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How did you learn to cook?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 9, 2012

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Photo of Sue Suhler

“My aunt Gladys taught me — she was my favorite. And from observing my grandma.”

Photo of Judy Graversen-Algaier

“I had to start after I moved out, so I just did.”

Photo of Mihir Singh

“My mom and dad taught me, and then I did some experimenting.”

Photo of Cale Moore

“From watching my mom, and then from lessons from a girlfriend in college.”

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gphawk89 1 year, 8 months ago

"Food for Fifty". Great book. Dinner cook, Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall, 1987-1989. You quickly learn to cook good food when you're serving 50 college kids. Do something wrong and you could end up on the losing side of a 49-against-1 food fight. It happened. More than once.

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Chris Golledge 1 year, 8 months ago

Anyone familiar with the term 'biochar'?

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 8 months ago

Flim flam man Got tossed in the pan Fried right Salted light Turned out alright A bit up tight

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tange 1 year, 8 months ago

My dad picked me up and threw me into the middle of the frying pan.
I quickly made the leap into the fire.

/ yeah, flambéant

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 8 months ago

sure, rockchalker, go with ignorance. Hehe. It's never worked for you in the past.

Bluecharley, if your wife sees this, it isn't what wives are for. ....it's a I remember when.

River, shrimp would make it a complete meal...sounds divine.

Roe, someone in your household makes a mean potato salad and I'm not just wiping spurtle off my face

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Ain't that big of deal frankie8. Skip to about 6:45 to see the process . . .

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riverdrifter 1 year, 8 months ago

I gots a muddler which I use to make caipirinhas but have no use for a spurtle.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

R_I - I gots it from the kitchin, she has so much of that stuff she never missed it

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blue73harley 1 year, 8 months ago

Cooking? Isn't that what wives are for?

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Hell, I didn't even know what a spurtle was til I looked it up! Thought I might be missing out on sumpin kinky! Turns out I've had one for years. Use it to knock the sprue off the bullet castings!

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 8 months ago

Here is my favorite recipe. Go out into the woods, the deep, dark, furtive woods where lurks the very essence of nature. 1. find a clearing 2. find some dead wood and pile in up in a circle about six feet around and about three feet high. 3.pour some Jack Daniels on the wood 4.using a long handled lighter gadget light the file 5.put a marshmallow on a stick that is about four feet long. 6.reach out and place the marshmallow about three inches from the flame. You may have to try several times before you get this to the degree of brown/black that you prefer.

The Jack Daniels on the wood will give the marshmallow a special flavor or you can soak it the the liquid.

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 8 months ago

My spurrle erupted and almost took out one of my eyes. Obviously, I was hovering too close to the spurrle and my tongue was extended. I hoped to catch the spurrle on my tongue instead of displacing my eye.

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 8 months ago

Cooking is similar to poetry. What is a good mix for one is nix for another. Creativity is the key. Don't be afraid to go into the deepest recesses of your cupboard, reach past the brown recluse lurking nearby (unless you're a cuzin - then rip their bitty heads off with urine teeth), and throw any old combo in the pot. If you're hungry enough, you'll be surprised at your delicious combo.

River, may I get your dip/ casserole recipe from you? It was good enough to eat directly out of the bowl.

My fudge frosting recipe is one I watched my auntie - not second cousin uncle autie - do the slow ball method with cool water until it was just right for years. Apparently, from the texture this last time I shared it at a backyard event, I need a refresher course.

Keep eating! It's the American way.

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Damian666 1 year, 8 months ago

I discovered solar cooking when I received my first magnifying glass.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

My, that dress is very becoming on you Mrs. Cleaver. Is Wally home? And how is little Thedore? He is growing up so fast these days.

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ohjayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm surprised a good chunk of the day has gone by without a "To Serve Man" reference.

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g_rock 1 year, 8 months ago

I baked cookies for work last week. You would think these people had never seen a homemade cookie before. They went nuts! Either that or they were really really good.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 8 months ago

My mommy many years ago, then Griffs Burger Bar on 23rd street for about 10 days

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

Tomorrows OTS question: Who taught you to get dressed. With a special commentary from Randy Travis. Welcome back, um, "Eddie"

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 8 months ago

But then, Randy's always looked like he's been chasing parked cars. It's sort of an improvement.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 8 months ago

Randy Travis stole his 2012 from my 2011. I racked up 2 Dooeys last year. He's still got plenty of time. He trumped me with the nekked stuff, though. Much better mugshot, too.

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emily_litella 1 year, 8 months ago

I read that real good book, Cooking With Gas, by Sylvia Plath. Borrowed it from Lecter.

I'll tell you why people are cranky though. It's those circus acts being called Olympic sports. Those darn smiling robot mimes in the water, somebody needs to just how long they can hold their breath and just because you can catch a hula-hoop, a ball, or wave a streamer while tumbling doesn't make you a gymnast. You should be in Vegas, not London...freaks!

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 8 months ago

"Christ, people sure did get uptight on this page since I went to jail."

It has been kind of dead here, Eddie. The OTS needs a spark.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 8 months ago

Self taught but I've gotten pretty good, I think. The other day, though, I took a spinach/artichoke dip to a backyarder and everybody thought it was a casserole.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Just not enough happy pills to go around Eddie . . .

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

Did Randy Travis go to Spacehog's Driving School? Naked and combative driving is an advanced course for the pros.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/08/2441431/country-star-randy-travis-accused.html

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George_Braziller 1 year, 8 months ago

Learned from watching my mom and grandmothers as well as helping in the kitchen when I was a kid. Also learned a different way and type of cooking from two years watching my Chinese Malaysian college roommate cook.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 8 months ago

Christ, people sure did get uptight on this page since I went to jail.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 8 months ago

Whatever. If I wanted to watch women's volleyball I'd just go to one of them Sporting KC games. They have a show on Sunday nights with some Britsh guy and a dude with male patern baldness and a goatee.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

If it don't involve flame, I ain't cooking

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rockchalker52 1 year, 8 months ago

Betty Crocker is my hero. She is real & if you cook stuff like she sez to cook it, you can amaze your friends & fill your belly. I love Betty.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Good morning Ms. Mathews. Does that sound like Mr. Fienny on boy meets world?

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Sherry Warren 1 year, 8 months ago

My Mom, reading Betty Crocker, and patient 4-H leaders.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

I watched countless hours of Rachael Ray

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My_Life 1 year, 8 months ago

Started with a soup stone, was hooked after that. Still have the stone. It's full of love. What a beautiful day!

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somedude20 1 year, 8 months ago

reading the directions on stuff and this chick, though I never really do remember much of what she said

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moralebooster 1 year, 8 months ago

I'd like to hear what women feel their significant cooking influences are. not just the (and I say this affectionately) the men's menopausal club. Whatever happened to women posters on LJW? That can be tomorrows question.

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g_rock 1 year, 8 months ago

I was taught by that Hamburger Helper glove guy.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Eddie,
I don't know, she does have a little of that "rode hard and put up wet" look to her, but she is an amazing volleyball player, and she has never been involved with Sean Penn.

So she has that going for her.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

"Actually I have a custom made muddler that doubles as a spurtle. And a weapon." - autie

There you go again with the revisionist history. While a custom made muddler is an item that every person should own and use, the spurtle was never intended to be solely a porridge stick. Just like the 2nd Amendment was designed to provide a way for "We the People" to prevent abuse from a governmental standing army in addition to providing for self-defense, the original spurtle was more of a flat flowing shape with curves and straight portions allowing it to get into crevices of a cooking pot, strain items, and yes, even flip those evil, vile, stinky, thin little commie cheese eating surrender monkey pancakes.

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milkman_dan 1 year, 8 months ago

Osmosis. America's Test Kitchen is better than it's counterparts at explaining 'why.'

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otto 1 year, 8 months ago

Anyone (including LJW reporters) know anythng about a report of shots fired and a possible home invasion in the 3000 blk of Topeka Lane in Larryville last night?

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BABBOY 1 year, 8 months ago

I cook mostly barbeque slow cooked meats on my smoker which I learned all on my own or Italian sauses and pastas in the kitchen which I initially learned from the crazy girlfriend from a 100 years ago .....

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 8 months ago

Mostly by watching "Breaking Bad". I've always got plenty of Coleman lantern fuel but lately I've been stealing anhydrous ammonia fertilizer from the barn behind Ronaldo's house. That dude has everything!

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

Beach volleyball is a gritty sport. And it gives a whole new meaning to the term sand wedge

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Actually I have a custom made muddler that doubles as a spurtle. And a weapon.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

By getting hungry. Neccessity is the mother of invention

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

autie,
I bet you have never even have had a good spurtle in your hand.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 8 months ago

My banana this morning also has ebola. Time to get some fresh bananas.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 8 months ago

First my mom. Then reading cook books. Food Channel helps too.

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Bill Lee 1 year, 8 months ago

My parents were both good cooks, so I learned the basics from them. In college I subscribed to Bon Apetit and Gourmet magazines and expanding my cooking horizons. Over the years I experimented and learned by trying things.

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psycho_theclown 1 year, 8 months ago

What? Is the planet running out of women?

Simmer down...I'm just kidding ("Simmer"...ha)

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Me Madre y Padre....And Julia Child.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

Basic cooking from my mom.

Then got into the cooking shows.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

Pour cereal into bowl, add milk.

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ohjayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

It didn't take long, pushing buttons on a microwave is pretty straightforward.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

I got a spurtle by sending in 4 Raisin Bran box tops, the rest is history.

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