Be a better Cook---
How to learn how to cook!
Do the "Cooking" when you have time----plan ahead,
don't be rushed.
Have a set of cooking implements, such as pots,
pans, mixing bowls, knives, spatulas, etc. ready.
Don't worry about
organic and free-range trendy items.
Start with really simple
recipes. i.e. sauteed chicken with pan juices vrs lobster mousse with
Take pictures to document your dish!
Don't make the process difficult.
i.e. use butter, margarine or canola
oil, extra virgin olive oil for finishing a dish.
Never set your
stove's burner to high, except to boil water!
Never set your oven
above 350 degrees unless the recipes says so.
Remember what you
smell while cooking---smell memory.
Remember what your food tastes
like during cooking---taste memory, you must taste it so a good level of
salt is added. Then remember what it tastes like after cooking and ask
yourself if you would have done anything different.
flavors of meats, fish vegetables, herb and spices, etc.
how to identify good ingredients.
Accept criticism and or
complements from others.
If you have a disaster, remembered why and
think about what may have caused it so you can avoid a similar problem
in the future.
Use good ingredients, shop 2 days in advance.
Make the same dish several times
and set a goal to improve upon it every time.
Keep making a dish
until you are totally satisfied and remember what you did so you could
do it blindfolded.
Common mistakes made by cooks!
trim fat or gristle
didn't cut bones
forgot to salt and pepper
item or too little
didn't elevate roast
no wire rack
didn't pre-sear roast
put garlic on before sauting or roasting
forgot to turn oven on
didn't plan ahead
didn't follow recipe
thermometer for oven
pilot light went out
uneven heat in oven
didn't turn roast
oven door not closed all the way
oven for big roast
too slow oven for small roast
cut meat too soon after coming from oven
didn't let item rest
didn't use probe thermometer correctly