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Cooking: 14 Questions

Cooking is art. It is creative. It has depth. And it has methods and documentation and decisions. And history. And fantasy. And memories. And scents of days past. Notes dusty with age, curled pages, familiar ingredients. That was the topic of today's journaling. I wrote in gelly rolls on the super funky papers created yesterday with Aimee's inspiration. The background has a warm, soft texture, no longer of paper, but of silk. Almost too smooth. The gelly rolls (other than white, which wasn't opaque enough to outcolor the vivid inks) worked like a dream on the inked page.

So today, we talk cooking. We talk food. Recipes. In the week ahead, in the states, my favorite holiday of all, Thanksgiving. Listening to Amy talk about soup in Creative Mom Podcast #156 has inspired thoughts of cooking. So much surrounds the seemingly simple act of cooking meals.

My questions in my stream-of-conscious journal page about cooking follow.  Please post your response in the comments or at your site! Thanks for playing!

a. Does what you cook say something about you?

- There's a mexican influence here

b. How do you keep track of your recipes, your notes on how to make them?

- In a little lined journal, with recipes stapled in, and notes all around... plus printed pages, messy

c. What recipes do you measure precisely, and which do you guesstimate?

- Brownies... Quiche

d. Are there dishes you make quite well, but never eat?

- Grilled salmon with soy sauce-lime-ginger marinade

e. What portion of your recipes [that you make at least annually] were passed down from a previous generation?

- About half

f. What dry spice do you find yourself replenishing most often?

- Cinnamon and Cumin

g. What is the messiest dish you make (biggest clean-up)?

- Chicken schnitzel

h. What is the largest, most varied [number of dishes] meal you make each year?

- Thanksgiving - from turkey to pumpkin pie and everything in between

i. What's the wierdest thing that will be served at your Thanksgiving [holiday] table?

- Canned cranberry sauce

j. Have you taught your kids to cook?

- Working on it - focusing on baked stuff like muffins, bread, cake, pie...

k. What do you always seem to burn?

- Oatmeal

l. What dishes do you typically bring to a party or pot luck dinner?

- Brownies, bean-cilantro dip or fruit salad

m. Which of your creations do your friends/family RAVE ABOUT?

- bean-cilantro dip, chocolate cake

n. Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla cake?

Chocolate with vanilla icing OR vanilla with chocolate icing.


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Reader Comments (3)

neato! love the effect of the lighter gel pens on the darker parts. and this all sounds so delicious. i wish i could get excited about cooking, but alas, i'd rather go out for every single meal!

11.20.2010 | Unregistered Commenteraimee

I prefer vanilla cake, but I'm not picky. :)

My husband is the cook in my household, which is good because if it were up to me all meal preparation would involve nothing more than a box and a microwave. :) It's not that I can't cook, I just don't like to do it.

And since it's just my husband and me (we decided a long time ago we weren't traveling for the holidays anymore), we go out for sushi on Thanksgiving. :)

11.21.2010 | Unregistered Commentermelydia

Lots of good questions. i cook/bake a lot. Some intuitive, some I know by heart some new recipes. Lots of cookbooks live here. Also have one that I put in all the favorites. I have a wooden recipe card holder that my husband made for me early in the marriage and that plus a little basket is where the recipes reside. I love to make Muffins on Sat. mornings. I love to bake cookies when I need to center my self. Soups this time of year as the temps dance with 32 are lovely. I do not have as many family recipes as I might like but I have a few. My Chocoalte Chip cookies are the usual rave, oatmeal is the usual burn, Chocolate cake, My kids are percolating right along on the cooking, scouting helps with this. Have a great Thanksgiving!

11.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

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