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Cooking is 80 percent confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice.
- Barbara Kingsolver

Poll #1807511 Cooking is 80% confidence

At what age did you make your first (cooked) dish or meal on your own?

0 - 5
6 - 9
10 - 13
14 - 17

Bonus points: what did you cook?


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Jan. 2nd, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Do! That's fun. :)
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Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
That's how I learned to answer the telephone. :) (I was too shy until necessity forced me into it!)
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I don't get bonus points, 'cause I honestly don't remember what I made. I know that very early on I was making rice and mashed potatoes and various other dinner side dishes, and shortly thereafter I was making entire meals for the family of 7. Making food for the family was never a big deal (Like "Oooo! Amanda's FIRST meal!") it was more like "Make dinner NOW!". My mom has never been big on cooking and by the time I was 11 I was making dinner 4-7 nights a week... which continued until I left home at 23!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I forget, are you the oldest? It seems like oldest kids fall into cooking sooner/more often than younger ones do.
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Nope, not the oldest, just the responsiblest! I have two older sisters and two younger brothers.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Nope, not the oldest, just the responsiblest!

That's the truth!
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
I really don't remember! I should see if Mama does. Although with so many of us, she probably doesn't ;)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I doubt my mom could remember even with just three of us. :D
Dec. 31st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not 100% sure of the age, but Melinda and I were baking cookies from a pretty young age. I've always helped in the kitchen, so it's hard for me to remember my first dish. If it wasn't cookies, probably boxed macaroni and cheese was one of the early foods prepared. :-)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's maddeningly difficult to remember actual details! I know I helped make things (especially cookies - I loved taking them off the pans) from a very, very young age, but I really had to guess about when I started to actually mix things together on my own.
Dec. 31st, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I probably baked cookies by myself before I ever made a meal... but whatever I first made was definitely something mostly prepackaged with instructions. :-)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely. :D improvisation comes later!

Adorable icon, btw. :) That's going to be Molly soon!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I cooked a lot from a young age with my mom and dad, but not really on my own (other than desserts) until I went to college. Are you going to answer the poll?
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
I did. :)

I'm pretty sure I largely did desserts early on. And then side dishes ... and really only learned how to cook meat WELL* in the last few years.

* not, however, well-done. Praise heavens I finally learned the joy of a med-rare steak.
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