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Can you describe your cooking style in three words?

Intrepid. Simple. Familial.


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  1. Flexible. Informal. Inventive.

    1. untrained - clueless - lucky.

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      1. Comforting. Natural. Creative.

        1. Experimental, occasional triumphs.

          1. Adventurous. Creative. Intuitive.

            1. Impulsive, imprecise, resourceful.

                  1. carefree, inventive, inquisitive

                    1. Healthful, seasonal, comforting

                        1. Seeking....always seeking.

                                1. re: GulaSocordia

                                  VERY funny Gula!
                                  I was going to say "burn baby burn".....

                                    1. re: GulaSocordia

                                      Good one, Gula! And remember the saying, "Never trust a skinny cook." I'd eat your cookin' any day! '-)

                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                        Hey! I'm a skinny cook and I resent that! I'd like to think most of my cooking is pretty good....

                                        1. re: Isolda

                                          But maybe you have a fat soul? '-)

                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                            Oh, I definitely have a fat soul and I can pig out with the porkiest of them. Maybe not as often, but three helpings of sausage and polenta on occasion? Why not?

                                            1. re: Isolda

                                              If you can do that and still not get fat, I want to sit next to you while I pray that it is contagious...!

                                          2. re: Isolda

                                            i'm sure it is, Isolda, and for that, we hate you!! : )

                                          1. re: The Professor

                                            ROFL. Thanks, all. :D It was the first thing that popped in my head.

                                        2. haphazard, fun, aspiring.

                                              1. HIT! or miss.

                                                wish we could do html here and I could have made 'miss' subscript and it'd have read extra chagrined

                                                    1. re: sueatmo


                                                      You know. I could have said:

                                                      "This is Sparta!"

                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                        I am in temporary quarters with minimal cooking gear. I am living in culinary Sparta.

                                                      1. Fast, furious, free-style.

                                                        1. Comforting, venturesome, occasionally burnt.

                                                            1. simple, resourceful, rustic.

                                                              1. Fresh, fast, creative.

                                                                1. unexpected, often spicy

                                                                  1. healthful, well seasoned

                                                                                1. Easy.


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                                                                                  1. re: Aramek

                                                                                    haha - that was what came to my mind a few post ago while I was reading :D

                                                                                  2. satisfying - evolving - exploratory

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                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                      Wow mine was going to be

                                                                                      Fresh, Evolving, Exploratory

                                                                                      Until I saw yours.

                                                                                      1. creative, clumsy, inconsistent

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                                                                                          1. Nostalgic, Diverse, Fearless

                                                                                              1. Calculated. Simple. Happy.

                                                                                                  1. instinctual, seasonal, nurturing.

                                                                                                    1. It'll Get Eat

                                                                                                      (my grandmother's expression)

                                                                                                      1. Borderline kitchen chaos.

                                                                                                          1. entertaining, edible, eclectic

                                                                                                              1. Remember This Concoction!!! ;)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                      In some countries, it is not Nine One One. :)

                                                                                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                        Not all of my disasters occur in North America, and I am mindful of the local codes...especially 066 because I assisted with the implementation of it in the Yucatan.

                                                                                                                      1. Better than bought.

                                                                                                                        By which I mean, if I can make it better than I can buy it, I do.

                                                                                                                              1. re: cowboyardee

                                                                                                                                Failure is the best teacher -- really. I learned so much more (on average) from my failed cooking session and failed experiments.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                                            Now why didn't *I* think of this? LOL

                                                                                                                                            1. Of course, sometimes my family would have a different response:

                                                                                                                                              What IS that?

                                                                                                                                              or alternately....

                                                                                                                                              What is THAT?

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                The three words I dread from my wife: "Not your best."

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                  OUCH, I dread those three, too. Hopefully not that often! ;)

                                                                                                                                              2. Whatever moves me.......................

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                                                  I like this one, bagelman.... very true :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. Slapdash; occasionally triumphant.

                                                                                                                                                    Or possibly:

                                                                                                                                                    Enthusiastic, losing steam.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Some. Assembly. Required.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                              Me either, that's what my wife says to me.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Refreshing, bountiful and wholesome :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Nonconformist, rushed, sporadic

                                                                                                                                                                    1. improbable...sometimes successful...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. New Orleans (counts as one word to us) New American.


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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, that's my usual timeframe, too. When the kids ask what's for dinner, my usual answer is "I don't know, but it will be ready in a hour." Then I haul down to the kitchen to figure out what we've got.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Inspired but inadequate

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                                                                                                                                  That was going to be mine!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Adventurous, usually edible.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Serendipity. With garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Just keepin'-on, keepin'-on.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Kosher. Experimental. Uncomplicated.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Usually, mostly harmless.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Adventurous. Creative. Fearless.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Also... Need.Volunteer.Dishwasher!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Meat. Cheese. Butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I would have included "wine," but I was out of words and while I do cook with it, I prefer just to drink it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                  "I cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food." -- WC Fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. only looks difficult

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: thinks too much

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny! Since I cook without recipes it is never exactly the same when repeated

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! Since I often incorporate leftovers into new meals, proportions will never be the same. For example the balance of lemon and lime zest that went into yesterday's sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: thinks too much

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I relate totally. Even following recipes, I end up with a variable product. And if I do get a fabulous result, I can't necessarily duplicate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I, too, use leftovers. And whatever is loose in the fridge and pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Seeker19104

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not at all what? Not at all good? Not at all bad? Can't describe your cooking in three words? You're being very enigmatic! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rmis32

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh lord I am glad I wasn't drinking anything when I read that or it would have come out my nose. Good one

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Comforting. Creative. Crapshoot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                But I could have also said:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Open cabinets; cook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't know how to describe mine till i read it right there. thanks Linda!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One or the other? Or both? :-) Either way, you're welcome, K-man!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to be that way too. Then, I consciously tried to stop and the discipline that came from it helped to produce better food. One tip is to cook before the second martini.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you ever watched an artist paint in a studio?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They're in the 'zone'....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Luckily, I've got doors to shut after I'm finished so my guests don't see where I've been creating :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Have you ever watched an artist paint in a studio? "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yep, six days a week. Most every week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like I suggested, I'm a messy fellow. I don't shave regularly, see nothing wrong with wearing the same pair of shorts a couple times a week, and walk around bearfoot* whenever I can get away with it. Nonetheless, I learned that a little more patience (and a little less gin) led to benefits in the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Pun completely intended.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very good. I come from a long lineage of great cooks....my grandmother having been the one who inspired me in the French methods.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If I haven't changed now I never will. So far nobody has ever complained about my cooking/baking and I rather enjoy cleaning up after myself all these years :). I'd never think to let anyone else do it :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MGZ -- wasn't it you who had the avatar of you flambéing something while standing naked at the stove?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm afraid it's been the "tip o' the hat" almost the entire time, but I'm thinking about switching to the shirtless fish cleaning in the driveway pic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now it's bugging me who the other image was. I can picture it in my mind's eye...I want to say the guy was from Canada. Oooh, the Husker Du of Chowhound! Who can correctly ID that avatar and username? He was funny, whoever he was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I GOT IT! I GOT IT! I knew it was Paul somebody. Paulustrious from Toronto. YAAAAAAAY! Where ya been, Paul? Oh, well, carry on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I get that you're replying to MGZ, but it's funny to think those might be the two words describing your cooking style in three words or less. ;) HEE HEE HEE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shirtless, pantless -- you name it. Sometimes, there's just not enough time to get dressed before breakfast. Why bother?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's why I cook bacon in the oven '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Teenager. Large quantitites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feed family. NOW.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cat wants taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I meant well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL to all of these, but especially the third and last! >>^..^<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Quick, cheap, easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those just describe my most recent cooking forays not me personally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Not North-Berkeley Food-nazi!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. what's on hand


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            this pan's out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Southern seasoned relaxed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Comfort, simple, nourishing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Simple, fast, delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Better than moms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Never the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trying something new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don't be afraid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. MacGyver. Fearless. (from) Scratch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Skip the Takeout)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Glacial. Hippy. Grandma.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Scientific organoleptic improvisation


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rusted Iron Chef


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No Knife Skills

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. craving this today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      'twas a project

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. What is On-hand (ok, I cheated and hyphenated)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. improvisational, nutritious, neat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. instinctual, creative, spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Basic. Classic. Peasant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. "Not student food". (That's what most of my friends say when they have dinner at my house. They expect at least one processed ingredient in everything."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Improvised, eclectic, economical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Slow, complex, unconventional.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. juliachild on steroids

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but, ......(now that I'm in a better mood today)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      slowly getting better

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Embrassez. Le. Cuisinier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. global. peripatetic. inquisitive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Seasonal, regional, international

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. hopefully it's edible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just talking about things that get hot. :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually my cooking range is Narrow, my knowledge about what I cook is Deep and I like dishes that cook Slowly.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Artisanal, entertaining, inviting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Adventurous. Provoking.Varied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Patient-- Respectful-- Satiating

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 'Escoffiersauces over 'SV'.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah I know. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Fast....wing-it....spicy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Words to describe the life-stages of my cookery...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ignoring smoke alarm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Life's too short.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eat, sleep, repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lots of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Walking it off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is great. Reminds me of the fives stages of grief.