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Operation: Cook Food!
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This past spring break, my parents and little brother were out of the country. It was just my uncle, cousin, brother, and me, and cooking skills were limited.

I had about nine days of vacation and I was pretty sure that I would eventually need to eat! Most days we would dine out or get takeout.

But there are more nutritious and money-saving ways to enjoy a hearty meal! So, with my uncle and cousin at work, lunch was up to me.

I decided to start with simple recipes before attempting a complex one. There were a few recipe books in my house (I admit I used a children's cook book) that had simple dishes for lunch or a snack.

Every day a new recipe 

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I took an idea from my mother and made Grilled Pasta.
The first day, the weather was dull and wet so I decided to brighten it with a fruit smoothie.

It's probably best to make sure you know how to operate a blender correctly—not only for safety reasons, but also so the recipe you are blending turns out right.

Another day I read about cheesecake cookie cups in a magazine and it sounded appealing to my taste buds.

The recipe was a little more advanced and it required patience—which I discovered after about three failures!

I also learned that it is better to make a smaller batch if you are baking something you are not quite familiar with.


After finally succeeding with the cheesecake cookie cups, I decided to be brave and make dinner. I chose to make a pasta dish: simple, tasty, and easy.

I took an idea from my mother for the pasta and made grilled pasta for two.

After baking the pasta, I topped it with cheese and vegetable toppings—omatoes, onions, chopped peppers, sweet corn—-you could use any combo you like.

Next I placed it under the broiler. With some salad on the side and ice cream for dessert, my meal turned out pretty nice!

Most of the food and materials I needed for my "feasts" were already in my kitchen...

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