Monday, May 19, 2014

Which Type of Cook Are You -- A, B, C, or D?

by Kate Collins

I know people who love nothing more than spending hours in the kitchen cooking gourmet meals. They will go to great lengths to produce meals worthy of the Iron Chef prize.

And then I know people who don't know how to turn on their ovens.

I'm an in betweener. I can cook and bake well, and when I do, I'm proud of it. I just don't enjoy it.

Actually, what I dislike about it is the cleanup. If I had someone to come in behind me and take care of the mess, I would spend more time creating wonderful meals.

When my kids were home and my husband was alive, I cooked a lot. Now not so much, and when I do, I make a huge pot of it and freeze a bunch of little meals.

So, in honor of the cookbook that the other Cozy Chicks and I put together -- our newly revised edition with brand new recipes in it -- I'm doing a survey.

What kind of cook are you:

A: I love to cook and will spend hours creating a gourmet meal.

B. I cook well but don't really enjoy it.

C. I would rather eat out than spend time in my kitchen.

D. I'm not a good cook at all but my family tolerates me.

I'll be interested in the results. I have a hunch most people will fall in the B range, but I may be surprised.

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58 comments:

Aurian said...

I am a B, I can cook, but I don't really enjoy doing it. Only on rare occasions do I make something very special, and then I do like it. But it just takes so much time for something you eat in 10 minutes. And at heart I am a C, but choosing to spend my money on books or going out for dinner, well, books are forever ;) But I try to go out once a month to my favourite Japanese restaraunt with my boyfriend or my best friend.

Anonymous said...

I used to love to cook. With my DH no longer alive and my childern on their own, I don't see the point!

Dru said...

I'm B with a tendency towards C.

Aurian said...

I do love watching cooking shows, especially Masterchef Australia. I am in awe of their talent and creativity, but will never try something similar myself.

Andrea Jackson said...

i guess you can say i'm A,B because i love to cook/bake but there are times were i don't like to cook.

SandyG265 said...

I,m B with some A. I enjoy cooking but don't usually spend more than an hour on a meal unless it's something that has a longer cooking time like stew.

Kathy Gonzales said...

I am a B , except on a bad day then I'm a D :)

katherine is love said...

I think I'm between A and B. I do love to cook and I really enjoy it, but I like to cook quick and easy meals. We use the grill a LOT in the nice weather, and the crock pot is a constant in my kitchen all year long. I like finding new ways to cook quick and healthy meals for my family.

Roby Sweet said...

Definitely A, though I wouldn't call myself a gourmet. There is nothing more satisfying than planning and cooking a tasty, healthy meal. I even enjoy the cleanup. (My mother thinks there might be something wrong with me; she hates everything about the kitchen!)

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm both a B and C. Lately I have been eating out too much. Cooking for myself is no fun.

mary kennedy said...

I think I'm between an A and B. I really do love to cook (although not every day!) but I detest the cleaning up. I see that Roby Sweet even enjoys the cleanup. Roby, if you read this and live in the northeast, come to my house! <gL

Kate Collins said...

That's where I am! Although, after eating out for a few days, I crave wholesome, organic food with low salt. Restaurant food does start to get to me after a while.

Kate Collins said...

I watch CHOPPED here, Aurian. Love to see how a true cook's mind works. Mine, not so much!

Kate Collins said...

You're the first double result! LOL. When I "get into the mood" I love it. But sometimes it's difficult to get to that place. Is that how it is for you?

Kate Collins said...

LOL, Kathy.

Kate Collins said...

How interesting that you didn't inherit that love from your mom. But good for you, Roby. I wish I enjoyed all aspects of it.

Kate Collins said...

I hear you loud and clear, Diane. Then eating out gets to be old, too. Our solution is to have a personal chef, right? If only!

Kate Collins said...

Mine, too, Roby. I'm in the Midwest, though. We'd have to fly you around.

Elaine Klingbeil said...

I would say I am between A and B but closer to B. Not really because of the cleanup, though. I do a lot of cleaning as I go when I cook so there is not the overwhelming mess at the end. And I wouldn't say that my meals are gourmet. I prefer comfort food cooking.

jeanine elizalde said...

A. I cook nearly everyday and enjoy trying new recipes.

Christine said...

I am probably A. I am a fairly good cook and a really good baker and I enjoy it. It's fun to try new recipes.

Christine said...

So do I. I do more baking because that's what I grew up with. My grandmother and her mother were excellent bakers while my aunt is really good at both. I'm also like you. I clean as I go because if I don't then it's too much and then I don't want to do it.

MiaCulpa910 said...

I'm an A, but don't know about how 'gourmet' my meals would be. I'm a home cook. The froufrou crowd would wrinkle their noses at what I put on the table--until they bothered to taste it. I'm a GOOD cook, but my meals are not 5 star. Mine are more the way my gramma did things--I try to be healthier than lard and fried fatback, but I don't stray TOO far from it.
I do as much from scratch as I can. I want to know what's in there. I do cook every day. We very rarely eat out.

Shirley said...

I am the typical B, However I do enjoy baking better than cooking. Love creating desserts

Unknown said...

I'm a mix of A and B ... I'm pretty good at cooking, but I get bored doing the same basic meals over and over, yet don't have the time to do a lot of experimenting. I could bake all week and not get tired of it, though. :)

Kris

Linda Cowan said...

A-ish.

I don't have the stamina to do what I used to.

I love to eat fresh good quality food with interesting flavors. I used to grow interesting varieties of veggies. With arthritis and other issues I can't do that as much. Growing herbs is good.

Margie said...

A

I love to cook and bake. Love spending time in the kitchen! I cater many family and friends events.

lkleback said...

Unfortunately D. But I do try!

Antonette Nyman said...

I gues I'm an a/b. I love to cook and bake. Always had full meals on the table when the kids were little and made awesome deserts. Now that it's just me and my hubby it's a little harder to get motivated. I still enjoy it though mostly the baking.

Lover of Books said...

Definitely an A. without a dishwasher, I didn't do as much. not saying my meals are gourmet but definitely open to new recipes! Clean up doesn't boher me but I do like a clean kitchen when I am done.
Krista

Lover of Books said...

Opps I don't enjoy clean up but then a clean kitchen is nice.
Krista

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I am an A but I HATE cleanup. Does that make me an A minus or a B for bum?

Great post, Kate.

Hugs,

MJ

Linda Juister said...

I'm pretty much a B also. I cook and cook well, but hate the cleanup. I also have no love for the preparation either, so B plus ?

CindyD said...

I love to cook but I am not a gourmet cook and the only meal that takes hours is Thanksgiving.

Kate Collins said...

IMO, it makes you NORMAL, MJ. LOL

Kate Collins said...

Yep, you get a B+, Linda. (Because if you get one, I get one.)

Kate Collins said...

And do you enjoy cooking a TG dinner? I love to eat it but dread making it.

Kate Collins said...

Ah, that's another thing I should've asked - whether people like to cook or bake or both? I'll save that for another post.

Kate Collins said...

LOL!

Kate Collins said...

Oh, Margie, I envy you (and wish I lived next door, too!)

Kate Collins said...

I'm with you, Linda, on the quality of food I eat. I've never had much luck growing herbs. Everything else but herbs. Wonder what that says about my green thumb…..

Kate Collins said...

And I would rather cook than bake. It sounds like you need some new recipes to break out of the same ol' same ol. And wow! Here's a thought. We just put out a revised edition of ….. well, you know.

Kate Collins said...

I'm just the opposite. However, I love EATING the desserts just fine.

Kate Collins said...

And guess what? The pendulum has swung back to lard! Now they're saying the margarines are synthetic and full of unnatural things, while the lard is natural and has been used for centuries. Gee, ya think?

Anne said...

I'm an A all the way, love trying new things and baking and yes, even cleaning, and I clean as I go too, easier...

Debbie S said...

I'm a mix of B and C. I love to eat out, it's one of my favorite things, however I don't mind cooking if I have the time or energy. The biggest problem is getting a dish that everyone likes, lol.

Amanda said...

I really just got into cooking this year. I am between an A and B. It really depends on my mood at the time. Sometimes I feel great when I cook and other times, I feel like I never want to look at another cooking pan again.

Michele L. said...

I am an A sometimes and then a B sometimes. I like to cook when I have the time. It is the clean up that I don't like. I do have a fantastic hubby that will clean up the mess for me but I feel guilty when he does that.

Rachelle21 said...

C at the moment. As the other woman in the house cooks for herself and I microwave for me or order in ir eat out.

Kaye Killgore said...

I'm pretty much a B. I do like to cook, and try new recipes. I'm an OK cook, not great, but usually my food is edible. LOL. But I have to be in the mood.

Robyn said...

I'm generally A. I love cooking and experimenting.

Tonette said...

Oh, I am a Foodie to the max! I was a personal chef, I cooked and baked in places and and had my own bakery/restaurant. I would come home and enjoy cooking for the family! Holidays are FOOD days here...which last for almost a week.

Heather said...

B. I can cook and bake -- so long as no one expects a gourmet meal -- but don't necessarily enjoy it. Like you, it's mostly the clean-up I dislike, but I also think it's more enjoyable when you have a roomy kitchen and full-size oven, instead of a "space-saver" electric one (the only thing I miss about my old apartment is the full-size gas oven).

lavendersbluegreen said...

A. Actually an UBER A. Yup, in caps even.
There is very little I enjoy more than cooking for and feeding people. I taught a 10 year old to make home made pizza dough from scratch this weekend. He could live on pizza and now when his sister (13 going on 50, as a cougar) is in charge and does not feed him, he has an alternative to cereal or using the wafflemaker (covered in so much jam or syrup he might as well eat candy for dinner). I showed his mom how I got mushrooms and green peppers and she was like, I don't know if he'll eat that... as soon a he saw them he was really excited and right away asked if he could have pizza. I love making my own pasta, real gravy, cheese, rumtopf, custard on the stove, soup... everything from scratch and as much home made, locally sourced, organic as possible. With real butter. And bacon. ;)

Karen in Ohio said...

I'm an A, out of self-defense. My husband detests eating out, and insists that we eat nearly all meals at home. (Which is a BIG reason why I travel so much. Shh, don't tell him.)

Michelle F. said...

B/C. Can't afford to eat out much but it's always nice to bring home take-out. The best part is the end result of getting something to eat! I don't enjoy the preparation of the food so much since it can take a lot of time. I can bake, especially brownies, and I can make casseroles, etc. My dad can't cook (part of it is old age) and loves it when me or my mother make him something to eat.

Lynn in Texas said...

I'd say now I'm a mix between A and B, depends on the day and what's happening. Like so many others have said, it's the cleanup that's such a boring chore, but luckily my husband is usually helpful with that. And I prefer cooking to baking, though I have gotten better at it thru the years. Baking is so precise with measurements, etc., where I basically tweak all savoury recipes and love to experiment, ie. just wing it as I go along!

Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama said...

A but not gourmet! More home cooking/finding my way with experiments (that are sometimes disasters but still fun and learning experiences)