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  1. Sandra Spalding – Making ice cream in a zip loc bag. Part of being a preschool teacher is to introduce science in fun ways. And what better way than cooking. After what felt like hours of me and the students shaking the baggy, we finally had ice cream. But, man were our arms and hands tired, haha. Worth it? I don’t know. Next time I am just going to buy them a tub of it.
  2. Celia D. Scribner – The time my daughter graduated from undergrad… I worked for 2 days preparing for a last minute party. Coming up with hot / cold dishes, salads and entrees, gathering decorations ( everything had to match ) oh my felt it was never ending and feeling like something was missing but everyone was very happy especially her which is all that mattered. Now she is back in college making everyone proud.
  3. Celia D. Scribner – OMG i just went though all kinds of stuff with Disqus confirming e-mail etc and still cannot post why? why can’t i receive help?
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  5. Celia D. Scribner deedee walker – You are posting just write your story in the box and post..
  6. Pammie Burman – Pretty much every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even though it’s just my son NIck and me now days, I enjoy putting on a full holiday meal for each. I know it would be easier (and probably cheaper) to go out for those meals, there’s just something about having a turkey or ham in the oven and all the sides ready to cook and lay out on the table.
  7. Adrienne – Macarons!!… Just for the head-ups, I don’t like the fact that sometimes macarons look like regular biscuit sandwiches and was the hardest I did so far. Yet, I love them and everybody loves them of course.
  8. meanlady – December 25th 1995 my husband and i got married that year i decided to invite both our families for dinner , I had never made a turkey dinner with all the sides before let alone for other people not knowing how many people a 30 lbs turkey would feed i also prepared a ham i put the turkey in early in the morning everything else just came together it came off with out a hitch everyone enjoyed it and now 25 years later i still cook the Christmas dinner for the families
  9. Connie Henry – I love too cook and bake. That said, I really don’t try very hard but I constantly get comments on my cooking.
  10. Lee S – I invited my then-boyfriend and my whole family to Thanksgiving (5 siblings, parents, nieces and nephews), having never cooked a turkey in my life. I started prepping and cooking 3 days beforehand and stayed up most of the night basting the turkey so it wouldn’t be dry or burn. Needless to say, the house smelled wonderful when folks started arriving, the meal was a huge success (no burnt turkey!), and the boyfriend became my husband a couple years later! 🙂
  11. ramadevi – It happened when I was 12 years old. I never cook and never did much at home because my sisters are 3 years and 5 years elder than me. I just used to go to grocery most of the times. Also to the flour machine to make flour etc. But not in cooking at all. My mother got hospitalized. All my sisters got married. 1 brother who is working and living with us. My dad said to make something to eat. My dad never cooked but he do all other work at home. I used to watch my mother all the time in the kitchen. So I tried my best. We had real fire wood stoves. I need to lit the fire with wood sticks. There was lots of smoke in the kitchen. It is an art to keep the fire burning without smoke. I made rice but ti came like pudding. Then eggplant curry was made but it was very sour. For me it was very difficult. I do not know where to start and how. I took day off that day. Finally the food is ready. I served food to my brother, he was hungry. I was mad at me and passed all negative comments. I was very unhappy and sad because I could not serve tasty food when my brother was hungry. Then my dad came, my brother complained that I made very bad lunch. When I served lunch to my dad, he said it is good and no problem he said. He said ” ummm, yummy, only little salty but I mix very lightly with rice, good”. Like that my dad made all positive comments and said to my brother that as a small girl, first time cooking, he should appreciate me. My dad was unhappy with my brother. That was my dad. That was my first day of cooking, I made rice and egg plant curry and tomato soup. It was very labored and long day cooking in my life. Starting the fire itself is very difficult, that is why my dad appreciated me, he knows how I might have struggled in the kitchen when making food for them.

$.50 Winners

  1. Ken Grant – Made tamales once … once … never do that again. I love tamales, but making them …. not going to happen.
  2. Ray Ayala – I went to a “get rich” seminar that included a free meal. I worked really hard for that meal, because I had to listen to 2 hours of sales pitches and pressure to enroll in “financial education.” Then, the audience was surprised, because we thought we would be having a sit down meal afterwards in the hotel dining room. Instead, they passed out box lunches and bottled water. With no tables, we had to eat from our laps and place the bottled water on the floor. I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch. So, that is definitely the hardest I worked on a meal
  3. Sylvia – As a newly married woman I hosted Thanksgiving in my tiny apartment with an even tinier kitchen. I prepped and cooked for days since I had limited oven and fridge space. I remember our dinner was split across multiple stoves in our apartment building and I would dash from neighbors apartments to check on each course. It was crazy exhausting but probably one of the best holidays of my life.
  4. Cathy Deslippe – A very large shower that I put on for a young lady that had a baby, 100 guests which all came. I have never worked so hard in my life, I remember two carts full of everything I needed and making sure I had everything on my list. From a Watermelon cut out like a cradle filled with different fruit inside, rolled sandwiches that were done the night before, cut in the morning. A vegetable display and a homemade dip, a steaming pot of homemade chicken soup in my crockpot, and most of all the punch. The cake was the Lion King which I did a slap cake with characters with a forest background. It was the hardest cooking I have ever done, looking back I really enjoyed it and was proud of myself for the way everything looked and how everyone especially the young lady and the baby had a wonderful time. Hard work paid off.
  5. Deana F – Cooking my 1st Thanksgiving meal for my family without help. I was determined to make my mom and grama proud. I nearly set my hair on fire trying to get the turkey out of the oven. I’d been up for 24 hours. My arms and feet and head ached but by the dinner time, my family was amazed at all the goodies!
  6. ramadevi – It happened when I was 12 years old. I never cook and never did much at home because my sisters are 3 years and 5 years elder than me. I just used to go to grocery most of the times. Also to the flour machine to make flour etc. But not in cooking at all. My mother got hospitalized. All my sisters got married. 1 brother who is working and living with us. My dad said to make something to eat. My dad never cooked but he do all other work at home. I used to watch my mother all the time in the kitchen. So I tried my best. We had real fire wood stoves. I need to lit the fire with wood sticks. There was lots of smoke in the kitchen. It is an art to keep the fire burning without smoke. I made rice but ti came like pudding. Then eggplant curry was made but it was very sour. For me it was very difficult. I do not know where to start and how. I took day off that day. Finally the food is ready. I served food to my brother, he was hungry. I was mad at me and passed all negative comments. I was very unhappy and sad because I could not serve tasty food when my brother was hungry. Then my dad came, my brother complained that I made very bad lunch. When I served lunch to my dad, he said it is good and no problem he said. He said ” ummm, yummy, only little salty but I mix very lightly with rice, good”. Like that my dad made all positive comments and said to my brother that as a small girl, first time cooking, he should appreciate me. My dad was unhappy with my brother. That was my dad. That was my first day of cooking, I made rice and egg plant curry and tomato soup. It was very labored and long day cooking in my life. Starting the fire itself is very difficult, that is why my dad appreciated me, he knows how I might have struggled in the kitchen when making food for them.
  7. Js – This has to be the time I made ravioli from scratch. Sounds pretty simple when you can describe it in one sentence but it was far more involved than that! I actually prepared 5 different varieties of ravioli and made the pasta for the ravioli shells by hand. After I had made all of the stuffing ingredients, it was time to turn my attention to the pasta. I am sure most cooks know how to make pasta with your hands but for those who don’t, once you start kneading you can’t stop until the dough is ready to roll out. I make my flour volcano and add the eggs to the middle so that I can start mxing/kneading it. If you stop before this process is complete, your hands and everything you touch will look like a craft project gone wrong. Next comes the rolling process. Thankfully I have a pasta roller. (I used to do this by hand too!) Unfortunately, I don’t have a ravioli maker and just cut them by hand. While some people make raviolis that are the size of your hand, mine are no bigger than three fingers wide in each direction. (And my hands aren’t very big.) Filling ingredients come next followed by securing the top layer of pasta and cooking them. At this point, I think, “I’m done!”, but I wasn’t. I still needed to make sauces for these little suckers! I kept this a little easier by only making two sauces to choose from. The whole meal took me ALL day to make. So, this ravioli dinner was the following evening. WHEW!! While it was worth a good meal, every time I feel like doing that, I remind myself about this episode and I kind of back away from the kitchen slowly….
  8. Sara Spoonamore – This was a tough one… I’m not the most cooking-inclined person by a long, long, long, long shot. At 29 years old I still require a recipe to prepare any dish (sad, I know). Anyway, considering I have had few cooking experiences… the hardest I have ever worked on a meal was surprisingly when I was roughly about 5 years old. I was an early bird, always waking up at least a couple hours before my parents. This particular morning a remember getting the bright idea to cook breakfast for my mom and dad. Eggs were going to be on the menu that tasty morning. So I get the carton of eggs out of the refrigerator, take 4 of them out and place them on a pizza pan. I then place the pan inside the oven and turn a knob on the stove. I sit in the floor beside the oven because I am not wanting to burn the eggs, I want them to be perfect so my family will love and enjoy the first-ever meal I prepared all alone. I repeatedly check the eggs to ensure they are not on fire (that was an actual concern of mine). This goes on for quiet some time, while I grow impatient, hungry, and frustrated at the fact that the eggs haven’t changed one bit in appearance after all this time. So, after at least an hour and a half of my 5 year old short attention span focusing on the eggs that I attempted to cook, my mom walks into the kitchen. I’m a little let down that I didn’t have her eggs on a plate and ready for her to eat, but then again I’m proud to let her know that I have already started cooking breakfast so all she has to do is finish it, so I saved her a lot of work (I thought). She laughs and explains to me the mistakes I made during this long frustrating process and she then showed me (and let me help) how to make scrambled eggs in the microwave. Also she let me know that the stove is a dangerous appliance, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. I didn’t even have those eggs inside the oven cooking, instead I turned on one of the burners. Needless to say I gave up on my culinary skills for many years. Even now I very seldom cook, unless it is just very basic and can be are without cooking or made in a microwave. The End!
  9. Jason Provo – My workplace had a Christmas Eve night shift pot luck and I had already promised many co-workers that I would prepare a 7 course meal for the masses as my contribution as I boasted in my ability to cook Indian food. I fell asleep hours before work (blame the rum n egg nog)and had nothing but simple prep duties done by the time I awoke. (pre-cutting and mincing of the various ingredients, etc). I had about 2 hours to put together something. I do not think I have ever worked so hard and so quickly! I was lost in a cloud of turmeric powder! I wept bitterly as I fought the sting of onions and garlic being mashed into a pulp. Peas, spinach leaves and kidney beans flew everywhere like shrapnel left over from the Vegan Nam war…and I almost mistook my cat for a much needed chicken…almost…she’s fine…The meal ended up being a 5 course meal instead but they told me it tasted “just like a restaurant” which made the effort rewarding. I was also an hour late for work which was over-looked because it was Christmas Eve.
  10. MyKinKStar – Thanksgiving dinner with all the typical stuff for my Dad. Everything was going fine until I set the marshmallows on top of the yams caught fire . . . I had the oven door open a bit to keep an eye on the dish, but forgot and then saw the fire and somehow was able to just casually close the door to snuff out the fire. Grateful to have been able to do it all and even a little fire didn’t stop me!
  11. rose morgan – Shelling my dinner of blue crabs.
  12. Marce McHone – I’d have to say the hardest I ever worked on a meal was my first Christmas dinner at my house after my mother died. She always did Christmas dinner, without her it fell to me and my sister. Neither of us had ever cooked a turkey… Needless to say that was my first and last turkey.. 22 years ago and I’ve never made another, never will.
  13. Sue W. – Making lasagna with homemade noodles. I got a pasta maker and made all my own lasagna noodles, which took forever since it was a new machine! Good news is, it came out awesome!!
  14. Dawn Yates – After I became disabled cooking has been much harder for me so I knew going into Christmas dinner I was in for it. I worked on prepping and doing desserts days in advance but the actual day of was still quite taxing. Best thing was how wonderful it all turned out and how proud I was of what I had accomplished.
  15. dottie p – Thanksgiving 3 years ago. I will NEVER do that again. it was after my accident that caused my disability. it was so hard for me to stand long enough to cook. in the end one of my guests had to finish the mashed potatoes for me because i was standing there crying from pain. now we go out for thanksgiving. and christmas well, my daughter made it this year. the last couple years we just had ham sandwiches and veggies, and cheese, and a salad. stuff i could do sitting down
  16. Gin-Mary Megeway – It happened last year when I decided to eliminate animal products in my diet. I watched documentary in Netflix and they recommend not to eat animal products and go with Whole Foods Plant Based Diet. Basically its eating fruits,vegetables and whole foods like whole wheat, beans etc. Imagine not eating meat at all. Everyday I worked hard to prepare something to eat that can compensate my meat intake.
  17. Dustins Mom – The first meal I cooked for my husband, I tried impressing him and it seemed to have worked. Lasagna.
  18. ladyslick – I worked on a meal during a snow storm. Power was on and off my stove is electric. So finally got the meal finalized and unfortunately I end up with a foreign object and end up with a broke teeth.
  19. MT – My first Christmas after my divorce. I made turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and rolls. I ate it all by myself in two meals.
  20. Tammy Brazeau – Let me see the hardest I’ve ever worked on a meal….well let me see I find making meals as easy as breathing but I think it was when my husband’s family came to visit, now they’re huge eaters and we lived on a low income, soo I made spaghetti. I had it all done when they arrived oh did I say we were 3 months into our marriage, I digress anyhow MIL comes in first and starts speaking in French, which I dont know , and goes to stove and says it’s not right so she and my husband’s siblings start adding hot spices to the sauce, without saving a little to the side for me. When they were finished the sauce was so hot it took the roof off, or should I say I did. You see I had worked all day making that sauce perfect for all of us as well as keeping everything clean, so of course I blew up and left stating to my hubby to call my aunts house when his family saw fit to leave. So I guess it was the hardest meal I ever made and my first introduction to his family in a home setting.

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