Thankful Thursdays…For Learning to Cook

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Thankful Thursdays…For Learning to Cook


When my Girl Scout troop took cooking classes, earning us another badge for our sashes, I thought that would be the end of that (cooking.) 


Little did I know or understand that learning to cook and enjoying it would come to me slowly and through various sources. All in all, it took several years. To be honest, it was more like 30+ years and I’m still learning.


There were years spent watching my grandmother cook and bake.  

Somehow she managed to make the whole Thanksgiving dinner which included a huge turkey, ham, 2 large trays of dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, I’m sure there was a green vegetable thrown in, and 4 pies!!! All of this was without the help of a microwave, air fryer, and just one oven!!! 


My mother was the baker in the family. It was through her that I learned about different measuring cups for liquids and solids. To this day, I’ve tried to recreate the birthday cake she made each year for all of the children in the family. Growing up, we never had anything but a homemade cake!

The first Thanksgiving dinner I made for our friends at our apartment complex was a group effort. One of my responsibilities was the gravy. It was a valiant effort and the result of my efforts was a large pot of a mixture of actual gravy mixed with the instant kind that comes in a package. 

Cooking for my friends and family brings me joy. I’m not a gourmet cook however I continue to learn and experiment. 


It saddens me to think of those who have never had homemade mac & cheese instead of the boxed version…or those who’ve only had rotisserie chicken from their local grocer.

Now there is a smart oven that prepares your delivered meals when you scan a card. For someone living on their own, it’s not a bad idea! However, I still am thankful I learned how to cook. 


I am forever grateful that through osmosis, necessity, and cooking classes, I learned how to cook!


Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors—it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.
Wolfgang Puck

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
Julia Child

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Comments (20)

Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

MMMM, LIBRA! I want that tortellini! LOL

I like to call myself an excellent cook, and I enjoy it. My late husband and the last boyfriend used to call my cooking 'job security', LOL

But I cannot bake worth a damn! Baking requires precision - ingredients, timing - and I'm more of a whimsical 'let's toss this into the soup' type! 

So anyone who can bake, I bow to them! 💖♎🎄

Dec 07, 2023 05:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Candice A. Donofrio That tortelling salad is incredibly easy!!!  I enjoy baking but I have to be in the mood. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... I can totally relate to the life-long journey of learning to cook. Except in my case I had no mentors at home. Neither my mother nor my grandmother really cooked or baked... so I started from scratch in my 20's.

Dec 07, 2023 05:23 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I think many have to learn or eat out a lot!  Of course, my grandmother's explanations involved "a little bit of this" or you have to taste it."   

Dec 07, 2023 11:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for sharing! I feel the same about cooking and where I am in my learning to cook process - still working on it!


Dec 07, 2023 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti I watch The Kitchen on HGTV and pick up a tip or two!  And of course, I lo ve Ina Garten. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:30 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My stomach and general state of health appreciate that I knew to cook healthy and when I met my wife, she took it a step further.

Dec 07, 2023 05:48 AM
Kathy Streib

That's smart Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 We are pretty balanced with what we eat. Sometimes we go off the rails but not too often. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Cooking is constantly evolving as we acquire new tastes. My mom was an excellent cook and baker..I miss all the things she use to bake but have carried many of her traditions on for my family and do so lovingly!.

Dec 07, 2023 06:04 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I made something this week my grandmother made that I loved!!!  I know that you're passing some of the recipes down to Beckett and Hudson too. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:38 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, To this day, I follow in my mom's footsteps by cooking with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but not to worry - Larry does most of the cooking!

Dec 07, 2023 06:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I cook that way as well but not when I bake!!!  My Larry has turned out to be a good cook but he's one to follow the recipe. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:39 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Both my grandmothers were great cooks as probably due to necessity of the times.

I can only get through following a recipe if I think of it as a chemistry experiment. 😄

Dec 07, 2023 07:09 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert I'll read one or several recipes then throw caution to the wind and make it myself. That's how I made dressing for the first time a few years ago and it turned out well!

Dec 07, 2023 11:42 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I love to eat. I believe we should outlaw all food on AR while I am trying to lose a few pounds. 

Dec 07, 2023 08:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty  We don't eat like we used to when we were younger. We eat breakfast and an early dinner. During the day we snack on nuts, veggies, and fruit. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:43 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and now I am hungry for chocolate cake.  We all learn from someone how to cook and I am lucky for that.


Dec 07, 2023 08:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm you were lucky!!!  My sister-in-law's mother didn't cook a lot and none of her 3 daughters learned. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:44 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I never learned to cook, but both of my sons are good cooks especially the younger one.

Dec 07, 2023 09:12 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I'm glad that Larry knows how to cook however left to his own devices, he'd be happy eating junk food. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:45 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You are so lucky to have some wonderful teachers who had the patience to teach you how to cook, Kathy! Like you, I continue to push the boundaries when cooking or baking. It's fun and some of the results surprise even me. 

BTW: I used the measuring spoon set you sent to make the royal icing for a 'just the girls' cookie decorating event in the Silo. Thanks again for that gift!

Dec 07, 2023 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I love it that you used it!!!!  We used to have the cookie exchange when we were in FL!!!  That was so much fun. 

Dec 07, 2023 11:46 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I actually learned in Boy Scouts how to cook and then later in home economics in high school. It has always come in handy and I can still do a souffle Kathy 🙂

Dec 07, 2023 12:55 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I was reminiscing about my first turkey, cooked in 1965.  I had managed to get the neck out of the cavity, but wondered where the rest of giblets were.  It wasn't until we cut into the turkey for serving, that I discovered there was a neck cavity, with a little paper bag of giblets.

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Dec 07, 2023 05:17 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 07, 2023 05:29 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

This time of year reminds me of when I was a young ladd and watched my Grandmother and Mom cook all the goodies although I was the unofficial taster. But my grandfather was also a good cook and owned a restaurant for so many years.

Dec 07, 2023 07:23 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  you know this post resonates with me, on so many different levels, Endre

Dec 07, 2023 10:58 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have tried my hand at cooking and I am not very good at it, haha.  My talents lie in being able to heat something up!

Dec 08, 2023 03:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

My cooking ability is very limited. I am thankful for the skills of Chef Dolores.

Dec 08, 2023 08:40 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

One of my greatest joys with the grands is having them help me bake or cook something. As they get older, they don't seem as interested. Yesterday I was very happy when 7 year old Henry wanted to help make the pancakes for breakfast. The joy on his face when he successfully cracked both eggs into the bowl was priceless.

Dec 10, 2023 02:18 PM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I, too, am blessed to have learned cooking skills from my mother. I also have a daughter who attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and was in the baking arts. She met her future husband there and he was training to be a chef. So, I now have two professionals, Chef Daniel and Pastry Chef Scarlett. We are a cooking family!!

Jan 03, 2024 10:20 AM