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Nov 30, 2013 07:35 AM

Do you cook too much?

Cooking is therapeutic for me- when I'm my most stressed, all I want to do is spend the day cooking. Sometimes it's meatballs, sometimes its cookies, sometimes its 4x pound cakes... but nothing makes me happier than getting up early, cleaning the kitchen, making the husband drive me to the grocery store (no small feat with a motorcycle in nyc) and then cooking all day.
The trouble is... it's just the two of us. We are friends with another couple who live close by and who we frequently host last-minute, but sometimes it's just too much food. As it stands today, I want to make two different batches of cookies, risotto and try a new lemon glazed poundcake recipe today. That's not even including dinner! I bring food to work, to my fave local bartenders, and to friends but I'm starting to think I have a problem ;)
Luckily, my husband loves to eat, but I'm wondering if anyone else cooks this much for pleasure instead of for necessity?

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  1. I do the same thing. Cooking is my hobby, a stress reducer, something I enjoy doing. It is also just the two of us.

    While no motorcycle in NYC. We live on a farm in a very rural area, so the nearest grocery store is over 10 miles away. My days start early with feeding the goats and mini equine, pig, chickens, guinea fowl, dogs and cats. Then a shower and a trip to the store, if needed. I often spend the entire afternoon cooking, even if we don't need the food.

    Today's plan is to make some bread plus three kinds of soup from the turkey stock I made yesterday. Freeze some and give some to neighbors. We have just two neighbors within a mile of the farm. One is a recently divorced single father of two young teens and the other is an 80-year old widow. So both of our neighbors love getting the results of my cooking frenzies.

    The guys at the local feed store love seeing us pull up as it often means they are getting a free lunch or an afternoon snack.

    1. Do you have a local soup kitchen?? Perhaps you can go cook there.


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      1. re: Davwud

        We do, and I have :) I love feeding people in any capacity- I spent 3 years volunteering at a soup kitchen every Saturday morning. I've moved a bit father from the location now so I make it less often, but that is a great idea. Sometimes it's nice to cook something new, though (the soup kitchen menu is not exactly exciting.)

          1. re: Davwud

            ha, unfortunately most of the menus are pre-determined (the same every week) and the ingredients aren't really up for change as they are largely donated. Meatloaf, fresh salad and a soup are generally on the menu (usually vegetable soup) but sometimes we will have a sandwich or cake if we can get the ingredients. There's also a LOT of cabbage donated for whatever reason. If i had the money, I would donate fixings to make that into slaw or something but alas- ingredients for 400+ meals prepared in a kitchen the size of a walk-in closet is more of a science than an art ;) We are always proud of the food, though.

            1. re: CarmenR

              Well I understand that but how about switching things up a bit. Make a turkey meatloaf. Or Meatloaf sandwiches. Just to refresh things. Make them more, you know, exciting.


              1. re: Davwud

                Hey, if suddenly the kitchen was stocked with a few hundred pounds of ground turkey instead of ground beef, I'm sure they would gladly make turkey meatloaf. And if there is bread for sandwiches, again- happy to oblige. Sadly, the soup kitchen pantry is not well stocked.

                1. re: CarmenR

                  Ya, I guess. Just spit ballin' here.


              2. re: CarmenR

                Hi Carmen,

                You could throw in a twist by making Italian Wedding Soup which is based on meat and green veggies. Meatballs and cabbage are common. If dry beans, lentils, rice, or pasta are donated they'd work in it also.

                I know you have limited resources, just an idea for you.

          2. re: Davwud

            A soup kitchen is a great idea. I also used to volunteer at one, but we moved to a new state. I read about a new soup kitchen that opened in town a few months ago.

          3. We bought a smoker recently and there's a real temptation to smoke too much and too often :) But otherwise, no.

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            1. re: c oliver

              Have you considered smokers anonymous

              1. re: scubadoo97

                Truly! Our Latino market has these HUGE (25#) whole bone-in pork butts. I sooo wanted one (or more). And they had roasted a whole pig and I was wondering if it would fit :)

                1. re: c oliver

                  What other veggies have you tried smoking? That whole tomato thread got me wondering about this.

                  1. re: nothingswrong

                    Nothing else yet. Gotta do some research for the next time. I did smoke some salt but didn't leave it in long enough so it wasn't anything special. Will re-smoke it next time.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Please do report back if you try anything else! I'd love to know how veggies turn out.

                    2. re: nothingswrong

                      I just saw a cooking show where the chef smoked mushrooms....... Which sounds insane and awesome

                2. re: c oliver

                  I get that way every time I buy a big bag.

                3. as long as budget permits and the food isn't going to waste, what's the problem? when i had more down-time last year i did lots of baking, even though the b/f and i rarely ate any of it. i gave some to neighbors and brought some to work.

                  everybody was happy.

                  1. Do what you love so long as you love what you do.