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Old 03-23-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Do you remember your first time??

haa haa.....made you look.

Do you remember the first recipe you ever followed?

I'll start. I must have been around 8 or 9 years old. My parents owned a little mom and pop grocery store, and I grew up in the little attached house. What a great place to grow up, with such a huge pantry, and meat market!! It was the start of my lifelong love of good food. One of my parents would often come in from the store during the day to start dinner on the stove. One day I got out one of mom's cookbooks and decided to get into the kitchen and surprise them. I found a recipe for a "cheese souffle'" of all things!! I followed the complicated directions exactly, and it turned out fabulous!! It was light and puffy just the way it should be, and just beautiful, and delish! The best part was that my parents raved and bragged about my talent at mastering such a recipe at such an early age. In fact they talked to others about it for years. It sure taught me a lot about parenting later on.
That was the first and last time I ever made a "cheese souffle"..... but it sure was the start of my "love for cooking".

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Old 03-23-2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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Beans and franks, from some Scholastic Book Club children's cookbook.
I still make it occasionally!
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:35 AM   #3
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Fried Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes (no instant), Peas and Apple Sauce.

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Old 03-23-2010, 11:50 AM   #4
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I don't remember the first time.

It was probably a cake. I'd ask mom for something and she'd tell me to try to make it myself. Then, when it turned out OK, she'd tell me she wasn't going to make that item any more and that I'd have to make it if I wanted it.

She got me interested in cooking even though my Dad was a chef.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:31 PM   #5
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I must have been about 9 and I loved the smell of the cooking in my grand fathers kitchen. Both my grandparnents cooked but grandpa was always coming home with recipes from all the Italian friends he made on his beer route...So my first get your hand in was pasta sauce, chopping onions,garlic herbs stirring that big ol pot and helping with the polenta. Burns, yes, standing on a chair til I thought i'd drop, yep, did i love it.. yes and I still do There is nothing better than placing a bowl of hot polenta and a bowl of sauce on the table and watching you family smile and dig in.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:49 PM   #6
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Not only do I not remember the first time...I can't even remember the last time!
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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Probably around age nine for me, too. My GS leader signed us up for a four-week class at the gas company - they had a small cooking school there. Learned to read through and follow recipes there since my Mom usually cooked by feel or memory - not a bad way to cook, either! So the very first recipe was probably spiced apples or Brussels sprouts with bacon! (One of my favorites...and now I think I know why - although I've embellished over the years.) And, yes, I still have the little cookbook they gave us that class....
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #8
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What great reply's.......keep them coming!!
Uncle Bob......you made me snort my coffee.
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Absolutely! It was Shrimp Wiggle from some cookbook for "Little Miss Cooks" cannot remember the name, but the Shrimp Wiggle was delicious. I was 8.

Still like the stuff.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:45 PM   #10
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What great reply's.......keep them coming!!
Uncle Bob......you made me snort my coffee.
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.....Glad it wasn't Bourbon!!!
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