What's Cooking?

In our first-ever survey, we ask readers to feed our curiosity about their favorite foods.

January 15, 2003

Are you the kind of person who likes steak and potatoes, or do you prefer Asian fusion cuisine? Bread pudding or creme brulee?

We want to take a peek in your kitchen, peer over your shoulder as you order from the menu in your favorite restaurant and check out your dinner parties.

Well, not literally, but in the first-ever survey of our Taste-section readers, we want to know what you like to eat, what you like to cook and what you like other people to cook for you.

We ask you to take a few minutes to answer the questions that follow, clip them out and send them back to us. You can mail them to Taste Survey, care of Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21278. If you'd rather click than write, visit www.sunspot.net / tastesurvey, and you can participate in the survey online.

The deadline for responding is Feb. 1.

We'll print the results in a coming issue of Taste.

Answer the questions by circling the letters or filling in the blanks.

1. Who cooks most of the meals you eat at home?

a. Myself

b. My spouse or significant other

c. Someone else in the household

d. We share the cooking

2. How often do you eat dinners cooked at home?

a. Less than once a week

b. About once a week

c. 2 or 3 nights a week

d. 4 nights a week or more

3. When you eat a home-cooked dinner, how long does it take to prepare?

a. Less than 15 minutes

b. 15 to 30 minutes

c. 30 to 45 minutes

d. 45 minutes to 1 hour

e. More than an hour

4. How often do you eat dinner in a restaurant?

a. Less than once a week

b. About once a week

c. 2 or 3 nights a week

d. 4 nights a week or more

5. If you were going to treat yourself to a restaurant tonight, what type of cuisine would you choose?

a. American

b. Italian

c. French or Continental

d. Chinese

e. Other Asian

f. Middle Eastern

g. Caribbean

h. Another type of cuisine:

6. How often do you order or buy takeout dinner?

a. Less than once a week

b. About once a week

c. 2 or 3 nights a week

d. 4 nights a week or more

7. How often do you have guests to your home for a meal?

a. Less than once a month

b. Once or twice a month

c. 3 to 4 times a month

d. More than 4 times a month

8. What beverage do you most frequently drink with your main meal of the day?

a. Water

b. Milk

c. Coffee or tea

d. Soda

e. Fruit juice

f. Wine or beer

g. Other:

9. When you're cooking at home, what's your favorite dish?

10. What is your favorite restaurant entree?

11. What is your favorite vegetable?

12. What is your least favorite vegetable?

13. What is your favorite dessert?

14. What is your most hated kitchen chore?

a. Cooking or food preparation

b. Washing dishes

c. Clearing the table

d. Emptying the dishwasher

e. Some other horrid chore:

Tell us a bit about yourself.

1. What is your age:

a. Under 18

b. 18-34

c. 35-49

d. 50-64

e. 65 and over

2. What is your gender?

a. Male

b. Female

3. How many people live in your house or apartment, including yourself?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 4

e. 5 or more

4. Do you have children under 18 living with you?

a. Yes

b. No

5. How would you describe your household status?

a. Married or living with partner

b. Single, divorced or widowed, living independently or with children or roommates

c. Other

6. What is your ZIP code?

You can answer the survey online at www.sunspot.net / tastesurvey.

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