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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  • Reply Olivia May 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I think the first thing I ever made was marble cake. It was not that amazing πŸ™

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again ! Love to you & AmΓ©lia ! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 =)

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Charlene May 28, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Good Luck and Congrats!!! My first dish was mac and cheese πŸ™‚ the box πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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… πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your day!

  • Reply janet May 28, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Snickerdoodle cookies with my aunt πŸ™‚

  • Reply Beth May 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

    How exciting! Popcorn…lots of popcorn creations.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tammy May 28, 2013 at 3:58 am

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚
    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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 28, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Congrats on the big day! Hooray! You deserve some sparkling wine for sure! πŸ™‚

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply cherie May 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Tuna Salad LOL

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

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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….

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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?

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply TC May 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Leisa May 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

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

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply Holli May 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

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

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚ )I was three and my aunt was looking for ways I keep me occupied after preschool!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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?)

  • Reply 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” πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

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

    grilled cheese!

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Joslyn May 28, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Congrats!

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

  • Reply 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 isnΒ΄t home for dinner.

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply neha gattani May 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

    The first dish I made was a dark chocolate cake.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply adina May 28, 2013 at 7:02 am

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

  • Reply Samantha May 28, 2013 at 7:02 am

    failed attempt of kraft mac and cheese

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚
    Congrats on the book! Looks wonderful!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Diana May 28, 2013 at 7:23 am

    jello the old fashioned way: fruit juice, gelatin

  • Reply 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).

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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:)

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Lili May 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

    The first thing I ever made was sunken apricot cake.

  • Reply 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).

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚ What a wonderful prize box!

    Congrats!

  • Reply Stephanie K May 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

    First dish I remember making was rice krispie treats!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

    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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Laura May 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Chicken fingers in the microwave! They were pretty gross.

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚ 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

  • Reply Stacey May 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

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

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Antonella C May 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

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

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜‰

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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!!!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Chelsee Stith May 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

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

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply julia caraballo May 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My first cooking experience was oatmeal.

  • Reply 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..

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Megan May 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My first cooking experience was chocolate chip cookies!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 canΒ΄t wait to start whipping up some of your pancakes!!

  • Reply Kathy May 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Pancakes..

  • Reply Franziska May 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Congratulations!!! A whole book just about pancakes… sounds heavenly! πŸ™‚
    The first thing I learned to make when I was little was scrambled eggs πŸ˜€
    Greetings from Germany!

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Michele May 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your book!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Sarah May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Does campell’s soup count? πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Michele May 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Oh yeah! I do want to enter for your lovely give-away too…. πŸ™‚

    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.

  • Reply 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. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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! πŸ˜‰ Greetings from Poland! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jen Schneider May 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

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

  • Reply 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!!!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Corinne May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Congratulation! I think my first was chocolate chip cookies.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Amanda P May 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I mastered the grilled cheese at a pretty early age.

    Congrats on the book!

  • Reply Kristel May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

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

  • Reply Leanna May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Grilled cheese.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™ I thank my lucky stars everyday that my palette has matured πŸ™‚ Good luck with the book! Can’t wait to start making pancakes!

  • Reply Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Velvetta mac and cheese because there were only 3 steps!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Sierra May 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

    The first thing I ever learned to make is an omelette πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!!!! πŸ™‚ congrats again!!!!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply 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.

      • Reply Leslie morales May 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply mari May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

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

  • Reply Emily Tapp May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Kim B May 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL looking cookbook!! I’d have to go with scrambled eggs πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elizabeth May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

    chocolate chip cookies

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Abby May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

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

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚ – I can totally relate to your love for pancakes and would love to win the book. Melissa

  • Reply Monique Galvan May 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

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

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

    OMG congratulations!!! Can’t believe it’s here πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jeanette May 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

    The first dish I ever made was PB&J!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply karen May 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply zarpandit May 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!)

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!!!

  • Reply Rafal May 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

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

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Debbie May 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

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

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Antonella C May 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Cheryl Blakley May 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜€

  • Reply 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~

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜›

  • Reply 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!

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

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Caroline K May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Tacos! And I was incredibly proud of 8-year-old self πŸ™‚

    • Reply Caroline K May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

      *my 8-year old self.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Desi May 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

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

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!!!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚ I’m much better now!

  • Reply Michael Ann May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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. :]

  • Reply 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!!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply shari May 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Chocolate chip cookies….still my fav!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Isa May 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The first dish I ever made was “SpΓ€tzle”(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 =).

  • Reply sandy k May 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Rice Krispy Bars

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply tanya1234 May 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

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

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚ But I loved the process!

  • Reply Laura May 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Was Baked Cinnamon apples With My Grandma!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 =)

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply Amanda May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Cherry pie with my gramma. : )

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Debra Lee May 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Actually it was applesauce. So easy!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Lindab May 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Milk toast.

  • Reply Susie May 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

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

  • Reply 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!

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

    Hi,

    The first dish I ever remember making was with my dad πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on the book πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

    Would love to win one of the prize packs!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 ; )

  • Reply April May 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Either cinnamon toast or scrambled eggs.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚ Plus, who doesn’t love Essie?

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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, πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply marla May 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

    i tihnk it was either pancakes or eggs!

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

    Mac and Cheese!!!!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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. =)

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply Jan R May 28, 2013 at 10:24 am

    THAT was a long time ago…probably eggs!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Caitlin May 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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??

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Anika May 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Brownies from a box!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Afton May 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

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

    congrats!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Ashley May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Orlane May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

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

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rachael May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    My first was sugar cookies for Christmas πŸ™‚ Congratulation on your book!!!

  • Reply 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!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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! πŸ˜€

    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.

  • Reply 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)!

  • Reply Sherri May 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

    My first was oatmeal cookies

  • Reply ELIZABETH GATSOULI May 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

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

  • Reply 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 itΒ΄s very easy to do πŸ˜›

    Congratulations on your book!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Nicole Sadowsky May 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

    The first dish I ever made was Chicken Avocado Soup.

  • Reply Emma May 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

    My first dish was probably ramen…

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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:)

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Diana May 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Kraft mac and cheese! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!?

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

    • Reply Aaron May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

      family’s. idiot.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply MELANIE May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Kraft Mac & Cheese!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!!!!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Lisa P May 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

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

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Juliette May 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Scrambled eggs, of course.

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Melanie May 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Chocolate chip cookies with my grandmother πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Shannon May 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Scrambled eggs in the microwave. Came out pretty good!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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….

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Emily May 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I made fresh salsa!!

  • Reply caitlin redmond May 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Cheesecake with my mom! Still one of my favorites.

  • Reply Ashley May 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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

  • Reply 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.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Krista May 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Michelle May 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Grilled cheese

  • Reply Holley May 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats x 1000!!!

    I used to make mustard and Doritos sandwiches. πŸ™

  • Reply 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 )-:

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜‰

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply sharyl wolter May 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I think it was probably tuna fish casserole.

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Yuli S May 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    SpΓ€tzle! Which I to this day still think of as a pancake-noodle.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Charlene May 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Scrambled eggs and toast. Would love to win this πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Philby May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Spaghetti!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Megan May 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Meghan Teska May 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My very first dish was chocolate chip cookies.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply Dior May 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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

  • Reply Caroline May 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Brianna May 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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 : )

  • Reply Jen P May 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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

  • Reply Augustina fekete May 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Crepes! and boy were they thick.

    thrilled about your book’!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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).

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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

  • Reply Katy May 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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. (:

  • Reply 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).

  • Reply Jordan May 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Kraft Mac N Cheese for sure!!

  • Reply 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! : )

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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).

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply aljosa May 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Mine were also panecakes, but more crepes :).

  • Reply Tammy May 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    My first was snickledoodle cookies.

  • Reply Diana May 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Congratulations! And thanks for the generous giveaway πŸ™‚ 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜‰
    I’m sad, I can’t make meals though a little like you…

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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!

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

    I think it was vanilla cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply melissa May 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    congratulations on the book! and what a great topic. πŸ™‚

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

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kimberly May 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

  • Reply 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!)

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Kate Mai May 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I think the first thing I ever made was eggs.

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Meagan May 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    My first dish was ramen πŸ™‚ Thank you for the giveaway!!

  • Reply BΓ©nΓ©dicte 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Kimi May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I made brownies

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚ 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Jamie May 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Scrambled eggs for Sunday breakfast!

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Alexandra AraΓΊjo May 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    A cake with my grandma πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Haka May 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Yay! Congrats on your book. πŸ™‚ 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.

  • Reply Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Tuna noodle casserole for my great aunts.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!