(Closed) I could really use some cooking tips / advice..

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Most recipes either overwhelm me because they call for a lot of ingredients

my rule is if i have to buy more than 2 things i dont already stock (meaning special spices i cant pronouce or produce i have to find in some dark alley in chinatown) then i dont bother, im a pretty good cook but not too adventurous

try the http://www.4ingredients.com.au/ site and start simple, stuffed chicken or a baked ricotta

i also make extras that i can freeze for a quick defrost and reheat/bake – much easier for a busy life. goodluck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I went to Culinary School so I know a little about cooking Wink.

First off, you said you can make omlettes! That is impressive, even if they look not so great. At some fancy restaurants, your “audition” to get a chef job there is to make an omlette in front of the chef….. nerve-wracking!

I would start with your favorite thing. Say your favorite is pasta. Start making pasta in every different way you can get recipes on. It will allow you to become inventive without necessarily taking a huge risk that you won’t like it. Sites like allrecipes.com, epicurious.com, and recipezaar.com are very helpful. Another thing, DON’T watch cooking shows, the recipes are usually drawn out and call for a million expensive things us normal people don’t buy!

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I cook A LOT nowadays and I used to be one of those girls whose mother thought their daughter would starve because they were so hopeless in the kitchen.  

Try going to your local bookstore and getting this cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Test-Kitchen-Family-Cookbook/dp/1933615486/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1307325266&sr=8-2

The recipes range from EASY to F-ing Time Consuming, but they do a REALLY great job showing you (with pictures!) different cooking techniques and has explanations for WHY you cook something this way or that.  I REALLY love this cookbook and would recommend it for any beginner!  

My advice is don’t be afraid to try something new!  And don’t be afraid to fail!  Keep a box of mac n cheese in the cabinet and call it plan B.  No one starts off good right away!  

Even if a recipe calls for a lot of ingredients you don’t have, if you really want to make it, I say buy the ingredients!  If you have something left over and it’s going to go bad, find another recipe that uses it up!  If you limit yourself to recipes that include only salt, pepper, and Cheese because those are the only things you have on hand, you’ll find yourself with very few options for recipes.  Just go for it!  And you can always PM me for further cooking tips/ideas!  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My mom cooked every day.  I didn’t learn to cook until I was on my own because I never had to cook before then.  I was often on the phone with my mom while cooking so she could talk me through it.  : )  I suggest getting the following cookbook.  It has basic recipes and gives information about how to do basic things ie: how long to roast a chicken, baking basic chocolate chip cookies, broiling different types of fish, etc.  It doesn’t have fancy, need a million ingredients recipes.  Once you get started with this then you can move on to more complicated stuff when you feel you are ready. BTW It it my cooking bible.  My first copy (paperback) fell apart so I went and bought another one!

http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/cooking-basics/a-little-lore-on-americas-no-1-cookbook/

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t underestimate the power of a crockpot!  I’m a pretty decent cook, but don’t have the energy most days.  crockpot365.blogspot.com has some great recipes and honest reviews.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m on the opposite end.. all I know is how to make complicated latin foods.. or basically any complicated international dish.. but not the simple stuff — need easy to make latin foods — ask away 🙂

cooking is fun — I just hate cleaning after!

 

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