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Am I the only one....? 
Jan. 12, 2010 12:49 am 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2011 7:31 pm
I'm sitting here at work tonight and I have no actual work to do.  Sounds great, but when you are sitting alone in a dark room, it really isn't all that fun, relaxing or interesting.  I work part-time as a 911 dispatcher for a small town Sheriff's Office while I am going to school full time.  I get to work at night and take my homework with me, which is great.  But here, we haven't started college yet, and won't until the 19th.  So, I really don't have anything to do.  One of the deputies came into to hang out for a little while and drink a cup of coffee and I found myself leading the conversation (constantly) to food.  After I took every topic and related it to food or cooking, I stopped for a short moment and said, "I'm sorry, I am SUCH a foodie and I just can't help it."

So, am I the only one that seems to always center my conversation around food, cooking, kitchen applicances, recipes, menu ideas, food tv shows and fond food memories?  LOL 

I am obsessed.  If I am not working (truly working, at work) or doing school work or spending time with my stepkiddos, I am always thinking about food.  I plan, ponder, rehearse, organize, daydream, list and walk down food memory land 23 hours out of the day. 

Is this normal?????

My name is Shawna......and I am addicted to food!

-----HI SHAWNA----- says the crowd in unison. 


It is where I get TRUE happiness.  When I am able to cook a meal that I thought up, bought the ingredients, prepared, cooked and served........and people LOVE it..........I think it's the BEST feeling in the world.  The kitchen is where I decompress.  Well, only when I am not rushing to throw together a quick supper...those suppers you aren't proud of..........when you just have to open a can, tear open a bag of something frozen...etc........I hate those nights.  I feel so dirty and useless.  I feel like those are the nights that I am not showing my love to my family.  Usually the next night, I go too far and cook a really unhealthy (loving/comforting/warming) supper because I felt so guilty about the crapola that I served the night before. 

So, please let me know..........................or make me feel "normal", and tell me I am not the only one that lives their life like this!!!!  :) 

Happy food daydreaming.....
Jan. 12, 2010 1:37 am
Your not the only one :~) I love to cook and bake, I love reading cookbooks and sharing recipes and planning meals etc... Great blog!
Jan. 12, 2010 1:37 am
Hi,, dear, you are not alone...there are many of us in this 12 step program...I would like to say that there is hope for us, but sadly, with the number of enablers out there (hubbies, children, bfs, friends) there is little hope...we must live with this addiction...may you find peace living with this horrid and destructive disease...we must band together and support each other ;oD
Jan. 12, 2010 1:38 am
I don't know if you know about the recipe exchange on this site, but it's a fun place to talk about cooking and to ask cooking questions :@)
Jan. 12, 2010 2:03 am
Hi! My name is Sana and I am a food addict!!! haha, same here...every waking hour is spent thinking about food, cooking, baking, reading about food 'sigh'
Jan. 12, 2010 2:07 am
Gee, I could have written this blog myself, especially the guilt part. I think I sit behind you at those 12 step meetings. Great blog, and, please join us on Recipe Exchange, just click on the tab above and step into our parallel universe. Good Luck with all you are doihg.
Jan. 12, 2010 3:42 am
No, you are not alone! We are all addicted! Next time you're bored drop in at the Recipe exchange. Just click the tab up top. Warning: This will fuel your addiction, not cure it... ♥
Jan. 12, 2010 4:52 am
You are SO not alone! My foodie habit has been so much worse since burrowing into the unlimited recipes that are here. It's like 'to infinity and beyond'. If you can't find it here it probably hasn't been invented yet! Just enjoy it as we all do and come into the chat and meet all the great people. If you have any questions there is always someone who knows the answer. This is a good place!
Jan. 12, 2010 6:11 am
Great blog! No you are not alone! I seem to talk, read and watch anything about food!!!!
Jan. 12, 2010 6:49 am
Hi Shawna, you are so not alone! I am addicted to this site and obsessed with food. Cooking or baking, it doesn't matter. I often find myself at the office chatting up a storm to friend of mine about food constantly. It could easily go on for hours. I also have a problem with reading cookbooks, I have so many I don't know where to start. Instead of a novel, I'll curl up on the couch and read a cookbook...LOL.
Jan. 12, 2010 7:08 am
You are not alone. I am at my happiest when I am talking with a fellow foodie about recipes, food, cookbooks. Cooking relaxes me. I find myself complete and the happiest when I am in the kitchen creating.
Jan. 12, 2010 7:50 am
Of course your not alone, look at this site! Cooking food for people we love is just another form of affection. It also can serve as theraphy for the cook, I know cooking sooths me after a ruff day. It's the 1st thing we do when someone looses a loved one or has a new baby or to celebrate our most important holidays. It could be for church,a club, school or otherwise, food means comfort. Think about it, there are FAR worse things one could be addicted to, yours just nurtures the people you care about and brings you great joy in the process...
Jan. 12, 2010 10:58 am
Hi, Shawna. I am also new to the blogging/recipe exchange. I have enjoyed the web site though for many years. I notice you like playing with yeast. I have a recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread that I happen to think is to die for. It is in my recipes. Have fun on the site!
Jan. 12, 2010 3:57 pm
Sorry it took me so long to reply. I work nights and I woke up from my "nap" about 2 hours ago. Thank you all so much for replying to my blog. The text in my profile is fairly dated, so fortunately I have found the AWESOME recipe exchange and have used it on a couple different occasions. I guess I always wonder who I am ticking off by always talking about food. And I have so many friends whom NEVER step foot into a kitchen. I am guilty of offering them "cooking lessons", and I'm not too sure they like that. LOL I do it out of love though...Love for wanting to share my knowledge and wanting them to cook and show love to their family. One really good thing, my husband is a FOODIE too. We love to talk about food and new recipes we want to try. He's looking into recipes now for a GREAT red beans and rice. He is an Alton Brown FREAKO. Tonight I sit in guilt........I worked last night and got only a couple hours of a nap today.....had many many phone calls to make today and all of a sudden I looked at the clock and it was 5:30. I had no time to thaw anything out, so hubs went to town to get us Subway. I was craving a subway he did that for me. I love my hubs! LOL Well, I am so glad to see I am not alone. Thank you for all the support. ***pondering**** Wonder what they serve @ 12 step foodie programs? HAHA :P Well, my subway meal is going to be here in just a minute........Then tonight I might have to initiate myself into the Recipe Exchange lifestyle.......I look forward to it. ~Shawna
Jan. 14, 2010 1:45 pm
Nope- not alone! Sounds just like me!!
Jan. 14, 2010 2:37 pm
Oh, my goodness! I had to double check to make sure I was not the one who wrote that! I plan out my family's dinners at least a week in advance, and not just so I can keep my head on straight. It gives me the chance to fiddle and play with the recipes and side dishes and make the most out of dinner. I wake up in the morning thinking, 'What am I gonna make for breakfast?' 'What's on sale that I can play with?' 'How much bread do we have? Do I have to bake today?' I love it!
Jan. 14, 2010 3:15 pm
You are not the only one! And I can't tell you how happy I am that you consider it normal. ha ha ha I've been planning Super Bowl for over a week now....I keep changing my mind. But its consuming me....
Jan. 14, 2010 3:59 pm
you are absolutely not alone! I'm trying to make a new career for myself writing about!
Jan. 14, 2010 4:37 pm
Thank you all for making me feel a bit more normal! My hubby & son tease me about all the recipe books & recipes I've collected & when I want to make something again, I search for days - never remember where I found the recipe! I love looking through glossy cookbooks or cooking sites - hubby calls it my "food porn"
Jan. 14, 2010 4:39 pm
hee hee! Isn't this great! We are all very different, yet the same. I feel the same way. I need a hobby. My name is Holly, and I, too am a foodie! I need more things to talk about. Passion is food, food is passion. Gonna get a new hobby this year so I have more to talk about. BUT so not replacing this addiction! :)
Jan. 14, 2010 4:57 pm
Girl - I am planning what to have for lunch as I am cooking breakfast so no - you are not alone. It may be an addiction but it makes one very popular over the holidays, vacations and family get togethers where no one likes to cook. Just take the lemons and make lemonade.
Jan. 14, 2010 5:18 pm
Annalie - MMMMMM, food porn!!!
Jan. 14, 2010 10:37 pm
Hi Shawna - food : it's not an addiction, just a necessity and we take it more to heart than others. I read through cookbooks and recipes like others do novels. Raise your hand if you have ever found an item in your pantry and wonder what recipe you bought it to make. I found a can of Bird's custard powder in my pantry and had to ask my AR friends what I bought it for. Also found a bottle of rose water and don't remember what for.
Jan. 15, 2010 12:15 am
absoultely not alone as you can see X3 sometimes i get so excited about something im planing to bake the next day I CANT SLEEP XD
Jan. 15, 2010 2:19 am
I love to find out that we are having someone coming to visit. First mode my mind goes into is FOOD! It's always best when they are the kind of people that love to experiment with new tastes. (That's the way hubby and I are). What makes it even better is if they will be sleepovers. So, my mind goes full steam ahead. I see what I have in the fridge, freezer and pantry (which are well stocked) and then hit allrecipes, and the fun really begins. I also like to do is prepare much more than we could possibly eat so that there are lots of leftovers and can send home a plate with our guests/friends and have leftovers for ourselves. Infact I think we'll have Susan over. I's our pup "Chai's" third Birthday (what a GREAT girlie, she's a Shih Tzu and a helper dog. She actually pulls my wheelchair for me). She brings such pleasure and smiles to all she meetsand has a wonderful personality. hmmm, so what will the menu include?????
Jan. 15, 2010 2:46 am
I love how all the foodies gathered together ranting about their addiction. I might as well join. I will beat archykins with the not sleeping, it is 2:14 and i'm up browsing AR. My hubby is not happy :) I cook so much that he tells me to stop! And I do not like sweets but today we were having tea and he asked if we have anything sweet and I said "no but i can make something" so i ran to the computer of course and come here and quickly find just the recipe I need with all ingredients on hand and whip up some yummy cookies for him in half hour. I had to gloat of course and tell him how lucky he is that i'm not one of those wives who will just say that we dont have any sweets and they're bad for you, instead I will go whip something up if we're out :)
Jan. 15, 2010 6:01 am
I don't share the same enthusiasm for cooking as you but thanks to you and others like you we all get to enjoy the fruits of your obsessions. Thank you! Oh, and please drop the guilt when you're forced to make a quick meal. The guilt is not good for you or your family. :)
Jan. 15, 2010 6:44 am
I too am addicted to food, mostly the creating amd making part. My two work partners are also addicted. So we food fight constantly and egos get bruised at times, but we love it. This is my first stop on my e-mail before, during, and after work. Also, I never follow a recipe. To me it is a guide and a challenge, "how can I alter this recipe for ME?" Of course this drives my wife nuts, but hey!? I do all the cooking! And yes, EAKE is right, we are doomed by our family and friends, or at least I am. They are the focal point of my addiction. The only realy bad thing about the addiction is the fats, calories, "the POUNDS addded!" Lost 20 lbs and quit smoking. BAM! food is so GOOOOD! 20 lbs. right back where they don't belong. Love your addiction, just don't eat it to death.
Pat M. O'Brien 
Jan. 15, 2010 6:53 am
I would rather cook/bake than almost anything! When baking cookies, I always double or triple the recipe! I love making my m-i-l's homemadw white bread and with a new Kitchenaid stand mixer it should go a lot faster (recipe also makes delicious rolls, buns and breadsticks!
Jan. 15, 2010 8:03 am
OMG you are far from alone with your addiction. Someone above referenced "food porn" and it cracked me up cuz I have been known to go to bed with cookbooks :)
Jan. 15, 2010 8:16 am
Shawna As you can see from all the remarks from other Foodies you are not alone...I am known for my love of cooking and the wonderful meals that I create for my family and friends...and even though I have been known to complain on occassion (when I am tired or at the cottage and want to relax) I really and truly love every moment I spend in the kitchen...It seems sometimes with our ever increasing busy live that the art of cooking is fading away and most people don't have the time for it...there is nothing like a homemade meal. The wonderful smells in the kitchen that fill the whole house from sweet to savory...It is so nice to see that there are a few of us out there...It is a delicious part of who you are.
Jan. 15, 2010 8:36 am
Hi Shawna, I also am a "foodie". Here's a tip that might come in handy. When I was working, I would take my recipe file with me in my briefcase.In my slow time I would browse through and figure out dinner for that night. Saves time!
Jan. 15, 2010 9:44 am
I am a great-grandma now, but when I was young and my children were in the turbulent teenage years our son was very troubled. He did not know how to show emotion and I could not figure out what to say to him. Finally I turned to him one day and said, "You know I don't know what to do for you, I love you and the best way I know to show you is to cook something you love". Food has always been my way of showing love. Making favorite foods for kids, grandkids and now great-grandkids makes for great memories. Yes you are normal. P.S. I have also been trying new receipes for all my life trying to find the perfect one. Now that requires a lot of food daydreaming. :-)
Jan. 15, 2010 10:33 am
im a food addict also LOL, this has become my favorite website just not only for the recipes but the interaction!! definitly not alone Shawna like others id rather read a cookbook than novel but i have no complaints in my house, although iam usually the one who does holiday dinners or family partys! My addiction to food has made many bellys full LOL:-)
Jan. 15, 2010 11:29 am
Some may call it an addiction if they like and some may call me 'in denial'. I don't father was a chef, had his own restaurant (OK, it was a coffee shop but he offered French accented food that folks thought was fantastic but they didn't know it was) taught me to cook and LOVE it. One of my earliest memories is standing next to my brother (we were 2 and 3) ready to receive our teaspoon of homemade caramel for good behavior. I don't think that was true...he just needed an excuse to make more and more wonderful stuff because he loved us too. What's wrong with that? Cheers to all.
Jan. 15, 2010 12:03 pm
Actually you and me have a TON in common! I love to cook and I feel the same way about cooking too!! I can relate so completely with the 'making up for it' cooking the next day. Go to cooking school! It took me awhile to realize just how passionate I was about cooking, and that people are happiest when they do something they love. I looove to cook and picture how food can come together... Meshing and imagening ingredients paired with one another..*achem* ....*sigh* Seee? Oh man ....Guess what? I'm sitting right there next to you in the circle about ready to indroduce myself to the croud too. I feel my face get all hot like I've seen a guy that I'm crushing on when I think about how good something will be... or thinking about what I'm really craving to eat... Ha ha... no joke. So yeah. youre not the only one. Watch Julie and Julia... That movie is great! Perfect for people like you and me. Take care!
Jan. 15, 2010 12:11 pm
Hi, Here I thought I was the only one! I think about food all day long. Have always worked in food service. I don't read books unless they are cookbooks. Watch the food network when possible. Are we sick!?
Jan. 15, 2010 12:52 pm
We are not sick (despite my screen name). We are artists. Just like the writer HAS TO write and the painter HAS TO paint, we HAVE TO create food sculptures, food pictures, food performance art. We have to search for subject matter, choose our medium, dream our creation, create our dream. And like the Buddhist monks who demolish their mandalas (sand paintings) after months of painstaking work, our works of art move on to become part of creation in the tummies of our loved ones and ourselves. Just don't take it too seriously.. LOL
Jan. 15, 2010 4:03 pm
You shouldn't be working where you're working, dear, you should be in a restaurant kitchen- COOKING!!! 
Jan. 15, 2010 4:09 pm
Hello-o-o-o-o-o Sisters! :o) Families are SO blessed to have a mom that loves to cook! I raised my kids that way & now they're the same way, & are raising THEIR kids to love to cook! Now instead of grinding wheat & making bread by hand, they have Bosches! I LOVE their cooking! Now, even with my mega-collection of cookbooks, I STILL collect recipes! And it's so easy on my computer. And since I'm in so much pain all the time, that instead of going to all the work & expense I just keep collecting. I have so many that I just can't make up my mind anyway! And I don't make so many dirty dishes to wash! And I don't have so much yummy food to eat! So as you can see I'm at the far end of "loving to cook". My son & daughter-in-law even own a restaurant! So girls, it's a passion that God blessed us with, and He is pleased with you! He will say, "Job well done, My faithful servant! Welcome Home!" :o)
Gisele(ma belle) 
Jan. 15, 2010 9:07 pm
Not the only one!!! I just got off the phone with one of my friends; I was actually searching this website while we were talking and all I could say was "Wow, I didn't know there were so many kinds of French toast!" Then we just talked about how much fun it is to make random recipes. Even if you don't eat it, that feeling that YOU made something is so cool. Some of my favorite TV shows are "Ace of Cakes" and "Rachael Ray," and I am becoming more and more of a Food Network follower! Also, one of my favorite things to do is research another culture's daily diet and copy that for a day or two. It is a cool way to experience new foods and most of them are very healthy!
Jan. 16, 2010 5:14 am
I, too, am obsessed. I have 2 children - a married 24 yr old daughter and a 20 yr old college son. Cooking and baking was how I kept my sanity while working full time and raising them. Nothing made me more proud than when my kids volunteered me to cook for the soccer team or baseball team, or take the "after weigh-in" treat for the wrestling team. I want to make all holiday meals and accept no offers of help. Now, with the kids gone I get calls from my daughter for this or that recipe. I spent all last night in the kitchen preparing food for my son's annual overnight fraternity retreat. Food is the core of my being. Some of my best read "novels" are cookbooks! So, this was a great blog for me - I have a lot of company! Keep on cooking....
Jan. 16, 2010 8:32 am
I am the same way! Some people say I'm too young to be this way, but I can't help it!!! My parents aren't even allowed to come into MY kitchen(actually their kitchen,but i confiscated it).
Jan. 16, 2010 10:09 am
Just last night my husband has the nerve to call my cookbooks foodie porn and I am an addict. Gotta love him and he doesn't complain when the addiction benefits him.
Jan. 16, 2010 1:52 pm
Shawna, I looked at your profile and your food pics are awesome! My mouth is watering from looking at them:)
Jan. 16, 2010 5:06 pm
My name is swchef and I'm a AR/RE addict. I know I bore friends and family, but every conservation I have leads back to food, friends and favorites here on AR! They are learning to live with it!
Jan. 16, 2010 5:21 pm
Oh, no, young lady, you are not alone, I am a foodie, look up recipes and ingredients on Allrecipes when I am idle at work and my husband cooks too so we watch several of the Food Network shows, he is also a member here, and we like cooking and concocting new recipes and tweaking some too. But unfortunately, we both work and each have an hour commute home, so dinner is rarely a cook from scratch affair. At least you are making the effort to get food in everyone's stomach!!!
Jan. 17, 2010 4:08 am
Hello! From your photos you definately should have a different job,they are beautiful dishes that you have prepared! Sure does make me want to run to the kitchen and do up one of those recipes!Ever think about a Catering Service? I love food too & cooking sooths my soul!
Jan. 17, 2010 6:05 am
I am that way as well, but mostly when I started vegetable and herb gardening. Nothing like a pile of fresh vegetables and herbs that you just picked fresh, and then there goes the head and heart. The head full of ideas for recipes, and the heart to who can I serve with love. Thanks for you post, Yes Im addicted to cooking as well.I love this sight. Its the best of all of them.
Jan. 17, 2010 10:46 am
I have liked cooking since I was a kid, and still have some recipe cards written in my childish printing. As a wife, mom and grandmom, I have wound up being responsible for feeding more people than I planned on but I love my big family. I find I spend more time and effort on planning meals, shopping and cooking than on other tasks, because I like it more! Point is, I'm addicted to food too! Takes effort to get the cleaning and other things done. But I have quit feeling guilty if I churn out a quick meal with prepared foods.At least it was nutritious and tasted good. Take pressure off yourself once in a while; also, take the pressure off your family to praise you for your hard work every meal. You have fulfilled your responsibility to provide a are a good PROVIDER, which makes you a successful cook. You can do yeast breads and noodles from scratch tomorrow!
Jan. 17, 2010 10:47 am
Foodies who talk pretentiously and endlessly about a meal they had at this place and tell me every detail with little editorial comments - THEY make me roll my eyes. Especially if I know they know little about the process of how that food got to their table. Foodies who tell me about an amazing dish they did that was SO hard but turned out so well or their HUGE failure from which they learned something very important or they just discovered tarragon...I love those foodies. They get their hands dirty.
Jan. 17, 2010 12:56 pm
No worries chiquita, food is love.
Jan. 17, 2010 1:39 pm
Shawna, You are not alone. Everybody eats and loves it. Even if on a strict diet or watching carb or cholesterol intake or eating for two, suggestions are appreciated and mine fields avoided with food discussions with others. Food is a common denominator and is not crossing any lines of conversation topics to avoid. Eating is not a habit that will go away. It may recall pleasent memories and good times. An excellent conversation starter that's level ground for all the participants and perhaps can lead to a rowsing debate. It's informative too. Eat, drink and share your food experience!
Jan. 17, 2010 2:21 pm
You sound like a promising Chef. Make your life's work relate to food and you'll be with others who think like you. Enjoy yourself following your passion of feeding your family and others. You're fine. Be sure to include gardening each spring, summer and fall so you get exercise, mental stimulation, an appreciation for farmers' work and fresh air for your body's health. Be well.
Jan. 17, 2010 3:26 pm
Me many little time
Jan. 17, 2010 4:30 pm
No you are NOT alone (obviously) I too LOVE to talk food.. I work at an elementary school as a lunch & recess supervisor and have shared my favorite dessert recipes with some VERY happy 3'rd graders! (Death by Chocolate, Chocolate Eclair Cake and Cookie Dough Cupcake & Frosting recipes) Their mom's and dad's were pretty happy too! It's been great to hear how the kids come back from a weekend and made your recipe and how much their family and the children enjoyed it! I shared a hamburger tip with a teacher and said what a surprise hit it was just by adding ranch dressing to the meat mix! Anyway, I could go on and on and it's your blog! Talk on foodie! Talk on!! Much success in school and food!! Melissa T. - Gr8pl8ts
Jan. 17, 2010 6:09 pm
I must say......this IS the group to be in for ALL of us! Funny thing is I never had children and quit a Bunko group because all they could talk about was there children! What school, activities, habits....blah blah blah! I had nothing in common with these ladies (although some of them had been my friends for years). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE kids. But couldn't have any. Soooooo here I am a member of this group where I fit right in! Bunko anyone? LOL
Jan. 18, 2010 2:55 am
I, too, love to cook and bake and have dozens of cookbooks and thousands of clipped recipes (although now I rely most heavily on AR!) Consequently having had to join Weight Watchers this year has made cooking a new adventure...and a disappointment as well due to being unable to whip up high calorie "goodies". But I'm glad to see that I am not alone...!!
Jan. 18, 2010 5:52 am
Jan. 18, 2010 6:44 am
Oh, no, you are most definitely not alone. Cooking is my way to have fun! I just recently discovered this website, and I'm here every spare minute I can find. I have a vegetable garden too, so I'm into canning, pickling, preserving, about doubling the pleasure and doubling the fun!! You should try doing that, too, if you have the time and a backyard.
Jan. 18, 2010 8:17 am
Just remember Ladies....stressed spelled backwards is desserts ! I cook because it helps me deal with stress....and I love to eat !
Jan. 18, 2010 10:39 am
I am afraid of cooking because I have inherited the genes for obesity. The way I learned to cook was the old southern way where you flavor food with fat or grease. I am trying to keep my weight down and my husband's weight at the same time. But am limited with my recipes. Does anyone have cheap but tasty recipes that are also quick to make?
Jan. 18, 2010 12:33 pm
You are NOT ALONE! I come from a large "Foodie Family". We love good food and all gatherings are around the meals we planned in advance. I have 3 grown children, taught all them to cook from scratch before they left home. I now have 3 Foodie kids and we all are constantly exchanging recipes... 2 of them are boys!..Don't feel bad.. You are just probably a good cook!
Jan. 18, 2010 4:21 pm
No you are not alone. My life revolves around food. The first question I ask my husband every morning (after I kiss his handsome face) is "What do you want to have for dinner?" We talk about food all the time, watch food shows and create many dishes together. Tonight is one of those nights when I am doing semi homemade. Grilling salmon, cooking uncle bens rice and stir frying frozen veggies. Hubby had to call a basketball game and won't be home for a while so I had to make something we could put together quickly. I did, however, make a homemade chocolate pecan pie (recipe from Allrecipes of course)...
Jan. 19, 2010 3:33 am
great blog :) I am the same, even if I am giving relationship advice to a friend I end up telling her to cook her boyfriend a meal. or if it´s somebodies bday I ask them what cake they like, or if I have lunch at a friends house I start asking how they made the dish.. lol.. Everyone needs a foodie friend so your ok :D
Jan. 19, 2010 6:45 am
I, too, am a foodaholic. I have a wonderful friend in Texas who hosts a small group from her church every week. By phone, we plan her meal, from salad to entree to dessert. After the meeting on Wed. night, we are on the phone Thur. morning, planning on what she will serve the next Wed! Our husbands think we are crazy but they love the benefits of "addicted" wives! My husband loves the comments made by his co-workers when he pulls out a "gourmet" lunch and they have a piece of deli "turkey" slapped between 2 slices of gummy, white bread! My son, who lives at home with us, teaches in a school where he is the only male. He endures lots of teasing about his meals but recieves a lot of lunch envy, too! Keep cooking' ladies!
Jan. 19, 2010 1:16 pm
OH my GOODNESS! You make me crack up, eyes tearing! Thank you for speaking for the less, uh....vocal among us! I caught the bug about 1 year ago, really clueless about what was happening to me. But I have been in husband says you are OBSESSED. I protest-no, no. So does that put me at STEP 1 in the 12 step program? I will keep reading! Maybe can come to grips with my addiction now. thank you Shawna
Jan. 19, 2010 1:40 pm
Seem lots of people are obsessed with food amd I am just one them! Proud to be part of the group!
Jan. 19, 2010 1:51 pm
I'm with you, my sisters of all-things-food related!! I have two points to add to the conversation: 1. There's definitely a difference between a foodie and a gourmet. A foodie is someone who loves ALL food, as long as it's the best. Whether it's a great hot dog or the best standing rib roast, a foodie appreciates them all. A gourmet, on the other hand, is busy trying to get into the best restaurants, buying the latest cookbook, etc. A gourmet would never be seen enjoying the delights of county-fair food, for example. 2. As someone who also lives for food, there's a vast new world of books about food that are not cookbooks. Think "Kitchen Confidential" and you'll begin to see that there's also food books related to the history of food, the biographies of great chefs, etc. I've stocked my bookshelves with these books and plan to read them for the rest of my life. Thanks for a great blog!
Jan. 19, 2010 3:44 pm
Goodness no! You are definitely NOT alone! :) I love to bake and cook too.One of my favorite things to do is collect cookbooks and then sit and drool over the friends think I'm crazy!
Jan. 19, 2010 4:10 pm
Given the plethora of comments assuring you that you are not alone...I have to join the chorus. I have always loved to cook, but with this fabulous site, it's definitely become a passion (so much more of a pleasant adjective than addiction....or does that mean I am in denial? =D ). Anyway, great blog...& I have to admit I laughed out-loud when I read Kevin's comment..."stressed spelled backwards is desserts." Amen!
Jan. 20, 2010 2:18 am
YOU ARE DEFINITLY NOT ALONE, I am also a foodie, 24/7/365, i think it sometimes it drives my wife crazy, but i know that she loves me for it too. the centerpiece of our home is the kitchen, that is my happy place!!! thank you for this blog, you are the best... cohorts in food always!
Jan. 20, 2010 8:01 am
OMG ... I so belong here! I once sold my favorite cookbook collection, had history of food etc. in them & have been dreaming of finding them & buying them back ever since ... now I can find things here :0) but still miss my collection terribly. Living in an RV now & not a lot of room :( have found cookbooks for that to tho. So you are not alone, but I'm also a book nut! Gotta love me!
Jan. 20, 2010 9:00 am
Me too!!! I have laughed and cried as I read your posts. I didn't know! I really didn't know that there were other people in the world like me! I am a certifiable food addict!! I am not even sure how I got here, but it is here that I belong!!
Jan. 20, 2010 12:30 pm
This is my first time reading your blog, but I know exactly what you’re feeling, just as many of the other people who have answered your questions. The only difference is that many of them are women; where as I am a 51 year old man, I have questioned is this normal to think about food so much? I’ve decided it is just the way it is, and what I like to do at the end of the day to relax. All my friends, whom none of them cook, at least not as we consider cooking, seem to enjoy what I bring to the table, or poker games, fishing trips, and just getting together for no good reason. So I thought I would share my story with you; like many other people here. I have a lot of free time at work also. I make drugs . . . and once the equipment or operation is started I have anywhere from one hour to several hours before the next operation. Of course I have my side projects too, but still plenty of time to comb through all the recipes and decide what I am making that evening. And now, I have been getting involved with the blogs; something I never did before. Now . . . let me tell you the rest of the story. I have been a registered user of this site for the past 1½ years and have found some interesting recipes. I cook something different almost every night. Even when I cook something I made before I don’t make it the same. I add . . . or subtract . . . or change one thing or another. I have always liked to cook, and when my wife and I started having kids we made a deal; she would take care of the homework and bath, and I would cook and clean the kitchen. Since she is a teacher . . . and I like to cook . . . it was a deal that has now lasted 25 years. Well . . . our kids are in their early twenties now and I am still cooking. I make a different recipe almost every night, thanks to My wife told me, just the other day, that she admires my will to keep cooking and finding so many new recipes. Personally, I like the way our kids will call to see what I am cooking . . . almost every night. I have been teaching them some of the recipes, they like to help. Even the neighbor kid across the street has been coming over and helping me cook. When my friends host a poker game they always call on me to help them with snacks. So you see in no time at all cooks are called upon just as mechanics and other skilled people. My work is science based and cooking is all about chemistry, so I thought I would share something with you that I shared with Witchywomen yesterday. Cream of Tartar, did you know? That you can substitute white vinegar in place of cream of tartar? It is made from tartaric acid and half neutralized with potassium hydroxide. This process transforms it into a salt. Grapes are the only significant natural source of tartaric acid, and cream of tartar is obtained from sediment produced in the process of making wine. White vinegar or lemon juice, in the ratio of 3 times the amount of cream of tartar called for, will provide the right amount of acid for most recipes. If adding it to egg whites you can sub about 1/8 a teaspoon of white vinegar per egg white. Cream of Tartar stabilizes and adds volume to beaten egg whites and a makes for a creamier texture in sugary desserts such as candy and frosting, because it inhibits the formation of crystals. Your story seems to have hit a nerve among all of us. And I can only come to one conclusion . . . we are all normal. And none of the people that are closest to each of us, in our own lives will dispute that. Not if they want that next gourmet meal. Ha Ha! Best wishes, The Peev
Jan. 20, 2010 11:17 pm
OMGosh, I can't believe the response that I have gotten on this blog. It's amazing. I'm sorry I haven't been checking it more often, but college just started back up for me and I am taking 15 hours this semester. Ugh!!! I'm on a food "low" this week. I have tried 2 new recipes and they bombed. We ate it, but the recipe card went on the trash along with the leftovers. Never again Rachael Ray, never again. I say that all the time, but I keep trying her recipes. I try them b/c they are fast. But goodness, they never turn out right. Pretty icky, actually. I love all the comments on here. I do NOT feel alone now!! I wish more of you lived closer to me!!! I keep cooking and cooking and having urges to bake bake bake....but I've been gaining weight lately. I really need to search the HEALTHY sections of AR!!! LOL Thank you all for all your support, comments etc.....It means a lot to me.
Jan. 17, 2011 7:31 pm
Shawna, just made your cucumber salad, tres bien!
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Hi there! My name is Shawna, and I am from a small town in Texas called Goliad. I am 27, and have been married almost 5 years, to my WONDERFUL husband, Scott. I have 2 stepkids, Cody (15) & Haley (12). Cody lives with us full-time. I love to cook and so does my husband. Please find me on Facebook (Shawna Dornburg Park) or email me at :)
My favorite things to cook
I love to make pasta dishes with chicken and shrimp. We love ribs and good southern food also. Comfort food. Mac and cheese, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken fried steaks. So if you have any favorites, email me at!!!! My newest favorite would have to be cheesecake. I'd like to start making and playing with different types of cheesecake though. Turtle, fruit, and different crumb crusts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We do all the typical things. Turkey at Thanksgiving, and a honey ham at Christmas. We also like to encorporate some Mexican flavors in at Christmas. We love good homemade tamales. Id like to start our own family traditions also.
My cooking triumphs
My most recent triumphs would have to be rolls, sausage rolls, buttermilk bread, Italian bread, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, Chicken Parmesan, shrimp scampi and Fideo. I have been trying a lot of new recipes....Loving most of them!
My cooking tragedies
The worst thing i made was one of the first times i tried to make Chicken Parm. and i breaded the chicken with flour, and fried it. It was GROSS. Now i have perfected it. I also once messed up my deviled eggs. I used sweet relish instead of dill. Tasted horrible. Other than that, i havent made any mistakes. Maybe a crispy cookie bottom or two, but thats about it, SO FAR!!!
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