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How much of the food that you eat do you prepare yourself?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 7, 2007

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Photo of Kelly Cooper

“I’d say about 60 percent, but it’s hard not to eat out. I like to cook for myself as much as I can. It’s healthier and cheaper.”

Photo of Dave Lloyd

“I would say about 20 percent, but I don’t think it’s necessarily unhealthy. I try to eat good food. I just don’t have enough time and I’m an awful cook.”

Photo of Dan Hughes

“Quite a bit, actually. I’m the cook for our family and we don’t eat out much. The problem is my kids don’t eat anything I make, so it’s really just for my wife and I.”

Photo of Stefanie Olson

“Almost all of it. I enjoy cooking. It saves money and it’s better for you.”


Grundoon Luna 9 years, 3 months ago

60-70%. If I don't cook it, then nobody else around here is likely to though my hubby may surprise me.

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

alot. does that law student remind anybody else of young elvis or is it just me? and how 'bout that dan, he makes food-but his kids won't eat it-so it's mostly for he&his wife?! what, don't the kids eat at all?? ;)

and oh my-so many big issues&ots is about how much food we prepare for ourselves?? nobody told me there'd be days like this.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 3 months ago

How much do I prepare myself? Not much. But I don't eat out much.

jonas 9 years, 3 months ago

I taught myself how to photosynthesize. Now I prepare my own nutrient input myself in no time at all. And my wife says she likes my even shade of green.

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

Probably around 75%, unless when they say prepare they don't mean just mean making a sandwich for lunch with meat purchased at the deli, but actually hunting, killing, cleaning and cooking the turkey, then the number would be a lot lower. I also don't grow most of my own vegetables, so again, I guess it depends on how far back they wish to take the preparation process. It could be as high as 75% -- meaning things cooked at home and not just packages opened and heated or pouring a bowl of cereal -- and as low as less than 1% for my few tomato plants I have.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 3 months ago

Trinity, it's a subtle commentary on the life-and-death obesity-related health problems our nation faces today.

Really, really, really subtle. So subtle that it's not.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 3 months ago

Holy time change, batman. I posted my 7:40 post (well, 8:40 for me) after trinity's 8:17 post. Who perfected time travel and didn't tell anyone?

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

I swear, I read trinity's post, then added mine, but it placed it higher up, earlier than trinity's -- what is up with that?

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

Weird-- sgt's post too. See, I'll bet he doesn't prepare much, but doesn't eat out much, either. Trinity, on the other hand, is amazed that people look like elvis and that this is the big question of the day! It is like I can predict the future or something.

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm going to blame the black holes, and leave it at that. This Slaughterhouse Five approach is no way to have a real conversation.

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

ok what the deuce is going on here??

LMAO, damn bea you ARE good! :)

paladin 9 years, 3 months ago

The word, "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)

A doula...

Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life...

Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor...

Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for the birth...

Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout the entire labor...

Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions...

Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical careproviders...

Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of her birth experience.

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.

Is this a great country or what? Where a woman of means can have a personal assistant for her job of being a woman. She has all her meals prepared for her by you know who. But, I prepare all my own meals. Bologna sandwiches aren't that hard. Baloney, of course, and Wonderbread, also of course. Sometimes some Miracle Whip.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

TOB, maybe they fueled the capacitor with the leftovers that Dan's kids didn't eat. Possibility. Depends on where in the future they are.

I'm now on a big diet - frozen dinners, fruit, water. Nothing more. I have a mother-of-the-groom wedding end of May. Wish me luck!!!

acg 9 years, 3 months ago

Most of it. I bring my lunches, most days and I don't really eat bfast. My hubby or I cook dinner every night at home. Every so often we'll order a pizza or something, but generally we prefer home cooked food. I couldn't imagine eating out all the time. In order to afford it, it would have to be fast food and that's just wrong!

Danielle Brunin 9 years, 3 months ago


Woman of means? I am certainly not a woman of means and Stefanie was my doula. My husband thought I was being flaky when I suggested having one, but he now maintains that he would have been lost without Stefanie there (since it was our first child). Doulas do not charge that much (we paid $325), especially when you consider that if they can help you avoid pain medication like an epidural (upwards of $1000), you will save a lot of money. It also includes pre-birth education and help with breastfeeding after, as well as one meal, and a lot of other services. Stefanie is a fabulous cook too!

ruette 9 years, 3 months ago

Dan may be able to cook, but he certainly can't speak English. "For my wife and I..?" Did he go to school? And Trinity makes the same mistake. It sounds illiterate, like people who make up their own grammar because they didn't bother learning it. These are the folks who use apostrophes for plurals, too. Yuk! The food issue? Believe it or not, I make everything from scratch. The idea of consuming most of what's in commercial groceries, all those chemicals of flavor enhancement and preservation, causes me to lose appetite. Cooking large amounts on the weekend for consumption during the week works for me.

paladin 9 years, 3 months ago

Shame on me. But, I am rather particular as to the brand and type of the bologna for my sandwiches. It must be Oscar Meyer, all beef.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 3 months ago

Probably around 60-70%. A lot cheaper and I can make it a lot healthier as well.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 3 months ago

The best part of this is that posts are being made from the future. It's like the ljworld is reaching up through the connection and into people's brains and posting what those people are planning on posting in the future...

paladin 9 years, 3 months ago

I used to be in the Grammar Police. When I was a English teacher. I carried a badge and a red peancil.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

"all those chemicals of flavor enhancement and preservation, causes me to lose appetite. "

No comma after preservation; causes me to lose MY appetite.

Pot/black kettle.

Play nicely and don't mess with our T.

paladin 9 years, 3 months ago

I would love to be defense counsel for the woman astronut who got caught up in the web of obsessive romantic ideation and intrigue. Our defense would be postpartum depression manifesting in PTSD, compounded by exposure to space dust, leading to erratic and irrational behavior. All pro bono, of course.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

This worm hole messes with our continuity and flow. This will be fun!!!

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

awwwwwww shucks tob, thank you! :)

ruette musta got up on the wrong side of the bed or sumpin' huh? loosen up ruette, life can be exhilarating&fun!!!!

did i spell that right? ah hell who cares...

davidnta 9 years, 3 months ago

60-70 percent. It is hard especially because both my boyfriend and I work and go to school. It is sometimes very tempting just to eat out.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 3 months ago

Just wait -- soon posts will start appearing on other OTS days. Maybe even days in the future. You'll log on next Thursday, and there will be your post about how much you prepare your own food.

Even crazier? It will have been there since today.


sunflower_sue 9 years, 3 months ago

About 90-95% The rest of the time, we either eat out or the hubby will occassionally make breakfast. He does that meal well. I gave up years ago pretending to like what he attempted to cook for dinner, so now I do it all myself. Many meals, due to the ever changing schedules of kiddies, are ala crockpot. You know, you can make just about anything in a crockpot? My oven shot craps the day my oldest bro was coming for his and I actually made a descent carrot cake in the crock. Freaky!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 3 months ago

What I don't understand of the wacky astronaut was why (along with the pepper spray, knife, and BB gun) she didn't bring a spoon. "I'll cut your heart out with a spoon!" It would have only been logical.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 3 months ago

I just lost an hour of my life. (and I didn't even miss it)

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 3 months ago

Sue, that is freaky. I believe you but I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around that one.

Carrot . . . cake . . . in a . . . crock pot sproingngngngng

I think you just blew my mind, Sue.

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 3 months ago

For the 2nd time in as many days I have demonstrated my tremendous psychic powers by responding to a Sue post before she posted.

You all may kiss my tiger eye ring.

Stop it. I knew you would think that!!

stargazer 9 years, 3 months ago

lmao. Hey Sue, how did u get that posted at 10:51 am? It's only 10:18 am. And I'm in Lawrence.

As for as cooking. I do most of the cooking at home. Maybe once a month call out for something.

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

"It must be Oscar Meyer, all beef." If they remove the meat and then just run the rest of the cow through the wood-chipper, that still counts as "all beef." yuck.

Sue, crock-pots are the best.

GreenEyedBlues 9 years, 2 months ago

Stephanie Olson is the best person I've met in my entire life. :) Doulaz 4 lyfe!

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago

this time warp is almost fun! :p

somebody feed the flux capacitor i think we're running low!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

I predict the word crock-pot will be "said" this morning.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

Dang. I didn't set my arrival time back far enough.

Bone777 9 years, 3 months ago

I was a good kid and tried to keep myself and all of my friends from ever drinking and driving.

Bone777 9 years, 3 months ago

It is a ploy by the LJW staff to make our intelligent banter, look less than intelligent.....

sunflower_sue 9 years, 3 months ago

stargazer, I'll just come out and say it..."I have special powers!"

A_A, the secret is to put a rack and a bit of water in the pot and put your cake in a smaller baking dish on the rack. Cake came out very moist so carrot worked great. It was actually delish. Gotta plan ahead, though. Since I was planning on baking the cake that morning anyway, it just took longer. (I've not repeated this process, however, as I cannot live w/out an oven for too long and got it fixed pronto.) The only reason I even tried it was because I was desperate and remembered seeing an actual "crockpot cake" recipe and thought..."no way."

dajudge 9 years, 3 months ago

For the big game, I like spinach and artichoke dip!

paladin 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm thinking that if Lisa, the Astromom, woulda hada doula, perhaps she could have avoided the whole sordid mess in which she is now all caught up. Balogna sandwiches don't come out well in the crockpot, all beef or not.

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago


the egg hunt has been postponed due to rain.

trinity 9 years, 3 months ago


Presidential election a wash due to voter apathy-nobody bothered.

Grundoon Luna 9 years, 3 months ago

I see there are many bucking for my title of psychic terrorist but it's MINE I tell you! Mine!

thomgreen 9 years, 3 months ago

I'd gladly cook for Kelly 100% of the time. = )

sunflower_sue 9 years, 3 months ago

TOB, how are the triplets doing? I'm so glad that mom and babes are healthy. That must be quite a shock going from 4 kids to 7! Wow! Thank goodness that healthcare is now government mandated.

dajudge 9 years, 3 months ago

If I needed a doula, I would get one from Hawaii. Yep, a hula, doula!

sgtwolverine 9 years, 3 months ago

TOB, trinity's 12:50 post is from neither the past nor the future. It simply is.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 3 months ago

So I was just wondering other people's thoughts on the Snickers ad being pulled because of all the controversy surrounding it.

I mean, surely the outcome wouldn't have been the same if it was an ad for Klondike Bars....

...a bit off topic, sorry.

Linda Aikins 9 years, 3 months ago

Sure looks like it will be rainy for the Super Bowl, doesn't it. I hope the Chiefs win!!!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 3 months ago

Ron, A stroke of genius on the part of Snickers! They are getting way more publicity than they paid for.

EasilyAmused 9 years, 3 months ago

I prepare my own snickers and klondike bars - the only problem is that by the time I make the caramel and nougat and add peanuts and chocolate, I'm no longer craving a snickers. And do you know how many times it takes for me to dip a square of ice cream into melted chocolate without the ice cream melting? But at least I don't have to worry about the conspiracy of all corporate food preparers who slip addictive substances into all convenience foods...

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

Stranger than predicting the future: I think the story of the church leaders declaring Rev. Ted Haggard "completely heterosexual" following counseling might be even stranger than the NASA love story.

If people believe this, I ask -- would you (or do you know anyone who would) want to trade places with Mrs. Haggard?

Now, back to the future -- I sure hope President Clinton can end this war in Iran/Iraq/Afghanistan. I just don't know how Chelsea will ever do it, what with trying to figure out how to re-freeze the North Pole.

sgtwolverine 9 years, 3 months ago

Bea, I thought it was going to be the Clintons' dog in the White house. Buddy, or Spot, or I Feel Your Canine, or whatever his name was.

paladin 9 years, 2 months ago

As I understand it, the Reverend Haggard and the Mrs. are off to Iowa to pursue their Masters degrees in Psychology. And that they are taking Lisa Marie (no relation to Elvis?) Norwak along with them to function in the capacity of doula as woman servant, slave to the Mrs. Although, I am possibly cornfused at this point in time.

james bush 9 years, 2 months ago

SNICKERS!..............How many double "entendres"(SP, who cares, you know what I mean!) does this whole debacle raise in people's minds! Queer behavior is soooooooooooo titillating to so many of us! And I thought heterosexual superbowl stuff was TOOO much a year ago!

The sky is REALLY falling!

Elect muslims and all this liberalism will go away!

james bush 9 years, 2 months ago

Don't eat food delivered by people you think look distrustful!

jonas 9 years, 2 months ago

jimincountry: What if you're a racist? Several places would be an extreme problem, wouldn't they?

james bush 9 years, 2 months ago

If you are racist, then you have an extreme problem, regardless of the cuisine!

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