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Old 03-15-2019, 12:08 PM   #16
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Im impressed with the quilts. Im sure theyíre treasured. Do you sign thrm?
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Wow, Johnny, I am impressed, that is fantastic that you were a chef.

One thing I still haven't learned to do is wash clothes, Judy said she wants to do the clothes. The only time I did washing clothes was in the Navy, and that was in boot camp and it was all by hand.

As for sewing, I started learning a year or so back. Judy and I have made a few quilts for our grandson's babies and one for our daughter. Judy hand painted each square with the fabric paint. I can tell you, sewing is not easy as it looks, there is a whole lot to it.
My wife quilts and our grand daughter likes to paint. This is a must show those 2 girls. Thanks for the short short hi-jack.
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Iíve Always been an outdoorsman, first wife didnít like to cook wild game so I guess thatís what started it. Most everything she cooked was out of a box. My mom died when I was young as well. My wife and I now can throw down! Lol she says Iím a better cook but sheís really good. My deal is I like to cook for when a lot of people come over. We entertain a lot though. Sheís funny and Iíll never understand this but letís say for thanksgiving she will prep the day before, cook all day the next day. But she will never have a plate till everyone has eaten. Then she will have a plate, if she does. I donít get it. Always cooks and sets back. I think the happiest I ever saw her was in the kitchen with her apron on, covered in flour and a few of the grand babies around baking. My bud says his grandma was the same, she would make sure everything was good before she would take care of herself. Both of us donít measure anything so itís hard to share recipes. I like to experiment as well. Today we were up and she was throwing this together in the crock pot 4:45 this morning. Had to have a little sample. Sheís experimenting today. Not sure whatís going in the pot later but itís really good and falls apart with a fork.
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I just sort of eased into it.

When I was little, mommy did most of the cooking, and she sometimes let me help her in the kitchen.

As I got bigger, I was allowed to do things like grill burgers, etc. A bit older, and I went on to the infamous Road Kill Omelette, and Near East Brand Rice Pilaf with tomato and mackerel fish added. (And Tobasco sauce; don't do the rice pilaf anymore, too much sodium.) Once I made Rice-a-Roni, then made my own rice pilaf from scratch. (What can I say? Mom and Dad's fussing over how good it was made it worth the trouble.)

And, we cooked the various dishes of the time, including Steak Diane.

And, after adulthood, I'd cook for mom and dad when I visited or when they visited me. Now that they're gone, I also cook for my brother, like when he visited last month from Ohio.

Everyone should know how to cook. The basics aren't hard. Cooking means to prepare from fresh ingredients, even if you didn't kill them yourself. Everyone person should know how to do that. They should teach boys and girls the basics of "home ec" like I hear they used to in California (but not in Ohio).
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:27 AM   #20
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I mainly learned to cook because I like to entertain. I mainly grill and smoke, but I do some bread and pie baking as well as homemade pasta.

I can still remember just before I graduated college and decided to throw a party for my friends before we went our separate ways. I ordered a 20lb prime rib direct from a local slaughterhouse near my home. After handing over large amount of money for what was still a poor college student, the owner looked me dead in the eyes and said "DON'T OVERCOOK IT." I thought it came out perfectly, but there were a few people went and put there back on the fire. They're loss. I won't be a party to burning good meat.
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Big Jim...those quilts are gorgeous! I love them.
What a precious gift for your grandkids.

I always wanted to make a crazy quilt. I know Iíll never do it, but I admire them so.
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Im impressed with the quilts. Im sure theyíre treasured. Do you sign thrm?
Sorry I haven't been here sooner, been out back clearing blame privet hedge, running roses and some of the biggest vines I ever saw. It is a jungle back there. lol

Thanks for the kind words for the quilts, we appreciate it. We do sign them, some I signed by sewing, some Judy signed by paints.
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I’ve Always been an outdoorsman, first wife didn’t like to cook wild game so I guess that’s what started it. Most everything she cooked was out of a box. My mom died when I was young as well. My wife and I now can throw down! Lol she says I’m a better cook but she’s really good. My deal is I like to cook for when a lot of people come over. We entertain a lot though. She’s funny and I’ll never understand this but let’s say for thanksgiving she will prep the day before, cook all day the next day. But she will never have a plate till everyone has eaten. Then she will have a plate, if she does. I don’t get it. Always cooks and sets back. I think the happiest I ever saw her was in the kitchen with her apron on, covered in flour and a few of the grand babies around baking. My bud says his grandma was the same, she would make sure everything was good before she would take care of herself. Both of us don’t measure anything so it’s hard to share recipes. I like to experiment as well. Today we were up and she was throwing this together in the crock pot 4:45 this morning. Had to have a little sample. She’s experimenting today. Not sure what’s going in the pot later but it’s really good and falls apart with a fork.
My mom was like that, she made sure all had enough to eat, then she would eat, but she never did sit down to eat either.

Buddy you got a real keeper there, I am sure you already know that.

I don't know what that is in the photo but it sure does look great.
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I learned a little from my mother but after moving out on my own it was soon obvious I needed to know more. I bought what I thought was a good cookbook and it served me well. Had it for almost 50 yrs. and all revisions since. Now the ability is serving my wife and I since she can no longer do much around the house. I also figure that if you like to eat you better learn to cook and I like to eat.
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I graduated from high school in 1977. My grade was one of the last to be offered Home Ec classes, Photo Lab, shop class and other practical type classes. My class was also one of the first to be offered computer classes. I took advantage of both.

In home ec, I learned a bit more of how to cook, how to roast, how to sew (thankfully, on an electric machine!) We also learned how to type on IBM Selectrics (the one with the balls).

It was an interesting time.

Growing up, we had a charcoal grill in our family room. There was a fan on the outside of the house that drew all the exhaust outside. (Yes, we kept it on until the charcoal was extinguished). My dad would grill steaks, we would watch Perry Mason on a 19" black and white TV.

It seemed like the divisisions were set in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. On the weekends, the men would stand around the grill, drink their cocktails, make jokes, while the women folk would take care of the rest of the food.

It's interesting how times have changed yet remained the same. Now, the men still stand around the grill drinking cocktails but are joined by women. And while women do tend to take care of the rest of the food, more men are joining them.
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I learned a little from my mother but after moving out on my own it was soon obvious I needed to know more. I bought what I thought was a good cookbook and it served me well. Had it for almost 50 yrs. and all revisions since. Now the ability is serving my wife and I since she can no longer do much around the house. I also figure that if you like to eat you better learn to cook and I like to eat.
Best to your wife and her loving husband.
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My mother made me cook! Child labor.

Actually, she was a kind, gentle soul. But we cooked as soon as we could. I remember my dad putting up with my weirdly died green & blue cupcakes.

There''s a photo of me kneeling on a stool in front of the stove, turning pancakes at 4. My mom was the youngest of 13 kids on a farm. They learned to do chores early. She was expected to help cook & take care of her 8 sisters' babies. She started us off early, too. For Thanksgiving, we each had a dish or two that we made. All holidays were like that.

Cooking was natural, growing up..

I remember being very surprised during a dinner party I gave. My friend offered to help. I gave her the task of making gravy. She had never made gravy, she said, so we did it together. She should have been given the opportunity as a child.
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