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From: Chrysantha
Date: 10-07-2005, 09:24 PM (1 of 28)
Would you rather cook or bake ???

I myself don't like to cook, luckily my husband does and so we share the duties.

I would rather BAKE all day, every day...I LOVE to bake and consider THAT more of an art than cooking.(of course being a former cake decorator...I'd also wanna DECORATE, again)
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 10-07-2005, 09:52 PM (2 of 28)
I can't decide. I like to bake because everyone will eat what I make no complaints. I like to cook especialy for family parties because I get a lot of compliments on my food. The bad part is at pot lucks my husbands family expects it & they don't always do there share. (family of 65 they bring 12 deviled eggs). My DGS(4) Loves to bake chocolate chip cookies with Grandma. & DD(14) loves to cook more than bake. Her specialty is meatloaf.
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From: Ole' Girl
Date: 10-07-2005, 10:08 PM (3 of 28)
Really, on a daily basis, :bg: NEITHER. LOL When we have friends over, we do a little of both, and we both do the preparations. My husband makes wonderful chocolate pies, and the best Turkey and dressing. We use different menus depending on the seasons.
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From: debsews
Date: 10-07-2005, 10:48 PM (4 of 28)
I'm with you Ole Girl, NEITHER! I would happily eat out for every meal and try to do that as often as i think budget will permit. But having said that I would rather bake but since turning 50 I've become diabetic and so baking doesn't have much appeal for me anymore. Oh those golden years!
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From: patti2
Date: 10-08-2005, 09:05 AM (5 of 28)
Bake, hands down!! I love my crock pot, dump everything in it and forget it! But I love to bake and with a large family, it is really appreciated!
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From: DorothyL
Date: 10-08-2005, 09:15 AM (6 of 28)
I never much cared for cooking, but I've gotten better about it. I really don't mind much anymore and sometimes I enjoy it.
But bake? Forget it. Even birthday cakes -- my oldest daughter made them for everyone (including her own) since she was about 9-years-old.
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From: Magot
Date: 10-08-2005, 09:35 AM (7 of 28)
Cooking seems to be gone in 10 minutes - unless it is a big family dinner - whereas baking is more appreciated, by the sprogs anyway. Tony doesn't really eat cakes so if I bake I have to eat it all. Sometimes the urge comes over me to make scones but I have to eat them all. Not good for the waistline.
so, given the choice - cook a roast 'cos I just slam it in the oven and forget about it!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:34 AM (8 of 28)
Love to bake, hate to cook. DH does most of the cooking.
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From: Bama
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:40 AM (9 of 28)
I would rather bake. I like to make up new recipes for cakes, cookies, muffins, etc.
I like to cook when I WANT to cook. Not when I've worked all day and everybody wants to know what's for supper and when it will be ready. :yawn:
I love cooking for Thanksgiving. :up:
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From: ninifav
Date: 10-08-2005, 10:50 PM (10 of 28)
After raising five kids, I don't like to do either...My ideal day consists of sewing, gardening and take-out!!! fortunately, DH loves to cook...good thing, too...he gets tired of grits-and-eggs or meatballs and spaghetti...Paula
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:17 PM (11 of 28)
I like to do both. I find it fun to be able to bake something wonderful or cook this awesome meal. Unfortunately I am taking care of my mom and finger foods are what she can handle right now. I am learning how to do the fingers foods all over again after not having to for 20 years.

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From: beachgirl
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:25 PM (12 of 28)
I used to love to plan & cook meals plus baked all the time. Now I cook because I have to & seldom bake as DH isn't suppose to have it. I suppose it's all the years I've been cooking & I'm burnt out on it, plus there is only the 2 of us now. Cooking meals for 2 is the pits. I have such a hard time with that & always cook too much. I also don't care to eat out a lot so that isn't the answer. I only eat one meal a day, dinner, know that's not the thing to do but have been that way since I was about 13. Some days don't eat, just get busy & don't think of it or just not hungry. Food never was a big thing for me. My mom was the same way & one DD is too.
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From: Sancin
Date: 10-09-2005, 04:36 AM (13 of 28)
I never used to mind either, tho was more partial to cooking and I was said to be very good at it. I use a lot of preprepared ingredients and add and change them. At one point in my life I loved to entertain and made a lot of complex dishes. I baked special breads for the neighbours for Christmas. I always said I had enough prepared dishes in the freezer to feed 15 people at a sit down dinner given 5 hours notice. And occasionally had to as my husband used to bring home clients and I did work full time. But as the years have gone by, like some others of you, I burned out, as have many of my friends. I am not only single again, I have little family nearby so I don't have to worry about cooking or baking. Where I used to make 14 loaves of bread at a time every 2 weeks I now have a bread maker. :smile:

It's the decision making that always gets to me. When I have houseguests I will cook any thing as long as someone tells me what they want and when - and recently added that I can't stand for over 2 hours. As I said in another message, I have learned that deli's are pretty interesting places - I can get a variety of dishes in whatever sizes I wish. :bluewink:

I have found out that one tends to lose some abilities if one doesn't use them. Cakes seem to fall on me more frequently and the last batch of rolls I made were odd shaped! :nervous:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: Domestic Goddes
Date: 10-09-2005, 08:50 PM (14 of 28)
If I didn't do both we wouldn't eat!

Love baking cakes, especially decorating them but rarely have time these days. Last one was my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary cakes - one fruit cake and one sponge, both decorated the same. Christmas cake production will start soon (along with Christmas puddings).

Enjoy cooking of any description but agree a crock pot is a boon to any busy family. When entertaining (I enjoy giving dinner parties) I will happily spend all Saturday in the kitchen cooking for people who I know will appreciate my efforts. If they are people who won't appreciate what I've made then they are likely to get fancy sausages (venison and red wine or pork and leek, perhaps) with colcannon or other mash followed by apple pie. DH always says he knows which category people fit into due to whether I make a starter or not.

I worked abroad for 5 months and DH HAD to learn to cook. After 5 months he could make an omelette, cook rice and roast a chicken. But not all at the same time. Bless.
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From: LauraM62
Date: 10-10-2005, 09:43 AM (15 of 28)
I prefer to bake usually but have to be careful since I hit a early diabetic stage (no more then 50 mg of sugar per day, plus have to count carbs). I still have learned to bake even different, more grained products. I really like making breads, muffins, & rolls - of course kids & dh likes cakes, pies, & cookies. I do like cooking too, but there is this issue of what everyone likes :wink: I love stir-fry dinners, pasta type dinners, lots of veggies, etc - but DH hates veggies and is a glutton for the old meat & potatoes (boring!). So cooking I go back & forth on - if it is something new that is one of those veggie dinners, then you bet I'm enjoying it :wink: but if it is fried chicken & potatoes - probably not :whacky:
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From: esrun3
Date: 10-10-2005, 06:39 PM (16 of 28)
I love to bake and it's all from scratch. No mixes for me (well, ok, once in awhile :bg: ) but truthfully most of my baking is from scratch. I learned from my grandma who cooked and baked with a pinch of this, a pinch of that. No one else in my family, including my mom, was ever able to get the hang of it but I can and my DD is now learning to cook and bake and I have trouble teaching her any other way-certainly not good with measurements!

I also like to cook but if it's only for me or me and my DD we tend to eat out or order in-too much work to only do it for one or two people.
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-10-2005, 11:15 PM (17 of 28)
Neither. I find now I burn most stuff I try to bake and since I work shift I do try to make a meal when we are both home for supper. But even then I really don't put much effort into it. If we get company, I do go all out, that's probably why he invites people over, so he gets a meal!! I'd much rather sew or garden, take out works fine for me. I used to love cooking and baking, don't know what happened, I guess once the kids moved out it just seemed more like work than fun.
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From: toadusew
Date: 10-13-2005, 10:47 AM (18 of 28)
I prefer to bake--really don't like to cook, but do that almost every day. Since hubby and I eat mostly low fat, I don't do much baking anymore either. However, I do bake a few cookies and pies during the holidays. :bluesmile
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From: Cant-sew-a-lick
Date: 11-15-2005, 06:27 AM (19 of 28)
Bake. My husband doesn't like sweets but he does love homemade breads.He will sample a few of whatever I make, and he keeps any and all chocolate chip cookies for his lunch :grin:. We don't have any children, but I always get on a baking jag this time of year, making cookies and candies. I work in a company with 90 people, so nothing goes to waste!
This year I am hosting a cookie swap among the office staff. I get to bake 14 dozen guilt free cookies! Yippeee :bg:
My dogs need clothes!
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From: gm23237
Date: 11-20-2005, 09:38 PM (20 of 28)
Neither! After 30+ years cooking, housekeeping I just do not get a thrill out of it anymore.
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From: Longblades
Date: 11-21-2005, 03:51 PM (21 of 28)
I like both but not on a regular basis. I tend to do a big batch of something, whether baking or cooking, and then we eat leftovers forever. Good thing we both like leftovers. And I'm the family "pie lady", doing batches of 10 to 15 pies as various fruits are ripe.
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From: Dede
Date: 11-21-2005, 06:41 PM (22 of 28)
I'd have to say cook. I find it is more forgiving and I just love to try new things then play at substituting ingredients.
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-22-2005, 09:36 AM (23 of 28)
I will do either one if someone else cleans up! :yawn:
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From: trini
Date: 11-23-2005, 07:58 PM (24 of 28)
I do cook and bake but lately I find that I wish that I did not have to; especially when I am fired up over some new craft or project. I do feel a sense of satisfaction though, when the meal or cake or whatever is really delectable; this is what keeps me going on.
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From: tiedyejudy
Date: 11-24-2005, 09:27 AM (25 of 28)
For me, baking has always been a seasonal thing, although I have the baking gene(grandpa was a master baker). I enjoy cooking soups & casseroles the most, especially this time of year. But the grocers here have me stymied -- I use beef shanks or neck bones for my vegetable beef soup, and they don't carry either! So I have to look for sales on chuck steak and stock up the freezer!

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From: tiedyejudy
Date: 11-24-2005, 09:32 AM (26 of 28)
I prefer to bake usually but have to be careful since I hit a early diabetic stage (no more then 50 mg of sugar per day, plus have to count carbs). :

Have you tried the baking Splenda products? My Hubby is type 2 diabetic, and has been able to eat a little of what I make with it, and no problems. I figure if he is buying store-made 'no sugar added' cakes and pies, I might as well save a little money and make some of it at home. Splenda even puts out brown sugar substitue now!

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From: Jayde877
Date: 11-29-2005, 11:52 AM (27 of 28)
I prefer cooking over baking for sure, and if you ask my kids or husband, they prefer my cooking to baking as well. I have never been able to bake anything successfully. I either mix it wrong and it turns out really messed up or I just plain burn it.

Cooking however, I like to cook on occasion. I can't follow a recipe to save my life (hence why I can't bake) so I make up all my dishes. My husband will come ask me what I'm cooking and I'll say "Charity Suprise". Cause it's a suprise what goes in it and it's a suprise if it turns out good when I'm done.

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From: Magot
Date: 11-29-2005, 12:10 PM (28 of 28)
My MIL had a dish called arctic surprise - the main surprise was the was the frosting would flow off like an ice berg calving into the sea...

My kitchesn once had the fancy cafe name of "Sloppy Jan's" I cooked a lot of slop...
spaghetti bolognaise,chili con carne, shepherds pie, chicken supreme, even my pizzas turned out sloppy...
love and kisses, Jan
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