PANCAKES Cookbook Giveaway!!!

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PANCAKES Cookbook By Adrianna Adarme: A Giveaway!

Holy moly, today is the day, you guys. When I signed on the dotted line, “Spring 2013″ felt like a million years away, but it’s finally here. I’m so crazy excited, nervous and grateful. For those that pre-ordered this book, THANK YOU! You have no idea how much your support means to me.

Today in celebration of the craziest, most exciting day ever (for me, anyway), I have a lil’ giveaway of a few of my favorite things. I’ll be giving away five (!!!) boxes filled with the following:

1. PANCAKES, the book. Duh.
2. A bag of Handsome Coffee. Handsome is hands down (do you see what I did there?) my favorite coffee eva. They were nice enough to give me some bags for this giveaway, so shout-out to Handsome for being awesome.
3. Tcho Chocolate. Again, some of my favorite chocolate ever.
4. Essie in Tart Deco. It’s summer and this color is my absolute favorite. P.S. If you’re a dude and win, I’ll swap this out for something more appropriate. If you’re a dude and you wear nail polish, then I’ll include it. We all win!

Pancakes for life, Handsome for energy, Tcho for fun and some Essie for looking cute. If I included a corgi in the box, it’d like I’m giving away my life sustenance.

The details:

Leave a comment below telling me when the first dish you ever made as a kid. If you read the introduction in the book, you’ll learn that mine were pancakes.

The giveaway will end on Friday at noon, PST; winners chosen at random. This giveaway is open to everyone, US residents and around the globe.

Thank you for being here! I appreciate you all so much!

xo
Adrianna

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This giveaway is currently closed. The following are the winners: Jack, McKenzi, Paloma, Hailey and Anne Marie. All winners will be contacted by moi via email. Thanks so much for entering. I loved reading every all of your cooking stories! xoxo

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Olivia May 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

I think the first thing I ever made was marble cake. It was not that amazing :(

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Heather S. May 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

The first dish I remember making as a kid was pancakes too! It was mother’s day and I wanted to make my mom breakfast in bed all by myself. They were terrible but my poor mom choked them down with a smile telling me how delicious they were.

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Jen May 28, 2013 at 12:38 am

Congrats on the book! My first dish was probably instant ramen. Does that count? After that, probably fried rice.

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The Queen May 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

Congratulations! Very exciting!

My first dish was a Pineapple upside-down cake that was made to honor the town beauty queen who lived two doors down, and just had won first runner up in the state. As a ten year old I thought that was so brave and magical of her to put herself out there in front of people. So I baked a cake from scratch and gave it to her….equally brave of me! haha!

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Marion C. May 28, 2013 at 1:09 am

Hello you !

Corgi stuff and all, i love your site SOOOOOOOO much.

Everytime you post a recipe i’m like “whaaat, yeaaah, want to do that nooow”.
Even if not lunch/dinner/breakfast time appropriate in Paris!

thank for sending us soo much good food and good vibes here !

The first dish i made as a kid was…. drumroll…. spaguetti cacio & pepe. actually it was more like a parmesan and cacio, but if you looked deep under the parm-outain, there were some lonely pasta 😉

Thanks again ! Love to you & Amélia ! :)

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Elodie Dem May 28, 2013 at 1:25 am

My mum was kind of strict in the kitchen, so I got to experiment at my Daddy’s place, where things could be messy and OK !
The thing is my mum’s French, and I learned tons of things from her by the age of 10, but cooking was not part of it ! My Dad figured it out, and gave me (along with my american inheritance) my first ever cooking lesson. And this has been the beginning of my “cooking happiness”. And guess what, my first ever all-by-myself dish… was pancackes ! Still is my favorite Sunday food ! I love your blog :)

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Ditte Svane May 28, 2013 at 1:31 am

The first dish I remember cooking was a lemon pound cake. I was 8 and I made the cake from a childrens cook book my parents had. It was very easy to make, but I still remember the lovely sweet lemon taste. Congratulations with your book, I’m hoping it will be launched in Denmark.
Thank you for this lovely blog.
Ditte Svane

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Katherine H May 28, 2013 at 1:38 am

Mine was pancakes too! My brother and I would use a turkey baster to draw Mickey Mouse faces and write our initials with the batter.

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Ezekiel May 28, 2013 at 1:46 am

Congratulations on your book release. Very exciting. Can’t wait to get some of those pancakes going on in my kitchen, my daughters will be loving you.

The first dish I ever “cooked” was mud pancakes with a chunky rock and dirt clod filling, topped with a grass and creamy mud ganache. Delish! Too bad you didn’t get my recipe to include in your cookbook.

p.s. I’m a dude…. and I don’t wear nail polish (at least not since I made those mud pancakes)

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe May 28, 2013 at 1:59 am

I’m so happy for you, congratulations! Publishing a book (even if maybe not a cooking one) has always been one of my biggest dreams. Also, is this giveaway for U.S followers only?! I’d love to participate!

xo, Elisa

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Teresa Alcantara May 28, 2013 at 2:04 am

My first dish as a kid was a french omelette with parsley, probably I was five or six and my mother was by mi side just in case.

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Cristina May 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

Congrats on the book! The first meal I made as a kid was an italian breakfast dish. It consisted of milk with a bit of espresso or coffee in a bowl. Then pieces of torn up italian bread tossed in the milk/coffee mixture. Followed by sprinkling the whole thing with sugar. DELISH! I still make it sometimes!

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Dawn May 28, 2013 at 2:30 am

Congratulations!

I started cooking as a survival technique when I was 12. Mom wasn’t a very good cook. We used to say she used the smoke alarm as a timer. My first dish was most likely macaroni and slightly doctored jar sauce. I’d like to think I’ve come pretty far from that now. Ugh

Good luck with the release :)

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Anya Dawson May 28, 2013 at 2:42 am

Morning

Amazing! Very nostaaligic memories are coming back to me and the first dish I made as a kid were chocolate crisp cakes – the mess was incrediable but I was so pround. Then came the fairy cakes, there was nothing as nice as putting your little fingers in the mixing bowl at the end and eating the left over mix.

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Maegan May 28, 2013 at 2:49 am

Congratulations on the book release!!! The recipes you have posted here so far from the book look amaze.

My first food memory is actually pancakes, too. I used to make them every sunday morning with my dad, always swapping in different fruits and toppings usually bananas and blueberries (though once is was mangos and chocolate and it was a bit of a fail!). Anyways, I used to be the stirrer and would stand on a chair or sit on the counter to stir as my dad added the ingredients. While we don’t get to do sunday pancakes as frequently anymore, it still a really special food memory.

All the best!

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clara May 28, 2013 at 2:49 am

The first dish I ever made was ‘wild onion soup’. I took those thin onion leaves from the lawn, chopped them up and then added then to hot water and salt. Delish!

I’m glad my cooking skills have evolved since then.
Pancakes are fantastic!
:0)

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Johanna May 28, 2013 at 2:52 am

The First dish I made all by my Self were spahhetti with carbonara Sauce. As gar as I Remember they were quite good, at least it was possible to eat them and I was pretty proud of that. :)

I can’t wait to get some new and inspiring pancake recipes.

Xoxo

P.s. I am European – so I am not sure if I am allowed to participate in the giveaway but I just tried. :)

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Ashleigh May 28, 2013 at 3:03 am

Congrats on the book! The first thing I ever made (all on my own) was a batch of peanut butter cookies, when I was about 9 or 10. I got the recipe from a kids cookbook my parents had bought for me. I STILL have the book and still love those cookies =)

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Deb V. May 28, 2013 at 3:16 am

Congratulations! I cooked jam on the stove when I was 10 – it overflowed and Mom had to buy a new stove.

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 3:30 am

I think the first dish I ever made as a kid was chocolate dipped sliced apples. It was pretty hilarious. I only had unsweetened baking chocolate in the fridge but I didn’t know that you couldn’t just melt and use it like that. I did anyway by hacking dangerously at it with a knife and throwing the chocolate chunks into a saucepan and placed it on high heat. It was a miracle that I didn’t burn the chocolate. After it melted and I tasted it with a spoon, it was so horribly bitter I had to run the pantry to get some sugar which granules were to large to melt to mix in with the chocolate.

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Charlene May 28, 2013 at 3:31 am

Good Luck and Congrats!!! My first dish was mac and cheese :) the box :)

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Melissa May 28, 2013 at 3:34 am

I did a lot of baking and cooking when I was young. I don’t know how old I was, but I have a distinct memory of my mom deciding she was going to teach me how to bake. We made an egg custard (which, in hindsight, is a really bizarre dish to make when teaching your daughter how to bake, right?!). I know later on it was pies with homemade crusts, cookies galore, and I’m not sure when I actually started cooking!

CONGRATULATIONS on your book!! It’s going on my Amazon wishlist now :)

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Rachael May 28, 2013 at 3:35 am

Congratulations on the new cookbook!!
I have been a long time follower…(first time caller?)…and love your recipes:).
The first gourmet dish I made as a child was le grilled cheese…very fancy indeed.

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Stephanie Collett May 28, 2013 at 3:37 am

Congratulations on your book!!

Is the giveaway based worldwide or not? I’m from Cyprus and have been following ur blog, and I would love to be lucky enough to receive it!! Such a cute giveaway, Pancakes, coffee, chocolate and nail polish…pretty much sums up the perfect gift!
As for my first dish that I ever cooked…I think it must have been spaghetti, probably turned out very bland as well for a first attempt at 11-12yrs old…

Keeping my fingers crossed about the giveaway!! In the meantime keep the recipes coming!! they’re amazing:)

xxxx

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Megan May 28, 2013 at 3:41 am

Congrats! I can’t remember the first dish I made as a kid, though I remember making scrambled eggs quite a bit.

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Laura May 28, 2013 at 3:46 am

What a day! Congratulations!!! The very first recipe that I made as a kid was pancakes, too! Of the chocolate chip variety of course… :)

Enjoy your day!

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janet May 28, 2013 at 3:49 am

Snickerdoodle cookies with my aunt :)

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Beth May 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

How exciting! Popcorn…lots of popcorn creations.

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Jacklyn May 28, 2013 at 3:57 am

Congrats!! It looks beautiful! I CANNOT wait to read it. My first dish I made was spaghetti. Coming from an italian family, that had to be done and done right :)

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Tammy May 28, 2013 at 3:58 am

Chocolate chip cookies from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. For my cooking badge in girl scouts!

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Elise May 28, 2013 at 4:08 am

Congratulations!!! What an exciting day.

My first memory of really cooking something was a one-pan chocolate “dump cake” in 5th grade. My best friend Sarah and I pretended to host our own cooking show and talked non-stop to our invisible audience as we assembled our ingredients, mixed the cake, and then decorated it with a confectioners sugar glaze.

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Michelle May 28, 2013 at 4:09 am

I have been following your blog for some time, and I love all your posts! Congratulations on the book :)
I remember trying to bake cookies when my friend came over, I had this cookie shaped cookbook. I can’t remember if they ever made it to the oven, but it sure was fun to try! :)

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tricia May 28, 2013 at 4:14 am

How exciting about your book, congratulations! My first cooking experiences were with my turquoise Easy Bake Oven, when I was five. I would wake up early and open one of the mixes and make a surprise breakfast for my family. This of course was usually a cake, and being only 4 inches in diameter, was not very substantial. A couple years later I moved on to baking chocolate chip cookies.

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Allison May 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

One of the first dishes I learned to make were a family classic: Swedish pancakes! They required a lot of pan twirling and careful flipping, which felt like a huge accomplishment as a kiddo. I still love pancakes!

Congrats on completing this cookbook!

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Marianne May 28, 2013 at 4:42 am

Interestingly enough, I didnt start cooking until I married at the age of 27!! Even though I come from an Italian family where my mom was THE cook, I didn’t set out on my own until I had to. And the first meal I even made for my husband on our return from the honeymoon was rice! I cant remember what went with the rice, but needless to say, the rice burned on the pot! Don’t worry, with practice my cooking skill has improved.

Marianne

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Cori May 28, 2013 at 4:50 am

I think the first thing I ever learned to make was macaroni and cheese! With sliced american melted in milk. My mom still makes it.

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Rachel May 28, 2013 at 4:50 am

Congratulations on the book, it looks amazing!

I always helped my mom in the kitchen, but the first dish I ever made on my own was Kraft mac & cheese with chicken and broccoli. It kind of flopped, but my mom still insisted on eating her whole bowl :)

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Zoe May 28, 2013 at 4:53 am

Congratulations on the new cookbook coming out!!
All of my earliest cooking memories are of me stirring things crazily while perched on a high stool next to my grandma, who stood calmly wiping up my flour and egg spills. We made her trademark carrot cake together a few times, and I would brag that I’d made it with her help instead of the other way around. :)

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Molly May 28, 2013 at 4:54 am

I think oatmeal pancakes are one of the first dishes I made. I still have the alpha-bakery gold medal cookbook the recipe came from – today the pages are falling out and splattered with batter.

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Katie May 28, 2013 at 4:59 am

Hello!

My first dish – making pierogi with my grandparents: we would sit in the kitchen for hours wrapping ones with a potato and white cheese filing. We still do it when I visit.

Congrats on the book – I’ve been a huge fan of your blog for the past year! :)

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steph@stephsbitebybite May 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

Congratulations on your book! It looks BEAUTIFUL! And I want to make every single one of those pancakes

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Anna May 28, 2013 at 5:09 am

I can’t wait to get my hands on your book! I can’t remember exactly what the first dish I ever made as a kid was, but my best guess is my dad’s famous chocolate cake. I have a picture somewhere of us making it together – flour everywhere!

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Pauline May 28, 2013 at 5:10 am

Wow- congratulations on the book release! It looks amazing.

The first dish I cooked when I was a kid were sugar cookies at Christmas (with help from my mom, of course :P)

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DessertForTwo May 28, 2013 at 5:11 am

Congrats on the big day! Hooray! You deserve some sparkling wine for sure! :)

My first dish I remember baking was cookies. I think they were roll-out sugar cookies.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 28, 2013 at 5:13 am

Love this giveaway! The first dish I ever made as a kid was mac and cheese!

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cherie May 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

Tuna Salad LOL

And congratulations! How very exciting this day is indeed!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ashlyn May 28, 2013 at 5:17 am

My dad and I used to make French bread pizza. It was so fun picking out all the toppings myself and adding them to the fresh baked french bread we had picked up from the bakery!

Congrats on the book release, and I love your blog!!

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Lindsay Chryssis May 28, 2013 at 5:19 am

Congratulations!! I can’t wait to check out your book and pick up some pancake tricks since mine are never very good– the first dish I ever made was rice krispy treats and I made them again, and again, and again….

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Tieghan May 28, 2013 at 5:26 am

Congrats!! So excited for this book and for you!
The book is gorgeous and I want to make probably every pancake in there!! Holy Yum!!

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Laura May 28, 2013 at 5:31 am

What a beautiful looking book!
The first recipe I ever made as a kid was chocolate chip cookies. I still remember my mom trying to teach me how to add fractions when we were measuring the ingredients – it did not go over so well! But the cookies were delicious.

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Krystal May 28, 2013 at 5:32 am

I used to have a tiny spiral bound kids cookbook that I would tote around with me everywhere. I don’t think I made anything with it though. Maybe a grilled cheese concoction?

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Cara May 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

The first food I can remember making as a kid is scrambled eggs. Later there was a disaster with brownies, but I started on scrambled eggs.

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TC May 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

I remember making a lot of boxed brownies as a kid.

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Kiera May 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

Congratulations on the release of your book! What an exciting time. I’m a recent follower of your blog and I dig it big-time. The first thing I remember making was chocolate chip cookies.

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Caitlin Cress May 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

I first learned to make Kraft Mac & Cheese, which was definitely “cooking” to me at the time. My cooking style has changed a lot since then, but I still can’t turn down a bowl of that mac.

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Leisa May 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

Congratulations on the book release! That’s so exciting :)
I can’t remember what the first dish I made was, but it was probably Jell-O.

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Kristin May 28, 2013 at 6:00 am

Congrats! Can’t wait to read your book! It all sounds yummy!

The first thing I ever made as a kid were chocolate chip cookies. I insisted to my mom that she let me make them all by myself. Something went horribly wrong, though, and they ended up tasting like play-dough. My dear dad ate one and said how good they were! After I tried one, I had to tell him to stop eating them. Although inedible, I honestly think there were the best looking cookies I’ve ever made!

Yay! Tart Deco is also my favorite color! I’m on my 3rd bottle…

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Holli May 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

Does ramen count. Pretty sure I learned to nuke ramen at a very young age. :-) I’m pretty sure the first thing I learned to actually cook though, was scrambled eggs with cheese.

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Keli May 28, 2013 at 6:13 am

Congratulations on the book! The first thing that I ever made in the kitchen was a pineapple upside down cake (with adult assistance :) )I was three and my aunt was looking for ways I keep me occupied after preschool!

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Amber W May 28, 2013 at 6:15 am

Congrats!!! How exciting! The first thing I ever made with my mom and dad were homemade donuts and they were amazing!

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Naomi May 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

Congrats on the book! What an awesome giveaway! The first thing I made was stuffed peppers with my best friend. We made a mess but they were delicious!

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Amanda B. May 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

Congrats on the book release! Can’t wait to get a copy!

It’s hard to remember, but I feel like the first thing I ever made had to be either helping my mom with Christmas cookies or helping her make meatballs!! (Italian much?)

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Lisa C May 28, 2013 at 6:19 am

I’m pretty sure the first thing I learned to make was scrambled eggs around 7 years old. My mom really liked the “hey…go make yourself breakfast. and while you are at it, include some for me and your brothers” :)

my most memorable “first thing” to cook was my first pie crust….i was probably about 12. i had made one earlier that week with my grandmother and i tried to replicate it at home. it turned out hard as a ROCK! my sweet grandmother had me over again later that week for me to try again. i always think of her when i make a pie :)

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Ali M. May 28, 2013 at 6:20 am

grilled cheese!

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Betty May 28, 2013 at 6:20 am

Congratulations on your book! The first thing I ever made all by myself was corn muffins. I remember that they didn’t taste exactly like my mom’s did, but everyone ate them anyway! :)

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Julie B. May 28, 2013 at 6:21 am

I can’t really remember but it probably was brownies (my mom’s favorite) or cookies (my favorite).

But pancakes will be the first thing I want to make with my {future} children because they are my favorite food in the morning!

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Paula May 28, 2013 at 6:22 am

I am ready to cook- congrats on your new book!

A weekend family tradition in my home growing up was “eggs-in-a-basket” so naturally that was my first attempt at cooking. It was a recipe handed down oh so carefully from….my father’s Boy Scout troup! I think it must have been a great Scout recipe ’cause there were so many opportunities for disastor ranging from burned hands to burned eggs. Regardless, I’ve finally mastered the thing and my own kids now enjoy the ripping, dropping and frying ritual.

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Ashley May 28, 2013 at 6:25 am

I would make spaghetti for my mom when she was sick and pregnant with my brother… And by make I mean microwave leftovers.
That summer I also got really good at making chocolates with my grandma… But that’s not a dish…… Or is it? Could be if there were enough on a plate.

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Molly May 28, 2013 at 6:26 am

Congratulations! What a perfect giveaway package (although I’d take the Corgi in a heartbeat too :)! I am pretty sure the first thing I ever made was boxed brownies. Boring but true. And I remember having to run back to my parents’ room several times to ask questions. LOL.

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Sarah H.P. May 28, 2013 at 6:28 am

I think the first thing I ever made as a kid was a small round chocolate cake in my Easy Bake oven!!

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Meghan May 28, 2013 at 6:31 am

yay! congrats!

my signature dish as a youth (and the first i ever remember making on my own) was microwaved apples with cinnamon and sugar. i could still probably get into that today.

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Johanna May 28, 2013 at 6:31 am

First thing I made as a kid? Either biscuits or chocolate chip cookies, under the watchful guidance of my dad. Congrats on the book! LOVE Handsome Coffee. :)

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Lucia Lopez May 28, 2013 at 6:33 am

The first dish I ever made was a chocolate cake! I even got a picture os a baby me mixing away with a wooden spoon :)

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 6:35 am

As a kid (around 3 or 4), I would mix everything and anything I could find (cereal, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, flour, sugar, anything) in a bowl. Then, I would put it in the mircowave, then put it in the fridge. I didn’t know anything about cooking, but I thought I was being a real chef! Thanks to Mom for always trying my “surprise recipes” haha

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Joanna May 28, 2013 at 6:37 am

The first dish I ever made as a kid was beer bread. It’s literally flour, baking soda and a can of beer. Tastes DELICIOUS when it’s done and seems like it was really hard since it’s a loaf of bread.

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Brenna May 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

I was lucky enough to grow up with my parents and grandparents living in the same house. My Nana would let me make “experiments” which included anything I could find in the cabinets + red hot candies (for texture?), poured into muffin tins and baked. My PopPop and dad were tricked into tasting them once or twice and have never let me live it down.

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Joslyn May 28, 2013 at 6:46 am

Congrats!

Crackers & milk was my first kitchen endeavor – so simple, yet so comforting.

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Caitlin May 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

Congratulations on the new cookbook.

My first real dish was when my mother learned me how to make spaghetti bolognese form scratch. I still make it everytime my mom isn´t home for dinner.

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Ally May 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

Congratulations on the book! I’m a crazy pancake fiend…..but the first thing I remember making was definitely something out of a box. Brownies or cookies or something… I also have been making my dad’s bootleg version of ‘homemade’ mac and cheese (american cheese + milk, microwaved, added to pasta…) since I can remember and still do the same today…may sound gross but i love it!!

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Anastasia May 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

Congrats on the book!!

My first dish as a kid “chef” was to make my own grilled cheese. IDK if you call it a dish but it involved using the stove so I still count it lol! I didn’t just go for your straight up grilled cheese though.. I added sauteed spinach and to this day it is my favorite comfort food <3

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Thee-Own-Ee May 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

YAY Pancakes! The first thing I ever made all by myself was chocolate cake from a recipe in some kids magazine my grandma got me a subscription to.

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Cristina May 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

The first recipe I made was sugar cookies with my best friend in first grade! We named them “ina’s cookies” since my name was Cristina and her’s Sabrina. I’m still using the same recipe today.

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neha gattani May 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

The first dish I made was a dark chocolate cake.

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Jennifer May 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

Surely toast or something similar. But the first thing I remember making was white rice with corn and tomatoes. My own creation. Not good. Hadn’t discovered seasonings beyond salt.

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meredith s. May 28, 2013 at 6:55 am

My roommate and I LOVE making pancakes together!! So this book will have to be purchased ASAP!

When I was a kid the first thing I remember making is breadcrumb chicken. My mom would let me help dip the chicken in the butter and then roll it in the breadcrumbs. I always thought I was SO grownup when I did that. Hope the book sales go well!

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 6:57 am

A sunnyside up egg with a hood on it. I know right, who teaches their kid to fry things with spitting oil first? But there you have it, thats what my dad taught me! Still the best way I know how to make an egg for someone.

Amanda

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erica May 28, 2013 at 6:59 am

When I was eight, I remember making brownies and somehow putting in WAY too much salt. It was bad. My brownies are much better now :)

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adina May 28, 2013 at 7:02 am

My first dish was grilled cheese. mmm. I could go for one of those right now:)

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Samantha May 28, 2013 at 7:02 am

failed attempt of kraft mac and cheese

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Steff May 28, 2013 at 7:03 am

The first dish I ever cooked was a mixture of cereal, mushed up bread, sugar, and peanut butter. My best friend and I used to play “restaurant.” Very refreshing :)
Congrats on the book! Looks wonderful!

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Kristina May 28, 2013 at 7:03 am

Awesome giveaway, and congratulations on the book! The first thing my mom taught me to make was scrambled eggs because she got tired of having to cook eggs for breakfast for only me because I didn’t enjoy cereal like my brothers did. Now at 24, I’m still not really a fan of cereal, but I know how to cook my breakfast everyday. Thanks, Mom!

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Tanya May 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

Congratulations! I can’t remember if mine was making pancakes (!) with my great grandmother, making spaghetti with my father, or making peanut butter cookies with my step-mom and little sister…All great childhood cooking memories!

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Ebonee Dawson May 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

Congratulations on the book! As a newly graduated law student, your recipes helped me get through many rough weekends!

My first recipe was strawberry crepes. I was a freshman in high school and and took a food science class. I didn’t know it was an advanced level class and had never even turned a stove on in my life, so I basically freaked out when my teacher gave us the first recipe. He gave a demonstration on how to make it and everyone in the class started to follow while I was still trying to figure out what pan I should be using. Needless to say it was a little bit of a disaster, but it showed me some of the beauty in constructing food from scratch and ignited my love of cooking!

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Michelle May 28, 2013 at 7:15 am

Pancakes were mine as well… and they were TERRIBLE. I’ve come a long way in the kitchen :)

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Annie D May 28, 2013 at 7:15 am

Actually, one of the first things I made as a kid was deviled eggs…I’ll admit I had help from my grandmother but I was so excited to make them because I thought they looked so fancy looking.

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Jess May 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

The first thing I remember making as a kid were chinese gyoza, granted I only helped by folding them. And by “folding” I mean destroying them.. oops!

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Sasha May 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

Congrats! My first “dish” was boxed cupcakes I baked when I was ten to impress my older brother and his friends, except I made the egregious error of not dividing my batter into two separate batches. When I removed my cupcakes after the required 30 minutes, they were mushy inside. I didn’t realize this meant that they were raw, I just thought they were very tender, so I served them to my guests anyway.

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Diana May 28, 2013 at 7:23 am

jello the old fashioned way: fruit juice, gelatin

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Avani May 28, 2013 at 7:24 am

My first foray into the kitchen most likely involved making mom’s chai. I think every Indian mom hopes for the day that their kid can boil water unsupervised, so they can coach them on the proper cardamom: black tea: milk ratios and get to stay in bed a few minutes longer…I believe my first dish was scrambled eggs and then slowly transitioned into egg bread (dipping toast in the whisked up eggs and then frying it up).

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Jacqui May 28, 2013 at 7:26 am

I think my first dish was probably something made in the EZ-Bake oven.. I have come a long way since cooking with a lightbulb. I hope.

Congrats on the book!

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Jess May 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

I LOVE this and am so excited for your book (and my upcoming visit to see you in LA!!) I think the first thing I ever learned to make was scrambled eggs “santa fe” as my dad would call them – basically scrambled eggs with salsa, green peppers & onions. They were delicious!

My second dish, which is hilarious to me now, was “fancy ramen” where we would take the Ramen noodles & make our own seasoning of whatever was in my mom’s cupboard! Sometimes…disaster! Other times, pure genius:)

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Clare May 28, 2013 at 7:29 am

Congratulations! So exciting about the gorgeous book! One of the first things I remember making was cupcakes with my Grandma, I think my secret ingredient may have been egg shell…

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Maria May 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

so excited for you and your book! the first recipe i remember making as a kid was my mom’s “dream cookies” they are essentially meringues with chocolate and peanut butter chips – cooked in a pre-heated oven that was then turned off. We’d put them in before bed and they cooked while we dreamed.

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haley May 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

I had this amazing kids cook book with all sorts of kid cook-able recipes in it and the first thing that I remember making were toast “flags” that wer toast painted with milk that had been colored with food dye. I was so so into them, although thinking back I doubt they actually tasted good, but I loved getting out my atlas and picking out flags to make. Chad was a big favorite, no idea why.

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LeAnn May 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

Congratulations! My first creations for mac n cheese (from a box of course)

Thanks for the opportunity!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

I’m not sure what the first thing I ever made was. I was always helping my dad in the kitchen with cookies, pancakes, tacos, pasta, etc. I’m going to guess that homemade pizza dough was the first thing I cooked by myself though.

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Sophia May 28, 2013 at 7:33 am

Congratulations on your cookbook! As a fan of all the recipes (and anecdotes!) you post on your blog, I am excited to try out those fantastic looking pancakes! My first recipe was probably pancakes… I remember the pancake as being a frequent request in my family and as the recipe was a coveted one, it was an honor when I got to help mix my first batch, buttermilk pancakes have since always had a pleasant nostalgic feel.

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jenny May 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

Congrats on your book birthday! For Christmas, when I was around 8 or 9, my aunt got me a kids’ cookbook with a little set of plastic measuring spoons. (Aside: my mom still has those spoons two decades later!) I think the first thing I “cooked” from that book was the “recipe” for pigs ‘n blankets: mini hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury crescent rolls. Not much of a recipe, but I made it completely by myself (with just a little supervision from Mom). I was so proud when they came out of the oven!

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Lili May 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

The first thing I ever made was sunken apricot cake.

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megan May 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

I’m not sure…but I was often found in the kitchen helping my mom whip up a batch of cookies (no oreos or keebler brand cookies in our house as a kid).

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Julie May 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

The first thing I ever made as a kid was oatmeal cookies with my grandma. She let me do everything by myself and she was just there to supervise. It made me feel like a grown-up – that is until i turned on the beaters BEFORE i put them in the dough. There were sticky oats everywhere. :)

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erin @ yummy supper May 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

Adrianna, I am THRILLED for you and your book!!!! Hugest congrats to you. Wow! And I dig your giveaway box filled with such good treats.
I hope you are savoring today.
xoxoxo
E

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Robyn May 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

The first thing I made was definately “no bake cookies”… the ones with coconut, cocoa, oats, butter and vanilla. Hard to screw up!

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marie May 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

Mine were chocolate chip pancakes (!) using my mom’s Betty Crocker cookbook. I made them so many times over the years that I memorized the page they were on. And oddly, I only ever made them for myself…hmm.

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Ash May 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

The first thing I ever made was out of this cookbook for little kids… it was yellow with a bear on the front, I think. Anyway, it was hot chocolate made with cocoa, cinnamon, honey, and warmed milk!

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Kathy K May 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

Congratulations on the cookbook! I remember being a wee little thing baking cookies with my neighbor Donna.

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Christina May 28, 2013 at 7:52 am

Making chocolate chip cookies while visiting my grandparents in Boston. My grandpa had a killer chocolate chip cookie recipe that he shared with our family, and it was included in his will when he passed away.

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Danielle May 28, 2013 at 7:53 am

What an exciting day for you! And I love that you’ve come full circle with your love of pancakes :)

I remember making my own concoctions as a child and most of them were in the form of cookies. My dad was the test kitchen and poor thing, he always managed to choke down a bite of one of my salty creations. I think I used as much salt as sugar :)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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Rachel S. May 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

Mine were all sweets. The very first thing I would mix up for my Dad most of the time is pudding. I felt like such a chef! Then I moved into cookies & cakes. :) What a wonderful prize box!

Congrats!

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Stephanie K May 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

First dish I remember making was rice krispie treats!

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Natasha May 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

If it can be called a “dish” then my very first one was a Peanut butter & Jelly sandwich. I was so proud of myself! I think I was 5 or so. I was copying my grandma, and followed all her detailed “instructions” on how to make a perfect P&J sandwich :-)

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Courteney May 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

the first thing i ever made as a kid was an omelet — let’s just say the flipping didn’t go so well…

what was left was still tasty though!

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Lindsay May 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

The first thing I made (other than hundreds of mud cakes every summer) was a failed attempt at cookies, where I misread 1/2tsp of baking soda as 12tsp. They rose like crazy and tasted terrible (my older sister dubbed them “poison cookies”) but my dad ate every last one, raving about how great they were the entire time. :)

And as a side note, CONGRATULATIONS! I have been a reader of A Cozy Kitchen since the beginning, and am so excited for your first book. You’re amazing!

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laurel May 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

Congrats!

The first thing I used to make by myself for my family was this weird vinaigrette-style potato salad. You boil potatoes with chopped onions (!) and then semi-mash with a vinaigrette of rice vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, and parsley. Top with cheddar cheese… Random!

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Aimee May 28, 2013 at 8:13 am

The first thing I made as a kid was a pumpkin pie… Yum!
Congrats on your book!

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Alix May 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hi Adrianna!

Although I’m sure it can’t possibly be the first thing I’ve ever cooked, the first thing I can recall making is eggs benedict. Every mothers day for as long as I can remember I’ve woken up and made eggs benedict while my mom waited patiently in bed for me to hand deliver it on a fancied up tray. You’ll have to excuse the fact that I used packaged hollandaise sauce and may or may not have microwaved the eggs :X

Congratulations on your book!! Can’t wait to get a copy!

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Rachelle May 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

I couldn’t tell you the first thing I ever made because my parents had me measuring out incredients as soon as I was old enough to hold a spoon! The first thing I ever made by myself was chocolate chip cookies. I’d watched my mom do it so many times it was a piece of cake.

My sister’s first baking experience did not go so well. She made biscuits and somehow doubled the butter called for in the recipe. Rich biscuits are good, but these weren’t edible!

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Laura May 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

Chicken fingers in the microwave! They were pretty gross.

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Heather G May 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

Happy book release! That’s ridiculously exciting!

As for the first dish.. I can’t remember.. but I do distinctly trying to make cookies when my parents were taking a nap and heading up to their bedroom to tell them I didn’t have enough salt! They asked me how much I needed and I told them 2 cups!! Lovingly, they told me to read the recipe again.. phew.. I could’ve easily made.. playdough cookies. :) To this day, I love cooking and wish it were my occupation, but what’s a girl to do.

Good job on your book and many blessings for the future!
-Heather

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Stacey May 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

The first thing I ever really remember making were pancakes (yup!) with my mom.

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margaret May 28, 2013 at 8:21 am

the first thing i really remember is making “mini-pizzas” on english muffins…now i make them with my kids :)

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Hannah May 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

First thing I ever cooked was instant ramen. First thing I actually made would be a 3 layered cake using a microwave!

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aimee @ like mother like daughter May 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

Oh my gosh, being a kid was so long ago and I don’t remember! The first thing I remember making was helping my mom with her creamy chicken enchiladas.

I hope I win!

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Chelsey @ Pure Draft May 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

Congrats Adrianna, your book looks utterly delicious! The first thing I remember making was breakfast of course; began with oatmeal, pancakes and waffles. But when I moved out I made a cheap and cheated version of Beef Stroganoff with Campbell’s mushroom soup.

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Antonella C May 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

The first thing I ever made was yummy French toast. Mmmmm!

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Adriana May 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

I used to help my mom make ‘arroz con leche’, basically rice pudding. I think we’ve made it together about 100 times since

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Leigh May 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

My first ever “dish” was a breakfast of bacon, eggs-over-easy, and buttered toast. This was the breakfast my dad always made, and one that I loved. My mom hated cooking, so breakfast “made” by her was always cold cereal. But on weekends, Dad, who was actually a great cook when he got the chance, did the eggs and bacon thing, and taught me how to do it as well. The secret is in getting the eggs flipped before they start to brown around the edges (in my opinion anyway). RIP Dad! I hope you’re getting plenty of bacon and eggs wherever you are … oh, and also apple pie, your other favorite!

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Anita B. May 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

The first thing I made was homemade biscuits. I was so excited I pulled the tray out against me and burned my arms, then dropped the pan on my foot. I’ve got the scars as a memory today :)

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pamm kesselring May 28, 2013 at 8:32 am

Congrats on the new book. It looks delicious. The first thing I ever made was Chicken Noodle soup.

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Rochael May 28, 2013 at 8:32 am

Congratulations!!
The first thing I remember making was chocolate chip cookies with my mom. Can’t wait to enjoy a copy of your book!

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Susan May 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

The very first thing I ever made (with my mothers help) were a metric ton of lemon pizzelles. We make them every year for christmas and it is a family tradition even to this day.

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Becca May 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

I wish I could remember the first thing I ever helped make as a kid- I didn’t do much solo cooking as a kid! I totally helped with pancakes and bacon and biscuits and mac and cheese, but the first thing I remember making start-to-finish (in my teens) was Rice A Roni, which I botched horribly, LOL!! Things have gotten better since then though, ha!

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Ashley from A Witty Life May 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

The first thing I made as a kid were peanut butter doggy treats for my Pomeranian Bouncing Buster Brown (Pomeranians have three names, at least we were told that). I used a small heart cookie cutter and crunchy peanut butter. He loved them and I was excited about using the oven.

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Julie May 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

The first thing I remember making as a kid is oatmeal cookies. I used to love to whip up a batch after school when I was home by myself. (Yes, I was allowed to use the oven by myself around age 10 or whatever… shocking! :D)

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Jessica May 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

How exciting for you!! Congratulations!!! I can’t remember if the first thing I made was scrambled eggs or pancakes, but I know either way, my grandma was right there helping me out.

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Nikki May 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

Probably scrambled eggs for my family! Still loving breakfast so many years later. The book looks gorgeous.

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Mallory @ Total Noms May 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

My first “recipe” as a kid was adding the cheese packet to Kraft Macaroni ‘n Cheese. Big stuff for a 3-year-old. Congrats on the book!!

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Lynne May 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

Hmm this is really hard..started cooking properly just last year..probably a sunny side up egg. really mastered it by now, soft yolk not overly done. marvelous! congratulations on your new book!

Love your pancake recipes here. tried a few of them already 😉

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Christina May 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

Hmm I think the first thing we made was scrambled eggs. Breakfast is kind of a big deal around my house.

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Sarah @ The Chef Next Door May 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

The first dish I made was beef stir fry in a Wok for my parents and I for dinner! :)

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Amy C May 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

It was always my job to make the JELLO-
Raspberry with fresh raspberries and topped with hand whipped sweetened cream!
Congratulations and best wishes with your book!!

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Nina Crittenden May 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

The first thing I learned how to make was scrambled eggs!
Congratulations on your new book!!!

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Megan May 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

Yay! Congrats! The first dish I made was over-easy eggs for my dad. He was a trickster teaching me to make his fave breakfast. I felt accomplished and he didn’t have to make them himself!

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Chelsee Stith May 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

The first thing I remember making by myself was peanut butter no bake cookies. Yum.

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MollyL May 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

The first things I ever made were baking goods. My mom taught me how to bake from scratch. I look forward to teaching my own daughters to cook. They are finally curious now.

Congrats on your new book! I will be ordering it as we love pancakes in this house. :-)

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julia caraballo May 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

My first cooking experience was oatmeal.

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Jennifer May 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hehe…it’s been so long, I had to laugh when I remembered. The first thing I ever made was grilled Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches with banana pudding dessert. I was in probably the first grade, having my first friend over while her mom visited. Her mom said we were going to make grilled PB&J and I was just mesmorized that she took out some thick french loaf bread, hand cut it to ”texas style” giving us the lead to add our amount of peanut butter, drizzling honey onto it and made a grilled cheese type sandwich. She had us put in some fresh strawberries in the jelly and it was the most amazing sandwich. I remember ‘serving’ my mom on our porch and then serving the banana pudding that afternoon…..Thank you for the memory refresher….
Congrats on the book….how wonderful for you to see your work published..

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Lindsey W May 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

The first thing I learned to make were these funny little peanut butter/oatmeal/date balls with cinnamon & honey. Every once in a while If I am craving something sweet I make them and they immediately transport me back to growing up in Florida and splashing in our pool in the warm sun.

Congratulations on the book — you should be very proud!

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Megan May 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

My first cooking experience was chocolate chip cookies!!

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Julia D May 28, 2013 at 8:43 am

The first actual meal I made as a kid was meat loaf. I got the recipe from a teddy bear themed cookbook.

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Cindy May 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

Congratulations! Looking forward to the book. I suppose the first thing I ever made in the kitchen was cupcakes since its the only thing my mom taught me to make. I had to pretty much teach myself after I was grown. That’s when books like yours can be especially welcome.

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Christine May 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

Toast with butter. I thought I was a master chef and served it to my entire family.

Congrats on the new book!

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

I’m not sure if it was the first (that was probably eggs in a toast hole) but once I made brownies and forgot the sugar…

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

The first thing I ever made as a child was pumpkin pies with my mom for Thanksgiving. It became our tradition every year and I still love making them to this day, exactly the way we used to. Best baking memory ever.

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amy May 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

My first cooking experience was done in my EZ-Bake oven. Open face “grilled” cheese. Man, those were good.

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Alicia May 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

The first dish I ever made as a kid was french toast!!!! I remember making it with my mom on a sunday morning, the kitchen smelled like cinnamon, sugar and bread… such wonderful memories! So exited for your new cookbook I can´t wait to start whipping up some of your pancakes!!

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Kathy May 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

Pancakes..

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Franziska May 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

Congratulations!!! A whole book just about pancakes… sounds heavenly! :-)
The first thing I learned to make when I was little was scrambled eggs 😀
Greetings from Germany!

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Sarah T. May 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

The first thing I learned to cook by myself was spaghetti, salad, and bread & butter, and damn did I feel cool! :)

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Becky May 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

Besides making cookies with my mom, the first food I learned how to make was pancakes too! My dad would make them almost every Saturday morning and taught me how.

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Michele May 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

Congratulations!!!! I’m so excited for your book. Well-done you! Are you going to tour?

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Allison V May 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

The first dish I made was chocolate chip cookies. I got to sit on the counter while my mom brought me all of the ingredients. If only I still had someone to fetch my ingredients for me!

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Annie May 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

Probably cake from a box or noodles with butter and salt — certainly nothing worth a cookbook. My culinary skills have improved significantly since then. :)

Congrats on your book!

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caroline May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

the first thing i made in the kitchen were mashpotatos with sunny side up and bacon yums

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

Does campell’s soup count? :)

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Adrianna Adarme May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

Totally.

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Erin May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

The first thing I tried to make was pancakes or cookies, both using the same batter/dough that I made up (with all the wrong ingredients), needless to say, both were awful!

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Joyce May 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

yum, i *love* pancakes!

my first cooking memory is “making” pizza with pre-made pizza dough – i.e. putting the toppings onto the pizza :)

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Lorraine May 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

The first thing I ever made as a kid was a heart shaped cake for my dad’s birthday.

Congratulations on the book!!! It looks great!

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Michele May 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

Oh yeah! I do want to enter for your lovely give-away too…. :)

the first thing I remember making as a child is poached eggs with my grandfather…and poached eggs are what I still love to make best…for so many reasons.

cheers! and congrats again.

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Heather D. May 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

Congrats on your cookbook! :::Fingers crossed I win:::
My first dish I made as a child was Rarebit. I wasn’t even a fan of it…I just liked to pour the beer. 😉
Thanks for the chance to win!

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Anna J May 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

The first thing I ever learned to make on my own were scrambled eggs. Once they were half cooked, I would add mounds of butter… which turned the would be fluffy scrambled eggs into butter-egg slop! Disgusting… though as a kid, I ate that up!

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Bettina May 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

Helping my mother baking german christmas cookies (my job was to put some whisked egg on them to make them shiny) is the first “dish” I remember…

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Adriana May 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

Oh so many comments I will never win :p First – congratulations for the book! Second – hmm… I think the first dish was dessert – malakoff cake, I was about 8 years old and I was very proud of myself! 😉 Greetings from Poland! :)

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Jen Schneider May 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

Chef Boy R Dee pizza mix – we thought it was yummy!

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Alex May 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

First thing I made was rice pilaf! From a box. I was so proudof myself. Thanks for this awesome giveaway and congratulations!!!!

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Candy Rodriguez May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

First thing I made when I was a kid was rice. Not the best outcome. I remember I burned the bottom but the rice was still uncooked. But my mom still said was great.

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

My first dish I ever made was the manwich from a can. I am so excited for your cookbook!

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Corinne May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

Congratulation! I think my first was chocolate chip cookies.

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Jessyca May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

The first thing I made was macaroni and cheese from a box and I added Pace picante sauce. I thought I was so daring, lol! I would love to win this prize pack!

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Kristel May 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

The first dish I ever made was also pancakes, although I don’t think it would be accurate to call them pancakes. More like…round-ish things of dough that were somewhat cooked, somewhat burnt, and somewhat raw. It was gross lol

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Amanda P May 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

I mastered the grilled cheese at a pretty early age.

Congrats on the book!

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Kristel May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

By dough, I meant batter. But the consistency was pretty dough-like lol

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Leanna May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

Grilled cheese.

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Alyson May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

My first dish I ever made was probably these no-bake cookies with my grandmother. We used to always bake together, and I don’t know how we managed to make them successfully! I’ve mangled them a few times on my own since that first batch :)

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Holley May 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

Congrats on the book!! The first thing I made by myself in the kitchen was a mustard and Doritos sandwich on white bread :( I thank my lucky stars everyday that my palette has matured :) Good luck with the book! Can’t wait to start making pancakes!

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Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

Velvetta mac and cheese because there were only 3 steps!

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Emily Tapp May 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

The first dish I ever made for other people, in this case my family, was a Thai green chicken curry. It was absolutely delish, if I’m allowed to say so myself!
I guess I still AM a kid. Well, I’m sixteen in a month and a bit. I’ve recently got into cooking and your recipes never fail to inspire me! Thank you so much.
Emily

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Sierra May 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

The first thing I ever learned to make is an omelette :)

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tina May 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

mac n cheese in a box. everyone needs ur cookbook so that’s why i’m here :)

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Leslie Morales May 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

Congrats on your book!!! What a huge accomplishment be so very proud!!! I made pancakes over the weekend for my hubby they were delish!! I added bananas and glazed walnuts yum!!!! The first thing I remember cooking was with my grandfather – he taught me how to make homemade meatballs. I can still feel his hands guiding mine while I roll them today. We wrote the recipe on a paperplate which I still have today and use each and every time to remember him by. Now me, my husband and my little Corgi Lucky enjoy them often!!!! :) congrats again!!!!

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Adrianna Adarme May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

That’s a beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing it with me. And I’m pretty psyched you have a corgi, too.

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Leslie morales May 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Lucky is a little Napolean :-) he rules our world!! I love Corgis so much!!! Everyone should have one :) smartest little human dogs on earth!!

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Amanda Neal May 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

Malt’o’Meal – I mistook the salt for sugar and added WAY more salt than it called for. Complete fail. But I learned to always doublecheck what granulated white substance I was using in a recipe which was a valuable lesson for a youngin like me!

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mari May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

fried eggs, spanish style. my grandpa showed me how when i was maybe 7 or so.

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Emily Tapp May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

Oops. Wrong website link. Apologies (this is the right one)

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Jennay May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

First of all…CONGRATS on the cookbook!! =) So very excited for you! The first thing I remember making is my mom’s famous ham & cheese rolls…we made them for every holiday and event we went to! They are little slices of heaven!

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Kim B May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

What a BEAUTIFUL looking cookbook!! I’d have to go with scrambled eggs :)

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Elizabeth May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

chocolate chip cookies

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Jill May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

My mom bought me my first cook book when I was about 8 yrs old. The first thing I made was a salad using pear halves as a little bunny body with a cottage cheese tail and almonds for the ears. I was so proud of that bunny salad. Your cook book looks yummy!

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Abby May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

All that I can remember making as a kid are Rice Krispy treats.

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Melissa from { hungryfoodlove.com } May 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

Pancakes!!!! that was the first thing I remember making as well. I grew up in the Dominican Republic and pancakes are not part of the traditional menu items but I remember seeing them in cable TV commercials or in movies so I begged my mom that we make pancakes. We got store box pancake mix and it was an awesome morning the day we had pancakes for breakfast :) – I can totally relate to your love for pancakes and would love to win the book. Melissa

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Monique Galvan May 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

the first thing I could remember cooking was chorizo and eggs.

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition May 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

OMG congratulations!!! Can’t believe it’s here :)

The first dish I ever made as a kid wasn’t a dish at all. In Kindergarten, all the kids had to contribute to a class cookbook and I decided my recipe would be the only thing I knew how to make: Goop. Basically my mom used to mix baking soda, flour, and water together and it made this mushy slimy playdoh stuff that my brother would play with for hours. Everyone else in the book made PB & J or spaghetti…leave it to me to make slime. 😉

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Jeanette May 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

The first dish I ever made was PB&J!

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Karla @ Foodologie May 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

I think the first thing I made was a sandwich… that counts right?

Congrats on the cookbook!

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Alison May 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

The book looks amazing – congratulations! I spent a lot of time in the kitchen helping my mom, and one of the first things I remember making is brownies from a box mix – 50 stirs and into the pan to bake!

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Ailsa May 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

The first ever dish I made was a sausage-plait with my dad. Its so simple and so fun to plait the pastry! Brings back happy memories of having to reach up to the counter!
Well done on PANCAKES! Looks fabulous.

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karen May 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

Brownies, recipe off the box of Baker’s chocolate. And I’ve been baking ever since!

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Hallie J May 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

I taught my class in 5th grade to make blueberry muffins! Still one of my all time favorite things to bake!

congrats on your new book!

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Molly May 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

Congrats on the book! The first thing I remember making was meatloaf. I liked squishing all the ingredients together with my hands and helping my dad choose the ingredients from the fridge — our meatloaf was an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sort of a concoction and we added a little bit of almost everything in the fridge.

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zarpandit May 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

The first dish I ever made was nut chocolate spread with sourdough bread!

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Grace Skemp-Dymond May 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

First of all, congratulations on your cookbook! Second, I LOVE your blog! Beautiful pictures of food and your sweet corgi always make my day a little bit better! I have always loved food and the first thing I remember making was fettuccine alfredo. I requested that dish with shrimp for my third birthday and it wasn’t too long after that that my mom was showing me how to make a roux. I have always appreciated the fact that she didn’t think it would be too difficult for a kid to learn to make this dish and it gave me the confidence to try anything! Thanks for all of your inspiring posts!

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Lindsey W May 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

I tried to make my mom breakfast in bed when I was 6, which included the saltiest scrambled eggs ever. I’m pretty sure she couldn’t eat it.

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Megan May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

I don’t know if it was my absolute first, but as far back as I can remember I helped my mom make matzo ball soup for Passover.
Huge Mazel Tov to you! You deserve it! xoxo

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Anna May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

The first dish I ever made was lasagna! I was going to visit an out-of-town friend for the weekend and my mom showed me how to make one so I could bring it with me as a thank-you. I still remember exactly how to make lasagna as a result.

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Lori May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

The first dish I ever made was called everything omelet served over a bed of rice. My dad worked the 3rd shift at a steel factory and was in charge in taking care of me and my baby brother during the day. He wasnt much of a cook but this dish he created was the best ever. He taught us how to prepare the omelet and flip it in the pan. The base was a bunch of eggs and whatever my mom had laying around in the fridge. Typically included Scallions, Chinese sausage, imitation crab meat, a dash of soy sauce, salt and pepper. Easy peasy.

P.s. congrats on the book!

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Tyler May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

My first “dish” I made as a kid was mac and cheese, naturally. My first “real” dish was raspberry thumbprint cookies! Congratulations on your book by the way, that’s so exciting!

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Caitlyn Leiataua May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

The first thing I learned and was allowed to cook as a child was scrambled eggs. I spent A LOT of my time as a child at my sweet grandparent’s house and every morning when I was there, I made them (& myself, of course) some scrambled eggs. I still love thinking and coming up with new ways to make them, *almost* daily, hehe. And sorry to the parents of all my childhood friends, because I asked to make scrambled eggs at their houses after a slumber-parties, too.

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Rebecca Patterson May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

The first thing I made when I was little would have to be sugar cookies for Santa. My mom taught me how to roll out the dough and cut out the cookies. My favorite part was decorating! (Oh, and obviously eating them!)

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Heather May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

The first cooking experience I remember is standing on a stool to help stir a pot of vegetable broth with my dad!

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Natalie C May 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

It was “pets de soeur” – a french canadian sweet! My mom was baking pies and gave me some extra dough to make the “pets de soeur”. It consists of rolling out pastry dough, spreading butter, sprinkling with brown sugar and a little cinamom. Roll the dough into a cylinder, slice into pinwheels and then bake! YUM!!!

It is also worth noting that “pets de soeur” means nuns farts! And it’s the best way to use extra pie dough!

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Ashley Nathalie May 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

The first dish I ever made was a boxed strawberry cake with my little sister. For some reason we didn’t have any oil to make the cake, so my mom made us add a can of chopped pineapples. Now I’m no stranger to pineapples in cakes as Dominican cakes often included a layer of pineapple, however these pineapples were CHUNKY, and not at all like the delicious layer I was used to…

We baked the cake anyway, and out it came out looking pretty good. However,per the typical patience of a 10 and 7 year old, my sister and I did not let that damn thing cool and we went straight to frosting it. Let’s just say it be came a bit of a lumpy, crumby mess after about 2 minutes.

It may not have been beautiful but it was ours and we were proud! Plus we got to eat it which was the point anyway :)

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steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen May 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

Congratulations on the book!!! It looks so so beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The first “dish” i ever made as a kid was an american cheese and white bread sandwich, microwaved for 25 seconds until it was an absolute disgusting pile of cheesy white bread mush. I’m so embarrassed, but not embarrassed enough to tell you that I also ate it dipped in ketchup. eek!

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Ana Lilia May 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

Like a good Mexican girl, the first food I remember making is a bean and cheese burrito. Made with home cooked pinto beans, that I then refried them myself. I must have been around 10 years old.

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Laura Heck May 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

The first dish I ever made was when I was sitting on a barstool pulled up close to the stove next to my dad. It was a sunday night and we were getting to make the delicious ribs my dad is famous for. I was in charge of stirring the rib sauce and adding the ingredients, and remember the delight I got from seeing the sauce bubble and jump when it heated up. This moment definitely contributed to my desire to be a chef as cooking has been ingrained in me ever since. I can’t wait to start a family of my own to show my kids how to make the ribs my father showed me. As far as I can remember, I’ve never had a bad batch so they probably ended up finger lickin’ good!

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Malea Wilson May 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

My very first dish was cinnamon toast but my first real dish as a kid was a batch of cookies that had cornflakes on them and a cherry in the middle. I added too much salt and was mortified! But I still have my kiddie cookbooks with my own notes on each recipe :-)

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Melissa Winter May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

Congrats on the book!

My first attempt at cooking was a disaster. I was 7 or 8 and I tried to make breakfast like my mom. I made scrambled eggs and added a lot of extra veggies and sauces to the eggs… we all opted for cereal instead of the eggs. Opps!

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Leah May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

Congratulations on your book! I LOVE pancakes and I know I will love this book! Pancakes were actually my first memory of cooking. I would stand on a stool and mix the batter for blueberry pancakes under the watchful eye of my grandfather whenever I would visit him. I loved spending time with him in the morning before he would go to work and we would lick the batter out of the bowl when we were through. Nothing compares to the taste of them, and I miss him dearly now that he is gone

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Joy May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

The first thing I made was a crumble top coffee cake. It was easy and yummy and I took it to the state fair.

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Danielle May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

The first thing I ever made as a child were blueberry muffins from a box with my mom. They were Jiffy brand, and they were impossible for my tiny hands to screw up! To this day the smell of blueberry muffins in the oven bring me right back to my childhood.

sage and spice

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Mary @ The Kitchen Paper May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

The first thing I ever made was a PB&J, although I’m not sure I consider that a dish! Next thing I remember was whipping up cakes in my easy bake oven!

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Angela May 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

The first things I learned how to make on my own were scrambled eggs (in the microwave!) and Kraft Mac & Cheese.

Congrats on your book!!!

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Rafal May 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

It was not glamorous though it was delicious: grilled cheese!

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Mo May 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

The first thing I made as a kid was brownies. By baking brownies I got released from berry picking duties. Easy choice! Pancakes are a breakfast favourite around here.

Mo

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Ann Adams May 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

The first thing that I ever remember making as a child is a cheese omelet! They were my father’s Sunday specialty!

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peg May 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

Made a sour cream coffee cake as a teen…my first cooking experience!

Congrats on your book!

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Alicia J. May 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

I remember helping my mom with the homemade tomato sauce with tomatoes fresh from the garden. I also remember making brownies that called for chocolate chips and they melted so much the brownies never baked properly. We ate them with a spoon.

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Debbie May 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

Loved making butter and brown sugar on saltines then broiled to crispy gooey goodness. Yum!

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jean May 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

I remember being around 7 years old and thought I’d make a loaf of bread…got the flour out and added water…it was one gooy mess and needless to say we had no bread for our meal

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Antonella C May 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

The first thing I ever made was yummy French toast…..mmmmmmm!!!

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Wing-Yi Kwan May 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

Rice krispy treats comes to mind along with lemonade for the stand my neighbor friend and I had. It was great!

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Liz Cheng May 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

(first off, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!)

first dish i ever made – FRIED RICE (yep, i grew up in Hong Kong.)

One thing you must know about chinese traditional cooking – THERE’S NEVER A RECIPE!!! so when i asked my mother how to make it, she says “just add the essentials: oil, salt, sugar, soy sauce and then whatever you want in your dish.”

SO I DID – i added the above mentioned ingredients, PLUS my favorite items: barbecue pork, scallions, onions and….(wait for it)…. RICE CRISPIES CEREAL! and honestly – IT WAS DIVINE! my fried rice was not only flavorful but with a CRUNCH. till this day… i still make it sometimes =P

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Emily D. May 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

I was queen of boxed cakes and brownies as a kid. The first thing I remember making on my own, from scratch, was M&M cookies. (It was a chocolate chip recipe but I only had M&Ms.)

Congratulations on your book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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Darlene May 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

I remember making a no-bake fudge, but it turned out like a horrible sticky mess! I made it for my dad and when he got home, it made him laugh. I did not make him eat it. I’m glad I learned early to not worry about burned sugar and to keep trying!

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Cheryl Blakley May 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

First thing would have been scrambled eggs many years and dishes ago.

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bethd May 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

My dad cooked almost nothing except a dish he called “tomato slumgullion,” which was eggs poached in spicy stewed tomatoes. It was actually pretty great, and that’s the first thing I learned to make — except maybe French toast!

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Bobbie H May 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

One thing I can remember making with my mom (not sure if it was the first) was taffy from molasses. I thought it was so fun to pull and pull and pull 😀

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Holly May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hi, Congrats on the cookbook. Looks like a great one..hope i win!! Would love too. To be honest i don’t remember the first thing i ever cooked..i wasnt allowed to do much cooking, but i do remember making a cake from the box…and feeling really happy when it was done and that it was actually good..lol. I do my fair share of cooking now with a family of 6. Thanks for the chance to win!! ~Holly~Phil 4:13~

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Jennifer Jones May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

My first cookbook that I can remember was a Nancy Drew cookbook and I think the first thing I was able to make was the Hollow Oak Nest Eggs. I don’t have a clue why I remember it…I guess I just thought it was cool.

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Ana Rocha May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

Congrats on the book!! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The first dish I made as a kid was definitely 1, 2, 3 sugar cookies (100 grams sugar, 200 grams butter and 300 grams flower–easiest recipe for kids!) with my grandparents. But the first thing I tackled solo was blueberry muffins.

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Stephanie Harper May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

Congratulations! My first dish I believe was sunny side up eggs! I used to love eggs with toast and this was something I could make easily at home before school.

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Kelsey Luvender May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

The first thing I made as a kid was French onion soup with my dad. It is still one of my fondest memories with him :)

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Nisreen May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

Ahh I’m so excited for your book! I’ve been reading your blog for forever now, and I’m so excited to see your amazing recipes in print!

The first dish I ever made were oatmeal cranberry cookies from the Betty Crocker Cookbook my mother received as a wedding present many, many years ago haha. I remember thinking they tasted more like scone a because they were so crispy on the outside and oh-so-soft on the inside. They’re still my favorite whenever I’m feeling a little nostalgic 😛

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Jennifer May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

Congratulations on the book!!
First dish I remember making was mother’s day brunch — I believe it was a variation on pancakes, fruit, etc… with the little vase of flowers on the tray, of course. Now I love that my son makes pancakes with me every weekend now and has been since he was 10! We try to get creative every weekend — adding nuts, fruit, seeds, spices, chocolate, etc. This book would be an amazing addition to our little family ritual!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

Mine was pancakes with my dad, still my favorite recipe to this day!

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Becca Lee May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

Mine must have been crepes. Dad didn’t have a recipe, he just showed me the consistency and I’ve never used a recipe since. Love the book!

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Caroline K May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

Tacos! And I was incredibly proud of 8-year-old self :)

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Caroline K May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

*my 8-year old self.

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Kayla Seely May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

The first thing that I have ever made was a grilled cheese sandwich. I still make them all the time, but now with really good cheese and bacon on top.

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Desi May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

The first thing I learned to make was grilled cheese, smothered in butter lol!

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chelsy May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

Mine were pancakes too! My dad would always make my baby seester and I pancakes for breakfast and dinner! We had a fun ritual on my birthday where I would wake up, help him make a fluffy stack of buttermilk pancakes w/ chocolate chips, and then stick a candle in the middle for a good ole’ fashioned stack of birthday pancakes. I looooooved it and still do it til this day :)

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Genia May 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

I’d have to say I started out baking … making chocolate chip cookies from a cake mix. Then, on the savory side, vermicelli!

Congrats on the new cookbook!!!

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Kimberly Mortson May 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

I remember making mini pumpkin pies with my grandmother for Thanksgiving and homemade whip cream. Then each of us getting a mixing beater to enjoy what was left!

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Amanda S May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

I remember trying to make apple fritters when I was in middle school. I do remember they weren’t fully cooked, and that was…quite nasty. :) I’m much better now!

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Michael Ann May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

I believe it would have been scrambled eggs. Congratulations on the book release!!

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Samantha H-H May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

Congrats!! So excited to read your book : )

Eggs. For sure. All kinds, but I always attempted to make fancy omelettes for my parents on Mother’s Day/Father’s Day.

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TinaS May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

The first thing I ever made on my own was pastina. It’s teeny tiny pasta, and can be made in like 3 steps: boil, add butter & milk, eat.
So easy a kid could (and did!) make it. :]

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Holly Henderson May 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

I don’t remember the first thing I ever made (I think I’ve repressed most of my childhood), but I do remember my Grandma Lillie making matzoh meal pancakes for my brother and me when we stayed with her. She always put sugar on top and they were so delicious. Such a great memory of my awesome grandma.
Congrats on Publication Day!!!

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Melissa // The Fauxmartha May 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Huge congrats lady! The first thing I remember making were cookies over at the neighbors house. Maybe it sticks out so much because my mom reminds me I made them with the neighbors instead of her. Oops.

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shari May 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

Chocolate chip cookies….still my fav!

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Erica May 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

I made scrambled eggs with my mom for breakfast on the weekend. To this day, weekend breakfasts are one of my favourite things :)

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Kristen May 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

Egg sandwiches…it was the only thing my Dad made and since I idolized him it was the first thing I wanted to learn to make.

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Melissa May 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

The first thing I made by myself (at the age of 7) was blueberry muffins. I stirred the batter too long and they came out with pointy tops, but they still tasted good. Congratulations on the book!

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Isa May 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

The first dish I ever made was “Spätzle”(type of egg noodle).
It’s a typical swabian (region i grew up in germany) dish and as soon as I was able to hold a wooden chopping board (you scrap the doug into boiling water) my grandma teached me how to make it.
Up till now it’s one of my favourite dishes =).

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sandy k May 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

Rice Krispy Bars

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Margaret P May 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

The first dish I made as a kid was making pierogis with my mom. I would watch her make and roll the dough and I would help fill the dough. Then press and seal. Once about a dozen were made I would drop them in boiling water and cook the little dumplings. Sweet cheese was my first pierogi I ever made!

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Lindsay May 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

The first thing I ever made was with my Weezie (step-grandma). We made delicious little raspberry thumbprint cookies. Still one of my absolute favorites!

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Tiffany | offbeat + inspired May 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

The first dish I ever made was “fancy grilled cheese” for my high school boyfriend. I desperately wanted to impress him, and with absolutely no cooking skills to speak of, the goal was to convince him (and myself) that “fancy” grilled cheese was so far beyond regular grilled cheese that it was actually considered a culinary masterpiece. What made it fancy – wheat bread (instead of white) and white cheddar (instead of yellow cheddar). I thought I was OH so clever.

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Jourdan May 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

The first meal I remember making as a child was also pancakes! I used to experiment with blueberries, strawberries, sauteed apples. I loved surprising my parents with breakfast in bed. And I’m sure my mom loved the mess in the kitchen as I was never too keen on clean-up. Some things never change! 😉

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caragh Germano May 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

My first meal I ever cooked was ironically pancakes. I made them with my aunt Sue. We went blueberry picking and used the fresh blueberries to make pancakes and blueberry maple syrup

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sarah gulish May 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

The first “dish” I ever made was a microwaved cheese rollup on white bread… so utterly disgusting. My sweet father gobbled it up and proclaimed it delicious. What a precious, lying daddy!

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tanya1234 May 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

the first thing I ever made was boild egg when I was 10

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annette turello May 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

Bisquick drop biscuits,made them for my dad it said they were good but they were raw in the middle,he ate them not telling me

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Kiki May 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

Congrats and Best Wishes on the new book. Can’t wait to read it. First dish I made as a kid was scrambled eggs. I vividly remember standing on a chair with Mama beside me stirring eggs in her special “scrambled eggs skillet” (was my Grandmother’s skillet first).
Now my youngest daughter stands on a chair with me beside her and makes scrambled eggs – yummy.

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Yennie Solheim May 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

The first thing I ever made as a kid was norwegian heart waffles. It was specialty of my mom’s and huge hit with all the american kids. My favorite toppings were and still are slathered butter and raspberry jam on top.

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Rebecca May 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

The first dish I remember making was homemade soup. My brother and I would boil a few cups of water, add a mix of spices (whatever we could find), then add about three carrot slices, four spaghetti noodles, and whatever else we could think of. Though lacking in ingredients, it was always fun to make together.

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RLT May 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

Beautiful cover! My first had to be PB&J for bike rides and picnics to our Capitol. Little did I know then the spot we always ate at was right under the office of the Governor!

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Katie Cohagen May 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

The first thing I remember trying to make was a brownie cake. I was only 5 or 6. I was measuring the salt and it called for 1/4 tsp. I accidentally used 1/4 cup! My mom and dad and aunt and uncle choked it down so that I didn’t get upset. When I got older, I was told what I did and they still won’t let me live that one down!

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Rachel May 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

Deviled eggs with my Nanie! Although she’d had polio and had to cook using only one arm, I’m proud to have inherited her love for being in the kitchen. Wish I could still cook with her today!

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dana May 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

The first dish I ever made – I think – was macaroni and cheese! The boxed kind, of course, but I’ve since graduated to homemade. Lovely giveaway!

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Jenna May 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

Congratulations on your book it looks amazing!!!

The first thing that I remember making was a creation one COULD call a cake.. a bunch of items I thought belonged in a cake, including several colours of food colouring, that I then baked in a metal gravy boat. Delicious?! Not really :) But I loved the process!

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Laura May 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

Was Baked Cinnamon apples With My Grandma!

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Tamar May 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

honestly…. i remember making cinnamon sugar toast. toast bread, then butter, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon….
beyond that i faintly recall boiling hotdogs and making instant mashed potatoes in the microwave!
i’ve come a long way since then!

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Armine May 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

Hi Adrianna! Congratulations on your cookbook! Even though we don’t know each other personally, I am SO PROUD of your accomplishments. I’ve been following your blog for years and seeing your book published makes me feel proud to “know” you.

The first meal I ever learned to make for myself was macaroni n’ cheese! I love everything about the dish and still make grown-up versions of it today =)

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Lisa May 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

Scrambled eggs was my first culinary experiment. We were taught how to make them in my Home Economics class. My scrambled eggs were different than my parents but they still turned out tasty.

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Iris May 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

So exciting!! Your book!!
I don’t remember the very first thing, but I do remember helping my dad making cookies and cakes and pies! Really loved it, and I still love love baking.
My dad was a master at making pancakes. He would have three of four pans at the same time, al exactly coordinated. I don’t think it was wise for me to help. But now I managed to make them myself! 😉

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Evelyn May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

I honestly can’t remember the first thing I ever made besides a PB&J sandwich! LOL However, I did learn at an early age how to cook a pot of homemade beans (frijoles de la olla). We were never without beans!!

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

Cherry pie with my gramma. : )

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Eileen Griffin May 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

Congratulations! The book is awesome and brave!

The first dish I remember making was jello at my Grandmother’s house. Probably not considered cuisine but I’ve come a long way! Love your blog!

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Debra Lee May 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

Actually it was applesauce. So easy!

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Carolyn May 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

I can’t remember the absolute first dish I ever made as a kid, but I remember my first “complicated” thing I baked was a lemon meringue pie. We didn’t have fresh lemons so I remember using that nasty bottled fake lemon juice. The pie actually turned out pretty good!

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Lindab May 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

Milk toast.

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Susie May 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

I made a cake from my Easy Bake oven! Yummy!

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Karina May 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

My first dish that I learned as a kid was traditional Chinese water chestnut bake. It is a cake that my family eats all the time during every lunar new year and it is also one of my mom’s best recipes too!

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She'Reese Loyd May 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

Hi,

The first dish I ever remember making was with my dad :) We made porcupine balls (so he called them) With hamburger/rice in a tomato based gravy…It was absolutely amazing!!!! That was my favorite dish coming up until I turned vegetarian :)

Congratulations on the book :)

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Heather @ Sugar Dish Me May 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

Banana Bread! That was the first thing I ever learned to make. What a gorgeous giveaway! Yay for your book! Congrats on all your super success!

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Danelle May 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

I made snicker doodles. I read the salt measurement wrong & added 1/4 cup instead of 1/4 teaspoon. It was bad!

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Michelle May 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

Serious congrats, lady! The book is all kinds of stunning! (also, Handsome coffee = yum; my friend brought me back a bag from the source when she visited awhile back!)

First thing I remember making has to be scrambled eggs. I learned quickly that they are not as easy as they appear to be, and over cooked eggs are kind of gross.

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Lisa May 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

French toast. I used the recipe in my Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook because it’s very important to have a recipe for something that complicated.

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Tina Powell May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

I’m pretty sure the first thing I made as a child was cinnamon toast although that was a long long time ago.

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Carolyn May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

Congrats on your new cookbook! My first experience cooking was a recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook for girls and boys — a bunny rabbit salad. 1/2 a pear, cut side down, raisins for eyes, carrots for whiskers and cottage cheese for the tail. I still have the old cook book and used it with my kids and look forward to sharing with future grandkids. :)

Would love to win one of the prize packs!

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Maia May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

The first time I cooked something I was three years old and I cooked a fried egg!

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Amber May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

I remember helping my Grandma make peanut butter kiss cookies for the first time! I loved putting the Hershey kiss in the middle and I still do! Can’t wait to check out your new book!

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kathy bailey May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

Congratulations on the new cookbook. Cannot wait to see it. The first thing I remember making was cheese biscuits. To this day they are still a favorite of mine and I have passed my love down through daughters and grandson.

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Amanda Kate May 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

The first thing I ever made was Ice Cream—–well sort of. I had gotten an ice cream maker but could not wait till my parents had the time to sit down, read me the directions and supervise me making the ice cream. I mean how hard could it be? So unsupervised I simply went to the pantry and kitchen, got all the necessary supplies (like snack packs vanilla and chocolate pudding, milk, chocolate syrup, sugar, ice, 1 packet of Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix with mallows) and i went to town with that Ice Cream maker. Turns out, that mixture doesn’t quite make Ice Cream and my parents weren’t quite happy with my decision to test my culinary hypothesis. That experience just simply encouraged me to try and be as creative in the kitchen as possible (now i read directions and recipes though ; )

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April May 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

Either cinnamon toast or scrambled eggs.

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Francie May 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

Mmm, pancakes. Not my first cooking experience, though. I think the first thing I ever did on my own was scrambled eggs.

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Aimee from AL May 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

The first thing I ever remember helping my mom with is chocolate chip cookies. Still something that I LOVE doing with her!

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Carrie May 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

Congratulations, again! I was so excited when I received my “your order has shipped” notification this morning, and I really can’t wait to read your book….I thoroughly enjoy all your writing.
Pancakes are one of my all time favorite foods, and I could eat them breakfast, lunch and dinner (in the same day), in fact, if I remember correctly, they were also the first thing I attempted in the kitchen (over heat). I don’t remember tossing them in the trash, so they must have been ok, but at 12 you’ll eat most anything after you’ve gone to all the “trouble” to cook it. :)

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Nora May 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

When I was about seven I started trying to make scrambled eggs (with adult supervision of course). However, I always added too much liquid and tried to get fancy with the herbs and spices… Luckily my mom always pretended to love runny paprika, cumin and lemon pepper scrambled eggs. Bless that woman.

Cookbook looks amazing! Pancakes are one of the greatest food groups! :) Plus, who doesn’t love Essie?

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Kim Q May 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

Hurray for you! Big, big congrats. :o)

The first thing I recall making with my mom is cookies- chocolate chip cookies to be exact. And of course I also remember my mom giving us bowls of flour and water and letting us “cook” to our hearts’ content.

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Kelly May 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

The first thing I remember making as a kid was probably brownies out of a box, with my mom helping to crack the eggs because I hadn’t quite figured that out yet, :)

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Rachel May 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

Congratulations on the cookbook! I honestly don’t remember what the first dish I cooked was. I was in the kitchen for as long as I can remember helping my mom out. I do remember her making Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies pretty frequently though! :)

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Erin May 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

Would love to win this. My husband and I make a different kind of pancake every Saturday morning with our kiddos. Would love some more ideas :)

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marla May 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

i tihnk it was either pancakes or eggs!

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion May 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

Mac and Cheese!!!!

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Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat May 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

Yay, congrats on the book! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

The first thing I ever made (without parents around) was brownies… and it was a big time fail! I called out the ingredients to my sister as she measured and mixed… but, not being very mathematically minded, I said all the ratios wrong!

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Maddie May 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

Growing up my mom was very strict about us cooking in the kitchen. She wasn’t home as often because of work and school so she didn’t want us making a huge mess while she was away (that she would have to clean up during her extremely rare free time). Every so often though she’d have us be her helpers. The first dish I cooked in our kitchen was an Iranian sweet called Halva. It’s made with saffron, flour, sugar, rose water, and cardamom and is a very sweet paste typically served during Ramadan. She helped me make it on our stove and then taught me how to make little rose designs and patterns using the curved edge of a spoon. I still make Halva with her and its one of my favorite child hood memories regarding cooking.

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aya May 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

Congrats public the first book!!
My first one was cookies when I was 9! I remembered clearly of the day. Because I baked the fist time and I was very excited to eat them. But my mom told me that no to eat yet, it’s too hot still. So I left. It has all gone when I returned, My dad ate them all. I cried so hard, thats why I still remember it.
My mom baked pancakes every Saturday after my school, it was my favorite weekend! :)

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Kayla May 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

CONGRATS! That is super exciting!

I think the first thing I can remember making on my own is something in the easy bake oven, it probably wasn’t very tasty. . . . but I ate it anyways. =)

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Evelyne May 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

My first ever recipe was my little brother’s birthday cake, It was a chocolate cake with tons of icing and candies and stuff! Like every child like them! I still remember his cute little face when he saw it :)

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Jessie May 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’m so excited for your book! To be honest, I didn’t start cooking interesting stuff until I found your website.
I’m pretty sure the first legit meal I ever made were tostadas. Shell, beans, cheese and bake!

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Elyssa E May 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

enchiladas with my mom. by myself- chocoloate chip cookies. even if i dont win, definitely going to purchase this cookbook!

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Mona Elissa May 28, 2013 at 10:21 am

The first thing I ever made all by myself was Emeril’s banana bread. I checked out a children’s cookbook from the public library, and I baked it by myself start to finish. I remember being to excited when it turned out just perfect. To this day, it is my favorite banana bread recipe. I keep it in a drawer in the kitchen, wrinkled and stained as it is.

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Kayti Clayton May 28, 2013 at 10:21 am

Mine was an egg breakfast recipe from an American Girl’s Cookbook that I fell in love with.

Kayti.Clayton@yahoo.com

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Victoria May 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hmm either Pillsbury crescent rolls with butter-herb filling, or twice-baked microwave baked potatoes. Not sure which actually came first, but I can remember being VERY proud of doing both of these semi-homemade creations on my own.

Congratulations on the book!!

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Jan R May 28, 2013 at 10:24 am

THAT was a long time ago…probably eggs!

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Jeanne (NanaBread) May 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

I’m pretty sure mine was pancakes, too. We ate our weight in them growing up, and it’s still one of my favorite meals.

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Caitlin May 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

English muffin pizzas! And yes, I did make smiley faces out of red peppers.

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Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

I remember teaching my dad how to make scrambled eggs when he and my mom separated (when i was about 9 years old). He wasn’t very self-sufficient!

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Kelly S. May 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

I tried to make frosting with a whisk, not knowing I needed to use the mixer…sugar soup anyone??

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Robin G May 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

Congratulations! I can’t imagine how exciting it feels to have your very own cookbook!

I think the first thing I ever made totally by myself was probably chocolate chip cookies! The recipe on the back of the Tollhouse bag. BUT it was hard to make anything totally by myself, because my Mama is a kitchen hog and was constantly hovering, offering suggestions, and then taking over completely!

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Haley May 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

the first thing i remember making is chocolate chip cookies. my favorite part was packing the brown sugar, so i packed the flour, too. they were still delicious, just very oddly shaped.

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McKenzi May 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

Are we really supposed to remember??? I’m pretty sure it was pretzels with a slice of american cheese melted in the microwave. But if that doesn’t count as a meal then I’d say a tuna melt.

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Anika May 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

Brownies from a box!

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Abby May 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

My first dish was French Toast, with an assist from my Aunt. I still make the same recipe all the time for my family!

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Diana May 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

With supervision and lots of guidance: snickerdoodles, still my favorite cookie though I’m not much of a baker.

Without: veggie soup for a church soup cookoff.

Congratulations Adrianna!

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dolores May 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

Wooow congrats btw loooove your blog!!!

The first think that I cooked was in my grandma house and she was teaching me how to prepare spaguetti the fun and best part was when she tought that a way to know if the pasta is ready we can throw it to the refrigerator … I was 8 years old! =D

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Laura@bakinginpyjamas May 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

Congratulations on your book Adrianna, what a exciting time this is for you. I wish you the very best with everything. The thing I can remember making as a child was sugar cookies at Christmas time, an angel shape in particular is what the one that stands out in my memory.

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Solaera May 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

Deviled eggs. I was obsessed with those things. My mom thought they were a pain to make so she suggested that I make them myself if I loved them so much. So I did.

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Afton May 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

my first dish was definitely an easy bake oven dessert :) i think it took about 2 hours to bake one cookie using that little lightbulb.

congrats!

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Kelly Jo May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

Congrats on your book!! The first thing i recall making as a kid was cupcakes in my easy-bake oven. Loved that thing!

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Ashley May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

The first thing I remember learning how to make was pudding!

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Eleonora May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

The first dish I remember making as a kid was spaghetti with tomato sauce. easy and always delicious!

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Orlane May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

I am French so the first dish I helped with was crepes!!!!

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Margarita May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

mine was rice! it’s a staple in the philippines and my mom made sure i knew how to make it!

congratulations on your book!!! can’t wait to peruse it! :)

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Rachael May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

My first was sugar cookies for Christmas :-) Congratulation on your book!!!

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Walli May 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

I think the first thing I’ve made was Austrian-pancakes called “Palatschinken”. They are very thin, similar to French Crepes. I’ve always made them with my Grandma, love this memories.
Congratulations on your book!! :-)

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Jenn May 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

The first thing I can recall making were pancakes! when I would stay at my grandmas house for the weekend she would always let me make pancakes. I will never forget the yellow mixing bowl :)

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Emily May 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

My first solo kitchen experience was making grilled cheese. It’s still one of my favorite things to make, only now things get a little fancier than bread and American cheese.

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Pam R May 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

The first thing I remember making were chocolate chip cookies with my mom. Although, pancakes are definitely a favorite of mine now!

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Nicole May 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

OMG YOUR BOOK IS FINALLY OUT! I remember Andrew W. telling me you were working on it forever ago and I was excited then and am still super excited. CONGRATULATIONS! AHHHHH! Picking up my copy this week! 😀

My first dish was probably something sad like Kraft Mac’n’cheese, but I remember making lots of tortillas with my grandma and mom. Still haven’t mastered them (I make better Naan…haha), but I’m working on it.

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Kayleigh @ Cooking with Kale May 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

The first thing I ever made was french toast, probably around the age of five, with the help of my very patient dad. Congratulations on your HUGE accomplishment, you’re an inspiration to food bloggers everywhere (myself included)!

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Sherri May 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

My first was oatmeal cookies

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ELIZABETH GATSOULI May 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

THE FIRST THING I MADE WAS A CHOCOLATE CAKE, PLAIN BUT SO DELICIUS!!!

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Camila May 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

The first dish I remeber to make was brazilian couscous (made with corn flour). I did it wrong the first three times, though it´s very easy to do 😛

Congratulations on your book!

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Kasha the FarmGirl May 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

I can’t remember the very first, but cream puffs and chocolate cream pies were pretty early. Not that they were successful… You didn’t ask for successful, did you?

Congrats again on your book. So excited for you!

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Debbie Bastin May 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

The first dish I made as a kid was waffles. Mom just got a waffle iron and I wanted to try it out.

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Nicole Sadowsky May 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

The first dish I ever made was Chicken Avocado Soup.

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Emma May 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

My first dish was probably ramen…

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dani May 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

My first and favorite cooking memories are of making homemade pasta with my dad. Perhaps this fueled my extreme carb addiction…hm! Congratulations on the book! It looks seriously adorable and amazing. The banana bourbon ones are on my must-make list!

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Anne May 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

I learned to make deviled eggs in my 4H group (we were city kids, so we cooked and sewed instead of raising chickens or planting vegetables). I remember making them for Thanksgiving, and my favorite uncle said he loved them. And I like to think he was telling the truth

Congratulations on your book! It looks lovely. Pancakes are among my all-time favorite things.

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Claire Stieg May 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

My first dish wasn’t pancakes, but it was a breakfast food. My grandma taught me how to make an “egg with a hole in the middle” (aka toast with an egg in a hole). It’s completely opposite, but that’s what my sister and I called it and it stuck. I still make them for dinner in college on a regular basis!

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amy May 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

The first time my mom let me go on my own in the kitchen I made mustard cookies:) I must have been around 9 years old and I followed a basic cookie recipe from joy of cooking but while exploring all the spices in mom’s cupboards I found the most beautiful yellow mustard and added it…what did I know? My dad came home a thought they looked good (which they did – rather cake like and that golden color-wow) so he tried one…after the surprise of it not being sweet but more savory he loved them and they went with the ham dinner we had that night:)

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Tyler May 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

First thing I ever made on my own was brownies. Now I can’t imagine how I messed them up the first time, but I did.

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Bex May 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

I remember making sugar cookies with my Grams (my great-great-grandmother’s recipe). Time spent in her kitchen was perfect happiness for me!

Congratulations on the book!

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Diana May 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

Kraft mac and cheese! :)

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Jess May 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

It had to be something simple like spaghetti or Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies. Or maybe fudge- my mom has pictures of me crying because she’s making me stir the fudge on the stove top :)

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Barbara S. May 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

I believe it was pancakes actually. I remember them coming out so yummy I decided to try meringues, which didn’t turn out so well.

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Alicia {Giving The Good Life} May 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

I honestly have no idea what the first dish I made was. I did have an obsession with making peanut butter playdough though, does that count!?

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Pooja May 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

Congrats on the book – it’s beautiful! The first thing that I ever made were these chocolate chip cookies that my cousins and I tried to sell around the neighborhood so we made free samples – they were so gross, we accidentally added WAAAAYYY too much baking soda and I think that you can imagine the awfulness…..oh the memories! We had fun though and I guess that’s all the matters! :)

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Mia Thomas May 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

The first thing that I ever made was a grilled cheese and ham sandwich. I burned it pretty good but I must say, it’s one of my favorites!

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Michelle T. May 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

That book looks awesome! Can’t go wrong with pancakes…!

I remember baking cookies with my sweet mother. Chocolate chip in particular. Also, making meringue for chocolate pies. And licking the bowl clean, of course.

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Aaron May 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

Fried Green Tomatoes! Except my families version of Fried Green Tomatoes is glazed donuts cut in half, buttered and warmed in the oven. Pretty good stuff.

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Aaron May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

family’s. idiot.

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AnneElise May 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

I’m fairly certain that the first thing I ever made alone was some sugar cookies. My mom left me alone, and I felt so grown up. Like the little idiot I was, I turned on the top oven and put the cookies in the bottom oven. Imagine my confusion minutes later when I checked on them and they were still raw.

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MELANIE May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

Kraft Mac & Cheese!

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lynn @ the actor's diet May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

HUGE BIG CONGRATS!!!! The first dish I ever learned to make (I think?!?) may have been pancakes too – but from a mix. Good old Aunt Jemima!

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Lauren Bux May 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

HOORAY! So excited for you…and for me! My hubby HATES eggs, so I’m always looking for some different breakfast options, so THANK YOU!!

The first thing I made as a kid was probably Christmas cookies. My mom is a chef and tends to over do Christmas just a bit – on average, we made (and still make) 20 DIFFERENT kinds each year. One of my first jobs I remember was frosting the cutout cookies…at least the ones that were being given to family members :)

I was actually a really BAD cook until I became an adult. I hated cooking, like seriously hated it – I think it had something to do with my Mom hovering while I worked in her big, beautiful kitchen. Once I moved out, I learned I had a really high expectation of food and started figuring out how to cook on my own…turns out, I LOVE TO COOK! On my own, one of the first things I remember making was homemade pizza with fresh crust – its all about the bread, baby :)

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Natasha O May 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

Awwwwh!! The first dish I ever made was waffles with my grandma! It was always a treat because my parents aren’t into American breakfast, so it was a grandma special! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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Jennifer May 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

I made brownies and messed them up by adding too much water to the mix. Learned fron that mistake and I’m always the one making desserts for parties.

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Haley May 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

The first dish I ever actually made on my own would most likely be box macaroni and cheese, with my own measurements of butter and milk I did think of it as my own dish if that qualifies! I would say the first dish made from scratch would definitely be chocolate chip cookies, plain and simple but at the time exciting!!

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Jack F May 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

My first dish was a grilled cheese and making scratch tomato soup when I was nine. My parents had noro virus for about three days and were too sick to stand. I remember my dad telling me how to make the soup and not to use high heat on the sammies. He said I would just have to be patient if I wanted it to be good. It worked out. Nothing better than being able to nourish others in need.

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Kristan May 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

Congrats Adrianna! What an awesome achievement!!!

My first dish was baking chocolate chip cookies with my mom. This is probably the same reason they are my favorite thing ever even as an adult.

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Danielle May 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

I love pancakes! I am pretty sure my first was pasta…maybe mac and cheese. Very shameful lol…

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Lauren May 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

I can’t remember exactly what my the first meal I ever made was but I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t pancakes with my parents on the weekend.

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Lisa May 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

I remember making mac and cheese from the box afterschool! It was so exciting to be allowed to boil water on my own.

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kimberly May 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

Although not a tradition simple first recipe for a child, but my first memory was of my momoms sour cream chocolate cake. Its been a recipe you either can….or cant do right. Apparently starting this adventure at 3ft tall has made me one of the few in the family that can pull it off! Its still our family staple go-to for any event.

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Jen @ Fresh from the... May 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

Pretty sure the first thing I can remember making is chocolate chip cookies! It’s possible it was macaroni and cheese, though. Both still two of my favorite foods!

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Sara May 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

I’m pretty sure the first thing I made as a kid was Christmas cookies with my mom…. BUT I got really into pancakes around middle school time. My best friend and I used to have a sleepover every Friday night (when possible) and make pancakes together on Saturday morning while listening to oldies on the radio. We had so much fun! So pancakes are one of my “things,” and I’m super excited for your book! I already have it on my Birthday Wish List, but obviously this giveaway box would be soooo much better! (p.s. please include the corgi!!! please??? haha)

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Courtney Harms May 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

The first dish I ever made was meatloaf muffins. In elementary school we had to make up a recipe and share it with the class. I thought my idea of putting Mom’s meatloaf in a muffin tin was particularly clever. :)

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Allison Krzastek May 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

The first thing I ever cooked as a child was carrots for the Easter Bunny! I peeled, cut, and boiled the heck out of ’em. My good-natured parents even ate some. :)

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Jennifer Bartl May 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

My first dish was an Eskimo pie, made from freshly fallen Miinesota snow. Yes, we were bored and you do what you have to do to get through what feels like 9 months of winter!!!!

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Hannah Gingerich May 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

Scrambled eggs! I had to ask my mom for help at least four times while cooking them, haha!

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Lisa P May 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

The first thing I remember making is Kraft Macaroni & Cheese!

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Katia May 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

My first dish…hmm..oatmeal. Salting just right, adding the right amount of water, not letting the oats overflow….my mom supervised but still. First time trying on my own. :)

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Teri May 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

My sister and I had many culinary adventures growing up thanks to our mother’s 1960’s Betty Crocker Cookbook & being a single parent. One of my earliest cooking memories is making taffy while she was at work. What were we thinking? No adult supervision, no candy thermometer & lots of molten sugar. It was a big mess but lots of fun.

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Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker May 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

Probably the first thing I ever made was chocolate chip cookies – CLASSIC! Probably first time around was the Tollhouse pre-made dough haha, until I eventually progressed to making them from scratch. :)

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Jeana May 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

As a kid, I used to help out my mom in the kitchen all the time so it’s hard to remember the first thing I made… probably some chocolate chip cookies or good old fashioned chocolate brownies!

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Juliette May 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

Scrambled eggs, of course.

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Annari van Jaarsveld May 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

The first dish I made was baked potato with sausage in a brown union soup sauce…it doesn’t sound so bad, but it wasn’t that good either and the potatoes weren’t completely cooked…

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Coriann May 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

Congratulations on the book! I think the first thing I used to make on my own for my whole family was a baked potato soup out of a kid’s cookbook.

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Melanie May 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

Chocolate chip cookies with my grandmother :-)

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Maura May 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

Congratulations on the book! I love your blog!
The first thing I remember making as a child was grilled cheese (with Velveeta because of the melting capabilities)! Still love grilled cheese – a childhood staple!

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Rachael Price May 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

The first thing I made was definitely pancakes or mac and cheese with my dad. I always put chocolate chips in mine. When we were really little my mom traveled a lot and my dad knew how to cook about as well as my brother and I did. These were the staples we ‘cooked’ while mom was away – who we called ‘Nancy nutrition’ and happily rebelled in her absence with these foods. :)

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Lauren Rock May 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

The first dish I remember making was green eggs and ham in my kindergarten class. I remember squirting the green dye into the scrambled eggs, and I also remember feeling completely let-down by the fact that the ham was not green. The title “Green Eggs and Ham” lets teachers get away with it on a technicality.

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Alicia May 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Spaghetti! One of the simplest dishes, if you use store bought sauce and the Parmesan cheese in the can! Of course NOW my spaghetti rocks, with homemade sauce, meatballs, noodles and freshly grated Parmesan!

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Shannon May 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Scrambled eggs in the microwave. Came out pretty good!

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Thea L. May 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

First thing I remember making as a kid was always chocolate chip cookies.
One time in particular my dad wanted to make them instead of my mom…… My dad had no recipe, grabbed a stick of butter smooshed it in his hand and added it to the bowl. They were awful cookies haha little blocks of buttery chocolate chip burnt blocks, but I think because I just wanted sweets and my dad made them I remember still eating them. My mom took over making cookies with me again after that. He’d be proud of my skills now :)

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

The first thing I ever made as a kid was banana bread from a sesame street book. I still remember it vividly even though I had to be about 4 when my grandmother helped me make it. Memories!

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Rose May 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

The frist dish I was allowed to cook all by my self was definitely Mac and cheese from the box… I also remember being in charge of the mashed potatoes for thanks giving.

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eb May 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

oatmeal cookies! still one of my favorite things to make with my mom over twenty years later.

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Kat May 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

The first thing I made on my own was breakfast for my mama. I am pretty sure the eggs were squishy and the toast was burned. Also we won’t talk about the coffee….

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Congratulations on your new book!! The first thing I cooked was our family’s Scottish shortbread cookies… I made them with my mom for years and years!

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Emily May 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I made fresh salsa!!

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caitlin redmond May 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Cheesecake with my mom! Still one of my favorites.

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Ashley May 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

The first thing I made was definitely snickerdoodles from my mom’s Betty Crocker cookbook!

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Mel May 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Is it strange I feel personally happy to know someone who has a cookbook? Like, it make ME feel important. So, good work on that.

Seriously though, Congratulations!

My first food? Honestly, I had a bad habit of making Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough whenever my parents left us home alone and then hiding it in the fridge. Stealing scoopfuls at night until it was gone. Yup- not ashamed.

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Adrianna Adarme May 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

HA! You’re funny AND sweet. Thank you, lady.

And no shame in the cookie dough game.

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Sam May 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations on your book! One of the first things I ever made in the kitchen was green and white eggs. Scrambled eggs with scallions and cream cheese. Yum!

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Krista May 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

The first thing I cooked was peanut butter and jelly in a sandwich maker.

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Carole Volz May 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I made my mother’s recipe for baked macaroni & cheese. She told me how to make it then left for work. When she gave me instructions, she told me to par boil the elbow macaroni. I didn’t know what “par boil” meant”. So I decided to wing it. I followed the instructions on the pasta box which was twice as much time as par boiling but it still turned out fine. I learned at an early age that being able to problem solve in the kitchen is a life skill we should teach all children.

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Nina @ Ambrosia May 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

First off, a big congratulations on your cookbook! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

I think the first dish I remember making, or at least helping my mom make, when I was little was her famous strawberry shortcake. I loved spreading a thick layer of whipped cream on the vanilla sponge cake and arranging the sliced strawberries on top. My favorite part was when my mom let me eat all the leftover strawberries!

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Michelle May 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Grilled cheese

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Holley May 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Congrats x 1000!!!

I used to make mustard and Doritos sandwiches. :(

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Erin May 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I know it had to be chocolate chip cookies!!!…and of course they turned out flat as they always did with my mom’s recipe )-:

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Anna May 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

The first thing I ever made was brownies from the box… had to start small you know 😉

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Isa May 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Oh my god, so sweet!
Congrats!

My first dish was cake i think, with flour everywhere, as it should be :)

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Lyanne T May 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

My first dish as a kid was an omelette. I had woken up before my mom so I decided to make my own breakfast. I cooked it just the way I had seen my mother make it so many times. Once I had finished, I just stood there staring at it. Scared. Not because it looked un appetizing. It actually looked just fine. I was just scared to try something *I* had cooked. Shortly after, my mom woke up and asked what was wrong. I showed her the breakfast and told her I wouldn’t eat it. So she did as any mother would do and she ate the omelette, reassuring that it tasted just as good as hers. I believe I cooked omelettes for the entire family before I dared to try one for myself.

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Kira May 28, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to look through it; I’m always looking for new pancake ideas (most recently I’ve fallen in love with coconut milk).

I always loved to help measure out the ingredients for Texas sheet cake with my Gramma. My goodness that’s my favorite. When I learned to use the stove more proficiently, Mom showed me how to make Chicken (or pork) Surprise. It’s one of those cream-of over rice sort of dishes, but I adore it. To me, that’s Ma’s home cooking. Since college was far and I became homesick, I began requesting those two things as my birthday feast every year! :)

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sharyl wolter May 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I think it was probably tuna fish casserole.

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maria May 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm

One Christmas my sisters and I received a “kids in the kitchen” softbound cookbook. The first thing we made were “honeyed popcorn balls” they were amazing! I still make it but it never gets made into balls….just eaten straight from the bowl 😉

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Yuli S May 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Spätzle! Which I to this day still think of as a pancake-noodle.

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Leah May 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I always helped my mom make Tuna Noodle Casserole and took full credit for it but the first dinner I made completely on my own was Microwave Beef and Broccoli! My mom had a (what would now be considered ‘vintage’) microwave only cookbook and I decided to go for it! I remember my folks saying it was good but I kinda doubt it.

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Victoria May 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

First thing I ever made was eggs in a hole. (Fried Egg in the middle of toast) simple and delish!

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Chelsea May 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

First real dish I made was a stir fry type thing with chorizo. It took hours. And I had to ask my mom what chorizo was.

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Charlene May 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Scrambled eggs and toast. Would love to win this :)

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Liz R. May 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

My mom and I would make fettuccine alfredo because until about age 12, I was on the “white food diet” and would only eat bagels/pasta/etc. Now, many years later and with a significantly more sophisticated palate, this meal is just as delicious and reminds me of home.

Congratulations on your book. I cannot wait to read it and learn from you!

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Philby May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Spaghetti!

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Karen May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The first thing I ever made as a kid was meatloaf (although I’d have to say my mom “helped”). I was responsible for combining all the ingredients and molding it into the loaf pan. And back then, just like today, everything always tastes better when you make it yourself. Much success on the book!

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Jasmine B May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The first thing gI ever made was homemade macaroni and cheese! The noodles were hard and it was so cheesy and oily that my parents had to just pretend to love it. I guess we all have to start somewhere haha

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Megan May 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

The first dish I made by myself were chocolate chip pancakes. :) I used to add-water mix, but it counts!

Congratulations on your cookbook! I will be buying a copy if I do not win!

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Norma R May 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Congrats on your book! Looking forward to it! My first dish to make was penne pasta with asiago cheese, spinach and pine nuts. My intent was to suprise my parents and show them how i can cook as well:) I was 10years old. Went well!

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Meghan Teska May 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

My very first dish was chocolate chip cookies.

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Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) May 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I think the first dish I ever made as a kid was my mom’s recipe “Maine blueberry muffins”– the best blueberry muffins, with lots of rolled oats!

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Mireille May 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

The first dish I remember making was either eggs or pancakes! I remember our green stove like it was yesterday! And waiting for all the bubbles on the pancakes to pop was torture – it took forever!!

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Dior May 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

The first dish I ever made was scrambled eggs – still one of my faves!

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Caroline May 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Mine were pancakes too! We would always make them with my dad on Saturday mornings.

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Lisa F May 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I made sugar cookies. Unfortunately I accidentally mistook salt for sugar and the cookies came out tasting like playdoo. Ewww

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Danielle May 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Congrats on your book launch! I suppose that the first dish that I made (that you couldn’t cook in the microwave) was a jelly roll cake. My mom humored me and said it was delicious… Not perfect, but it wasn’t bad for an 11-year-old.

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Angela May 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Christmas cookies!
Every year we made two kinds without fail: my grandmother’s peanut butter blossoms (or peanut butter “kisses”), and candy cane cookies (the kind you dye red & white and flavor with peppermint extract then shape like candy canes).
I’ve been an addict ever since.

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Carolina Gavancho May 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Mine was actually a chocalate cake, how lame. And it turned out absolutely terrible, though it made me want to continue cooking even more.

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Amanda S May 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

My first recipe I ever made (by myself) was a full on breakfast for dinner extravaganza. My parents took my brother to his little league baseball practice and they came home to their 11 year old manipulating every burner with pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon. They were slightly horrified at the self murder that could have taken place, and I was a little bit overwhelmed… However, it turned out pretty good and I haven’t stopped overwhelming myself in the kitchen since!

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Adrienne May 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Congrats on such and amazing book!:)
I remember helping my great grandmother (mam-ma) make mini cherry tarts when I was 7 years old. I would help her fill the tiny crusts with cherry filling. It was a fond memory for me and may have started my love for baking!

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Brianna May 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The first thing I can remember making snickerdoodle sandwich cookies with my grandma.

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Nancy May 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

CONGRATS on the book! Look forward to seeing it.

Surprisingly (or maybe not) my first cooking endeavor as a child was also pancakes…which I made into letters and shapes.

I think they were the best pancakes ever & I am excited that my children on their own decided to also start out with shaped-pancakes too.

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Shelby May 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm

BANANA PUDDIN’ i mashed together bananas, poured way to much sugar, and mixed together cream and other random ingredients to make the most delicious pudding a 6 year old could dream of. Of course, topped with a handful of nilla wafers.

Congrats on the book Adrianna! Really INCREDIBLE.

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Karen S. May 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

What a beautiful giveaway, and congratulations on the book!

The first thing I remember making was a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s still comfort food to me…

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Sofia May 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

The first dish I made as a kid was chicken pot pie. My mom was a genius and taught each of us three kids a different dish – that way in a pinch one of us could give her a break and make dinner! I still remember how she hand-wrote the directions and taped them to the back door in the kitchen at kid-level, so that we could turn to them if we forgot something! Love the book, go get ’em girl : )

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Jen P May 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I remember baking brownies as a kid, with my mom’s supervision around the oven!

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Augustina fekete May 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Crepes! and boy were they thick.

thrilled about your book’!

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Talia May 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

The first meal I ever made was also pancakes! Beyond that, I was mostly cooking inept for quite some time… thankfully, I’m able to make far more than just pancakes at this point — but pancakes & breakfast food remain among my favorites to make/eat :)

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Lucy May 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Congratulations on your book!
Also this might sound sketchy but your dog is super cute!
I am not sure if my memory reaches back that far (sad considering I’m not even in my mid-twenties yet) but I think the first thing I ever made was ridonkulous, totally not legitimate “sushi” from my elementary school years.

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Evelyn May 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

The first dish I made as a kid, was French Toast. I remember watching my Madre make them all the time for my sisters and I, so one morning she allowed me to make them for my whole fam. Beautiful memories!! :-)

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Angela May 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

My dad and I made homemade chocolate chip cookies on a regular basis. I think that’s where my love of cookies comes from to this day

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jennifer May 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

congrats on the book! what an amazing accomplishment.

if i’m remembering correctly, i think the first dish i made as a kid was mac & cheese. i was obsessed!!

here’s to hoping i win this amazing giveaway!
xo
J.

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Nikki May 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Tomato rice! I was so excited when my babysitter taught me how to make this I came home and insisted we have it for dinner.

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Catherine May 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

The first dish I ever really made was a fritata when I was in middle school after I learned that not all food I make should start as frozen. Probably one of the best/easiest dishes I’ve ever made and still love to make!

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Karen - Cinnamon Freud May 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

My first dish was probably a grilled cheese sandwich or a poo-poo platter (aka olives and pickles with toothpicks in it with crackers). Pancakes were definitely one of my first too though.

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Jennifer S May 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I believe the first thing I made was an omelette, and probably a sad one (although it can be disputed that *any* form of an omelette cannot possibly be considered sad).

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brooke May 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

The first dish I ever made as a kid was lemon bars with my mom. The most fun!

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Wendy May 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Looove your blog – the pictures the food. I am excited for the day when we will be able to scratch and sniff our monitors!

The first dish I remember making was instant ramen. As terrible as it is for you, it’s still my go to comfort food when I’m sick at home alone.

ps. Congrats on the book – Looks Fab

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Katy May 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Macaroni and cheese–it’s always been a favorite!

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Kim Scharf May 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Embarrassingly, it was some concoction I came up with that involved ketchup and mayonnaise on some kind of white bread. Don’t even remember if I put anything else in it. Thankfully, I have evolved, cooking wise!

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Emily Lynn S. May 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The first dishes I made were at breakfast with my dad. He would let me pour the pancake batter in crazy shapes, then flip them for me. (:

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Aisha May 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Soft boiled eggs. Whenever I was sick as a kid, my grandmother would make me soft boiled eggs, and I insisted that she teach me. To this day, they are a go to whenever I’m feeling under the weather (or if the weather is particularly dreary).

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Jordan May 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Kraft Mac N Cheese for sure!!

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amy May 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I’d have to say the first memory of something I ever made was snickerdoodles!

Congrats on your book! : )

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Cyndy May 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

We’ve been waiting for your book! Big congrats on this.

Aside from being a master coffee maker by age 6 (my mommy’s not a morning person) I vividly remember learning to make baked ziti. All the women in the kitchen, talking loudly and laughing and tasting. It was the first dish I learned how to make, way easier than everyone thinks, and still my favorite today.

Not sure if it’s the dish or the memory :)

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Tosh May 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Congrats on the book! I think the first dish I made on my own was scrambled eggs and later French toast. :)

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Kailyn May 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

The first thing I ever made as a kid was peanut butter cookies — I was definitely struggling with units of measurment because I accidentally put a half cup instead of a half tsp. of baking soda into the batch! Even though those cookies were a disaster, peanut butter cookies remain one of my all time favorite foods.

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Mary Jordan May 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

So excited about your new cookbook! The first thing I ever made was Mac & Cheese. It was a Saturday night staple (I was living large as a child).

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Katya May 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Mine were pancakes too, but they were Russian ones (blini). I loved making them with my grandma.

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jordan May 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

i think the first thing i made solo as a kid was cinnamon toast. i could manage the toaster, some butter and some sweet sweet goodness. congrats on the book!

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aljosa May 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Mine were also panecakes, but more crepes :).

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Tammy May 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

My first was snickledoodle cookies.

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Diana May 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Congratulations! And thanks for the generous giveaway :) the first eatable dish I made, after sand and mud food was open-faced grill cheese. A slice of white bread with American cheese, a slice of tomato and a strip of bacon. Stick it under the broiler and wait. This was “dad food” and he taught me how to make it.

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Heather Meyers May 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

The first thing I ever made was a grilled cheese which consisted of putting a slice of american cheese on a piece of white bread and microwaving it for 30 seconds. The thought of it now makes me a little sick. your site is amazing! congrats on the book.

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Rebecca L May 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I made deviled eggs for a family bbq when I was 7-8. They were perfect and delicious until I sprinkled paprika on top….the paprika turned out to be full of little red bugs. I promptly burst into tears. It was devastating!

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

The first thing I remember making is chocolate cake with my mom. Congrats on the fabulous book!

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Heather May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I think my first dish was cream cheese and jam sandwiches inspired by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Jamie Y. May 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I’m pretty sure my first dish was either apple crisp or french toast; we made both of those pretty often!

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Casey H. May 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

What a lovely giveaway! Sadly, my first memory was mac & cheese, but my daughter will hopefully have a better one!

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Jana May 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

My first “dish” was a soup made out of dirt when playing in the backyard at the age of 5-ish… living in the former GDR we just didn’t have anything and had to pretend to cook. (I am being absolutely sarcastic here… probably just a fellow eastern German would get the joke.)

Anyways, back to the real deal. My first “kitchen encounter” was probably at the same time – baking cookies with my dad. However, when I had the kitchen all to myself the first time (I can’t remember how old I was), I made some carrot cake I guess. Nice frosting. Yummy marzipan orange-dyed carrots. Though… I still remember the cookbook – my first cookbook: I was 9, maybe 10, and member of our school’s book club (I also joined the cooking club) and at some point, we could order books via the club. I decided for a children’s cookbook – I just didn’t have any spare money and my mom was freaking out first because I spent money I didn’t have. Anyways, to cut a long story short: I love the book, my parents love it and then, a couple of years ago, when I was working abroad, I went to a car boot sale somewhere near Manchester and found the same book in english (well, not the same recipes but a similar design and style). So, this book not only was the driver for my cooking obsession (I should get some medical advice tbh), it is also a cookbook that I will probably use till I die, in various languages.

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Jocelyn May 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I think mine was Pop Tarts. Does that count? I liked the plain strawberry filled kind, toasted, with butter on top. I ate them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a while there. My parents regularly tested me for diabetes.

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Katie May 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hehe, I LOVE thinking about cooking as a kid! My first “dish” was Top Ramen with cubes of string cheese in it. I quickly became a chocolate chip cookie pro, making them literally once a week from ages 13 to 18. Sorry, Mom :)

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Crystal May 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

First dish I made as a kid was some oil soaked fried bread thing. Was not good, and smoked out the kitchen.

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GC May 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

the first thing i ever made as a kid were meatballs…in front of my second grade class as part of a demonstration project. having parents from italy, they thought it was totally appropriate to ship me off to school with chopped meat and all the other ingredients and have me demonstrate to the class how to make meatballs, while other kids opted to show the class how to tie their shoes or write in cursive. i can remember my mom teaching me the night before as if it were yesterday. regardless of how weird the other kids thought i was, it is definitely one memory i will never forget.

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Shana May 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

As is proper in the formative years of Girl Scouts, the first thing i made was a brownies from a box mix. It got very messy and took a very long time, but it definitely started my love of baking.

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Helen Smith May 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The first thing I ever made as a little kid were donughts. They were an absolute disaster! After that I stuck to cupcakes :-)

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Tamika May 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

My mom had me in training pretty early. I remember starting with super easy dishes like eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Cheryle Grace May 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

The very first thing I ever made was definitely because I wanted, no, needed breakfast and I had know idea of any recipe. I phoned my grandmother and she gave me the simplest, yet to this day. one of my favorite things to eat, hot water corn bread. I have never stopped loving it.

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Meghan May 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

My mom taught me how to make french toast… still one of my favorites! (aside from pancakes, of course :P)

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ceecee May 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

The first thing I remember making are sugar cookies with my grandmother in her kitchen. Every time I make them the smell takes me right back to her kitchen which is 4000 miles away and 40 years past.

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Monique May 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Fried chees in breadcrumbs. It was first dish I think, I was 9. I was proud. So fat & so yummy 😉
I’m sad, I can’t make meals though a little like you…

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Lucy May 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

The first dish I really recall making was…drumroll…dinosaur egg oatmeal. I know, gross, I’m not sure if that even counts really. After that I think came eggs inside toast–I’m a breakfast girl too! Congratulations on your book! I absolutely can’t wait to check it out!!

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Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks May 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Congrats on your new book! The first thing I ever made was either scrambled eggs or french toast. Funny how the first thing people usually make is a breakfast food!

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Susana I. May 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I think it was vanilla cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies.

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Natalie Rocha May 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

The first thing I made was potato latkes in elementary school – one of the kid’s parents taught us all about them during the holidays!

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Alyssa Campbell May 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

My mom always made different cheesecakes for everybody in the family for their birthdays, so as soon as I was old enough I learned how to make cheesecake for her birthday!

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Kim May 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

The first meal I ever made as a kid was spaghetti. Spaghetti has always been a main stay in my family and I grew up having “gebby” as one of my favorite meals. To this day when I visit home, my mom and I have fun cooking it together.

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emily May 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

i remember making applesauce with my mom after going apple picking as a little kid. i loved that it felt like serious work — i got to core the apples and smoosh the cooked apples through the food mill, which took elbow grease!

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Chloee May 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

the first dish I remember making was sunken submarines! – Spaghetti in hot dog buns, covered with cheese.
So it wasn’t exactly difficult, but oh so delicious – I still make them! :)

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melissa May 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

congratulations on the book! and what a great topic. :)

i think the first thing i ever “cooked” was either toast or instant pudding. i made a LOT of instant pudding as a kid.

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Christina May 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Congrats on the book! Mine would be chocolate chip cookies when I was 4 with my mom :)

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Kimberly May 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

The first thing I remember making is cupcakes for Easter. They looked like egg nests!

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Marcia May 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

The first thing I remember making was chocolate chip cookies. I remember making a total disaster of my mom’s kitchen…a million bowls all over, broken egg shells, sugar granules everywhere, flour all over me, my guilty face smeared with cookie batter! A lovely, warm memory….thanks for having me think about it!
Congrats on the beautiful cookbook!

(Oh, and I hope I win!)

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Kari M May 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I think the first thing I made as a kid was French toast. I didn’t master pancakes until I was an adult!

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Kathy May 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

That’s actually a tough one. I do have a very early memory making hamburgers with my grandmother (and one of the only memories of her). Nothing will ever quite taste as good as those oniony burgers.

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Hannah May 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

The first thing I remember making was rock buns and it was for a baking competition at our local village fair. I was only little and was entering for fun along with all the adult bakers so my mum gave me a recipe to follow but she had chosen one without fruit in it so I got disqualified. Who knows where she got that recipe from. I was only little and I remembering being upset. :-)

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Tricia May 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Congratulations on your book – what an amazingly exciting day!
Many of my earliest memories are in my great-grandma’s (or Granny as she loved to be called) garden and kitchen. Shucking sweet peas from their pods, hunting the ripest, juiciest strawberries in the patch, learning to count backwards while melting chocolate in the microwave, adding fractions together while baking, setting up all of the jars and rings for jamming…
Though I had my hands in many doughs, batters, and mixes the first dish I remember making on my own was rice pilaf. I still love the lesson that many recipes are meant to be adjusted to whatever vegetables or herbs are fresh or on hand.

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Rebecca at thisfineday May 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Wow, that’s a hard one! Ah, I figured it out- It was cake from my very own Easy Bake Oven :-)

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Alissa May 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Not sure if this counts as a dish, but I have vivid memories of my mother teaching me to dip whole strawberries in sour cream and then roll them in brown sugar. It sounds disgusting, but the combination of the strawberry with tart, creamy sour cream and sandy, sweet brown sugar is divine. Keeping the secret that this uncommon combination is surprisingly delicious brought me and my mother closer together. Plus, other family members were too skeptical to try our dessert, so we got to keep all the strawberries for ourselves.

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Kate Mai May 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I think the first thing I ever made was eggs.

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Mo May 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Pilgrim Pumpkin Bars! My 3rd grade class was celebrating Thanksgiving potluck style and each kid brought in a dish. With 30 kids you could imagine what a feast it was. My mom and I came up with cinnamon pumpkin bars with a cream cheese frosting and decided that those were what pilgrims ate back then. Kids and their imaginations.

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Alice May 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Pancakes were the first thing I learned to make too! Congratulations on the big achievement – fingers crossed I can cook with the book I win 😉

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Meagan May 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

My first dish was ramen :) Thank you for the giveaway!!

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Bénédicte May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

The first proper dish I remember trying to make was carrot cake, and my oven being what it was, the outside was burned and the inside not cooked, so it got messy when taking it out of the dish… I haven’t been brave enough to try it since, cakes aren’t my strong spot.

I love trying out your recipes though (those Coca-Cola cupcakes were amazing!) your instructions make it easy, your photos are stunning, and I’m always in a really good mood after visiting :)

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Morgan May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

The first thing I remember is actually pancakes as well, though it was straight from the box!

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Kimi May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I made brownies

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gina May 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

pancakes for me too! on a little camp stove made out of a large aluminum can while camping with the girl scouts. still the tastiest pancakes ever!

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The first thing I ever learned to make was PBJ, but my mom’s special twist was using saltine crackers instead of boring old bread. Not a terrible complicated dish :) but still special to me since it was my first foray in the kitchen.
Congratulations on the release! Definitely picking up a copy even if I don’t win, I’ve become obsessed with pancakes over the last year so this is making my heart leap for joy!

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Rhubarb and Venison May 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

making mayo and potato chip sandwiches was a particular favorite dish of mine as a kid!

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Brianna May 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

The first thing I made as a kid was probably pb&j. ( I definitely still make a killer one) but I’ve moved on to much more interesting dishes as I got older.

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Mayi Carles May 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I think the first think I made as a kid was a Lucky Charms with cold milk bowl. Second thing, and so my mom tell me, was a gnocchi. I loved making the dough apparently :)

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Annemarie May 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Congrats on the release!! I’ve been helping my mom make chocolate chip cookies as long as I can remember. They’re the only thing my dad ever wants as a gift (besides Scotch), so we made them A. LOT.

The first big meal I made on my own was a Colonial Williamsburg-themed meal with chicken pot pie with homemade crust (and chicken-shaped cut-outs on the top), peanut soup and some more items I can’t recall now. I was 12, and that was when I learned how to make a roux – I was shocked to learn you don’t just dump in the chicken fat into the flour/water mixture all at one time!

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Melissa May 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

The first dish I ever made as a kid was a pineapple turnover cake with my grandmother’s help!

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Jamie May 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Scrambled eggs for Sunday breakfast!

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Celina May 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

The first thing I can remember making would be home made chocolate chip cookies with my mom :)

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Luanna May 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I first learned to make scrambled eggs. My dad never cooked at all, but on the rare occasion that he did, it was scrambled eggs. So when my dad turned the stove on, it was something to see. So of course I learned by watching him.

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Alexandra Araújo May 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

A cake with my grandma :)

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Lisa May 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

The first thing I ever remember making was Jell-O where you cut shapes out of it with cookie cutters. Not sure if that really counts, but it sure was fun as a kid!

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marisa May 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Sadly the first thing I made was a scrambled egg, not when I was a kid. It was home ec class in junior high. Wasn’t easy making things in my kitchen as a child as it was very small and cramped and I was (am) in a wheelchair. Very limited movement of space.

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maureen May 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

i can remember making grilled cheese as a child. Loved when the cheese oozed into the pan and got kind of crispy :)

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Grace May 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

The first recipe I distinctly remember asking my mom to help me make was a German chocolate cake from a Roald Dahl cookbook :)

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Haka May 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Yay! Congrats on your book. :) My first dish, hrm. Sadly, I didn’t really venture into the kitchen much as a tiny nugget…my mom didn’t think I could handle it or something. ^_^; But the first thing I remember was that I experimented with a tuna pizza. Don’t think fancy, think bizarre. Seriously. It was a frozen pizza, that I put canned tuna on. I think I was 9. Thankfully my “food chemistry” is a bit more acceptable now.

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Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Tuna noodle casserole for my great aunts.

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The first real thing I ever made was a vanilla cake from scratch…a total failure but the chocolate icing was a winner!

Thanks for the chance to win this awesome cookbook!

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Kathie May 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Congratulations on the new book. My first attempt when I was nine was to make peanut butter cookies from my new Betty Crocker for Kids cookbook. Unfortunately I came down with the flu that night and have never been able to stomach peanut butter cookies since!

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Brett May 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Mine was pancakes too! Love the book idea :)

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Alison May 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

cookies with my mom

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Ruthie May 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Congrats on the book!!! I’m such a big fan of yours!!
The first thing I cooked was apple cake, with my Mom by my side of course, just in case I made a huge mess :)

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maddie kirkby May 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

i think that the first thing i made when i was little was probably mud pie ;P and then i graduated to making pancakes on sundays with my sister and dad.

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maddie kirkby May 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

also tart deco is currently on my fingers and toes :)

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Anna May 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I think the first thing i made was probably rice krispie squares. Ive baked with my mom all the time as a kid and loved it.
Congrats on the book!

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Marika May 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Christmas cookies, the cut out kind. I covered them with red and green sugar sprinkles (the best) and ate half of them :)

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Mary May 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Brownies! They were a staple in my house.

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Kristi May 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

My first recipe that I made was probably cookies, as simple as that is, but the memories that I have and the excitment I felt when they got out of the oven was something I will never forget.

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Isabel T. May 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

The first thing I remember making on my own was chocolate chip cookies. Still love to make cookies!

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Brittany Crawford May 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Love this cute giveaway! I’m pretty sure I made mac n’ cheese..simply but a childhood favorite!!
Thanks!

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Rebecca May 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The first thing I ever remember making was a cake in my Easy Bake Oven. It seemed so delicious at the time, though now I’m not so sure I’d like it.

The most recent thing I made was grilled veggie kabobs, though before that it was your potato gnocchi. Thanks for the recipe. It’s amazing and so much simpler than I ever would’ve thought (or tried, if you hadn’t posted the recipe)!

Oh, and congrats on the Pancakes cookbook! They look delicious.

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cassandra prado May 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hmmmm first dish may have been to cook a scrambled egg LOL!

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Becky @ A Calculated Whisk May 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Green peas :)

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Helena May 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The first dish I ever made by myself was pasta…and it was a disaster! I boiled them for way too long because I was afraid to pull out a noodle to test it.

Congratulations on the book release! What a wonderful accomplishment!

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Sutra Ayala May 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The first thing that I learned to make was french toast. My step dad taught my twin sister and I how to make it when we were 9.

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Wanda May 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

First off, I love the idea behind requesting a food related entry to the giveaway! The first dish that I made was eggs with my dad. We would wake up every Sunday, go buy fresh ingredients and then go home and make a delicious breakfast. Great memories :) Good luck with your book!

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Alexandra May 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The first thing I remember making as a child is my grandmother’s spaghetti and slow simmered meat sauce… She always added flank steak which I still have never seen anyone do before.

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Sharon K May 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Peanut butter and butter sandwiches, of course! My siblings loved them….
then my mom subscribed to the Time-Life series of cookbooks and I improved everyone’s palate (at least in my world).

Congrats on the book!

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Jayne May 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I remember my first few times being in the kitchen with my late grandma. I don’t think I cooked anything but she allowed me to smell the food and which. Those days were the beginnings of my interest in food and cooking. The first time I really actually stood before the stove was when I was about 7, heating up fish pieces for my baby apmtgdp’p porridge. He just turned 20! Gah!

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Jayne May 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Auto correct ruined my comment. Lol. I meant my grandma allowed me to smell and touch the food. While I prepared fish pieces for my then baby brother. We love pancakes here but don’t make them often enough. Surely your cookbook would be a treat to all who read it. :-)

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Maci May 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

The first dish I ever made was Chicken Parmigiana. My momma taught me :)

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Tonia S May 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Congrats on the book release!! How exciting!

The first thing I think I ever made was chocolate chip cookies;)

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Zoe May 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I think it might have been flapjacks from a cartoon cookbook. I loved that book!

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alexandra May 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Mine was a little pizza. I remember taking a lot of time to make a face with the toppings… pepperoni for the eyes, cheese for the eyelashes and hair (I was so disappointed looking through the window of the oven and seeing it melt!), a tomato for the nose, and red pepper slice for the mouth. Every time I make pizza today I still have an urge to be just as goofy….

Congratulations on the new book! <3

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Vanieca May 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Preacher cookies. These were made on top of the stove. No oven required. I was 9 years old.

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Mike May 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I’m pretty sure, like most kids, my first dish was sugar cookies. I remember a hot summer day with my dad trying to cut dinosaur sugar cookies out the dough, but it was too hot to actually cook them. Since I’ve grown, I’m a much better baker and an ok cook. Just made the most wonderful carrot cake for Memorial Day weekend!

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Kaity May 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Oh man few things make me happier than good pancakes.
My first dish was probably tuna melts; a good tuna melt can be magical.

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Colleen May 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

The first things I could make all by myself were chocolate chip cookies, recipe on the bag, where I learned all my baking basics. And when I didn’t make them alone I was sure I was the one who go to lick the bowl clean, because… yum.

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Melissa May 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

First “real” dish I made was tomato soup! My friend and I squished raw tomatoes in our hands, found any spice we could in the pantry… and ate it cold. Eek!

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Rene May 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Mine was French toast and is still to this day one of my very favorites! Congrats on the book!

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Jackie May 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Chocolate chip cookies with my grandma. They were terrible because that is when we discovered my allergy to coconut :)

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Deanna Brzeg May 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

The first thing I ever made was lemon bars from the Charlie Brown Cookbook that I had purchased in school. I still have that cookbook and it was about 44 years ago that I purchased it! All kinds of recipes children can make!

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Kara May 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Is this with or without help? My aunt was an amazing cook and she always loved getting help. I’m thinking the first thing we made together was probably spaghetti or pizza.

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Maria Angelica Gurgel May 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

The first dish I made was a carrot cake Brazilian style. And of course my mother taught me all the tricks. Since then, I have never stopped baking or cooking.

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Marie @ Little Kitchie May 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

HUGE congrats! My first thing in the kitchen was making mochi with my mom! We still make it every New Year :)

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Freemamma May 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Congratulations! My first dish was my favorite Korean dish ever as a child. Seaweed soup with the best beef ever. 😉 in Korea it’s eaten after giving birth to prevent blood clotting and I think I ate more than my mom did and I was just 10 then. ^_^

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Nicole May 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Congrats on your new book!

First thing I ever cooked was eggs with my dad. Although he is a great chef, he didn’t cook much when I was a kid. But his grandfather worked for the Union railroad as a chef and eggs were his speciality so my dad has always emphasized the importance of the right temperature to create the perfect fluffy scrambled egg.

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Janet T May 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

The first thing I made was brownies. I did not cook them long enough so they turned out more like a pudding.

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Mike Taing May 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

My melted ham & cheese sandwich is now a part of Durham folk lore.

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Allison May 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Congrats on the book!!

The first dish I made was lasagana with my mom! I mostly just layered the ingredients before it went into the over to bake but boy was I beaming when we took out finished cheesy goodness!

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Yvette May 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Saturdays were cookie baking days at our house and as soon as I was old enough to read a recipe I was in the kitchen every Saturday baking up big batches to take to church and for my 3 sisters and I to munch on through the week

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Alicia Ferreira May 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

First dish was scrambled eggs……still a staple……but now my egg dishes are more creative! Can’t wait to buy the book, my husband and daughter ask for pancakes every night! By the way your biscuits are the best I have every made! Love your blog!

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abigail cornine May 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

My first dish was spaghetti. I cook the spaghetti for an hour! It was mushy, but my mom ate it anyway and said it was fantastic. I love her! Congrats on the book, Adrianna. And thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

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Amanda D May 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

oh gee it’s hard to remember…the first thing i made was most definitely from breakfast and probably either waffles or pancakes on Sunday mornings!

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Joanna May 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Believe it or not, I think mine was pancakes!

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maria puglisi May 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

christmas cookies!

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mary k May 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

christmas cookies – I’ve always been a baker. started baking early – 7 or 8 years old. moved onto cakes at age 10.

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Eileen May 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I think the very first thingI can remember making as a kid was deviled eggs. I’d love to win your beautiful book :)

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Jo May 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Mine was pancakes too! I was 9 years old and it was the only dish I could make totally on my own so I’d make them for my Mom and Dad on a Saturday morning. I love pancakes and I now love June 6th for that is the day my preorder of your fabulous book will arrive. However if I win, the second copy will go to my sister who loves pancakes too!

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Elizabeth May 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

The first thing I ever remember making in the kitchen was noodle kugel with my mom. She let me mix it with my hands. I still make it that way!

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Marcia May 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

A simple chocolate cake was the first thing I ever made.

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Marisa May 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

My earliest memories in the kitchen are of helping my mom make her Irish Soda Bread, which we call “Scon.” I loved sifting the flour and watching it make little anthills in the bowl. Awesome.

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Melissa May 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm

The first thing I remember making is peanut butter cookies with one of my friends. Since there were no adults helping, of course we went overboard with the sugar, so they turned out being sugar cookies with a hint if peanut butter instead! They were still amazing though, from what I remember!

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Jiffy Cornbread in a cast iron skillet. I was always so so proud of the final product.

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Rachel May 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Spaghetti pie

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Nicole May 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I remember helping my mom make potato latkes:>

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Alison May 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Decorating cookies with my mom!

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Mendi Mendez May 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

First thing I ever made was scrambled eggs around age 10. Congrats on the book. Your blog is my most favorite and most used in real life. :)

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Alexis May 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

The first thing I remember making as a child was cinnamon toast. I would get up Sunday morning and lather the toast with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Before I was able to make these, I remember the smell wafting through the kitchen; smelling like cinnamon rolls.

– Congrats on your new book! 😀

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Sonal May 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Roti! Coming from an Indian background, my mom said I must learn to make nice round roti which is like tortillas but whole wheat flat bread. At age 12, I had a hard time making them round! Not your pancakes but hot of the pan roti topped with clarified butter and sprinkled with sugar…Yum! Brings back memories from childhood.

Wishing you all the very best!

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Don G May 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I remember cooking hot dogs on a tiny hibachi when I was 8 or so. Then scrambled eggs when I was 11.

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Hilary May 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Aww! congratulations on all your comments! Either you or pancakes are very popular…
My first dish was something I watched my parents make all the time. A sunny-side-up egg with olive oil, crushed oregano and blue cheese. I don’t remember how old I was, small (but big enough to use the stove top).
Best of luck with your new publication!

Don’t forget to autograph all the winners books!!!
<3

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Sharon May 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

My first cooking experience was trying to make an apple pie. It was awful to the third power squared. LOL!

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marisa g May 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I probably made cookies with my mom!

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Tasha May 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I’m fairly certain the first thing I learned to make as a child was scrambled eggs. I remember that my brother and I would take menus in to my parents’ room on special occasions, so that we could take their order for breakfast to be brought to them in bed. No matter what they selected though, we always brought them our specialty- scrambled eggs.

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Cammie May 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I believe it was french toast. That was a long time ago so I’m not 100% positive.

Your new book looks 100% fabulous, though!

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Andrea May 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

The first thing I ever remember cooking was meatballs – just rolled hamburger with tooth picks stuck in, then baked, and eaten with ketchup. They were delicious.

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Christine Bryant May 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

First recipe dish I made was oyster pot pie, with my Mom’s guidance! Dad loved to bring home and shuck fresh oysters (-:

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Sophie May 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm

The first things I learned to make were waffles from scratch :) Nothing fancy, just a buttermilk/shortening batter recipe out of my mom’s ancient Betty Crocker cookbook. We ate waffles so regularly through my childhood that I can still make the recipe from memory. We smeared them with Adams peanut butter and drizzled maple syrup, or berries cooked into a syrup, or fresh berries and whipped cream, if it was the right time of year. I loved the way it brought us together to linger at the table since we could only cook one waffle at a time.

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of your book! Congratulations, it’s absolutely beautiful. BREAKFAST FTW! (And Essie!) xoxo

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Nicole May 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Oh gosh… I guess cookies with my mom. She was always a big baker, and I was constantly begging to get in on the action.

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Dianne May 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Okay, kinda embarrassing but my first dish was Waldorf Salad. Lived in Washington State and I guess there were lots of apples. Anyhow, I was proud and my family ate it! I don’t think I’ve made it since!!!

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Ami May 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

The first dish I made all on my own is scrambled eggs. Of course, this doesn’t count all he dished I helped my wonderful mom with.

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Alyse May 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

The first food I ever made by myself was my Mom’s recipe for goulash. Which was not the authentic Hungarian one I would make today but more of a macaroni stew with peppers, onions, tomatoes and ground beef. I liked it though because, as a kid, I assumed the spelling was “ghoul-lash”. But it also made me think of galoshes and so I would picture a zombie in rain boots. Ah, the ten-year-old mind.

But the first dish I ever made with help was when I was four and helped my grandmother make pancakes. Something we did every Saturday morning. Then we would watch Cinderella on the VCR and, in the afternoon, have a baloney and mustard sandwich for lunch. Grandmas are the best.

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Kimberley May 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Congrats on the book…awesome news!!!! My first cooking memory as a kid was making homemade apple turnovers with my grandmother. I can vividly remember making the dough and filling them with homemade preserves! I wish I can experience that memory again and find her cast iron skillet

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Kris May 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Ahhhh! Way more comments than i’m used to!

First thing I ever made was pizza bagels and orange julius. I learned about them in 6th grade home ec. (I think the only thing we ever made in there) and I loved them so much I came home and made them for my whole fam!

Now gimme that book!

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Chris Castro May 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I am so glad I found about through instagram, I love your style of cooking and presentation. You are very inspirational. I am really excited about your book, pancakes are one of my favorite things to make thanks to my little boy. The first thing I ever learned to make as a chil was pound cake which always seemed like such a treat! Congratulations on the new book. I can’t wait to check it out.
Take care

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Abby May 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I remember batch after batch of cookies with my mom. And peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sans mom. :)

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Georgie May 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Scrambled eggs with tomatoes & feta cheese.

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Kayla Tiscornia May 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Love this cookbook! Pancakes are the way to my heart :)

However, the first thing I ever made was French Toast. My grandma gave me a cookbook that my mom had when she was young and told me to pick something out. I made my parents breakfast in bed — not sure they even turned out, but this started my long and constant love for breakfast.

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Adri {Food-N-Thought} May 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Oh I spend so much on cookbooks already, winning could very well save my marriage! First dish I ever made were “arepas” of course! I think my humble beginnings were arepas made out of dirt or sand, but I then was allowed to help my abuela with the real ones.

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Victoria May 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

The very first thing I ever made on my own as a kid was peanut butter cookies. I still use the same recipe and love making them today! :)

I just found out about your blog and cookbook full of PANCAKES! Excited to click around and maybe even win one of these boxes you’re giving away.

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Shainna T May 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I clearly remember it to be scrambled eggs. I even included some crunch from shells in there haha

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Tracy May 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Congrats! We loooove pancakes here – can’t wait to read it! The first thing I remember making is instant chocolate pudding. (I’ve come a long way.)

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sara May 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Tacos, and I still make them the same way.

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Jennifer Moreno May 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

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CJ May 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Does cup ramen count? If not, brownies from a box. They stuck to the pan and were burnt.

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Kristin May 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm

My first dish was French toast…I love it and will always remember my mom telling me how to make it just so!

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cls May 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Congratulations on the cookbook…it looks so awesome. The first thing I attempted to make on my own (with mom close by, of course) was banana pudding. I needed it for a class party…been making it ever since! 😉

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Meryl May 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The first thing I ever made was chocolate chip cookies.

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Louis May 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I think it was oatmeal.

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Elin May 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The first thing that I can remember making all on my own were thumbprint cookies for Christmas one year. I still have the recipe card I wrote up for them in my very early elementary school handwriting.

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Valerie | Pursuit of Sweetness May 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The first thing I ever made as a kid was most likely chocolate chip cookies, with banana bread and pancakes close behind! I’m beyond stoked about your book…pancakes are my FAVORITE breakfast food (preferably with blueberries and buttermilk). I can’t wait to see what fun twist you have inside the cover!!!! :) :) :)

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Haleigh May 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Lemon-Ginger chicken with box couscous! My mom’s concoction that turned into family favorite, It doesn’t feel like a visit home without it. Very excited about your book, breakfast is my favorite meal!

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Liz Schertz May 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

My first dish was toast for my mom

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Eileen May 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Hooray! Congratulations on your book publication! And thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. The first thing I learned to make as a child was scrambled eggs–although I have a feeling I did some toast buttering (and peanut buttering?) before I was allowed to use the stove. Yay!

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Brandee May 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Chocolate cake in an Easy Bake Oven!

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sassygirl May 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

my first attempt of a recipe all by myself was an angel food cake. I used ALOT
of egg whites, turned the bundt pan over an old wine bottle to cool down
and was over the top happy when my parents came home and saw the results
of my efforts and gave it rave reviews! they were so delighted that I had tried
baking without help from anyone else that the memory has remained a good one for
long time.

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Emily May 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I was champion taste tester of pies when I was younger and helping grandma with the desserts. That’s my first food making memory. The first recipe I followed on my own was chocolate chip cookies from scratch. So delicious.

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Karla G May 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I used to make bread pudding with my grandma all the time. It was her signature dish!

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Alecia May 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Congrats on the book! It must feel like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders.

I have a picture of me making the “first thing I ever made”- I have the most magnificent bed-head, I’m wearing my favourite Beauty and the Beast nighty and am half way through cracking 5 eggs. I’m assuming I made the most shell-y scrambled eggs my family has ever tasted. Lucky for them, my egg-cracking skills have greatly improved since then.

I’m looking forward to perusing your cookbook. Any chance there will be a crepe recipe in there, although it will take a lot of persuasion to get me to retire my tried and true Joy of Cooking recipe.

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Kristin May 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Molasses sugar cookies. Every holiday season, my mother would pull out the tattered recipe card from my great grandmother to bake up the cookies that could do no wrong. A forgivable recipe and a chewy texture made these cookies the perfect starting point. My sister and I would climb up on matching stools and soak in lessons on measuring flour and mixing sugar. To this day, everyone always request the cookies that taste (and feel) just like Christmas.

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Dawn @ Butter And Spinkles May 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Congrats on the book!

I honestly don’t remember what the first thing I learned to make was as a kid, but I do remember helping my grandmother make hand pies over the campfire while camping! I used to love those pies: melted butter, two slices of bread and some pie filling. I was always so proud to help her get them all ready for everyone!

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Amanda N. May 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

What a fun question to jog some memories. The first culinary thing that I made as a child were chocolate no bake drop cookies. I think my mother probably figured that it was an easy introduction into the kitchen…and tasty, too! Good luck on your book. Plenty of hard work and following your dreams tastes good, doesn’t it? :-)

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Calli May 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Probably cookies!

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Kejm May 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

nice book!

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jessie May 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm

noodles peas and cheese – my best friend and i used to pretend we were hosting our own cooking show while plugging peas into spokes of wagon wheels…

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Alicia Deters May 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Congratulation on your new book!!! The first dish i made was probably a quick bread, I used to make them a lot as a kid. I used the recipe from my mom’s Home and Garden cookbook and often times it was pumpkin or apple.
P.S. hands down your food blog is my #1 favorite!

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Jamie grove May 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I think the first thing I made as a kid was pudding 😉

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Anna Robbins May 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Surprisingly enough my first attempt at cooking was in a Home Economics Class in Junior High School. We made orange pancakes with orange butter; both were flavored with TANG . . . yikes, it was good to me back then but now it makes me cringe.

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Ashley May 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

The first dish I ever made was…. Play dough, when I was ten. My friend and I were experimenting, trying to come up with a culinary masterpiece and the end result could only be described as play doh.

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Jeannie May 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

congrats again!! i think the first thing i ever made were brownies. our oven didn’t work so i used the little tray in the toaster oven. :)

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

The book looks amazing! The first thing I remember learning how to make was my Grandma’s famous french toast. It’s made with cinnamon swirl raisin bread and was the only thing my Mom could make that would pull my brother and I out of bed. Smells of warm cinnamon would waft through the house, dance around our noses and pull us out of bed. It was her bargaining power to make us go to school, and now I make it every weekend.

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KathY S May 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

The first thing I made was blueberry muffins for a 4-H project.

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Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I remember making lots of chocolate chip cookies with my mom, it’s still the best recipe I know

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Dolores May 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Congradulations on your book. I think the first thing I made was a chocolate mayonnaise cake.

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Sarah May 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

The first dish I ever made was Polish Mushroom and Dill Soup for Thanksgiving with my mom!

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Emily R May 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

It was always my job to help my mom when she made banana bread or zucchini bread. I definitely remember the first time I made banana bread by myself from start to finish without her help, such a proud moment! I still use the same recipe.

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Steph May 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I can’t wait for your cookbook! I’m hoping it’ll be a birthday present. Every Saturday, my dad would get out the electric griddle and set it up on the kitchen table so that even though I was too short to reach the counters, I could help make pancakes. They’re still my go-to comfort food or quick and easy dinner.

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Dawn May 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Congrats!!
Hrm that’s tough because as far back as I can remember I hung out in the kitchen. The earliest cooking memory I have is helping my grandma make her secret recipe homemade rolls at Christmas. They are heavenly and until recently she only made them from memory. Thankfully after watching her closely and much trial and error we have a written recipe for them! They’re the highlight of every holiday!

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Laura May 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

My siblings and I used to make surprise brunches for our parents super early in the morning, so I was “creating meals” at the young age of 4. Because I wasn’t allowed to use the stove, toaster, oven, or microwave, those meals were usually either pieces of bread arranged on a plate or raw oats floating around in lukewarm water. The first real dish I made that was memorable, though: lasagna. To this day, it is one of my favorite comfort foods. And of course, my mom’s recipe is better than all the others.

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Desiree May 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

The first dish I remember making as a kid is spaghetti and then boxed cakes.

Congrats on the book :) I can’t wait to get my hands on one and go pancake craze!

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Kathryn May 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Mine was coffee cake – the kind they used to sell with an extra plastic bag in the box to mix it up in so you don’t even need a bowl. And it was my grandmother who taught me to make it – the woman to whom I owe all my cooking skills and love of butter.

So excited about the cookbook!

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Charles Hunter III May 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

The first I learned to make were sausage and cheese balls for preschool. Looking back it hilarious! Because now I don’t care for them.

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Leah Gregory May 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

The first thing I ever made was a soup! It was actually vegetable brother with broken up speghetti pieces and spices! I thought I was a chef!

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Lydia W. May 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

The first thing I can remember making was a blueberry pie with my mom, but first thing 8 ever made myself was chocolate chip cookies. Congrats on your book! :)

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Hope May 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Congratulations! Mine was a grilled cheese, still my specialty!

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Yehsong Kim May 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

The first thing I remember ever making was tiramisu! My mom of course helped hehe.

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Andrea May 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I was always in the kitchen helping and watching my mom cook. I think the first thing I ever made on my own was chocolate chip cookies. :) I’ve been making a lot of pancakes the last couple years since my boyfriend loves them and I love getting to try new varieties.

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Yael May 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I don’t remember the exact thing I made, but I do know it was from the Betty Crocker children’s cookbook which I cherished!

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Shawna Lawson May 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

The first recipe I ever attempted (following months of mixing ketchup, honey, powdered parmesan etc. to discover a new ‘super condiment’) was bran muffins. Misreading the old church recipe book, I was shocked when the 11.5 cups (actually read: 1.5 cups) of flour I had stirred in nearly caught fire in the oven. My mum told me she was proud of me for trying, despite every speck of all purpose and whole-wheat flour in the pantry ending up in the bin.

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Paula Wong May 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I don’t think my mom let me bake as a kid (“you’ll mess up my kitchen!”) but I remember making cookies one day when she and my dad were gone. I called her because the cookies had been in the oven for 20+ minutes and still weren’t “done” to my specifications even though the directions said cook them for 9-12 minutes and I wasn’t sure how much longer to bake them. :)

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

The first thing I remember really making all by myself was Kraft mac & cheese from the box. I was very proud that I followed the directions accurately and even used their “reduced fat” option with less butter. hahahaha. :)

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Katie Lynne May 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I always loved cooking and baking with my grandma, and the first thing I ever made as a child was Christmastime sugar cookies, that we would bake and frost and eat!!!! 😀

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Adrienne May 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

The first thing I made was undoubtedly some sort of stir fry or breakfast food (possibly pancakes!) my mom has us cooking before we could fully walk!

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Debbie Bray May 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

ambrosia

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Mine May 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

It was syrupy friedcakes ! – a Turkish dessert
(if you wonder what it looks like you can search as “lokma” in images)

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Rachel May 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm

The first dish that I remember making as a kid was a Korean traditional soup. I, of course, had help from my mom!

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T.R. May 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Mine was basic: Scrambled eggs.

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Reyhan May 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

It was a gnocchi with tomato sauce, when I was 15.
As I like potato recipes so much, I tried a random recipe in the cook book. The results was tasty but weird shapes :) My sister still makes jokes about it.

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Amanda May 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I think the first thing I ever made on my own were cinnamon rolls. (although the bread machine helped a little with the dough). Going back earlier to when I was helping out in the kitchen was probably breaking the little tails off bean sprouts for a stir-fry.

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Hannah May 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

my first dish was homemade fudge with my mom when i was 6 :) its what started me loving cooking!

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Sigrid May 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

The first dish I intended to make was applecake, but I found out that the dough tasted so delicious with the apples that the cake turned out very small…..
Your book looks great!!

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Pilar May 29, 2013 at 12:39 am

The first thing I made was a yogurt cake helped by my grandmother, we used the yogurt tubs to measure out the rest of the ingredients, this is often the first cake that Spanish kids learn how to bake.

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Carla Duclos May 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

Hi Adrianna,

Congratulations for the book! :)

I love pancakes and your book is in my wish list. But pancakes would never had been my first dish, because my mother never made them. Or not that kind of pancakes. It was something I started to do when an adult. I am from Brazil and the pancakes we eat there are more like the French crepe and are eaten most of times in a savory version, rolled out with some filling an put in the oven with some sauce on top. It is also delicious. That kind of pancakes my mother cooked.

But, answering your question, the first dish I made when a kid I think it was “farofa”, a traditional Brazilian dish made with tapioc flour that is fried with onions, garlic, bacon, parsley. It can also have eggs, carrots. There are several versions. I loved to mix all the stuff in different colors.

Very nice giveaway and thank you for making it international. I am currently living in The Netherlands. :)

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Ilane @cultiv8health May 29, 2013 at 1:12 am

Congrats on the books!
The first food item I made was ham and cheese sandwich on the grill with chocolate milk. But the first real thing I made was spaghetti with tomatoes. :)

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Anita May 29, 2013 at 1:44 am

Oh, I think the first thing I ever made was some scones with my Mam – always hated the rubbing the butter in part though!

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe May 29, 2013 at 1:51 am

My very first recipe in the kitchen were meatballs! I loved making them with my baby-sitter, I still follow the recipe she taught me! I find the act of forming the balls really relaxing and therapeutic, plus I love that you can add anything you want, vegetables of all kind, bacon, ham, you name it…but my favorites will always been the classic ones!

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win that amazing box!
xo, Elisa

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Kirsten Whyte May 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

Cake. Ickle bitty fairy cakes. Things haven’t changed much, cake is still the thing I make the most, only my repertoire of recipes is a little larger now (however pink glittery sprinkles still remain the best decoration)!

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Beth Cummins May 29, 2013 at 2:05 am

the book looks fantastic! my first recepie was victoria sponge, my grandma made it her mission to teach us all how to cook. She used to say that me and my brother werent allowed to look in the magic tin (a tin the fairy used to fill with sweets for happy children) until we had recited the recepie for her.

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jasmina May 29, 2013 at 2:33 am

Congrats on the book! Love your blog soo much! It is so inspiring, so the book must be too!

My first dishes must be some that we have done with my grandma. I am from Finland, so a speciality from the Karelian area of Finland (where my grandparents are from) are the Karelian pies, or then we also made cabbage casserole and of course cookies around Christmas.

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Katha May 29, 2013 at 3:24 am

I think my first dish was scrambled eggs. I’ve always loved eggs and still do :-)

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Riddley May 29, 2013 at 3:26 am

Chocolate chip cookies from a bagged mix! Thankfully my baking skills have progressed!

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Matt May 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

The first thing I remember making was Christmas shortbread cooking with the grandmother. I was in charge of working the butter into the dry ingredients with my hands. I think I was 4 years old.

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Katharina May 29, 2013 at 3:45 am

Your book looks absolutely wonderful. If I don’t win it will definitely go to the very top of my cookbook wishlist.
My first kitchen attempt ( with lots of supervision) was certainly Christmas cookies. The best part was, of course, to decorate them with sugar icing and licking your sticky fingers all the time. :-)

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zeynep May 29, 2013 at 3:55 am

My first dish was omelette.
When I was a kid, my father and I used to prepare breakfast together on Sundays. He would do the cooking, while I watched and helped him.
One day, when I was 8 I think, I wanted to cook an omlette with my favorite things in it and my father let me. Since I watched him before, I knew eggs should go in last. So first, I fried sausages and potatoes. Then cooked them a little bit more with tomato sauce. And at last the eggs. Of course my father helped me with cutting, peeling and other stuff, like adding the spices.
But I remember that it was delicious. After all it was my first dish and I was proud of it.

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Ash-Lee (DaisyChubb) May 29, 2013 at 4:41 am

Scrambled eggs! I had a kids cookbook – this one was made by shaking eggs in a mason jar – still probably the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever made, haha!

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Jeanne ODonnell May 29, 2013 at 4:54 am

The first thing I remember making was Kraft macaroni and cheese! I still love it!

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Dawn May 29, 2013 at 5:03 am

I think it was “Fluffy Eggs” with my Grandma. Pancakes were the second!
Congratulations on your book!

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Mary B May 29, 2013 at 5:17 am

I cooked all the time with my mom. I was always in the kitchen helping her. There isn’t any specific thing that we made first, but I always loved helping make her sponge cake. It was wonderful. Your recipes are great. Thanks so much.

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Amy K. May 29, 2013 at 5:41 am

I have been cooking since I can remember. Both my grandmothers and my mother were very encouraging of my affinity for anything in the kitchen since an early age. One of my favorite memories, though, is when I hosted a dinner party for my parents when I was about 9. Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch. Was much more complicated than I thought, but all my parents friends enjoyed it (or at least they said they did). Regardless, my love for cooking never abated.

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Sweet Harvest Moon May 29, 2013 at 5:41 am

Congrats on the book publication!

My very first ‘dish’ was French toast or ‘pain perdu’ as we call it in French.
I would make this with my grandma or mother on wednesday afternoons when school finished early. Great childhood memories :)

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Rebecca C May 29, 2013 at 5:54 am

Chocolate chip cookies with my mom. Special family recipe.

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zeynep May 29, 2013 at 5:57 am

I made flaky pastry with cherry for mother’s day when i was 10.It wasn’t good but she ate all of them

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Monica Mann May 29, 2013 at 6:04 am

I absolutely can’t tell you how excited I am for you:)!!
The first dish I made as a child was sand tart cookies with my grandmother! We would roll them out flat, make shapes with the cookie cutters, and then decorate them with icing and sprinkles. Making these cookies is still a tradition we love around Christmas time.

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Kathryn May 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

I remember being in charge of the glaze for my grandmother’s apple slices from the time that I was two. Milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar – it felt like magic.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) May 29, 2013 at 6:27 am

Pasta with homemade tomato sauce!!! (I think..haha)

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Maria May 29, 2013 at 6:31 am

Well, after mud pies, it must have been an apple pie—though I was simply my mom’s assistant.

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Kayla May 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

The first thing I ever made was peanut butter cookies with my dad. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world when I got to make the cross-hatches with a fork.

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Alberte May 29, 2013 at 6:40 am

The first thing I ever made was Baked lasagne with spinach.. I ended up making that every time I cooked, for a year, I think..
My parrents grew VERY tired of spinach and pasta..

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Kristina May 29, 2013 at 6:44 am

This is a great giveaway, Adrianna! Thanks! When I was really early, I wanted to cook by myself, but was too young- so I would take cereal, and chocolate chips, cinnamon, sugar, etc… and put it in a sauce pan, stir it and make someone eat it! My first actual feast that I prepared, was Easter when I was 10. I made fondue, quiche and cinnamon rolls!

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Sarah May 29, 2013 at 6:49 am

The first dish I ever made was pizza with my dad! So delicious!

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Carly May 29, 2013 at 6:53 am

First of all congratulations on your book! I hope your celebrating with on of those gorgeous cocktails you made the last few weeks!

My first dish were waffles. I remember sitting on the counter and helping my mother. She wouldn’t allow my brother and me to eat the dough because it would give us stomach ache. Of course we did eat it when she wasn’t watching. And we did got stomach ache. But it was worth it!

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Jenn McCauley May 29, 2013 at 6:59 am

Congrats on your book!! I do believe the first thing I “helped” make was my own Birthday cake with my Mom. Other than helping to clean the beaters I’m not sure how much help I truly was…lol, but I know it was more the memory for my Mom & me. :)

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megan May 29, 2013 at 7:09 am

congratulations! I’m certain my first masterpiece was a peanut butter sandwich!

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Gemma R May 29, 2013 at 7:10 am

A huge congratulations on the book! My first dish was pancakes too! Well, mini pancakes I cooked with my Nana called pikelets. We ate them with real butter and raspberry jam.

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Olivia May 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

We used to make these frighteningly unhealthy but very pretty ‘faces’ at kindergarten. They were just round biscuits, iced (and e-numbered to our eyeballs!) and decorated with things like silver balls and Smarties. We’d either eat them immediately (me) or take them home and present them proudly (my brother), all soggy, to our father on his return from work.

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Holly May 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

Pancakes as well! It was the one thing my sister and I could master at any early age. My mom usually made them on Sundays for us :)

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Denise Wilson May 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

I can’t remember, maybe meatloaf?

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Erica May 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

Kudos! Eggs: whenever we were hungry, our dad would tell us to make ourself an egg.

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celerity May 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

Congrats on the gorgeous book! Mines were a cultural twist on yours – scallion pancakes learned from my grandfather’s tireless kneading hands!

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Rebecca May 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

The first dish I remember making was mickey mouse pancakes with assistance from my dad!

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Casey @ Salted Plates May 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

I think that mine was either pancakes or french toast. I truely dont remember. I also know I helped with lots of cookie baking and decorating. My gingerbread men all wore bikini’s in december, haha!

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AminaK May 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

The first thing I (helped) make as a kid was a vanilla cake, we sat on the floor of the kitchen and helped mix the bowl with my mum. When I was finally allowed near the stove, the first thing I was taught to make was a fried egg. Best intro to cooking!

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Ester May 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

Congratulations!!
And the first thing I remember preparing, was carrot salad. (Not exactly a dish, really.)

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Allie May 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

The first “meal” I actually remembering trying to make all on my own was a peanut butter, banana, strawberry, and honey sandwich that you had to warm up on a hot griddle. I got the idea from a mom of kids I was babysitting. I remember going home and having to try and make it the next day! I couldn’t get it out of my head.

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Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog May 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

Congratulations, you clever thing :). I’m going to grow up to be a big Italian Momma just like my Mum; and I think making sugo (red pasta sauce) is in my bones!

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Elizabeth May 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

Congrats on the book! The first dish I remember making by myself was peanut butter honey cookies from this cookbook for kids.

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Danina May 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

I can’t remember exactly,but I’m sure it was chocolate chip cookies. They’re still my favorite

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andrea b May 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

A peanut butter and mayo sandwich!! It tasted good then! Congrats on your book!

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Makia Tillman May 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

The first dish I learned to make as a kid was a grilled cheese sandwich, and I am still the queen of grilled cheese!

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Lori May 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

The first substantial thing I made was meatloaf. My mom has a simple, but delicious recipe. It was also the first thing I made for my now husband when we were dating.

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Lauren May 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

I love eggs and grits, and my mom would make them for us on the weekends. When I became a little older, I learned to make them for myself for the times when no one else wanted the meal.

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Tiffany May 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

The first dish I ever made was banana bread!

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Maike May 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

oh well, that’s a pretty difficult question. I can’t remember when I started cooking… But I had this tiny kids stove, which actually really worked, with tiny pots and pans. Once I made scrambeled eggs (which was probably about half an egg, cause the frying pan was so tiny). It was the best scrambeld eggs I’ve had (at least in my about 6year old mind). Also I loved making cakes, my mum even wrote recipes for me, so the cake batter fitted exactly in my little cakepans.

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HollyB. May 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

I remember helping my mum and gran with their cooking or baking from a really young age, but the first thing I ever made all on my own was a salad for our (enormous) family Christmas potluck lunch when I was 7 or 8. I still remember begging for the chance to do all the washing, chopping and assembling myself, and how proud I was when the bowl was empty at the end of lunch. It became my job every year, and as I got older and more adventurous I used it as a sounding-board for new foods and flavours. So, there we go. Christmas lunch salad for me.

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Catherine May 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

I think the first thing I made were biscuits with my grandmother :)

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Vanna May 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

Yay Pancakes!!!

The first ‘dish’ I ever made as a kid were hotdogs and french fries :)

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Kim Herlehy May 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

Congratulations!!!

Not sure if it qualifies as a dish, but I remember trying to impress my mom by making my own peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, we were out of peanut butter. I was so disappointed, but determined not to give up on my quest. I chewed up some peanuts to make my own peanut butter and successfully made my own sandwich!

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Kristin R May 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

Grilled cheese! yum :)

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Kara May 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

Brownies, from the box. But still divine.

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Suzette May 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

Congratualtions on your wonderful book! Wishing you many, many more amazing adventures in and out of the kitchen too.
The first dish I ever made was french toast, complete with the powdered sugar at 5 years old while standing on a stool with my mom right next to me.

Best,
Suzette

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Sara May 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

The first thing I learned to “cook” was fruit salad! I remember being so fascinated with the melon baller & thinking it was so much fun to tear through the watermelon & cantaloupe. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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Kristi May 29, 2013 at 8:23 am

My first dish I ever made was the chocolate chip cookies on the back of the chocolate chips recipe. I could not reach the counter so I remember using a chair the whole time just so i could reach the bowl.

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Emma May 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

My family has a scone recipe that goes several generations back amongst our British relatives. I remember helping my mom make them for Sunday brunch. My favorite part was using my fingers to squash the squares of butter into the flour mixture.

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Hillary S May 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

I made brownies from scratch for a school project when I was 12! They were delicious and I still make them today!

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Nikki Siegel May 29, 2013 at 8:44 am

The first thing I remember making was velveeta mac and cheese with my babysitter, I can still remember how much I loved that dish, though I stay away from ( far away from) velveeta now, it was a great memory for me as I loved the accomplishment of making something yummy!

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Elizabeth May 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

The first meal that I remember making as a kid were cheesy scrambled eggs and toast with jam. My daughter just turned six and I recently taught her how to make the same meal.

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Sara May 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

The first dish that I ever made as a kid was baked bbq chicken – which entailed rinsing and placing chicken cutlets into a pan and pouring almost an entire bottle of bbq sauce over them, then popping them in the oven for 30 minutes. Not so glamorous – but easy and delicious!

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Kathleen May 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

The most memorable thing I made during my youth was “bread.” My older brother and I were outside playing and found some wheat growing nearby. We picked a bunch and took it home. Bread seemed like a simple thing to make so we didn’t use a recipe…we added about 1/4 cup of active yeast in addition to the fresh wheat, mixed it with flour and water and put it in the oven. It exploded and there was a HUGE mess in the oven. Luckily we have a pretty awesome dad who just laughed and helped us clean it up.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking May 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

This may sound so gross, but I swear if you try it it’s not that bad. My first creation was a pickle and sour cream sandwich. Truth be told, I still eat this crazy kid creation every now and then.

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nicole May 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

my firts dish was quesadillas! tortillas plus cheese haha! an easy one!

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Thelma May 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

I made scones. They were the first thing my Mam taught me how to make because she said they were so easy!

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CC May 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

SO excited about this cookbook!! Congrats!

The first thing I ever made was chocolate chip cookies. They were terrible…but I continued to make them once a week until they came out perfect.

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Rita May 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

The first dish I ever made as a child was a peanut butter, brown sugar, and butter sandwich, a recipe out of the “My First Cookbook” put out by the Imperial sugar co. here in texas. Absolutely love your new cookbook and your blog and enjoy making all sorts of pancakes on days off for my son and I to enjoy.

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Jaimee May 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

I believe my first dish was oatmeal lace cookies. My mom used to make them all the time and they’re really simple to recreate! : )

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Denise May 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

Chocolate chip cookies for my dad – I had to stand on a chair to reach the counter!

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Miranda May 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

The first thing I ever made was banana bread with mini chocolate chips, it wasn’t the best but not too bad either!

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Kathy in CA May 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

The first thing I remember cooking was what my mom called Eggs in a Frame — a piece of bread with the center torn out, fried on one side, flipped over and an egg fried in the center. I has remained one of my favorite quick breakfasts! Thanks, Mom!!

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Reidunn May 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

The first thing I can remember baking is a Marble Cake.
But making scones with my dad on early Saturday mornings is also a great childhood memory.

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Natalie May 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

The first dish I ever made successfully (at the delightful age of 8) was chicken stir fry… if you call chicken, rice and vegetables soaked in soy sauce stir fry.

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April May 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

The first thing I remember making is pecan rolls with my grandma. It doesn’t get better than smooshing butter, sprinkling sugar and nuts, and rolling pecan rolls with grandma.

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SarahO May 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

The first thing I baked were cookies, my Dad taught me!

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Shannon May 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

Pancakes! It was at a slumber party with my best friend. We were in elementary school, so of course we mixed rainbow sprinkles and Tang into the batter. It became a tradition, and two years ago for my bridal shower she got me the pancake spatula and pan I registered for, along with a box of Bisquick mix and some rainbow sprinkles to remake the classic.

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Julia May 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

I remember being 5 or so and watching an episode of Mr. Rodgers where he made fresh squeezed orange juice (and told everyone to get their parents to help with the cutting of the oranges). Somehow I managed to find a serrated knife (!), juicer and oranges, and made my own fresh squeezed orange juice. This occurred just in time for my very pregnant Mom to come down from a nap and nearly have a heart attack. I also have fond memories of trying to cook foods outdoors with the sun, things like driveway nachos!

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Leah // Freutcake May 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hmm, I’m not sure of the FIRST dish but I distinctly remember my Mom letting me make a lemon meringue pie by myself at a very young age. It was a delicious bowl of lemon flavored scrambled eggs.

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Lisa S. May 29, 2013 at 9:50 am

I don’t quite remember my first dish, but I’m sure it involved breakfast of some kind. My dad was big into Sunday breakfasts, and I always helped with the pancakes or biscuits or corned beef hash.

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Fariha May 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

Congrats on the book! The first thing I can remember cooking from scratch that wasn’t Kraft Mac n cheese or Betty Crocker brownies is lasagna for an 8th grade school project- I still use the sane recipe to date and my family still requests it on occasion :)

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Julie S May 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

I remember roasting pumpkin seeds with my mom as a kid after carving the pumpkins for Halloween

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Amanda May 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

I think the first thing I ever made was with my sister and they were some sort of no bake peanut butter chocolate balls. I can’t recall where the recipe came from, but it appeared one day and throughout our childhood we’d periodically make them.

I also went through a pancake spell though. In late elementary/early middle school, best friend from across the street and I would get together and make tons of pancakes and watch The Neverending Story. We always made too much so I went through a period thereafter where I couldn’t fathom consuming a pancake.

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Linda May 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

Congrats on your new cookbook!! I believe the first thing I ever made was a cake with my Easy Bake Oven…..yep it actually worked. That was the beginning of my love for cooking!

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Andrea May 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hello Adrianna,

Congratulations on your beautiful book, and thank you for having this giveaway :)

I don’t remember my first meal ever cooked, but I do remember being around 5 years old and feeling the excitement of being included in my mum’s dumpling-making event with her girlfriends. I vividly remember being given my own little mound of dough to play with, and for some reason, I decided my dough needed water. So, I jumped up and down from my chair (I wasn’t tall enough to reach the counter) to run to the sink to fetch water (in my little hand) to sprinkle on my little dough.That turned into a soggy, sticky mess, so my mum cleaned up my space, gave me another little ball of dough, and asked me copy her. I observed and tried to mimic my mum’s every move, patting and rolling out the dough, and I worked mine so much that it became incredibly tough. At that point, I decided I would be an entertainer instead, and so I sang and danced around, as my mum and her friends continued making dumplings :)

All the best,
Andrea

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Jillian Caldwell May 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

I made cinnamon sugar toast for my mother when she was sick. Not a very impressive dish but all I knew how to make!!

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Heidi C. May 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

The first things I ever really made in the kitchen as a young kid were experiments with baking soda, sugar, food coloring ect.. For real food, probably cookies or bread. : )

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Rebecca May 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

I think the first think I ever made was spaghetti. It was my mom’s special spaghetti and it was easy enough for me to attempt. I think it must have been pretty good because I still make it the same way, and it’s still delicious.

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Susan M. May 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

Gingerbread cookies with the help of my mother. On my own, chocolate chip cookies.

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Anna W. May 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

The first thing I remember making as a child in the kitchen were Pfannkuchen. They’re pancakes similar to crêpes, just not as thin. My mom shared her mother’s recipe with me that day, which uses sparkling water instead of milk to make them airy and fluffy. Sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon or top it with some homemade apple sauce – mmmh!

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loryn May 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

congrats!!! I cannot wait to make some pancakes from your book!!! the first thing I remember making…chive cream cheese. I have always loved the stuff (olive esp,!) and my mom used to sometimes make me these sandwiches with white bread and cream cheese. at the same time, it was kind f special because cream cheese wasn’t really something we kept in the house. One day I was making a cream cheese sandwich and complaining that it was plain cream cheese and mom told me to go cut some chives form the garden and put them in. REVELATION: chive cream cheese was simply cream cheese, with chive! I was very impressed by this higher learning. YUM.

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Julia May 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

The first thing I remember making was egg salad with my Nana in her kitchen when I was little… must’ve been about four or five. Just hard boiled eggs, mayo and mustard. One of my favorite memories of my Nana next to coloring with her :)

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Lauren May 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

Congratulations! The first thing I remember making were pot stickers with my aunt. I still cannot make the filling as good as she can!

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Kris May 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

Hmm… I’m gonna guess biscuits, with some parental supervision.

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ikkinlala May 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

The first thing I can remember making was peanut butter cookies (I was about four – I had help with the oven).

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Valerie May 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

over-easy eggs for my mom on mother’s day

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Sarah Y. May 29, 2013 at 11:42 am

The first thing I made were rice krispy treats. Licking them off my fingers was the best part :)

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Heather May 29, 2013 at 11:42 am

Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!

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Bella May 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

My first recipe was brownies, but I had helped my mom in the kitchen a lot before! :]

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Astrid May 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I think the first thing I made on my own were cookies my moms every year for Easter and Chistmas. If I remember right half of the cookies were burnt. :(

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Mary May 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Gosh, I think it was probably grilled cheese. With american cheese. And Mayo!!!
Thank you!

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Justine Navarro May 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

The first dish I ever made by myself, unsupervised (my mom and dad were out, and I wanted to prove that I could cook and bake by myself, unsupervised…) was Apple Crisp! It turned out great, I remembered to clean up when I was done, and my mom was impressed! That experience gave me the confidence I have today to try things like Macarons and Preserved Cherries! :)

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Cami May 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Congratulations! The book looks lovely!

The first thing i ever cooked was probably toast and scrambled eggs or chocolate-chip cookies.

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Joana Melo May 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

The first dish i remember making was an omelet and i still love them today!

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Emily May 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Scrambled eggs! I woke up early and made them for my parents when I was about 7. I also brought up my chalkboard from the basement and wrote the menu on it. (Which just said “SCRAMBLED EGGS.”)

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Alice May 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

The first thing I ever made was a fried egg. That was a considerable feat back in the day considering my mother did not teach me how to cook. :)

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Tiff in Minnesota May 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I love your blog! It’s always a bright spot in my day!
I remember helping with Christmas cookies. The sugar cookie cut-outs with frosting and many types of sprinkles. The first alone was most likely spaghetti. I made it often until I got into my tobasco addiction and made the spaghetti sauce so hot my dad couldn’t eat it! My mom was in command of the kitchen, so I really learned to cook on my own in my 30’s. I love to cook!
Hope I win! This package is full of my favorites: pancakes, coffee and chocolate! And my nails are just long enough for polish! Who could ask for more?!

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Lori May 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

The first thing I ever made was Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, it’s a family tradition.

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Tasha May 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I was that brat that refused to eat anything I didnt cook for myself so my first dish was scrambled eggs at age 3. On the stove because ummm clearly thats what this princess deserves. (Don’t worry…it was with adult supervision)

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Lauren May 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Italian Anisette cookies! The kind with the anise icing and rainbow nonpareil sprinklins! Still a staple at every family holiday – if they aren’t on the table, it’s not a celebration.

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Michelle May 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Making cookies with mom most likely!

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Anu May 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Marble pound cake!

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Victoria May 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

The first thing I ever made alone was a batch of beautiful Snickerdoodles. They turned out amazing and I was very pleased with myself. I still love them to this day, but I can’t make them too often anymore – the last time I did, I ate an entire batch in one sitting! :S

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Jeni May 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Congrats on the book!!! And my first was Chocolate Chip Cookies….I still have that recipe memorized and can whip out a pan with the nephews in record time. 😉

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Casey May 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Grilled cheese…the old school Kraft treat :) I was 7 and my brother (who is 4 years older) asked me to make us one for snack after school one day. haha men!

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Crystal May 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

First thing that I cooked was scrambled eggs. My first dessert was funfetti cake! xo

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Maureen May 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Rice Krispie treats (if that counts).

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Kim Porter May 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

The first dish I made was oatmeal cakes from my Sesame Street Cookbook! :)

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Marie May 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm

The first thing I ever made by myself was a disgusting concoction of whatever i found in the kitchen. It was meant to be a cake

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Tara May 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Chocolate chip cookies

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Maressa May 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

So exciting!! My dad is an artist and I can remember making chocolate chip cookies and selling them at a table at his studio tours :-)

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Nina May 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Red wine cake with chocolate shavings (a family tradition) for my grandmother’s 80th birthday cake.

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Steph May 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Congrats! The first thing I made by myself was probably Kraft Mac & Cheese, and I followed the directions to the letter, down to the six cups of water!

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Chelsea May 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

The first thing I made was french toast!

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Sandra May 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I can’t wait to receive my copy of this book! I think the first thing I ever made on my own were chocolate chip cookies. I imagine it was a great, big mess. But we all have to start somewhere right?

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Ruby May 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I know this sounds like I’m sucking up, but my dad and I used to make pancakes every Sunday morning, and that’s definitely the first thing I learned to cook. I remember him teaching me how to crack an egg distinctly, because I did it very badly :).

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Alycia May 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Not counting the Mr. Noodles that I am sure were the first things I “cooked”, it would definitely chocolate chip cookies! We would bake them after school using the Joy of Cooking recipe!

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Jillian May 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! The first thing I learned to make was my mom’s Scottish side of the family’s shortbread :)

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Janet May 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Other than heating up things in the toaster oven or canned stuff on the stove or cookies, my first REAL attempt at cooking something from scratch was a Crepes Suzette recipe out of Seventeen magazine. I made the batter, turned on the stove and poured in the oil. Did I mention that it was a GAS stove? It was…Did I mention that the oil leaked over the side? It did…Did I mention that I almost set the kitchen on fire? ALMOST is the key word…my Mom saved the day!

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emily May 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

the first thing i remember is scrambled eggs.

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Claire May 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm