Sarah F says:
I “liked” them on Facebook. The first food I learned to make was grilled cheese (if you don’t count air-popped popcorn!)
You are amazing! I got goosebumps reading how much you donated! Bravo! I can’t wait to see what you cook up next–your recipes are phenomenal and I can’t wait for what’s next!
What a great organization! I like them on Facebook. I DO live near LA and will certainly be looking into possibly volunteering. My first food making experience was pierogi with my grandmother. I was the official dough roller and pierogi edge crimper.
What a great organization! I liked on FaceBook and am going to post to my home page. The first thing I learned to “cook” was probably tuna fish salad/sandwiches — if you don’t count toast. But my favorite food memory is gutting fish my mother caught. She LOVED to fish and in the summertime, she went out at least a couple of times a week in her little boat and almost always brought back a catch of some sort. In retrospect, she was probably THRILLED to have a kid who actually enjoyed the smelly, messy job of cleaning fish. (It was a special bonus to find roe inside the trout!) At this point in life, I can’t imagine what I found so appealing, other than being part of the experience with her. My mom died in 1996 (she was in her 80′s) but I still have her fish knife.
Hope! Thanks for sharing this story. I love it so much… what a lovely memory for you to cherish, along with the knife. So awesome.
Heather Clements says:
What an awesome organization!! I liked them on FB and followed them on Twitter. I would have to say the first thing I cooked as a kid (I should say baked) are biscuits. You know us southerners and our biscuits…lol
When I was a kid (in the mid-50′s), I’d cut up cheese in a sauce pan, heat it until it melted and some of the oil separated, then eat the more intensely flavored cheese. I was too young to be fat-phobic, just really liked the taste of cheese! Still do.
Around the same age, I’d use that same pan to melt butter and add Cheerios, stir until they soaked up the butter, then snack on them. Don’t judge me on the Cheerios – I was a kid!
Mom let me play in the kitchen. I put blue food coloring in my milk and she said it reminded her of rat poison (because of the color), but she let me do it anyway.
And I have a K-Bar knife that my grandfather used at the butcher counter in his grocery store. He died years before I was born, so the knife must be at least 70 years old (I’m 64).
I “liked” them on facebook and thanks for supporting such a great cause. My mom never really let me in the kitchen as a kid, so as soon as I was on my own I wanted to learn as much as I could. I wish I got an early start like these kids.
I liked them on Facebook. Thanks for supporting them!!! First thing I learned to cook – scrambled eggs
I don’t twitter, so followed them on Facebook. What a fabulous program!
My first food that I “cooked” myself was fried bologna. Stick a slice in the microwave and nuke until it turns into a cup-shape and the edges get crispy. If you really want to go all-out, stick half a slice of american cheese in the cup!
That sounds so crappy and SO SO SO yummy.
The first food I learned to make was scrambled eggs…but his couldn’t have been far behind. Once a year or so I decide I am hungry for it. I go to the deli, buy one slice of bologna, beg a piece of American cheese off a neighbor, and make it. It’s especially delicious on white bread, of course.
Done! First thing I probably made was hard boiled eggs. I remember coming home from school, boiling up a few and then mashing them in a cup with some salt.
Followed them on Twitter! While it’s probably not the actual first food I learned to make, it’s the first I remember. My mom’s family used to take car trips every summer to Cape Cod when she was a girl and they ALWAYS stopped at this particular place for Chicken Chow Mein Sandwiches. The family loved them so much, that my Grandma orders the specific gravy powder and noodles from that company and always makes sure her kids are stocked up. She even used to mail me the supplies when I was away at college. It’s my ultimate childhood comfort food that my brother and I learned to make for when our mom had to work late. So easy, so delicious, so non-Paleo. I miss it dearly!!!
I wrote an article last year about egg foo yung, and while I was researching it, learned all kinds of fasctinating things about American Chinese food, including chow mein. That sandwich sounds awesome.
I “liked” them on Facebook- thanks for posting the link because they are kind of hard to find otherwise.
Again, so glad you chose Common Threads to support- the transformation some of the students go through from the beginning to the end of the program is truly remarkable. Amazing what a little bit of trust and teaching can do.
The first thing I remember learning to cook was scrambled eggs! (But no need to enter me in the giveaway, I believe I still have all the recipes from when I worked with them a couple years ago).
This is so exciting! I am so thankful to have learned about this great organization through you.
And thank you SO MUCH for putting “Well Fed” out there for people like me who need to find a whole new way of cooking/eating/thinking/living! I just finished my very first Whole30, and I have absolutely no desire to go back to my former way of life. Seriously. With all of the delicious food I was experiencing during April, I had NOT ONE CRAVING. Amazing, wonderful, beautiful. Wow.
I liked Common Threads on facebook! I think the first food I learned to cook was brownies back when I was a kid.
My first creation was a blue cake with coconut frosting and no recipe. I believe I put an Ariel figurine in top lol
Kerry V says:
What a wonderful program!! As an adult I could still learn from a program like this!! I did like Common Threads on Facebook. One of the first things that I made on my own were sugar cookies. Unfortunately, I overcooked them and they turned out blck. My brother laughed at me. He laughed even harder when the dog didn’t want to eat the cookies either!!
I liked them on facebook! One of the first things that I learned to cook as a kid was homemade biscuits; my grandmother would make them fresh every morning!
I liked them on Facebook. What a great organization!
I can’t remember the first food I made, but I do remember being home alone (age and baking cookies. Once done baking, I cleaned the kitchen and took the cookies back to a teacher at my school. A few days later, when the teacher thanked my mom for the home baked cookies, my mom figured out what I had done. It’s probably the last time I cleaned the kitchen up that well!! I still love to bake!
Not sure what happened, but the smiley face was supposed to be the number eight and a parenthesis. lol
I like Common Threads on FB! What a neat organization!
Follow on Twitter: check!
This is, like, the AWESOMEST thing ever! I hope it keeps growing–we need a program like this in Canada, too!
The first thing I ever made was breakfast in bed for my parents. I had ambitions of creating this gorgeous salad from a kid’s cookbook (veggies for breakfast–yay!), but all we had from the recipe was celery (or possibly baby carrots) and Velveeta. My parents were very diplomatic that morning… although I did eventually improve after I learned to make chocolate chip pancakes!
Followed on twitter… first food I learned to make? Either jello or top ramen, heh. Neither of those is really “food” though. I didn’t ever really cook for myself until after I moved out of the house, off to college.
I did help dad degut a lot of shrimp though… (which is why I really can’t stand the thought of eating it now)
What a cool organization!
I liked CT on Facebook. I first learned to cook Kraft macaroni and cheese. The ones shaped like cartoon characters always seemed to taste better than the regular ones. Never figured that out.
I checked out the website and saw that the program is on break in Miami which is where near I live. I’m going to see about volunteering when it starts back up in December. While I was looking at the website I saw there is a wish list page and I’m going to go through my overstocked kitchen and see what I can donate.
I’m also following them on Twitter and liked them on Facebook.
The first thing I made by myself was my grandmother’s oatmeal cookies. She lived a couple of hours away from our house and when she would come visit she would always bring cookies of some sort. My favorite were the oatmeal because she would leave out the raisins which I detested (still do). Well, on one visit my older brother ate all of the cookies before I got even one of them. I despised him at the time, but realize now that he was a growing teenager and had no control over a tupperware container of sugar laden cookies. and have since begrudgingly forgiven him.
Before I realized all of the cookies were gone my grandmother had already gone home. I pouted about it for awhile and then decided to call her on the phone and ask her to send more cookies. She suggested I make them myself and told me to get a pencil and a piece of paper and she gave me the recipe to write down. The ingredient list was simple and we had everything in the pantry so as soon as I got off the phone I followed her directions implicitly and made my first batch of grandma’s oatmeal cookies. They were nowhere near as good as hers (I think I confused tablespoons and teaspoons) but I still didn’t share any with my brother.
Rae Ellen Gutrich says:
I am a Chef Instructor at Common Threads in Chicago. I wanted to thank you for supporting our organization! I’ve been with Common Threads for four years and cannot tell you how much I love working with the kids each semester!!! They are amazing and learn so much each class. I truley believe if you give kids the knowledge to be thoughtful of the process (planting, purchasing,cooking and eating) they will embrace it and have it become apart of their lives. Thank you for supporting that cause!!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by! And kudos to you for working with Common Threads. It seems like such a great experience for the kids and the chefs. I’m jealous!
Thank YOU for doing what you do. I’m excited to do our part to support your work.
liked them on FB. I think I probably learned to cook chicken noodle soup or something like that!
I’ve only just begun following you and exploring your website, but find you amazingly inspirational…I love the positive energy you spread through your site. I’ve liked Common Threads on FB and the first thing I learned to make as a kid was Margaret Fulton’s chocolate chip cookies. They are the ultimate and I think mum only taught me how to make them so I would stop hassling her to make them haha. They are still my ultimate treat of choice today and mum made them and sent them over to me whilst I was deployed to the Middle East last year. Still yet to Paleo-ise them, but will work on that.
Thanks for your inspiration Mel.
Thank you for this sweet note! I’m glad you found me and are enjoying the site.
That’s a great story about the cookies. So lovely! I think cookies are pretty easy to paleo-ize — just swap in almond flour. Give it a shot!
Thanks for reading — stay in touch!
Liked! I think the first food I learned to make was cake. My mom would let me help her everytime she made one. (:
Followed on Twitter and contacted my local organizer about volunteering! Such an awesome cause, thank you for sharing!
Oh, and I think the first “food” I made on my own (probably without my mother’s permission) was brownies from a boxed mix haha.
I did both fb and twitter <3
I love this blog post and I cannot tell you how exciting it is to see so much support. Melissa we are so thankful for your involvement and generosity!
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