Friday, March 03, 2006

Kitchen Meme

1. How many meals does most of your family eat at home each week? How many are in your family?

We eat most of our meals at home, although more have been out of late due to conflicting schedules. There are six in our family, but two are off at college.

2. How many cookbooks do you own?

I own too many cookbooks to count, since I started collecting as a teenager :) I have a nice Time-published set of cookbooks entitled Food of the World.

3. How often do you refer to a cookbook each week?

Less than I used to.

4. Do you collect recipes from other sources?

I collect recipes from all types of sources: friends, family, websites, food containers.

5. How do you store those recipes?

I have index card file boxes, a basket, and a spiral-bound *Family* cookbook.

6. When you cook, do you follow the recipe pretty closely, or do you use recipes primarily to give you ideas?

The first time I follow a recipe very closely, ie I measure. But after that, I may change it or follow it again exactly.

7. Is there a particular ethnic style or flavor that predominates in your cooking? If so, what is it?

No particular ethnic style. We like all types of food from boxed MacNCheese to gourmet five course meals.

8. What's your favorite kitchen task related to meal planning and preparation?

I like all the parts of feeding my family from coming up with the plan, preparing the plan, executing the plan, and redoing the plan.

9. What's your least favorite part?

My least favorite part is..... not have all the spots filled up around the table :)

10. Do you plan menus before you shop?

Sometimes and sometimes not. I am often persuaded to change my plan once I get to the store and find something else on sale. But I have also be known to drive a few extra miles to buy the precise ingredient for one of those elegant meals.

11. What are your three favorite kitchen tools or appliances?

My favorite kitchen tool is my food processor. Then my knives. Then the dishwasher, but I did live without one for three years.

12. If you could buy one new thing for your kitchen, money was no object, and space not an issue, what would you most like to have?

I would love two sets of Cutco knives.

13. Since money and space probably are objects, what are you most likely to buy next?

New sponges.

14. Do you have a separate freezer for storage?

Yes, we have an extra refrigerator in the garage as well as a separate freezer out there too.

15. Grocery shop alone or with others?

I have done both: once a week with all four daughters in tow, but right now I am mostly alone running in at least three times a week. I have learned to be more flexible with my meal planning based on the extra-curricular activities of the two highschoolers at home.

16. How many meatless main dish meals do you fix in a week?

At least one....I try to slip them in more often, but usually when hubby is NOT home for dinner.

17. If you have a decorating theme in your kitchen, what is it? Favorite kitchen colors?

I am lucky enough to have just had my kitchen re-wallpapered and painted, after 17 yrs of the same decor. I dont categorize it, but you might after viewing the photo on my xanga page.

18. What's the first thing you ever learned to cook, and how old were you?

Brownies....and I was 8 y o.

19. How did you learn to cook?

I learned to cook from my mother and watching others. I was fortunate to take some lessons in my late teens from Nathalie Dupree.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I am so glad you did this meme! I know you are a wonderful cook and I enjoyed reading your answers!