Growing up, the first "foreign food" I had was at the Chinese (-American) restaurant, and I think I had the egg drop soup and Sub Gum Chicken. I also recall the "Moo Goo Gai Pan".
At home, the first "exotic dish" my mom made was "Chicken Curry" and it had raisins in it, and was served with white rice. (I'm thinking something like a "Country Captain" dish).
The first "different" dish I cooked was "Spinach Rice." (maybe a Greek influence, but don't really recall.) This was while I was attending high school. I also made the "Egg Foo Young" sometimes with that "kit" from LaChoy (?). I started clipping recipes in earnest in college, freshman year.
I grew up caucasian in SW Florida, and graduated high school in the late '70s.
(As an aside, my "go to" dish for baking in high school -- ha ha -- was small date walnut loaves, sliced and served with cream cheese. And apple "turnovers".)
Do you have fond memories, too? When did you have your first "exotic" dish? Make something of your own? Have a "specialty" even when you were young? Get "into" food?
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