I am grateful for gourmet cooking as one of my passions...

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

As most of you know, cooking for me is a passion; some might even say it is my lifestyle. Since about the age of three, I would be in the kitchen watching my mother and/or our housekeeper at the stove. When I would visit my paternal grandmother, I learned that she used to be a professional cook. On the other hand, my maternal grandfather loved to cook as well.  With all that said, I guess you could say cooking is in my genes.

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Over these many years, I’ve had the pleasure of eating in some of the best restaurants with renowned Chefs in their kitchens. It might be more accurate to say this has been a privilege as well as pleasure.  Having traveled various parts of the world, experiencing gourmet food was a reality for me and I realize others did not have this opportunity.  Since I was also a reader and lover of books, I would always buy the cookbook from each of these restaurants or the Chefs whenever it was available.  I now have regional cookbooks from all over the United States and the world. Special thanks to those of you who have contributed to this collection! 

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Needless to say, I have often attempted to replicate many of these great Chef’s meals at home. Quite often I learned to improvise and develop my own unique style of cooking.  When the Pandemic shutdown rolled around, I have been able to make some quality meals these past two years and neither Diane nor I missed going out to restaurants that much.  (Let me be honest and say I have not gotten Diane’s thoughts on this last sentence LOL!)

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An absolute must of cooking for me has always been to have a gas stove.   This was much more important to me than having a top-notch stove per se.  Not that I would have minded a top of the line stove - but over all these years (and I’ve got a few years on me!) I’ve always managed to get by with much less than great stoves. In fact, I’ve even had to be satisfied with electric stoves in my younger days and many years of renting. 

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 Lucky for me, when we bought our house, it was set up for gas! Then about seven years ago, a friend of ours had a friend who was doing a kitchen remodel and looking to sell her 10-year-old KitchenAid gas stove for a minimal price. I was thrilled - it was an excellent stove that the owner had taken care of extremely well.  It served me quite well over these past seven years with only one repair. Without boring you with the details, the stove most certainly performed its life expectancy until recently things started to give out - the final giveaway was when I baked squash the other night for the allotted hour or more and it still came out hard as a rock and luke-warm.

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 Just in time for Thanksgiving - one of my all-time favorite holidays!  For me, it’s the holiday to cook, eat at home, and enjoy leftovers for days with the final production being a homemade turkey soup.  Given the recent events, Diane starting talking “take-out” or “going out” to dinner. I was NOT excited at that prospect.  Hence, the only way to avoid Diane’s idea was to get busy and research so that I could find my all-time stove.  I honestly had no idea there are so many choices.  As I narrowed down the list, checking reviews for things such as function and durability, the prices started to soar.  I looked online at way too many to name but I managed to narrow it down to Thermador, Wolf or Viking. Interestingly enough, even with limiting the size to 30” which is all I have without doing a kitchen remodel (!) each of these name brands could accommodate the size restriction. 

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 This entire process reminded me of Real Estate, when buyers and sellers have about 15,000 agents in the greater Los Angeles area to choose from, the choice can be vastly narrowed based on reviews, response time and client service.

 The delivery is happening on Saturday afternoon, November 12.   Stay tuned for the big reveal once I figure it out! 😊 

 

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS  for inspiring me to write another Grateful Post!

 

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Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

 

Comments (44)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Endre- I love how much you love cooking!!!  I grew up watching my grandmother cook and my mother bake. And now, I do love to cook!  I'll be preparing Thanksgiving dinner for our family and expect 30-40...waiting on a head count. 

I wish my nieces wanted to learn to look because I'd love to teach them. 

Nov 12, 2022 06:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  agreed thanks for stopping in:)Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  sounds like a great kitchen with great toys:) wait till you read my big reveal:)Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  today was installation day, and I am exhausted, so Diane ordered take out and I was not complaining:)

Nov 12, 2022 07:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  good for you putting your foot down, Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  we are on the same page, Diane loves it that I cook most of the time. The joke is when she says she is cooking that means we are going out to dinner:)Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brian England  you crack me up, Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:18 PM
Brian England

Do you mean you cracking some eggs to make for me to eat?

Nov 13, 2022 05:13 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol Williams  time for me to write a Wine Post soon.... it has been a while:)Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:20 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  I appreciate you kind words my friend.

Nov 12, 2022 07:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Oh it pains me to hear about A/C and thanks to the Pandemic all these shortages, Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:23 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I cannot fathom 30-40 people coming over, they better bring a dish or two with them:)Endre

Nov 12, 2022 07:24 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Endre Barath, Jr. - I enjoy cooking as well. Years ago, when my son was younger, I did a lot of baking, cookies, cakes, cupcakes (filled), and so much more. 

These days, my style of cooking has drastically changed. It is not about gourmet. I eat mostly vegan with a few exceptions.  

Yet, I can appreciate how chefs create masterpieces for so many to enjoy. 

Nov 13, 2022 11:03 AM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Haha my reintroduction into blogging, since I seem to fall in and out over the years, was a cooking blog!  I did not realize that you love to cook. I am sure you know that Kathy Schowe was on Master Chef. We chat on FB frequently. Anywho, I am not that too gourmet but I do like to collect awesome cook books and try out new items here and there. Tonight I made a nice stuffing (trying out holiday recipes before I have to make them) using a jalapeno pork sausage and dried cranberries. I also whipped up a batch of butternut squash soup with chives and goat cheese. That's my go to fall dinner. Easy. Tasty. Not too heavy.  Have  super week!!

Nov 14, 2022 12:04 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - your passion for good cooking is obvious. Over the years you wrote about various cooking experiences and recipes too. I enjoyed all of them!

My years in the kitchen growing with my mother I learned the kitchen was the heart of the home. My siblings and I sat at the kitchen table while my mother cooked meals or baked cookies. The smells kept me grounded to work longer on my homework. All my years living in IL I had gas stoves. Moving to TX it was rare to find a house with an electric stove. It is still a challenge. I prefer gas over electric cooking but once I switched to an Induction/Convention Stove, I enjoy cooking more than before. 

 

Nov 14, 2022 02:48 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

How is the new stove?  Coincidentally, on Saturday I saw a cooking demonstration at the NAR Convention.  It was a Cafe induction range, 30", matte white with brushed bronze - very cool looking.  No idea how well they perform and I hadn't heard of this brand yet.  Love the idea of induction but not sure how that would compare to gas.  Cooking is like food therapy, similar to my "dirt" therapy, working outside!

Nov 15, 2022 04:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  nothing wrong with Vegan cooking, that takes more skill if you asked me.... one of our friends is Vegan and when she comes over, I work extra hard to make sure she gets a pleasant meal, Endre

Nov 15, 2022 10:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Cathy Criado  yes I knew she was a great cook she stopped interacting with me year ago... oh well.... ironically that is life...

Nov 15, 2022 10:53 PM
Cathy Criado

Sorry to hear. She's on fb alot. IDK about activerain.  Enjoy your Wednesday!

 

Nov 16, 2022 05:13 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  the oven has both conventional baking or convection cooking.... would you believe my previous stove had it too and I only used it once:)Endre

Nov 15, 2022 10:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  I looked at the Cafe' Stove half the price and it is made by GE.... as I kept fine tuning the search I eliminated it....Endre

Nov 15, 2022 10:56 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I was not aware that you are such an experienced and talented cook, Endre. Dining with you would be an enjoyable experience.

Nov 20, 2022 09:53 AM