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12 Signs You’re an Old-Fashioned Cook

If you shudder at the thought of boxed macaroni and cheese, you may be an old-fashioned cook. Check out these 12 signs that you're an old soul when it comes to the kitchen.

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Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat BreadTaste of Home

You prefer homemade bread

There is just something magical about the smell of fresh bread rising in the oven. If you love the art of breadmaking, chances are you’re an old-fashioned cook, not to mention everyone’s favorite dinner party host. Indulge your obsession and set aside an afternoon this weekend to make your own homemade bread.

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Old-Fashioned Chocolate PuddingTaste of Home

Pudding is made on the stovetop

To you, pudding was never meant to be zapped for a few moments in the microwave. Homemade pudding should be stirred over a stovetop and bursting with real flavors like vanilla bean and fresh strawberries. Stir to your heart’s content with these pudding, custard and mousse recipes that would make grandma proud.

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Peach BavarianTaste of Home

You crave vintage desserts

It’s true that a quick candy bar or your favorite storebought cookies can hit the spot sometimes, but there is nothing like the satisfaction of biting into your grandmother’s scotch shortbread cookies or old-fashioned rice pudding. You appreciate vintage desserts and know that the extra time they require is well worth it. You’ve probably tried all 50 of these vintage desserts already!

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The cook in the apron holds the dough in his hands.Shutterstock / Alfa Photostudio

Aprons are non-negotiable

For you cooking has always been an event, not just another task on the to-do list. You love to take your time in the kitchen trying bites of sauce and nibbling the ingredients until you’ve found the perfect combination. This experimenting can get a little messy, so you wouldn’t prepare a meal without your favorite apron.

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Your mac and cheese never comes from a box

Your version of macaroni and cheese has never included a suspicious powder or neon orange color. You know the value of fresh-cooked pasta smothered in real cheese and cream and don’t mind the extra time or ingredients. Just one look at any of these top 10 mac and cheese recipes, and you’ll never go back to the box.

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Dinner of friendsShutterstock / Pressmaster

Your meals never include a screen

As an old-fashioned cook, you take great pride in the time and attention that goes into every step of your meal. That is why you wouldn’t waste the experience of eating that delicious dish while zoning out in front of the television. Make every meal feel like an event with fellow old-fashioned cook Ina Garten’s best tips for entertaining.

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Homemade Chicken StockTaste of Home

Your soup is made from scratch

You won’t find any soup cans lurking in your back cabinets. You’re committed to the real deal, and the great thing about homemade soup is that it is actually quite easy. The taste is beyond anything a can could ever offer, and the effort is minimal. These classic homemade soup recipes will inspire you to put down the can opener.

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preparation of a family breakfast.Shutterstock / Evgeny Atamanenko

You don’t need fancy gadgets

Sure the zucchini spiralizer and high-end blender are nice to have, but you don’t need them in your kitchen. You know that when it comes to food, simple is usually best. Our grandparents didn’t need fancy gadgets and yet cooked some of our all-time favorite dishes. And if you do ever need a little convenience, there is no shame in checking out these kitchen gadgets pro cooks actually use.

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Seafood CasseroleTaste of Home

Quick meals are still made from scratch

Even on crazy weeknights when everyone in your family is running in opposite directions, you know the value of sitting down together for a real meal. You pride yourself on whipping up a homemade dinner on-the-go with a few simple ingredients. For quick and easy meals your family will love, you can never go wrong with these top ten casserole recipes.

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Foolproof gravyTaste of Home

You know how to make gravy

On Thanksgiving afternoon, there is only one place you can be found. It’s standing over a hot stove, gingerly whisking your gravy to the perfect consistency. You will never see an old-fashioned cook with a grocery cart full of jars of grayish gravy because making your own is just too delicious.

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Winning Rhubarb-Strawberry PieTaste of Home

You’re not afraid of fat

It’s not a popular take in a world full of clean eating challenges and plant-based lifestyles, but you can’t deny the power of a little fat in your dish. There is no substitute for the richness of real butter or lard in your dessert. After all, without lard, you’d never get to experience winning rhubarb-strawberry pie.

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Organic leftoversShutterstock / KaliAntye

Nothing is ever wasted

As an old-fashioned cook, you’re not just passionate about the recipe at hand. You would never let those scraps or leftovers go unused either. Old-fashioned cooks know the 33 ways to use up leftover mashed potatoes, which includes a few fun surprises like delicious potato doughnuts.

Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.