February 26, 2006

  • Well, skunks.  I got tagged by Elaine.  

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

    There are just three of us at home now....Don, Dmitry, and me.  We eat dinner out maybe once every two weeks, though we "import" food from outside at least once, too.  Except for weekends the only one home to eat lunch is me.

    2. How many cookbooks do you own? How often do you refer to a cookbook each week?

    Define cookbook.  I have three to four dozen actual cookBOOKS, including some in a box that I unfortunately can't find from when we had the flooring replaced, but more cooking magazines than you can shake a stick at.  Maybe once or twice a week I refer to them; most meals I make from memory.

    4. Do you collect recipes from other sources?

    I get a lot of my recipes off the internet, mostly from Allrecipes and Recipezaar.

    5. How do you store those recipes?

    Print 'em out full page and shove 'em on top of cookbooks in one of my bookcases in the dining room.  I'm elegant, I am. 

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

    Italian and Mexican.  Dmitry's extremely fond of both, so we eat a lot of dishes with those flavorings.

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

    Thumbing through books, magazines, and websites for new recipes.

    9. What’s your least favorite part?

    Doing the actual cooking.  I'm not now, nor have I ever been, and it doesn't look good for my ever becoming, an enthuiastic cook.  It's a chore, that's all. 

    10. Do you plan menus before you shop?

    Sometimes.  All too often I find myself standing in the grocery store, peering at what's on sale while trying to remember what's necessary for some dish and whether I have it or not.  Usually guess wrong.

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

    My wooden spatulas are my most used implements....how anyone manages without them I can't think.  My stoneware bake stones, both round and rectangle.  And my coffee maker.

    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?

    That's easy....a freezer.  No room for one at Chez Ivy, though. 

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

    A sifter.  I don't own one.

    14. Do you have a separate freezer for storage?

    No.  See #12.

    15. Grocery shop alone or with others?

    Alone.  Years ago, of course, it was a group activity as trailing along behind me would be the four children (this predated Charles).  The checkers at the grocery stores said we looked like a mama duck with her ducklings.  

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

    Maybe once, counting tuna as "meatless".

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

    That's so cute.  "Decorating theme"! 

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

    Barbequed hot dogs when I was 18 and dating Don.  Take hot dogs, put 'em in a shallow baking pan, cover them with bottled barbeque sauce and bake.  Still like those, AAMOF.

    19. How did you learn to cook?

    Got married and relied upon the Good Housekeeping cookbook I was given.  And calling Mom. 

    20. Tag two other people to play.

    Beth and Lois....y'all are up, dears.   The first has only been married a few years, while the other's been married since Hector was a pup.  I'm interested to read their responses. 

Comments (4)

  • One thing I like about this questionnaire is that I realize that there are some things that I really do know about other people. Both the responses you and Andrea gave are just about what I thought was true. I didn't know about BBQ hotdogs though...that's a new one. And thanks for reminding me about calling mom to ask cooking questions! I'm going to go update mine right now, since that is one of the main ways I learned. Thanks for playing!

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

    We have set a limit to go out only 1 time a week (and sometimes once a week for lunch also)

    2. How many cookbooks do you own? How often do you refer to a cookbook each week?

    Probably about 10.  I only have 3 that I really use though - a folder full of yummy Weight Watchers recipies I got from the internet, a Betty Crocker Cooking Basics my mom gave me when I moved into my first apartment, and Homemade Baby Food Pure and Simple.  I use them at least 4 times a week 

    4. Do you collect recipes from other sources?

    I have a bunch i got in the mail, but I don't really add on unless it is from a friend or family member that suggests a yummy recipe

    5. How do you store those recipes?

    All of the internet ones I printed out on 8.5x11 and put in a braded folder.  All of the cards are in a recipe box.  All of these and the books are in the cabinet above my microwave.  The 1 I am using in on my Cookbook stand on my counter, turned to the next recipe I plan on making 

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

    Italian and Mexican.  My favorite in Italian, and Alex's is Mexican.  They are both pretty easy too.  I mostly use chicke and ground turkey (it's yummier and less greasy than beef)

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

    I love trying new recipes and planning meals to cook for others (especially Alex and Hannah)

    9. What’s your least favorite part? 

    Cleaning up afterwards.  Yuck.  I try to clean as I go so it isn't a huge chore in the end.  I just hate dishes.  I enjoy cooking and Alex enjoys eating.  Sometimes we switch off.  I do the cooking, and Alex does the dishes.   

    10. Do you plan menus before you shop?

    Yes

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

    Pyrex glass stuff - all of it

    If I had a set of good, sharp knives, that would probably be up there, but ours are awful

    Pasta Pot - the lid locks on and has holes to drain the water

    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?

    A new kitchen (we need the house first) - lots of room separate fromt eh living room, an island in the middle, a deep recessed sink that is easy to keep clean (not the silver one like most, but a material kind of like the bath tub or bathroom sinks), a flat top stove, lots of counter space, and lots of cabinets, with a separate pantry with lots of shelves.  My Dream Kitchen

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

    Food

    14. Do you have a separate freezer for storage?

    No.  I'm in an apartment.  I don't think I want one.  That's just another place to put more food that I will forget about and end up having to throw it away

    15. Grocery shop alone or with others?

    Hannah is always with me.  We usually meet Alex at the commessary after he gets off work, and we do the shopping together.  If not, i make sure we are back from shopping when he is home so he can help carry in the groceries.  (That is kind of tough in a 2nd floor apartment with a baby) 

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

    Not very often (except breakfast), but I love veggitarian dishes.  I should cook those more often, Especially Eggplant - yummy!

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

    I guess different color daisies.  Light green rugs on the floor with Leaves

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

    In elementary school - I made my Mommy breakfast in bed.  I made oatmeal just the way she did, only I wasn't alowed to use the stove.  That metal pot my mom always used for oatmeal didn't do so well in the microwave.  I brought the oatmeal in to my mom and told her, "I made you breakfast Mommy.  There was a small fire int he kitchen, but don't worry, I put it out."  She sat there in bed and ate all of her burned oatmeal before rushing to the kitchen to see what was left of it.  No damage - I cleaned it al up.   

    19. How did you learn to cook?

    My mom and Cookbooks - Especially the Cooking Basics.  It even told me how to bake a potato (yes, I am that dumb).  I'm not too good at the improv cooking.  I pretty much need an exact recipe.  I can add a few spices on my own here and there.

  • Anne, what happened to questions 3 and 6 in your responses?   Not that I needed two more questions to answer.  Actually I enjoyed doing it, surprisingly.

  • I dunno. They were missing in Elaine's version, too.

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