Tell VT: What’s the first dish you cooked as a kid?

By Vegetarian Times July 6, 2012

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We want to know: What’s the first thing you ever cooked as a kid? Share your answer below and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of Vegetarian Times.

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When I was in the 4th grade or maybe before, I got so I could make mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits all from scratch. My father liked those things and so did I. All this was accomplished on a 2 burner kerosene stove while my parents were out working in the fields. When my mother came home she'd make a salad or vegetable and we'd have a great meal.

Edna - 2014-09-24 00:41:58

My Aunt Betty used to babysit my sister and I sometimes and taught me how to make bread. One day when I was 12, I made my Aunt Betty's bread recipe by myself...and surprised my parents...when they came home...I had 13 loaves of bread all over the counter!

Marsha - 2014-03-26 05:10:16

I think it was eggs, but I would always forget the butter at the bottom of the pan.

salihah muhammad - 2013-03-25 19:42:45

A surprise breakfast for the family. Cooked on the stovetop of my yellow lightbulb powered oven. I was making pancakes but, ran out of flour so I made up for it with baking soda. I figured since they were both soft and white, no one would notice. What a surprise it was!

Julie Lamontagne - 2013-03-02 17:12:47

the first thing i ever made was from scratch was a simple white cake, it was HIT at my moms birthday party!

joe.ayala - 2012-12-24 22:25:52

"Waffle Soup" - basically a toasted waffle, torn up and mixed with cut-up strawberries, bananas and yogurt.

Bug - 2012-11-19 16:59:55

The egg in a hole toast.

Arika - 2012-09-14 19:40:06

First ever cooked by myself was scrambled eggs, then I graduated to Mac N cheese and other things followed I was around 11 when I cooked by myself for the first time

Wendy Trujillo - 2012-08-20 19:33:49

Apparently, when I was about 2 years old, my mom awoke at about 2a.m. to a little girl's giggling from somewhere in the house. Suspicious (wouldnt you be?), she got up and went to investigate. She found me, standing on a chair by the stove trying to make some eggs... shells and all. Luckily, I had been clueless about the whole fire and heat thing. Needless to say, I wound up back in bed. A couple decades later, I am a professional vegetarian chef.

Amanda Reineke - 2012-08-19 17:50:34

I helped in the kitchen as far back as I can remember, but as about an 11-12 year old a girl friend and I decided to make dinner for our parents and we made swedish meatballs, (not veggie back then) the sauce had golden raisens in it, and they swelled up, we served it and my brother said why are there all these slugs in our dinner - he was right those golden raisens all swelled up looked like slugs all over! I still don't eat cooked raisens!

Kim - 2012-08-19 17:39:52

My Italian immigrant mother made darn sure I could make great tomato sauce from a young age. It remains a staple in my vegan repertoire!

Maria Bevacqua - 2012-08-19 14:47:37

The first thing I made as a child was my mom's coffee cake recipe. I remember standing at her elbow learning how to "cut in" the butter to make the topping. Years later while searching for the recipe, we found where my father filed it in her recipe box under T, for tasty crumb topping!

Nancy Meiler - 2012-08-15 20:15:40

Every year for as long as I can remember I have helped my mom make my birthday cake (and many other sweet treats). Therefore my first recipe would have to be a Raspberry Walnut Cake - my childhood birthday favorite - or my grandmother's version of oatmeal raisin coconut cookies, a recipe made almost once a month.

Carmen - 2012-08-06 23:53:49

My mother has never been a fan of cooking, so my childhood was pretty devoid of kitchen opps, but I clearly remember a time I was with my best friend and we made homemade ravioli. It was the first time I felt a part of the magic that could happen in the kitchen. Today, I love coming up with special foods and techniques that keep me in that magical realm.

Cris R - 2012-08-06 13:25:56

My earliest memory of being involved in the kitchen was with my mom and younger sister making hundreds of cheese blintzes. Mom would cook the batter in special blintz pans and we'd get to fill them and fold them. Then, after mom cooked them in butter, we'd eat some, freeze many and give more away! No blintz I've ever tried anywhere else has ever compared.

Andrea K - 2012-08-05 15:32:33