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Sep 28, 2011 06:54 AM

Am I The Only One Who Feels Like Everyone on Chowhound is Amazing?

I guess it started wtih the person who smokes their own salmon. Most recently someone who makes their own pastrami and now a woman who has her own beehive. Honestly, I read these things and just feel like the only thing I'm really good at is making reservations!

I get answers to my inane problems/question such as, there's no fat on my brisket! And everyone who answers knows about marbling, fat myths,oven temperature, etc.

And the truly ridiculous thing is that my family raves about my cooking. But alas, I feel like a failure compared to the woman with the bee hive and the man who makes pastrami.

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  1. haha, don't worry, my family and friends think i am a great cook but I don't even make fresh pasta or jams.

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    1. re: Monica

      Monica, you know that we are the only two people on this board who don't make fresh pasta and jams. We are alone! I'm taking a class at the CIA on pie making. (It is my dream to be able ot make a pie from scratch). My husband BRAGS about this like I was accepted at Harvard.

      1. re: DaisyM

        I guess you can't spell espianage without pie. I wonder what other government agenices are doing in these tough times.

        1. re: DaisyM

          no daisy and monica - i too do not make my own pasta nor jam - BUT, however, i have asked for a pasta maker for my bday, and am contemplating classes at CIA - let your hubby bragg, lol!!

          ~ angela :)

      2. Daisy, please, buck up, I'm sure you do things that would make me and others envious as well. Everyone has their thing in life. I'm sure you've got lots going for you, and if not in the kitchen, well, then, you're in the right spot for a unbelievably thorough and free culinary education. Keeping bees and smoking your own pastrami are extreme sports; just being a good cook, and developing the skills as an adventurous, intuitive, creative cook, making others happy with your food, providing nutrition for the body and nourishment for the soul for family and friends, is a commendable goal. That I'm sure you already do.

        So stick around, don't let the big girls/boys get you down, and concentrate on what's important and meaningful to you. I've read some of your posts; you're no babe in the woods.

        There are lots of amazing people here, I'm always blown away by some of the things people do with food, the skill level and, especially among non-professionals, is truly astounding. Although I was a professional chef for many years, the education I've gotten here rivals what I experienced professionally. And maybe more so.

        Btw, I'm a female, I used to keep bees also; it's not that big a deal, loads of fun, kinda scary sometimes, frustrating other times, very educational, totally worth it. Looks harder than it is; the bees do most of the work.

        1. We all start small, Daisy. None of us were born with a silver spatula in our hands (although my mom put one in mine soon after LOL). To quote Chef Anton Gusteau, "You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook... but only the fearless can be great. "

          1. DaisyM,

            You are probably combining all to these amazing things into one person. Someone here rises bees, someone here makes jam, somone here make kitchen knives, and someone here is a professional chef ... etc, but they are not the same person. :)

            Of course, it would be super amazing that a single person does all the cool things you read about, but they are not. I am sure you do some wonderful things, you just don't do everything. No one does.

            Think of the online website wikipedia. Someone knows about the history of Richard the Lionheart, someone knows about the President Obama approval rate trend, and someone knows about the Chinese wok, but these articles are not written by the same person. In fact, each article are written by many people.


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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              ... mostly people with strange minds.

            2. DaisyM, I often feel the way you do - I can't imagine making my own pastrami (the closest I've come to anything like that is making my own beef jerky in the dehydrator). I'm terrified of bees, but love honey, so couldn't see doing that one either (and my neighbourhood probably has something against it as well). However, I have made my own jam and pickled beets (it's been awhile). I always feel like there isn't a challenge I wouldn't take on in the kitchen, but I sure am amazed by the people of this site - the level of skill, creativity and ingenuity are second to none.

              I also know that no matter what my question is (most recent being dim sum sticky rice recipe) someone on here will have the answer (or lots of someones)! This site has changed how I cook, shop, even think about food, in so many ways. It's supportive and cooperative, sometimes controversial and always entertaining - when you need a laugh just jump on one of the boards and you'll find it! The best part is everyone contributes, whether you think you do or not, we all get something from everyone and you don't need to be an expert to teach someone something!