You suffer from cooking anxiety, don’t you? I thought so! But, it’s not your fault. Many of us become distraught when we try to decide what to cook. Becoming a chef takes more than just slapping ingredients together. That’s why I want to help you experience the joy of cooking and serving amazing meals too!
“I Want to be a Chef” – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cooking for Fun
You’ll enjoy cooking more if you learn how to prepare in interesting ways. And, if you want to be a chef, those guys have fun in the kitchen.
It’s true, you could fail at some of the tips for cooks to try. But, it always happens. Gain culinary success with the help of these tips and fill your kitchen with laughter!
A Really Dumb Question – What IS Cooking Joy for Beginners Anyhow? Don’t Take the Joy From It!
Just for fun, I looked up “cooking” on wiki and found this interesting excerpt:
“Cooking or cookery is the art, technology, science and craft of preparing food for consumption.
Cooking techniques and ingredients vary widely across the world. These range from…
- grilling food over an open fire
- to using electric stoves
- or, baking in various types of ovens
If reflects upon unique environmental, economic, and cultural traditions and trends.
The ways or types of cooking also depend on the skill set and type of training an individual cook has.”
Well, you can describe the joy of cooking this way of course. But, I’d prefer to describe is as “love in a frying pan.” This way, I can prepare loving meals for my family – whom I also love!
When You Cook – Tantalize the Taste Buds
When a recipe calls for a “zest” of a citrus fruit, it’s referring to the colorful outer part of the skin, not the inner white part, which is known as the pith.
The zest contains all of the aromatic citrus oils and provides a hint of citrus tang to the recipe.
A simple method of obtaining a fine zest is by rubbing the fruit against the smallest holes of a cheese grater.
Take a Risk & Cook Like a Chef
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Good cooks are never afraid to deviate from a recipe and add their own flair. A very famous chef once said…
“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” ~ Wolfgang Puck
Whenever you make a substitution or addition be sure to make a note on the recipe so you remember next time whether you liked the change or not.
One of the Best! Burgers That Is!
Homemade hamburgers are easy to make and taste far better than the store bought variety.
Make them with medium ground beef, an egg and breads crumbs or crushed crackers. Season with your favorite seasonings or add barbecue sauce for a smoky flavor.
For juicier burgers, add one-eighth cup of ice water to your beef or turkey before forming patties.
No More Throw-Away Bananas!
Don’t throw away your brown bananas. Remove the peel, and toss overripe bananas into a large freezer safe Ziploc bag. Freeze until you have enough for some banana bread, banana muffins or a fruit smoothie.
Since the bananas are already peeled you can easily measure exactly how much you need and simply leave the rest in the freezer for next time.
A Fresh Approach For the Perfect Salad!
If you’ve only ever used iceberg lettuce to make salads, now is the time to branch out and try something new. Red and green leaf lettuces make an excellent – and healthier – alternative.
To make the perfect salad be sure to get yourself an inexpensive salad spinner.
Nothing is more unappetizing than soggy lettuce leaves.
And the extra water will dilute the flavor of your dressing.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the joy of cooking & taking time to do it right.
Now, get out your kitchen tools and turn on the oven!
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Thanks – Jean