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Date: Feb 18 2010

Themes: Food, Hobbies

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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Good cooks make it look so easy. Using simple ingredients, they can whip up a delicious meal, bake a beautiful dessert, or create a gourmet snack. But we can’t all be gifted chefs. If you are not a good cook, putting food on the table every night might seem like a real chore. That’s when you end up having frozen pizza, cold sandwiches, or takeout every night.

In English, when someone is a really bad cook, we say he “can’t boil water,” since all that takes is some water, some heat, and a pot. For someone who’s that bad in the kitchen, even a cookbook isn’t much help. Find out if Marni and Dale know how to boil water.


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Dale:  So, Marni, do you enjoy cooking?

Marni:  You know, cooking is something I’m just not very good at. I can boil water, but that’s about it.

Dale:  You don’t try? Are you not experimental?

Marni:  I feel like I’m always in a rut. I’ll get excited about something and it’s like I just go back to what I know. Like I can saute some onions, boil some water, make some pasta, and it just becomes the same old thing. I’m eating the same thing every night.

Dale:  Do you not like those cooking shows that are on TV, and kinda learn from them and get hungry, watching them cook this fabulous dinner?

Marni:  OK, well here’s the interesting thing about a lot of cooking shows, you know like the reality shows, they don’t really show you how to cook anything. It’s all like fast-paced, like making a meal. So I think cookbooks are a better resource.

Dale:  Do you use cookbooks?

Marni:  No. I should though.

Dale:  Cooking for me is like the most relaxing time. For me it’s more like an art feeling. I can step back, use all my senses at once, taste, smells, sight. Just the whole feeling about it.

Marni:  Do you use a lot of fresh herbs? Do you like to dice and chop and all that stuff?

Dale:  Yes. I love to do all those things. I think that’s the way that cooking should be. Nothing frozen, everything fresh.


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Dale loves to cook. He considers cooking an artform and finds it relaxing. He enjoys being in the kitchen where he can smell the food cooking and see the beautiful ingredients. For him, it’s important to use fresh, healthy ingredients.

Marni is an OK cook, but she often just makes the same thing. She isn’t very creative in the kitchen, and she doesn’t find cooking shows or cookbooks helpful. Cooking to Marni is something she only gets excited about sometimes. Usually, it is more of a chore for her.

Do you enjoy cooking, or is it just a chore? What are your favorite foods to cook?



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i like cooking,i like eating。。。

04:51 PM Jan 24 2010 |




I like cooking ,But i am not a good cook.I try to learn cooking,try to be a good cooker.

When someone cook by himself,the food is so delicious.I am happy to cook for my family and friends.

03:36 PM Jan 24 2010 |

Ru chan


i don't like cooking but i like eatingLaughing

03:23 PM Jan 24 2010 |


Russian Federation

I like cooking, it's fabulous, spiritual time for me. I feel like I'm creating a masterpiece from all those ingredients. I love to cook oriental dishes, try delicious local cuisine.

11:49 AM Jan 24 2010 |

your adviser

Saudi Arabia

I'm a good cooker friends

If anyone want something to eat

just call me and I'll cook for him or her

by the way, men is better than women in cooking .Laughing

04:56 AM Jan 24 2010 |



Viet Nam

can anybody tell me the meaning of the word "poppy"? I tried to look it up in the dictionary or ask my friends (from US) but the meanings they gave doesn't seem match with sentences in englishbaby

03:24 AM Jan 24 2010 |



Everybory should try it, its as good as eat

12:11 AM Jan 24 2010 |



United Arab Emirates



11:37 PM Jan 23 2010 |




I like cooking  I m house wife and I hace to cook every day. on the weekennds I go to reutaurants for take out…

08:56 PM Jan 23 2010 |




when i am hungery then i am cookimg in pantery

05:00 PM Jan 23 2010 |




Cook for family and friends is really a happy thing, but I can't boil water, I'm learning, hope I can make delicious meal.

04:33 PM Jan 23 2010 |




i like cooking and baking very much … i learn it at school :D


11:44 AM Jan 23 2010 |

rose water

rose water


l like cooking and eating at the same time ^^

11:26 AM Jan 23 2010 |




i like cooking.i like chinese food.i like guangdong food.

11:19 AM Jan 23 2010 |

carolay fx

carolay fx


I do not know much about cooking but I like to cook is soup 

05:37 AM Jan 23 2010 |

Rocky FONG

Rocky FONG


I like cooking and I work for a restaurant, and my primary work is whip up strong-smell presevered bean curd, it's popular in taiwan.

04:51 AM Jan 23 2010 |



United States

I love cooking but  when It's everyday, could be a chore. My  favorite food to cook is colombian, I can whip up some dessert  and   I like to  use  cookbooks for something new.


02:07 AM Jan 23 2010 |




YEP  i love cooking , and iam moroccan so my favorite tradionnal meal is "couscous" if you ever heard of it , it's made from a special sorts of cereals , vegetables ,and meat or chicken of course , it's really delicious , hope you enjoy it one day , come to morocc guys i invite all of you lollllllllll

01:36 AM Jan 23 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i love cooking ..i die for decorationsss..so i really like to have friends all over the world who can teach me new ways of cookings..especially desserts.

the picture in my avator is also my 7color jellyWink

11:42 PM Jan 22 2010 |




good job

11:20 PM Jan 22 2010 |

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