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I learned how to bake chocolate chip cookies with my brother when I was about 4. My first memory of baking is with my brother who is 11 years older than me. He taught me to always follow the Nestle Se
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Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/23/2010 5:02 PM EST
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I learned how to bake chocolate chip cookies with my brother when I was about 4. My first memory of baking is with my brother who is 11 years older than me. He taught me to always follow the Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips recipe for the chocolate chip cookies on the package. He would always check my measurements; if there was just a bit extra of sugar, he'd scoop it away.
For as particular of each of the measurements my brother would be, I will always remember that my brother kept telling me he added a secret to the recipe to make it extra special. For a few years, he kept his secret from me even though at that young age, I watched his every move and couldn't notice what it might be. Finally, after teasing me what it seemed like the millionth time that I asked him what his 'teased' secret might be, he told me that he likes to add a pinch extra of baking soda to make the cookies just a bit fluffier.

It's been about 23 years since I learned my brother's "secret" and even though we rarely bake together anymore, I still add 'just a pinch of baking soda' to almost all of my baked goods, especially to my chocolate chip cookies.

Recently, for this 40th birthday, I encouraged us to recreate our 'childish' tradition of baking chocolate chip cookies. He was hesitant at first, but once I pulled out all the ingredients and warmed up the oven, I had him measure out the dry ingredients. He didn't notice I was watching him, but I was. And just as expected, he put in an extra pinch of baking soda to the dry ingredients.

This will be the 'secret' I pass on to my children.

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/23/2010 9:31 PM EST
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That is so special and I'm glad you had the chance to bake the special cookies with him for his 40th birthday.

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/23/2010 10:45 PM EST
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First: 2/27/2009
Last: 9/1/2010
what a "sweet" surprise to your baking experience!

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/24/2010 12:26 AM EST
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First: 8/29/2008
Last: 6/26/2011
What ag reat story! That was a good birthday gift to him as well!

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/24/2010 1:57 AM EST
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First: 9/19/2008
Last: 9/20/2010
Nice. My brother and I have never cooked together

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/24/2010 5:57 AM EST
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First: 2/24/2010
Last: 2/24/2010
My brother and I cooked for the first time this past Christmas. Since the passing of our mother last June I decided to hold the family tradition of cooking the Christmas dinner. However I told my brother that when he came over he was in charge of certain things in the kitchen that I know he does better than me! (Hating to admit that...LOL)

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/24/2010 5:26 PM EST
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First: 5/12/2009
Last: 9/25/2010
I didn't cook with my brothers or even with my sisters but made up for that by cooking and baking with my 5 children and 7 out of 12 of my grand children. With thirteen grandchildren, won't stop until each gets a chance to pick what they want to create with their Grammy.

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/24/2010 11:44 PM EST
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First: 8/6/2008
Last: 1/2/2011
I have 7 sisters and 5 brothers. We were all taught to cook in the kitchen by both my Mom and my Dad. But I didn't do much 'baking' with any of my brothers, that was really only done with my Mom and my sisters. It's funny as we've grown up we all have our special recipes and little secrets. When someone asks for a recipe, our joke is to say, "I'll tell you but then I'll have to kill you"! So we make each person bring plenty of their specialty to any gathering so everyone can take some home. The rule is if you don't share the recipe then bake plenty to share the product!

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/25/2010 12:06 AM EST
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First: 2/26/2009
Last: 9/30/2010
what a nice story!

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/25/2010 1:06 AM EST
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First: 11/12/2008
Last: 5/8/2010
i am the oldest of eight and cooking was not allowed at least for us kids since we lived on a farm my parents were in the barn most of the time so meals were a quickie and baking was a no-no- the oven had to be lit with a match so the only time i got to do anything baking wise was when my grand-ma would come for a visit, i miss her so much

Baking with my bro'

posted at 2/25/2010 3:45 AM EST
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Nice story!

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