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girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 12:51 PM

do you ever find the more you cook the less you want to eat?

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  1. suzigirl RE: girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 12:57 PM

    To some degree, yes. If i cook for alot of company I really don't want to eat because I have been taste testing and looking at food all day or sometimes days. Other times when i slow cook or braise I can't wait to tear into it because it has been teasing me with the smell all day

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      INDIANRIVERFL RE: girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 01:15 PM

      In years, yes. Day to day, no.

      1. juliejulez RE: girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 05:10 PM

        Sometimes if I spend a long time preparing an elaborate meal, I don't want to eat it at the end. Thanksgiving comes to mind. But most of the time I'm cooking pretty simple weeknight stuff, and I'm starving when I'm doing it, so I'm definitely ready to eat when the food's ready :)

        1. rmarisco RE: girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 05:33 PM

          i find the more i cook, the less i want to eat crappy food: it takes the same amount of time to make good food with simple ingredients as it does to get in the car to get fast "food". the more i cook, the more i want to eat real food.

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            fldhkybnva RE: rmarisco Aug 2, 2013 10:04 PM

            I feel quite similarly.

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              ChefJune RE: fldhkybnva Aug 7, 2013 01:38 PM

              me three. :)

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              julesrules RE: rmarisco Aug 14, 2013 05:46 PM

              I'm at the unhappy point where I'm totally over cooking, but most restaurant meals (that I can afford and are convenient) aren't really up to my standards either, since I know I can cook better... I just don't have the motivation or time.

            3. gaffk RE: girloftheworld Aug 2, 2013 05:46 PM

              Yep. I host the family Christmas dinner and after two days of nonstop cooking I have very little appetite. Even daily cooking tends to dampen my appetite. (Maybe I taste too much as I go?)

              I'm also the baker/candy maker of the family. I think just the aroma of the chocolate, sugar, etc. fills me up. I have a toffee recipe that takes all day . . . my sisters and BILs refer to it as "candy crack" and scarf it down; it can sit in my house for months untouched.

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                Harters RE: gaffk Aug 3, 2013 03:14 AM

                Christmas Day is the only meal when I get cooking overload. We host the family lunch on alternate years. When I finally sit down to eat, I often find my appetite has gone (not that I'm a big lunch eater anyway)

              2. Caroline1 RE: girloftheworld Aug 3, 2013 05:25 AM

                When I was younger and the kids were growing up, absolutely! And holiday meals meant by the time I got everything on the table, my body was drooping and my taste buds were dead. BUT! I've reached that lovely, mellow stage of life when I happily live alone and mostly cook just for me (well, the housekeeper is often invited to join me) so the end result is that I ONLY cook what ***I*** want to eat! That means that if I want something fancy and complicated, I cook something fancy and complicated. But I'm also able to decide on a nice bowl of oatmeal for dinner, if that's what I want. See what you've got to look forward to? True luxury can be having the freedom to do things your way! Even when it is just a bowl of oatmeal... or sous vide wagyu beef. Life is good. '-)

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                  amazinc RE: girloftheworld Aug 3, 2013 08:51 AM

                  Definitely. I remember back in the dark ages when I was catering in Vail, partner and I cooked breakfast and dinner for a group of 10 for 12 straight days. I "think" I ate half a sandwich all during that time. I spent all the time either in the grocery store shopping, lugging the food to their house, cooking and serving it. Don't think I had any "real food" in all that time. Nowadays, when I host a dinner my appetite is gone by the time dinner is served. I do manage a dessert,
                  as life is too short to skip dessert!!

                  1. monfrancisco RE: girloftheworld Aug 3, 2013 11:08 AM

                    Yes! I completely agree with many of the other posters. And I particularly crave Anybody Else's Green Salad. Mine are pretty good (or so I'm told), but man do I enjoy one not made by me.

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                      janniecooks RE: girloftheworld Aug 4, 2013 01:23 AM

                      Food fatigue does set in from time to time when one is responsible for the daily meal. Planning, procuring, and cooking every day just gets to be too much after a while. At which point I do not want to eat anything or even think about food. That's when the household has to forage in the kitchen for itself and I have just a cocktail for dinner. Happens about every two weeks for me.

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                        ellabee RE: janniecooks Aug 13, 2013 11:06 AM

                        My mother was an excellent cook and mostly enjoyed it, but I remember her groaning "It's so DAILY!"

                        Now I see even more clearly what she was talking about. My respite is Fridays, when I drive a good ways to pick up bread (baked in outdoor wood oven, worth the trip) and usually do some additional food shopping on the way home. Dinner that night is grazing -- mine is the bread plus cheese.

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                          pine time RE: ellabee Aug 14, 2013 07:52 AM

                          Sometimes, when I'm "cooked out," I'll ask Mr. Pine: "didn't I feed you yesterday?" That's usually when we go out for dinner.

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                            scubadoo97 RE: pine time Sep 8, 2013 04:48 PM

                            I have no conception of being cooked out. In fact I get cranky if I don't get the opportunity to cook something. Like when traveling. I don't care if it's just breakfast, I need to cook something every day.

                            Granted I don't do it for a living which could definitely leave me cooked out.

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                              girloftheworld RE: scubadoo97 Sep 8, 2013 05:25 PM

                              I still love to cook... I just rather feed people than eat it.

                      2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: girloftheworld Aug 4, 2013 03:08 PM

                        After I quit cooking for a living, I enjoy food much more. I still have a thing about bacon, after having to cook 10-12 full sheetpans a day at the last place I worked I've got a real aversion. It was the same way with turkey and prime rib but I've gotton over that.

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                          salsailsa RE: girloftheworld Aug 7, 2013 02:18 PM

                          This happens to me frequently. I put so much energy and time into preparing a menu, by the time it's ready I'm too tired to eat it.

                          1. JAB RE: girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 07:33 AM

                            Um, no. I want to taste the fruits of my labor.

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                              pine time RE: JAB Aug 14, 2013 07:53 AM

                              Yeah, kind of wish I had the problem of not wanting to eat all that I cook. Kind of the opposite, in fact. Always battling that extra 5 pounds.

                            2. ursy_ten RE: girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 05:39 PM

                              Yes - in my youth, I had two very food-oriented jobs. During the day, I worked in a kitchen in a coffee shop. During the evening, I was a waitress in a restaurant. Being around food almost non-stop 7 days a week meant that during the rare times I wasn't at work, I wouldn't so much as want to *look* at food, let alone eat it.

                              1. ipsedixit RE: girloftheworld Sep 8, 2013 04:52 PM

                                Depends on what I'm cooking.

                                1. Will Owen RE: girloftheworld Sep 8, 2013 05:32 PM

                                  After I've been cooking and tasting for hours I probably won't want more than one helping (except for some choice item such as scalloped oysters or braised lamb or pork shoulder), but as long as I'm not actually sick I'm ready for a good meal. Pour me some wine and pass the potatoes!

                                  1. SaraAshley RE: girloftheworld Sep 8, 2013 05:42 PM

                                    Yes, I find cooking to be a wonderful and natural appetite suppressant. I enjoy my own cooking, but I always tend to eat less of my own cooking than others. This is especially true when I bake. I made cookies for my Dad a week ago. I kept about 6 for myself at my house. I still have 2 left. I'm sure I'll trash them before I get around to eating them. Had these been somebody else's cookies, it would've taken great discipline on my part for them to last through the first day.

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