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Totally random question, do you recall the very FIRST thing you ever cooked 100% on your own?

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Them directions bring back fun memories from scout campouts

when nobodys lookin sneak a can of beans unopened into the coals of the campfire then nonchalontly get some distance with a good view and watch the action unfold, learned a lot in the scouts
We always had some newby not knowing to punch a small hole in his dinner can before sticking it up against a heat source,,,,ka-boom time for sure.
 

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The kitchen was my mom’s domain and trespass wasn’t allowed, so cans of shit in a fire with my friends, when I was a kid. But totally on my own would have been grill cheese sandwiches in the barracks cooked with an iron after ironing a uniform, a little dry from the lack of butter but edible.
 

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I don't remember clearly but it was probably 7th or 8th grade when I started making pancakes or waffles from scratch - Mom grew up on a farm so pre-mixed anything was an alien concept to me. I started making cakes and other desserts from scratch when I was in high school because I was on the wrestling team and was always hungry.

I still make pancakes for my 12 year-old - mini-choco-chips with Aunt Jemima pre-mix mostly because he likes to ask for a certain number of a certain size and it's difficult to dial in the egg/ingredient ratio.

I also cook authentic Mexican food when I have time for it. I made Carnitas for my advanced Army MOS school class and two soldiers (both born in Mexico and immigrated as children) were begging me for the leftovers. I never use canned Frijoles and rarely even measure ingredients nor use a written recipe other than to consider alternative ingredients. Before I got back into the Army reserves - which gave me access to the commissary at local bases over here - I had made my own Tortilla press and was making my own Tortillas.
 
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