Thursday, June 10, 2010

First thing I ever an oven

There is this great blog called Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. The "girl" is Gluten-Free like me! Well, on Twitter today, she challenged her followers to blog about the first thing they ever cooked as a kid. I said, "Biscuit Pizza's" but now that I truly think about it, it was something else entirely. I was five or six and alone with a baby-sitter. The Biscuit Pizza story was so interesting in my head as I wrote it. Now, I have to start over.

My brother, Andrew, was a baby. So, my parents, desperate for a night out, left us with our baby-sitter who shall remain nameless (fairly certain we are facebook friends). I decided that I was going to make a cake as a welcome home gift for my parents. Who knows where the sitter was. I got to work! I broke out my mom's "Better Homes & Gardens" red and white gingham cookbook (she still has it by the way) and chose what I thought would be the yummiest treat: Lemon Pudding Cake. I set my first grade self to work reading the ingredients, pretending how to measure, and making a masterpiece. I remember the baby-sitter coming in at some point. I think we baked it. The only thing I can remember is the taste. Oh my word was it bad. It tasted like pure salt! It was the grossest concoction known to man. I also remember the mess. It looked like a bomb exploded in the kitchen...just in time for mom and dad to waltz through the door.

Out of curiosity, I just went and pulled my own BH&G off of the counter. No Lemon Pudding Cake to be found. Maybe my version wasn't so bad after all. Maybe that cake was a bomb.


  1. Oh yeah. I should mention, if anyone wants to do this, go for it! It's really fun to take a trip down memory lane!

    This is supposed to be for Monday but I'll be on vacation. :)

  2. that is so cute--i actually must say, I wrote about the first thing i cooked that was edible. I did have a very similar experience with a cake.

  3. Very cute post! I remember that book!

  4. I LOVE lemon pudding cake and my copy of that cookbook does have it. My mom says she made it often as a teenager in the sixties. They were poor and she couldn't make things with fancy ingredients like nuts or chocolate often, but the ingredients for lemon pudding cake were almost always around (California = lemon tree in the yard).

    Growing up in Oregon, I was more likely to have the ingredients for chocolate pudding cake, which is the same thing but with cocoa instead of lemon.