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Do you remember what the first dish you prepared from a recipe was?

A friend's daughter asked me for a foolproof recipe as she's taken an interest in cooking and her Mom doesn't cook. I gave her a few and then she asked me what the first dish I made from a recipe was.

I didn't even have to think about it as it was a defining moment for me (I was 7 years old)...it was a recipe from the back of a Jello box where you stirred in fruit and topped with Cool Whip. Ok, definitely not rocket science but to think I was able to make something my family hadn't eaten before was so exciting for me. Prior to that I'd made bacon and eggs, toast and of course sandwiches. No recipes required!!

What about you? Do you remember the first dish you prepared from a recipe?

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  1. They were called English Toffee bars.. I can't remember anything else about them! But my brother and I made them when our mother was out of town. I know that I was about 8 or 9..

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    1. re: rstuart

      rstaurt, were the English toffee bars covered entirely in chocolate?

      1. re: HillJ

        The top was. It was more of a square/slice.. I think that it was from one of the Susan Mendelson cookbooks, which my mother still has her basement. I started "helping" her bake probably when I was around 4 or so.. mixing and measuring ingredient for Marcia's cookies from Fanny Farmer (I think). And all of the Christmas cookies starting from when I was very little.. I was allowed to place the sliced maraschino cherries on the shortbread!

        1. re: rstuart

          What a nice memory, rs. Christmas cooking baking was a big deal in my home but I don't have any memory of doing anything in the kitchen until I hit elementary school. You got an early start!!

          1. re: HillJ

            I always loved baking, as does my mother. I am sure that I got in the way, but my mother was very patient with me!

            1. re: rstuart

              Me too. I love how it makes the whole house smell good.

    2. My Dad was the weekend breakfast guy. Somewhere around my 7th year he started to let me help. I'd break two dozen eggs, whip in milk, s&p and a touch of brandy. Those 24 eggs made 2 batches of super plain but very aromatic omelettes to feed all six of us. I still own the step stool I stood on to break those eggs. We ate this meal nearly every Sunday as a family along with roasted potatoes & onions and sliced fruit (usually oranges and bananas). Then we'd all get in the wagon and head out to the bridal factory to check on the next week of orders.

      First dish: Pop's omelette.

      1. Shortbread cookies with my grandmother back when I was six or seven.

        1. French toast. I was in 3rd or 4th grade.

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          1. re: Kelli2006

            mine was in the breakfasts realm too I think, and this thread reminded me to post the recipe to the pancake thread:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/638792

            I think the recipe is otherwise lost to the seas of time. I'm not sure how old I was when I started making that, but I was pretty young. And I just made them today for my 17month old daughter!

            The other recipe that was maybe my first was one that I brought home from kindergarten around thanksgiving "Grandmother's Cranberry Bread". I still make it every thanksgiving and it's always a hit. Very orange-y

          2. Probably brownies. A stick of butter, a couple squares of baking chocolate, sugar, flour, two eggs... one pot and into a pan to bake.