Tuesday, April 05, 2011


My younger ds made chocolate chip cookies today!

I've put together some "adult skills" courses for the boys, and the first one is baking.  In a nutshell, they learn to bake several things independently and when they 'graduate' they throw a party for their friends and serve some of their favorites.  (There's also meal preparation, grocery shopping, and home maintenance classes, but that's another post.) 

Anyway, he choose to make the cookies for his first lesson so I told him that it was the very first recipe I learned how to make from my mom.  He thought about that a bit then said maybe he could teach it to his kids and did grandma learn it from her mom?  I didn't know the answer to that.  But I'm excited that he's excited about baking/cooking.

Making the cookies with him and then having creamed egg on toast for dinner got me thinking about learning to cook as a child.  Those two recipes are the oldest of the handful I can make from memory.  What I like to cook has changed a lot since then, but I'll never forget my first lessons.  I feel very fortunate to have had a mother who took the time to teach me.  Oh, and those first chocolate chip cookies are still the best.

What about you?  What was the first thing you learned to cook/bake?  What recipes can you cook from memory?  Who taught you?


Jess Rodriguez said...

My first was also chocolate chip cookies and I have commited it to memory and I enjoy making them with Olivia she gets as excited as I do!

Ruth said...

I'm glad to know I took the time to teach you something, too! The first thing I learned to bake was a chocolate cake. It was when we lived in Scotland, where chocolate cake was unheard of, and my Dad taught me!

Emily said...

My first was "chinese" noodles. And then burritos. I still have to use recipes for all baked goods. I'm not much of a cook. :)

Darrell said...

Toast. Only I found out a few weeks ago that I don't do a very good job applying the butter. It seems that you need to get the butter to the edges so that the cinnamon sugar sticks.