When I was a kid, I figured I'd get married at 18 and I should be prepared. So, I started collecting recipes. I figured I'd have to feed the brute who was going to let me be a stay-at-home wife.
Well, things didn't work out that way. I went off to work and stayed single for a VERY LONG TIME. And when I finally got married, it was Mr. Ivy who did (and still does) at least 75% of the meal prep. (Mostly so he can get a decent meal, although I've gotten better at cooking in the past couple of years.)
I was poking around in the basement a couple of weeks ago and found my little recipe box. Boy, my handwriting was a LOT neater in those days. (These days I have to squint and sometimes use a magnifying glass on my handwriting to figure out what the heck I've written.) And darned if that little recipe box didn't contain 95% cakes, cookies, quick bread and muffin recipes. Yup, I've got a sweet tooth, and my baking has always been better than my cooking.
I'm ecstatic because I've found the recipe I always used for pumpkin bread. It was one of the first recipes I made all by myself. I haven't been able to make it for years before I lost the copy I had. Thank goodness it was a copy--because there's the original bad boy in that little gray file box. (I'm going to type it up and put it on the computer.)
Yesterday was grocery day and a big can of pumpkin went into the grocery cart. Got the walnuts, too. Ain't nothing like toasted pumpkin bread for breakfast. Ahhhhhh....
What's the first recipe you remember making all by yourself?