What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by John Bingham » Wed May 31, 2017 1:53 am

jeff59 wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 11:40 pm
I am sitting here in Kansas reading this....
The closest mcdonalds is 20 miles from my house.....I would not eat there if you paid for it.
In my kitchen I have a grow light and have at present----12 types of lettuces---arugula----Thai sweet basil and cilantro growing...
Outside, I have a fenced in garden that is 30 meters by 20 meters..
If I was not heading to Thailand and Cambodia in July--I would have planted a variety of crops.
My neighbor has hogs and chickens and I have hormone free pork and free range eggs.
I cook every meal I eat ---I am looking forward to being back in Thailand soon where my lady cooks for me.
I use fresh ingredients every single day --even in winter--because I grow whatever I want indoors --
Perhaps, I am a rarity these days.
I was a Chef for over 20 years and worked all over the USA after I finished Culinary School.
It is quite shallow to believe that people in the USA eat only at fast food places or out of cans and microwaves.
Just walk into any market and you will find fresh produce year round.
That said, I think it is difficult for single working parents to cook fresh meals every day--
The USA I grew up in --is not the USA of today---
But, as summer begins there are millions of people growing tomatoes and other garden vegetables and city markets all across the country are beginning to open on weekends where fresh produce can be had from local growers--
I had 12 types of tomatoes last year in my garden---8 types of peppers---
I buy seeds from Thailand and China and grow exotic herbs and vegetables--
I grew up in the city --but-- my grandfather was a farmer--and my mother always had a garden--
My aunt and mother would can vegetables and make apple butter from the apple tree by our patio--
I only open a can for my dog-
I use my microwave to re-heat --
I freeze and can vegetables I grow and make blueberry jam every August when the Michigan blueberries are at the market--
I think it is how you are brought up and what your schedule is.
It is very tough for families that have to work long hours to try and keep up and prepare fresh meals --
I have spent my life cooking almost every day--
I have lived all over the world and travelled and learned cuisines from many places--
I look forward to learning Khmer food---
I have been cooking Thai food for over 30 years after having Thai older ladies in my hometown Kansas City teach me--
I spent 6 months a year for 5 years in Argentina cooking every day ---one of the most incredible places on Earth --
I had to laugh in Samui a few months ago when I tried to explain to my friends that KFC ---WAS SHORT FOR KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN
Good post. I had a lot of great fresh food when I was in the states. New York has some of the best markets and restaurants in the world. It's amazing that someone could go there and not notice that.
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by hanno » Wed May 31, 2017 4:56 am

AE86 wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 11:43 pm
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We paid nearly 10 bucks for two coffees at Brown the other day (not by choice, it was a business meeting) and I think it may have been made in someone's shorts.
I've eaten at Browns probably 5 times in 7 years, and never once have I understood why it's popular.
It appeals to the Khmer Hipsters and wanna-be's. Service is shite, F&B is vastly overpriced but if you are a pretentious Khmer or NGO type, it is the place to see and be seen.
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by vladimir » Wed May 31, 2017 8:09 am

StroppyChops wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 9:06 pm
We paid nearly 10 bucks for two coffees at Brown the other day (not by choice, it was a business meeting) and I think it may have been made in someone's shorts.
Those bloody civets at it again!
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by juansweetpotato » Wed May 31, 2017 10:56 am

Thanks, very interesting article that covered most of the questions I had.
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by StroppyChops » Wed May 31, 2017 12:36 pm

AE86 wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 11:43 pm
StroppyChops wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 9:06 pm
We paid nearly 10 bucks for two coffees at Brown the other day (not by choice, it was a business meeting) and I think it may have been made in someone's shorts.
I've eaten at Browns probably 5 times in 7 years, and never once have I understood why it's popular.
Me either, I just don't get the appeal. Maybe it's just that's it's similar in the Khmer mind to Starbucks, and therefore must be good, because it's American.
hanno wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 4:56 am
It appeals to the Khmer Hipsters and wanna-be's. Service is shite, F&B is vastly overpriced but if you are a pretentious Khmer or NGO type, it is the place to see and be seen.
That can be the only explanation. And yes, we were meeting with an NGO type.
vladimir wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 8:09 am
Those bloody civets at it again!
At least that would make a little more sense, although drinking coffee made from beans that have passed through another mammal's digestive track doesn't make a lot of sense to me either.
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by hanno » Wed May 31, 2017 1:07 pm

If all the Civet cafe sold in SE Asia had actually passed through the digestive track of a Civet, SE Asia would be about 4 feet deep in Civets....
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by John Bingham » Wed May 31, 2017 1:09 pm

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Wed May 31, 2017 12:36 pm


Me either, I just don't get the appeal. Maybe it's just that's it's similar in the Khmer mind to Starbucks, and therefore must be good, because it's American.

I was amazed when the first Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf places opened up years back, and expected they'd fail as they were so expensive. They didn't, they were very popular and expanded. Brown Coffee is a local brand, and is hugely successful. The drinks/ food are only part of the reason, people like hanging around in a nice cafe and using the WiFi etc.
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by StroppyChops » Wed May 31, 2017 1:33 pm

John Bingham wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 1:09 pm
StroppyChops wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 12:36 pm


Me either, I just don't get the appeal. Maybe it's just that's it's similar in the Khmer mind to Starbucks, and therefore must be good, because it's American.

I was amazed when the first Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf places opened up years back, and expected they'd fail as they were so expensive. They didn't, they were very popular and expanded. Brown Coffee is a local brand, and is hugely successful. The drinks/ food are only part of the reason, people like hanging around in a nice cafe and using the WiFi etc.
So, really, they're just big, well-appointed escape-from-reality pods.
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by phuketrichard » Wed May 31, 2017 2:00 pm

i would imagine Browns is Ike Starbucks in Thailand, where the locals go to hang out and just by being there it says to the other locals
"hey,i am better than you and have $$ to burn"
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Re: What percentage of Americans actually cook from fresh ingredients at home?

Post by Mr Curious » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:23 pm

do green onions from Mexico, veggies from Mexico and South America and seafood from Thailand (I'm in the U$A) count as fresh? Real fresh stuff is expensive, it's organic and free range and gluten free and earth friendly and other such trendy bullshitty terms.
I blame developers of condos, etc for much of the loss of fresh food. That and a system that makes 2 people have to work most of their waking hours to pay for the constantly inflating cost of everything. Fresh food like spare time and watching the breeze thru the trees has become a casualty of surviving in the modern world.
p.s. I can't afford to eat out, it's STUPID expensive. I'd guess the average meal anywhere is around $15. I could eat on that for at least 4 days.
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