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Jan 8, 2007 04:52 AM

Do you remember the first dish you ever cooked?

I like MFK Fisher's story of the "Hindu Eggs" she cooked for her sister as a young girl, adding curry powder so liberally that her lips blistered. But she was too proud to admit defeat and ate them all.

I used to spend my free periods at school in the library, reading cookbooks. I was 11 years old. Having pored over the creme caramel recipe for weeks, I finally signed it out of the library, went home and made the damn things in a bain marie (I went to a French school so this didn't sound too alien to me!). They turned out perfect and I was hooked for life (in culinary school now).

What was your first culinary milestone, successful or otherwise?

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  1. I've been making omelettes since I was about eight or nine, I believe. They always tasted good to me.

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    1. re: Euonymous

      Oh, similarly, I made scrambled eggs. I was happy with them. Eggs are still my go-to dish!

      1. re: thegolferbitch

        scrambled eggs, too. i once accidnetly dropped bread into the mixture of eggs and splash of milk and figured out the french toast. i have since mastered the two.

          1. re: jenniebnyc

            scrambled eggs here! Imaginary spaghetti when I was 4 doesn't count does it.

        1. re: RGC1982

          scrambled eggs with salsa.... I was so proud of that one! I served them to friends at sleepovers and couldn't resist asking..... "sooo you like them, right?"

      2. I think I was about 10 years old.

        I wanted to make some sort of super elegant creamy hors d'oeuvre-type thing.

        My mom defrosted some of her homemade pastry and I mixed up some leftover roast pork with a bunch of random things and topped with cheese.

        It wasn't quite god-awful, but darn close.

        BUT, I haven't looked back....I was making casseroles in white sauce (included making roux) by my 11th birthday. :)

        1. Cinnamon toast. I think I was seven or so, and saw the recipe in some kid's cookbook. Just your typical toast the bread, butter it, make a cinnamon/sugar mixture and sprinkle it thickly over the bread and then toast in the oven for a few minutes, but boy, it was the greatest thing ever for me for quite a while.

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          1. re: JasmineG

            This was mine too and about the same age. I took out a book from the library called "Cooking for Boys" and made the cinnamon toast and then scrambled eggs shortly thereafter.

            1. re: JasmineG

              Haha, that must have been the first thing I made as well. Boy, to be able to have some sugary thing w/ butter any time I wanted was a miracle. I learned to tell my Mom I was having toast...just not what kind.

            2. I was eight. I had given my Mom a big yellow cookbook for X-mas...hint, hint. She was not a cook. Not at all.

              She never read it. This disturbed me. So I read it. I made flan one night. I was from then on known as the cook in the house.

              1. French toast on a snow day from school. I think I was 8 or 9.