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During my eleventh summer, I decided to cook my way through as much of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook as I could, as I had already mastered eggs and casseroles. My first project was cream puffs, which I h
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Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/19/2009 10:28 AM EDT
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During my eleventh summer, I decided to cook my way through as much of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook as I could, as I had already mastered eggs and casseroles. My first project was cream puffs, which I had never tasted, only seen pictures of. When I took the first batch out of the oven, I was disappointed to find that they were hollow...and, of course, I didn't realize that they were SUPPOSED to be hollow. Feeling very frustrated and stupid, I made another batch. When my mother got home from work, she gently told me that I had done it right the first time. I felt even dumber, but proud at the same time. The cream puffs were delicious, stuffed as they were with real cream and humility.

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/19/2009 2:08 PM EDT
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You were very lucky to get them hollow the first time.......It does not always go that way..... Keep cooking it is a wonderful thing indeed.... Too many people do not do that today.

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/19/2009 4:19 PM EDT
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Very cute story. I'm going to attempt to make cream puffs myself. At 44 I'm not as aprehensive. You were a real go getter at age 11!

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 12:17 AM EDT
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Great story! Thanks for starting my day with a smile

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 12:37 AM EDT
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That was a great story. If more people would bake from scratch it would be better. Food now days aren't as good cause they want to make it fast so they don't cook fromm scratch. Its too commercial. Keep cooking that wonderful food.

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 3:07 AM EDT
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Great story and an unforgetful memory I am sure

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 4:31 AM EDT
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Yum! Homemade cream puffs are delicious, aren't they?! But then again, all homemade food tastes a whole lot better than what you buy. There's so many preservatives in boughten foods today, so it's better to do it the natural way and bake it yourself. And like I said....it tastes sooo much better! Have a great Father's Day weekend, All!

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 4:49 AM EDT
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What a great story...thanks for sharing..

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 9:58 PM EDT
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I remember making my first batch of cream puffs and thought I had done them wrong, was happy when my dad told me that I still needed to just fill them with pudding or whipped cream and they were great.

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/20/2009 11:23 PM EDT
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Fanny Farmer's cookbook is still one of my favorites. You were amazing to try so many recipes at a young age and I hope your love of cooking and baking stays with you.

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 6/21/2009 9:45 AM EDT
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I'm sure that you were quite surprised when you were told that you did everything just right. Way to go

Lessons from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

posted at 8/12/2009 5:20 AM EDT
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A cute story and informative. I am 60 years old and never made cream puffs and I did not know they would be hollow too. I have been cooking for over 50 years, maybe I will try to make them too, thanks for encouraging an old cook and have a good day, Donna G.

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