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I am medically retired and I can make up to $8000 a year before it affects my Social Security.

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I'm retiring next spring and I have a monthly goal of $500-$600 a month to supplement my pension. I decided to take 2 months and practice hitting that goal. With a full-time job and an 80 mile daily commute I was still able to make $500 a month. I guess I can afford to retire happy now.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

My goal is to cook a lot (hopefully with groceries from my shops).
I dated a guy in my 20's who declared, "The only thing that you know how to make for dinner is reservations."

Not exactly true, but why would I cook after working 9 hours?
Because it tastes better than most restaurant food and no one else in your house can do it better?
I am with @JASFLALMT on this one. Nothing makes me feel better then my wife thanking me for a great meal I cooked after a long day of crap at work. We split the duties here. 25%me, 25%her, 50%someplace we get/go for food. LOL

Orlando - lightly shopping NC
LOL. You all are too funny. We frequently experiment with small and large recipe changes. The only rule is to remember that we do not have to like it, love it, or hate it. We just have to taste the variations. Usually, we like the results. Occasionally, we love the results. A few times, we have discovered why some recipes should never be altered.

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love. - Margaret Atwood
I don't do recipes, at least not often (maybe once every couple of years?). I invent my own, much to my family's delight!
I find cooking therapy, making something taste good, and I seldom use recipes, a pinch of this, a dab of that.
I like to control my salt and sugar intake, however, I eat lunch out, but usually dinner in. I feel healthier using fresh food without preservatives, salt and such. I just don't like cleanup.

Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.....
Dr. Judith Wright
There was a show in which some chef cooked off or baked off against an unknown challenger. i have forgotten the name of the show. The contestants made the same recipe, but the results were different. Anyway, I wondered if any of the talented cooks who post here would ever want to participate in something like that. It could be fun?

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love. - Margaret Atwood
It does sound like fun, but my cooking style is soooooo slooooow that if there were time constraints I would not do well. I like to sip wine, chat with guests, eat appetizers, clean in between courses, and cook along the way.
I do a Google search for my key ingredients. If I can't find a recipe I like I'll cobble together one based on several of the hits I got.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

I don't do recipes, at least not often (maybe once every couple of years?). I invent my own, much to my family's delight!

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. Eleanor Roosevelt
Beat Bobby Flay? Timed event, LOL. Would not work for me. I am a great home cook but not good enough to compete with Bobby Flay, even if I had all day to do it.

@Shop-et-al wrote:

There was a show in which some chef cooked off or baked off against an unknown challenger. i have forgotten the name of the show. The contestants made the same recipe, but the results were different. Anyway, I wondered if any of the talented cooks who post here would ever want to participate in something like that. It could be fun?
Dunno the name of the chef. But if you can't compete, no one can. *sigh*

@JASFLALMT wrote:

Beat Bobby Flay? Timed event, LOL. Would not work for me. I am a great home cook but not good enough to compete with Bobby Flay, even if I had all day to do it.

@Shop-et-al wrote:

There was a show in which some chef cooked off or baked off against an unknown challenger. i have forgotten the name of the show. The contestants made the same recipe, but the results were different. Anyway, I wondered if any of the talented cooks who post here would ever want to participate in something like that. It could be fun?

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love. - Margaret Atwood
The show has top chefs/restaurant owners competing with Bobby Flay, fun show, watch it often. There is another show on Foodnetwork with those that can't cook (at all), I may go on that one.....

Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.....
Dr. Judith Wright
They wouldn't take you on that Worst Cooks in America show, Irene, I am sure you cook too well to be on that show smiling smiley

Bobby Flay...exactly right, top chef/restaurant owners trying to beat Bobby...I don't qualify for that. Good home cook, not a chef. My knife skills are whack.
Like a few others, I work full time and try to make about $200 a month. Its fun bonus money!
A few months a year I'll top $1000, with $1600 being my best ever. Other times I'm lucky to hit $200. It depends on what is available.

I enjoy awkward questions and uncomfortable silences. This gas station pavement is $%^@*#& hot.
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