Wednesday, March 11, 2015
How I Taught Myself to Be an Amazing Cook
- I scour over every recipe. I read it several times before I attempt it so that I don't realize half-way into it that I should have been marinating something hours ago (this used to be a problem)
- I am always on the lookout for good recipes. I click on links people post on FB, I search online forums like AllRecipes, I joined a recipe subscription site called The Scramble.
- I throw out the recipes we didn't like so I don't forget and accidentally try to make them again.
- I got the dog out of the kitchen while I'm cooking. I used to trip over her constantly and felt bad locking her up, but now she's not allowed in there and it makes it much more fun to be in the kitchen.
- I embraced spices. I used to just leave them out, thinking they didn't matter. They do! And I love the spices from Penzey, they can make the entire difference between a blah meal and an amazing one.
- I finally realized the real key is finding things I want to eat. This sounds simple, but I truly used to find what looked the easiest, the fastest, or what my husband would like. Now I look for ingredients that I enjoy, and even if it takes 15 minutes longer, it's worth it.
- I try not to make anything I find online unless I can see reviews for it. If the reviews are so/so, it usually comes out that way. If the reviews are great, it usually is. I also read the comments after any recipe, for tips and tricks on improving it to suit our tastes.
- I do preparation before dinner, such as cutting vegetables, putting sauces together, etc., so that my life is easier at mealtimes. That way, I can still enjoy family time but make a great meal too.
I hope these simple tricks have helped you! Trust me, if I can improve, you can too!