooking, unless I'm making breakfast.

                                                          I agree that grease stains on your new blouse or t-shirt are a pain!

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                                                            Floridagirl Jun 16, 2011 07:24 PM

                                                            I have a whole wardrobe of clothes with food stains that won't come off, shorts and tank tops. That's what I wear, those are also my cleaning clothes. Always wear socks and lately Sketcher Shape Ups for shoes. One can only hope to exercise and cook at the same time. When company is coming, I change to a decent outfit with an apron. I live alone so when neighbors or regulars are coming, I don't always change my clothes. For example, last Sunday I had 8 neighbors for spaghetti carbonara and I didn't change. I also didn't put on false eyelashes. Maybe if I had put on the eyelashes I wouldn't be living alone.

                                                            Always put the hair up for cleanliness.

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                                                              JerryMe Jun 23, 2011 05:55 PM

                                                              "One can only hope to exercise and cook at the same time"

                                                              Tee Hee - I enjoyed that one! Thank you Florida!

                                                            2. JuniorBalloon Jun 18, 2011 02:57 PM

                                                              Nothing but bright red pumps!

                                                              Sorry couldn't resist. I should wear old clothes, but too often I come home from work, whip up dinner and find out later I've splashed soome oil and now have a stain that won't come out. Perhaps I should invest in a good apron.


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                                                                inaplasticcup Jun 18, 2011 03:41 PM

                                                                They say you shouldn't fry bacon in that getup, but most men would disagree.

                                                              2. linguafood Jun 18, 2011 04:20 PM

                                                                preparing breakfast lately? nothing. no accidents so far, thankfully.

                                                                usually, an XXXL shirt someone bought me at a music festival with a silly fake dr. seuss rhyme on it over whatever i am wearing that day.

                                                                1. CapreseStacy Jun 18, 2011 06:44 PM

                                                                  I can't wait to get into my flannel pants and a loose t-shirt when I get home, or on weekend kitchen marathon days.
                                                                  My hair goes up in a scrunchie, and I'm dejected that I can no longer find the super-poofy velvety 80s-tastic ones that I like best. Scrunchies are so wimpy these days and it makes me sad.
                                                                  Sometimes, I remember to throw on an apron, but I've given the stain remover a lot of workouts over the years trying to get the grease spots out of my t-shirts.
                                                                  Diggin' the ghetto geisha, inaplasticcup... I feel like I need my flops for cushion, since I haven't invested in the gel mats to go over my tile floor. In winter, love me some Dearfoams slippers.
                                                                  I wish I could feel comfortable cooking in a more June Cleaver-y get-up, because I feel frumpalicious in the baggy stuff, but I can't get "in the zone" when I'm wearing something dressy to cook.
                                                                  I recently bought an adorable "hostess apron" (is that what they call the kind that looks like a skirt?)... it's red tulle with satiny (nylon) trim and gold ric rac trim. It has stayed on the hook since I bought it because it would look reeee-diculous over the aforementioned flannel pants (which have prints such as turtles, owls, umbrellas, pastel flowers, etc.). Talk about sexy. Move over, Nadia G.

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                                                                    inaplasticcup Jun 18, 2011 07:52 PM

                                                                    LOL on the scrunchies, Stacy! I have one of those hostess aprons, too, and while it serves no real practical purpose, the Man does seem to get a kick out of it.

                                                                    I'm with you on the June Cleaver getup. Can't take myself seriously in the kitchen when I'm all dolled up!

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                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2011 05:34 PM

                                                                      flannel? in the kitchen? while the stove or oven is on? i broke a sweat just reading that! ;)

                                                                      alas, all my "good" scrunchies disappeared years ago - you're right, the ones they make today are poor substitutes. i've switched to the butterfly clip - it manages to keep most of my hair out of my face, and any really annoying errant strands get an extra barrette or bobby pin.

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                                                                        CapreseStacy Jul 1, 2011 06:58 PM

                                                                        Maybe I need to try and bring back the super-scrunchie. I'll buy some velveteen and elastic and make a few on the 'ol Singer, maybe attach some funky cooking-related charms and start an Etsy store called ¡Viva La Scrunchie de Cocinera!

                                                                        1. re: CapreseStacy
                                                                          inaplasticcup Jul 1, 2011 08:21 PM

                                                                          You're gonna be rich, Stacy. :P

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                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Jul 1, 2011 10:31 PM

                                                                            even better, use cooking-related prints/patterns for the scrunchies, pair 'em with matching bandannas and/or aprons, and save the charms for clips or barrettes...then you've got an entire accessory line! unfortunately someone already snatched up the name Kitchen Couture - i checked :)

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                                                                              L.Nightshade Aug 1, 2011 08:01 PM

                                                                              When you start your specialty shop, can I special order a cooking snood?

                                                                        2. Breadcrumbs Jun 23, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                          What happened last night made me think of this thread.

                                                                          Came home and changed into my best permanently stained t-shirt. Headed off to make dinner. Went to remove plastic pull-ring from new bottle of olive oil and got spattered w oil. Since this was my "best" stained shirt thought I'd better change and put some stain remover on the oil.

                                                                          In laundry room wearing new shirt, turn tap on to wash hands after spraying stain remover on first shirt. Nozzle/hose of tap had not been pushed back in place, water sprays everywhere....pretty much soaking shirt 2.

                                                                          Back upstairs, less than 15 mins after walking in front door, on goes shirt #3.

                                                                          Happy to report this shirt made it all the way through dinner but the night was young. Sure enough, hand lotion dispenser at kitchen sink was down to last dregs and two quick depressions of the pump was all it took to sputter lotion all over my face and, alas, shirt #3!!


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                                                                            buttertart Jun 23, 2011 11:05 AM

                                                                            Maybe if you'd stayed in your street clothes non of this would have happened ;-)
                                                                            "Best permanently stained" immediately brought to mind Kris Krostofferson and his "cleanest dirty shirt" (Sunday Morning Coming Down). I'm sure yours was impeccable, however!

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                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 23, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                                              LOL, love that bt, and maybe you're right about staying in my street clothes!!

                                                                              They should make "cooking tops" in the same patterns as casino carpets . . . no stains will show!!

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                                                                                buttertart Jun 23, 2011 11:14 AM

                                                                                You got money? I can sew!

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                                                                              inaplasticcup Jun 23, 2011 11:17 AM

                                                                              THREE shirts??? What are the chances...

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                                                                                sunshine842 Jun 23, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                                                I did this a couple of weeks ago -- I was wearing a hot pink tee shirt when friends arrived for dinner, just as I was finishing the construction of the lasagna. OF COURSE I ended up wearing sauce all over, so I ducked upstairs to change shirts.

                                                                                Came back down wearing a teal green teeshirt, only to have their 3-year-old look at me and ask "Where did (Sunshine) go?" Seems she had identified me as the Lady in the Pink Shirt in her little mind, and the Lady in a Green Shirt was somebody new, bless her little heart!

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                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 23, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                                                  too cute sunshine! Out of the mouths of babes!!

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                                                                                L.Nightshade Aug 1, 2011 04:54 PM

                                                                                My illusions are shattered Breadcrumbs! After seeing all your beautiful photos of perfectly cooked, perfectly plated food, I just can't picture you in a stained t-shirt! I picture you in a beautiful silk hostess ensemble.

                                                                              3. JerryMe Jun 23, 2011 05:51 PM

                                                                                Depends on the meal - early am, fixing lunch I'm wearing work clothes. Weekend am, SO over, I'm in an apron w/ hair tied back. Usually wearing pjs.

                                                                                End of day, I'm cleaned up wearing whatever seasonal apparel is (shorts in summer, sweats in winter) w/ apron on and hair tied back.

                                                                                Hair up and apron on is like a signal to me that 'meal is on'.

                                                                                I remember visiting DSis several years ago and I was going to make dinner - I'd already chosen the menu, been to the store and was frozen in her kitchen until I found an apron to wear. Still stiffly starched from the container it had come out of.

                                                                                It was funny at the time - I was standing in her kitchen w/ a 'deer caught in headlights' look (she said) and she asked what was wrong. I nearly shrieked "I need an apron!" before I could even do prep work.

                                                                                1. Bill Hunt Jun 23, 2011 10:15 PM

                                                                                  Well, enough to cover all sensitive parts of my body. Beyond that, all else is optional.


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                                                                                    inaplasticcup Jun 24, 2011 02:31 AM


                                                                                    By the way, it took reading several of your comments to realize that you were signing off with your last name and not an instruction.

                                                                                  2. LorenM Jul 1, 2011 10:18 PM

                                                                                    Can't believe I'm the only one- but naked pretty often unless I'm frying. I also live by myself so I don't have anyone to offend. Maybe Chowhound is not my kind of demographic :). Anyway, it's pretty awesome.

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                                                                                      linguafood Jul 2, 2011 03:41 AM

                                                                                      Umm. You're not, if you read the thread.

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                                                                                        LorenM Jul 2, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                        Sorry. Kind of skimmed it and didn't see any others in my skimming.

                                                                                    2. twyst Jul 2, 2011 04:11 AM

                                                                                      I have a new orleans saints chef coat someone gave me for christmas a couple of years ago so I wear that most of the time simply because I'm a saints fanatic, and usually just a pair of boxers. NEVER shoes.

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                                                                                      1. re: twyst
                                                                                        Rella Jul 9, 2011 11:59 PM

                                                                                        Some days I realize that I just want to spend my whole day in the kitchen. On those mornings I put on a chef's coat on first thing and leave it on until dinner. Sometimes I will even eat evening meal with it still on. I don't know what gets in my head to do that, but it's usually a good feeling.

                                                                                        Otherwise I wear a stained big t-shirt, or an unstained big t-shirt with one of my two aprons - a Williams-Sonoma and a orange Mario Batali. I like them because of their heaviness.

                                                                                        Always wear shoes, but no outside shoes ever get past the entrance!

                                                                                      2. scubadoo97 Jul 9, 2011 07:30 AM

                                                                                        Shorts, t-shirt and crocs most of the times. It's my basic attire after getting home from work. The stained tees are the ones reserved for cooking and yard work.

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                                                                                          ChiliDude Jul 10, 2011 04:36 AM

                                                                                          I wear an apron given to me by our youngest daughter, age 47 yesterday, that has the following statement printed on it. "I don't need a recipe...I'M ITALIAN." Altho, i miei antenati non erano italiani, I wear it when I 'play' with my food in the kitchen. I belong to the "What if...?" school of cooking specializing in "cuisine impromptu."

                                                                                          My wife is the one who had Italian grandparents from Petilia Policastro, in the province at one time known as Catanzaro, now Crotone, in the region of Calabria, and from Potenza, in the province by the same name in the region of Basilcata, once known as Lucania.

                                                                                          1. BabsW Jul 10, 2011 02:57 PM

                                                                                            An older t-shirt of some sort and jeans or yoga pants, no jewelry and never, never, NEVER with hair down. It's always up in a bun or at least a pony tail even if I'm just doing dishes.

                                                                                            When I see men or women with long hair hanging down on cooking shows, it makes me cringe. Same goes with men with long facial hair. Tie that stuff back.

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                                                                                            1. re: BabsW
                                                                                              inaplasticcup Jul 10, 2011 03:03 PM

                                                                                              "...men with long facial hair. Tie that stuff back."

                                                                                              I know you didn't mean it that way, but I was just picturing a dude braiding his beard or putting it into a neat little bun so none of his funky beard hairs would get into the food.

                                                                                              Sorry, Babs. I'm easily amused. :D

                                                                                              1. re: inaplasticcup
                                                                                                BabsW Jul 10, 2011 03:10 PM

                                                                                                Oh no, I totally saw a beard-braid. lol I am easily amused too! I've seen beard hair nets, which always make me giggle too.

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                                                                                                  Rella Jul 10, 2011 03:48 PM

                                                                                                  I saw a beard hair-net the other day. As he was handing out samples, I thought it was because he had a cold and didn't want to give it to others so I congratulated him on his concern for others; then of course, he told me it was a beard-net. I stepped back and took another look, but didn't look too closely to examine the buttons/hooks which attached it to his face - so as not to embarass him. :-))

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                                                                                                    saacnmama Jul 24, 2011 08:59 PM


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                                                                                                saacnmama Jul 24, 2011 08:58 PM

                                                                                                I'm always barefoot in my house, and usually have my hair pulled back too. Otherwise, I wear what I'm wearing, usually quite casual.

                                                                                                1. scarletbagonia Jul 24, 2011 09:30 PM

                                                                                                  I'm with you, I am all about comfy... I say my food does the talking so I don't feel the need to get all dolled up, haha :) When I feel like getting a little cutesy for the bf I toss on a cute little apron (like this one that I've been salivating over lately, haha http://www.etsy.com/listing/73976485/...). I love searching for aprons on etsy, it's one of my fave ways to kill time lately....

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                                                                                                  1. re: scarletbagonia
                                                                                                    inaplasticcup Jul 25, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                                                                    Too cute, bagonia!

                                                                                                    This one from Anthropologie is my current fave June Cleaver getup:

                                                                                                    1. re: inaplasticcup
                                                                                                      buttertart Jul 25, 2011 08:46 AM

                                                                                                      Don't forget the pearls.

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                                                                                                        inaplasticcup Jul 25, 2011 10:08 AM

                                                                                                        LOL. I know, right?

                                                                                                        How ever did they do it back then...

                                                                                                      2. re: inaplasticcup
                                                                                                        scarletbagonia Jul 25, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                                                        I love this apron, excellent find! So funny about the pearls... I tried them and heels once when we had friends visiting, that was a major fail comfort wise :/

                                                                                                        1. re: scarletbagonia
                                                                                                          buttertart Jul 25, 2011 11:15 AM

                                                                                                          Ladies were made of sterner stuff in those days. Don't forget the longline bra and panty girdle and hose and slip and usually no airconditioning...

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                                                                                                            inaplasticcup Jul 25, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                                                                            OMG. Just thinking about how the Man might initially be a little turned on by that getup, and then completely turned off by me walking around with all those itchy elastic and ribbing induced welts and scratching them probably indiscreetly... *NOT* sexxayyyy.

                                                                                                            1. re: inaplasticcup
                                                                                                              buttertart Jul 25, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                                              They got by. We're here, aren't we? (Apparently the worst thing about being on "Mad Men" is the period underwear and shoes they have to wear - those pointy-toed spikes messed women's feet up permanenty.)

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                                                                                                      cleobeach Jul 25, 2011 12:13 PM

                                                                                                      yet others so the Man and I can play Mystery Science Theater over a few beers or a bottle of wine...


                                                                                                      I cannot stress how much this reference delights me! I heart Joel, the orignial Joel. Crow too - Roadhouse!

                                                                                                      I am starting to have a "thing" for aprons.

                                                                                                      For everyday cooking, shorts and t-shirts. Sometimes a dress as I have several super comfy, casual dresses that are for home only. Not house dresses in the traditional sense but older Hanna Andersson, Garnet Hill ones.

                                                                                                      I always wear sneakers. I have dropped one too many things on my toes over the years. Plus, our kitchen sees a lot of traffic and I can't stand stepping on dirt and crumbs with bare feet.

                                                                                                      If friends are coming over, I do cook in whatever I plan on wearing for the evening as I am generally cooking as they are visiting. I don't have too much trouble with stains and such.

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                                                                                                      1. re: cleobeach
                                                                                                        inaplasticcup Aug 1, 2011 08:44 PM

                                                                                                        I'm so glad someone else loves this show! I think if Food Network did Mystery Science Theater with their own shows, it would be a huge hit.

                                                                                                        I'm really starting to dig aprons too...

                                                                                                        1. re: cleobeach
                                                                                                          crowmuncher Aug 2, 2011 04:34 PM

                                                                                                          i bought the cutest apron like 4 years ago and I haven't worn it once; not for cooking anyway ;)

                                                                                                        2. crowmuncher Jul 25, 2011 12:34 PM

                                                                                                          In the ideal situation it depends on what stage of the process I'm in. I prefer to do the prep work before I cook so I'm not so cranky or worse, blow it off. The cooking is the best part so it's a shame to not enjoy it because you were washing dishes from the night before, cleaning fish, seasoning the cast iron ware, chopping, etc for like 2 hours and now you're tired and ravenously hungry. I try to clean up from the night before in the morning (my pj's), prep for dinner before I workout (workout clothes), then cook (at some point jumping into the shower if I can time it perfectly). Sometimes I'm back into my pj's (cool tank and capris-clean ones) before I cook fish and this sucks because my clothes and hair end up smelling like it after i just showered. What can you do? It's better than eating like crap...

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                                                                                                            The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah Jul 25, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                                                                            I have some kitschy bib aprons I've taken to wearing, only because I didn't seem to have a shirt without a stain on it that Shout wouldn't get out....I also remove my jewelry, BUT don't make fun of my eyelash extensions!!! They are expensive, and I have learned to open the oven door and stay back lest they frizz.....

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                                                                                                              inaplasticcup Aug 1, 2011 08:45 PM

                                                                                                              But they can't fall off, right? That's different! :)

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                                                                                                                crowmuncher Aug 2, 2011 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                ha- one more thing to worry about ;)

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                                                                                                              guilty Aug 2, 2011 05:40 PM

                                                                                                              Whatever I'm wearing + (large, non-frilly, stained) apron.

                                                                                                              I'm pretty surprised by the number of people who have special clothes for cooking, and by the number who don't wear an apron. (Having special clothes naturally precluding an apron.) I'm also surprised at the number who specify cooking barefoot; I may be an extreme case (barefoot in the shower and at the beach only), but isn't it kind of unsafe to be barefoot in the kitchen? Or is that only if you're as clumsy as I am?

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                                                                                                                JNUNZMAN Apr 26, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                I will generally cook in the nude....unless I'm making bacon or something that involves hot grease............
                                                                                                                Dinner parties sometimes get a little uncomfortable and I will put on a sock so nobody will get too embarassed.

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                                                                                                                  spectra Apr 26, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                  The best thing to don when you're cooking is a disposable, sustainable paper dress. They come in a biodegradable box like plastic baggies which I keep on the fridge. You can always wear the same hideous thing you wear when dying your tresses. Conversely, if you're cooking while guests are there, wear something fabulously expensive and order people around saying things like, "Hey, Robin, would you mind removing that souffle from the oven, I'm wearing my Bonwit sheath dress and I can't bend over..?"

                                                                                                                2. HighHeels Apr 26, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                  HighHeels. JK

                                                                                                                  I do have a really awesome collection of 1940's & 50's aprons I got at an estate sales about 10 years ago and I use them whenever I am making something special. I know it sounds silly but I just love them, they remind me of my Gran and she loved wearing aprons. Normally like this evening, its just lounge pants and a tee. Never shoes. I don't know why but I don't like people wearing shoes in my kitchen. Well, I don't really like shoes on in the house, but that's more because I think they are uncomfortable and I am all about being comfy in my house.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: HighHeels
                                                                                                                    Rella Apr 27, 2012 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                    You are lucky to have your collection of aprons. I never see anything like I'm looking for online. Those were the days when aprons covered the top, not just some skimpy square with long cords to tie around your neck, and/or pull tight in a metal ring. UGH!

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                                                                                                                    KSlink Apr 27, 2012 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                    BAREFOOT in the kitchen??? I found that one out the hard way when I was just a kid making peanut brittle--nothing burns quite like boiling hot sugar!

                                                                                                                    I walk around the house without shoes, although wearing socks. Nothing could convince me to cook without shoes--STUFF HAPPENS!!!

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                                                                                                                      Mestralle Apr 28, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                      I don't generally wear anything special when cooking, but I do keep a pair of cheap lab goggles handy for cooking on the stovetop. They are decidedly unattractive, but it's far, far more preferable than trying to clean grease spatters off my glasses. And it gives my husband a nice laugh when I forget to take them off...

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                                                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Apr 28, 2012 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                        Dawn dishwashing liquid is great for greasy glasses, just dribble some on your thumb and forefinger, rub on both sides of lenses, rinse well under hot water, dry with soft, non linting cloth...crystal clear!

                                                                                                                        1. re: Mestralle
                                                                                                                          inaplasticcup Apr 29, 2012 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                          I bet the hubs thinks your goggles are adorable. :)

                                                                                                                        2. PotatoHouse Apr 29, 2012 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                          Rule #1: NEVER fry bacon while you're naked!

                                                                                                                          (Ok, so it DOESN'T really apply to this thread...but it IS funny.)

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                                                                                                                            linguafood Apr 29, 2012 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                            It's been mentioned a few times.

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