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Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 18, 2020 09:00PM
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Do you cook?
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75 votes were received.
Mais oui! I cook nothing but amazing gourmet, locally sourced food for my family. Bon appetit! 11
 
15%
Mostly home cooking, with the occasional takeout and nice restaurant meal. 54
 
72%
50/50 cooking relatively simple stuff at home, then the rest takeout or chain restaurants 3
 
4%
I seldom cook but we either eat out or do takeout from high quality restaurants 2
 
3%
Frozen TV dinners and pizza delivery. I'm thinking of tearing that useless stove out. 1
 
1%
I'm MAVIC 4
 
5%



Now that the epidemic is upon us, I've noticed various social media posts and newspaper articles about how suddenly people are having to learn how to cook, because they essentially never did before. This is shocking to me. I thought that everybody cooked at home. However, this turns out not to be the case. What are the percentages? For myself, we cook about 80% of our meals at home from scratch using mostly local ingredients (frequent farmers' market shoppers). About 10% we will eat out at a nice restaurant and the remainder is perhaps some pre-prepared meal such as a frozen pizza or frozen raviolis. What about you?



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 18, 2020 09:04PM
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: April 18, 2020 09:48PM
Mrs. Pupp is a whiz with the crock pot. Despite the fact that she's worked full time most of the 9 years we've been married, I've had a home-cooked meal almost every night over that time. She cooks for a week on the weekend, and I heat up the meals during the week.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 18, 2020 09:52PM
My wife gets a kick out of reading stories about families telling their maids to stay home, then having to ask them to come back because they can’t figure out how to prepare food. (We are in Mexico City.)



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Don C
Date: April 18, 2020 09:53PM
I have really good intentions to make interesting and healthy meals but I just am not comfortable in the kitchen even having picked a recipe (which is no easy task for me). I don't know why I resist, but I just cannot make myself enjoy cooking.

So it is really simple stuff for us. Take out from a Mexican restaurant a couple of blocks away has lasted three days now (It helps that I decided I really need to cut down on cheese and portion size.)
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 18, 2020 10:17PM
I cook 99.99% of my meals at home.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: April 18, 2020 10:18PM
I have a lot of fun cooking. before the pandemic I was home from work about 2 hours before my wife, so I do the cooking. Now that she is working from home, I'm not taking the lead as much.
I just wish she enjoyed smoked foods as much as me, or liked fish at all, it would open up alot more fun experimentations for me.

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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: April 18, 2020 10:34PM
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I cook 99.99% of my meals at home.

same here. i’ve been amazed to realize in all this how often people eat out. i may pick up a pizza every few weeks. i can’t even remember the last time i had a restaurant meal. might have been december in phoenix when i was traveling.

i do order meal kits like Blue Apron when i can get a discount. food is merely fuel to me and i can eat the same thing every day and be fine with it.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 18, 2020 10:48PM
I marked "I'm MAVIC" because I don't quite fit the other categories.

I "cook" the vast majority of my "meals" at home, except it tends to be really simple stuff. Quesadillas, couscous, frozen entrees, etc. I almost never cook anything more complicated. Breakfast is always cereal and maybe some toast.

I almost never eat (or ate, that is) at sit down restaurants except when I'm at a casino, which used to be once every week or two.

I do grab the occasional Taco Bell.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: April 18, 2020 10:51PM
Another 99.99%er.

I will eat at restaurants when I travel, but even then they tend toward the fast-food type unless I'm in a pretty low-cost country. If my lodgings or outdoor conditions allow, I'm frankly much happier with street food, or something from the hot bar of the supermarket or a department store food hall.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 18, 2020 10:52PM
We eat out more than I would like.

My wife didnt have a mother figure in her house -- she was there, but in name only. Dysfunctional. Apparently they ate out all the time.

My did learn to cook some after leaving, and has learned a lot over time... but without a role model its not as easy as it seems.

No "thats my moms secret recipe" or any other memories of spending time together baking/cooking/whatever for her. From about the age of 7 on, they didnt even have a working oven. Kitchen sink was held up with baseball bats after her step father started a renovation with a tax refund, but then took the money and left for 5 months... came back broke.

as for me, stay at home mom, then food in the dorms... so never really a need for cooking.

Wife does cook a lot more now, but also mostly simple things... and getting my teenage daughters to eay nearly anything home cooked is a giant PITA.

Cooking more now with the stay in thing... but still sneaking away to eat out... and kids have shown little interest in helping...



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: April 18, 2020 10:55PM
I had a LOT of take-out before Ms. Corona came aknockin'. Now I'm entirely cooking on my own -- which I enjoy doing, but didn't have the time or energy to do previously.




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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: April 18, 2020 10:55PM
Hate to nitpick. We are all a bit punchy at this point, but is this a serious poll? I know there may be people on this board who don't know if their cooktop is gas or electric, but the choices make that sound like the norm.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 18, 2020 11:01PM
I've cooked on top of engines before, a number of times, and once, in the dishwasher.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 18, 2020 11:02PM
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Hate to nitpick. We are all a bit punchy at this point, but is this a serious poll? I know there may be people on this board who don't know if their cooktop is gas or electric, but the choices make that sound like the norm.

My cooktop isn't electric, its acoustic.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 18, 2020 11:16PM
I ate out way to much before, mostly due to working 8am to 9pm most days. Tons of junk food and fast food. Now that I’m working from home and can flex time more I’ve shifted to eating almost every meal at home. If we do eat out it is a locally owned place, just to get some variety. My wife and daughter eat most meals at home regardless.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 18, 2020 11:19PM
....hey, good lookin'.....what 'cha got cookin'.......???



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Diana
Date: April 18, 2020 11:39PM
I used to cook nearly all the time when money was tight. When my husband starting having reflux issues and needed to eat dinner earlier in the day than 6 or 7pm he started cooking. He's getting really good. I am getting really spoiled to having dinner ready when I come home.

Mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, some meats. We eat better now than we ever have, but we still go out once or twice every few weeks.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 19, 2020 12:47AM
I cook more than more either of my 2 brothers, just under half the meals per year. It would be more but Costco pizza and roasted chickens are reasonably cheap and easy. My oldest brother "makes dinner" about 4x a year. My guess is he spends $14k on eating out per year.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Michael
Date: April 19, 2020 04:17AM
I make breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is almost always cereal and a smoothie. When I make sourdough bread I always make extra starter and I use it to make sourdough pancakes a couple of days a week. Lunch is usually panini's, usually made with sourdough bread. Sometimes a Marie Callendar chicken pot pie from Costco or maybe leftovers.

My wife usually makes dinner. Last night it was a potato-based casserole with end pieces of ham from a Honey Baked Ham that we had earlier in the week.

There's a restaurant that has started doing $15 take home and heat meals. We give the servers a $5 tip, so it's $22 out the door. I preordered a 9 piece chicken, mashed potatoes, beans, bread thing that we'll pick up today at 11:30 and reheat for tonight. We've done that a couple of times with various offerings and really like it. I wonder, though, how a restaurant gets 9 pieces of chicken out of a chicken??? I'm hoping they'll continue the option when all this mess is done.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 19, 2020 04:42AM
We had out first takeout last Friday, it cost what we can spend for a week on groceries. So it will be awhile before we do that again.

What I found odd is that the only restaurant that I've seen with a fully closed sign was the local Chinese take-out. That place never closes, it's even open during hurricane lockdown. Yet now that take-out is the norm, it is shuttered for the duration.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 19, 2020 05:04AM
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: April 19, 2020 05:08AM
All you folks that used to eat out and now eat in are what is putting a hurting on the grocery stores.
Think about it.
The grocery store on average sold about x number of frozen hamburger patties. It was a no brainer. Every week so many hamburgers, unless we had a sell or they had a sell, same numbers of hamburgers.

Suddenly no one is eating out. Everyone is eating at home.

It is like we have half as many grocery stores or consumers that are buying twice as much as they used to.

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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: April 19, 2020 05:24AM
Growing up, my family didn’t pass down recipes or really teach me to cook. I taught myself, for the most part. I love it and have batch prepared meals since I’ve been working - make a big pot of something and freeze some for work lunches. Most of what we enjoy is ethnic, but then, we don’t eat meat.

We would normally eat out about 1-2 times a month, so we haven’t missed that much. We also have a thing for high end homemade ice cream, which is still available here and there (but we’d often leave the state for it, and now can’t ).

I’m not batch preparing a whole lot now, because I can throw something together during my lunch break, now that I’m home. Starting next week, I’ll need to think about it again. I’m not going back to working at work with my current job, but I did accept an emergency hospital position because I felt it was the right thing to do. I’ll be almost doubling my work hours. The freezer is going to work hard!

I make my own ice cream, homemade pasta, sourdough, fermented stuff like kimchi, ricotta cheese... eating out is fun, but I can make a lot of treats AND healthy stuff right here. We don’t live near anything worthwhile, even in normal times, so that helps.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 19, 2020 06:44AM
My wife is cooking most of the dinners, and she also makes cornbread that I like for breakfast. Her specialties are Szechuan stir fry (chicken, pork, or beef with vegs), spaghetti with homemade sauce (which I taught her to make, steak tips with home fries, cheeseburgers, most with salad. She freezes sauce, rice, stir fries, chili, etc, so we have heat-and-eat meals in the freezer. We almost never ate out, except for the occasional pizza.

Nothing 'gourmet' nor necessarily 'locally sourced', so I didn't see us in the options.

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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: April 19, 2020 06:50AM
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We had out first takeout last Friday, it cost what we can spend for a week on groceries. So it will be awhile before we do that again.

What I found odd is that the only restaurant that I've seen with a fully closed sign was the local Chinese take-out. That place never closes, it's even open during hurricane lockdown. Yet now that take-out is the norm, it is shuttered for the duration.

Contagion? Hope it's not due to Xenophobia!
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: d4
Date: April 19, 2020 06:55AM
When GenX (my generation) was in their 20s and 30s, eating out was about affluence and popularity. Think, "Sex and the City". People bragged about living on their own and going to restaurants, and going out every night. If you didn't eat out and socialize you were a loser. Social media made it much much worse.

These GenXers are now head of households with teens and families. Sure they can boil pasta and open a bottle of sauce. Chop some lettuce and pour dressing on top. But COOK cook? Not so much. They'll google a recipe and buy a cartful of ingredients to make one dish using the *gasp* oven. A huge mess in the kitchen. And a ton of wastage. Then take pics of the final dish to post on social media like they just found a cure for cancer.

Yeah, I'm generalizing.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: mstudio
Date: April 19, 2020 09:39AM
This thread is both interesting and telling, I'm enjoying reading it. It's obvious that age and how one was brought up seems to weigh heavy on some of the answers.

I do pretty much all of the cooking and meal planning, but my wife is a fine cook and does some. My dear sweet mother wasn't a great cook but she had 9 mouths to feed and still managed to do a fine job. I left home when I was 18 or 19 so had to learn how to cook on my own. Julia Child was the person that pretty much taught me everything I know, I loved watching and learning from her.

We eat in usually five days a week with Thursdays being "date night" where we either go out or do some nice takeout from one of the many fine restaurants we have around us. Saturday is pizza night when I either make one or we order out.

I love to cook and feel very comfortable in the kitchen. The lock-down hasn't changed our eating habits much, I just don't go shopping everyday or every other day like I used to, now it's every 10 days or so.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 19, 2020 10:03AM
I never really learned how to cook growing up.
My mom cooked dinner, as I recall, but she didn't like cooking and I didn't really ask to learn.
I excel at other things that previously might have been considered more of the role of the male in the household, so I don't feel bad about not cooking.
I am pretty good at assembling a meal, if that makes sense, but I don't cook much more than pasta and sauce. I do know how to make scrambled eggs in the microwave.
Also, my husband and I eat almost completely differently, so most of the time I would have to make two meals to make us both happy, and that isn't happening.
Anyway, we both just make/assemble something simple if we are eating at home.
Also, my work schedule, before C19, was such that I got home too late to actually do dinner with my husband, so we would go out for lunch a couple of times a week and go out for dinner on my days off.
If I sound a little defensive about not cooking, I guess I am, but after 30 years of marriage, we are both OK with it. grinning smiley

Forgot to mention, hubby doesn't cook either, not even on a grill, lol.





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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: April 19, 2020 10:27AM
I like grilling a lot of meat outdoors on Sunday and then we eat leftovers with fresh sides though the week.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 19, 2020 10:38AM
Not so much.

More like heating.

I've never liked cooking.

It was always time consuming.

I prefer my process orientations to occupy other activities, such as working on my bike.

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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 19, 2020 11:00AM
I couldn't afford not cook most of my meals.

The staggering amount of money I save is how I can afford Macs and so on.

I don't even drink Starbucks coffee or bottled water. Those things are luxury items that require a huge disposable income. Incredible numbers of people, including young starving students, waste their money on that stuff.

For the price of one cup of Starbucks coffee, I can buy enough coffee beans to make coffee at home for about 7-10 days. Seriously.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 19, 2020 11:16AM
What freeradical says above. I just enjoy it, and I've found over the years that I can cook as well or better than 90% of the restaurants that we'd go to. Yet, for other reasons, we'll still get take out Asian (which is harder to do well from home), or go out for the sake of time and ease.

Lately, we are not getting takeout as much, and probably should, mainly to support the business.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 19, 2020 11:21AM
As I mentioned above, we mostly cook at home for a surprisingly small amount each week. I do most of the cooking and am the adventuresome cook by feel type (I occasionally refer to recipes for inspiration, but seldom follow the recipes).

My wife never follows a recipe but her repertoire tends to be more centered on her ethnic upbringing. She grew up on rice and beans and that is often her fall back meal plan. Still, she has some meals that I can't begin to touch.

So we are doing just fine as the current situation really is not that out of the norm for us.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: April 19, 2020 01:41PM
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For the price of one cup of Starbucks coffee, I can buy enough coffee beans to make coffee at home for about 7-10 days. Seriously.

no, not seriously unless you buy some really gut rot coffee. a 12oz brewed coffee at starbucks is about $2.50 or less. yes some people spend $7 or more on lattes or frappucinos but i do get weary of starbucks used as a generalized overindulgence cheap shot.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 19, 2020 03:07PM
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All you folks that used to eat out and now eat in are what is putting a hurting on the grocery stores.
Think about it.
The grocery store on average sold about x number of frozen hamburger patties. It was a no brainer. Every week so many hamburgers, unless we had a sell or they had a sell, same numbers of hamburgers.

Suddenly no one is eating out. Everyone is eating at home.

It is like we have half as many grocery stores or consumers that are buying twice as much as they used to.

Toilet paper defies any rational explanation.

For the most part, but there is a partial explanation: hardly anyone is using TP at work now.

Also, commercial TP is an entirely different production method and the manufacturers can't easily just switch to producing more home and less commercial TP.

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For the price of one cup of Starbucks coffee, I can buy enough coffee beans to make coffee at home for about 7-10 days. Seriously.

no, not seriously unless you buy some really gut rot coffee. a 12oz brewed coffee at starbucks is about $2.50 or less. yes some people spend $7 or more on lattes or frappucinos but i do get weary of starbucks used as a generalized overindulgence cheap shot.

I think it's pretty accurate. Sure, you can also spend a lot more to buy your own ground or whole bean coffee for home, but a 30oz tin of McCafe premium roast 100% arabica coffee costs $8.99 at Walmart.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 19, 2020 03:15PM
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For the price of one cup of Starbucks coffee, I can buy enough coffee beans to make coffee at home for about 7-10 days. Seriously.

no, not seriously unless you buy some really gut rot coffee. a 12oz brewed coffee at starbucks is about $2.50 or less. yes some people spend $7 or more on lattes or frappucinos but i do get weary of starbucks used as a generalized overindulgence cheap shot.

I think it's pretty accurate. Sure, you can also spend a lot more to buy your own ground or whole bean coffee for home, but a 30oz tin of McCafe premium roast 100% arabica coffee costs $8.99 at Walmart.

Funny note about caffeine...

For me, at least, caffeine-tolerance is very short-lived.

For a boost during my work-day, I was hitting Starbucks twice a week for a quad caramel latte (averaging $6.50 per for a real-world example to fuel your debate). Would give me a boost for a couple of hours to finish off the day and get home.

I'm not especially fond of coffee. I drink tea when home and have been doing so since this whole mess began.

After 5 weeks of isolation with rare outings for work (my company is classified as an essential service), I went to a site where they had a nearby drive thru Starbucks that was open and I ordered my usual.

I felt my heart pounding in my chest for about 6 hours afterwards and didn't sleep properly for two days.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: April 19, 2020 03:18PM
We never buy water or coffee outside the home, either. My French press is better than most stuff I can get anywhere else.

Ditto about restaurant cooking having to be better than mine to be worth it - no frozen fried stuff, I can do that at home! Asian is one of the few we find worthwhile, too.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: April 19, 2020 03:42PM
Due to my family situation growing up, I wa taught to cook to help out starting before I was a teenager. Other brothers and sisters also were taught to cook. I can follow recipes or just put together ingredients and come out with fairly decent food.

Currently as I am just living with one son, many of the meals I cook are just for me when our schedules don't align. So I tend to keep things simple, and mix it up with take out for about 1/3-1/2 of what I eat.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: fauch
Date: April 19, 2020 04:25PM
I CAN cook, but I live alone and it's just no fun to cook for myself, and I often don't have the time or energy to do so. So I usually just grab something along the way or after work...
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: April 19, 2020 04:54PM
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I CAN cook, but I live alone and it's just no fun to cook for myself, and I often don't have the time or energy to do so. So I usually just grab something along the way or after work...

For me, when my wife has a staff meeting or other reason not to be home for dinner, I make David Delights, things I like that she doesn't. My wife said i was weird because most men would just go get fast food at the drive thru.

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Posted by: vision63
Date: April 19, 2020 05:55PM
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I CAN cook, but I live alone and it's just no fun to cook for myself, and I often don't have the time or energy to do so. So I usually just grab something along the way or after work...

For me, when my wife has a staff meeting or other reason not to be home for dinner, I make David Delights, things I like that she doesn't. My wife said i was weird because most men would just go get fast food at the drive thru.

Dave

The wife says he's weird. Noted. David Delights sounds good.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 19, 2020 06:56PM
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My wife said i was weird because most men would just go get fast food at the drive thru.

I don't know of any men who would go out for fast food at the drive thru, even if there were drive thrus around here (which there aren't). I don't think that you're weird at all. I also have a penchant for some strong tasting foods that the wife doesn't like (e.g. sardines and kippers, smelly blue cheeses, artichokes, pickled onions, etc) and that I gorge on when she's away on some art workshop trip.



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: April 19, 2020 07:06PM
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My wife said i was weird because most men would just go get fast food at the drive thru.

I don't know of any men who would go out for fast food at the drive thru, even if there were drive thrus around here (which there aren't). I don't think that you're weird at all. I also have a penchant for some strong tasting foods that the wife doesn't like (e.g. sardines and kippers, smelly blue cheeses, artichokes, pickled onions, etc) and that I gorge on when she's away on some art workshop trip.

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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: April 20, 2020 08:17AM
Before it was probably 50/50 at home/restaurant food (eat-in or takeout)...now 95/5.
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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: wave rider
Date: April 20, 2020 10:52AM
I chose the gourmet option.

More accurately, the folks I am sheltering in place with are great cooks.

I do the dishes…



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Re: Do you cook food at home?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: April 20, 2020 02:38PM
Yes. My Mom made certain all 7 of us kids could cook.

I rarely ate out before the lockdown, and had one fast food meal since. It was terrible. Fries were cold, burgers were sitting on the rack for some time before I got them. Blech!!



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