Buy decent equipment
Cooking utensils pay a vital role in the preparation of food. Generally, inexpensive appliances produce poor results. Keeping in mind that success breeds more success, decent kitchen equipment provides better food. Moreover, high-quality equipment typically lasts longer. See our article What kitchen knife should I buy?
Cook to your taste
So many people blindly follow recipes. We don’t. For example, we like our food spicy, so we add more hot peppers to our recipes. Some people focus on low carbohydrate diets, so they skip starchy items like rice, potatoes, and bread. When cooking, pay attention to your dietary needs and desires. Naturally, we could give you many opinionated suggestions, but we prefer you to make those choices. What is important here is that you cook the food and not succumb to the convenience of buying premade food.
Prepare ingredients ahead of time
Every week you will find us in the kitchen chopping onions, mincing garlic, slicing peppers, and cutting vegetables. When sealed in air-tight containers, most ingredients will last a week or more in the refrigerator. Having prepared ingredients such as onions will ease the burden of preparing a whole meal.
Pass along cooking wisdom
Whether you pass it to your family, friends, or complete strangers, your cooking experiences should be given freely. We all have to eat, right? Passing along our success and perhaps, more importantly, our failures to others should be our goal. In fact, Today in the Kitchen exists with that goal in mind.
Take your time
In our kitchen, simmer is a very important temperature. We believe in allowing flavors to meld together. Likewise, we often lower the heat and increase the baking time of oven recipes to produce a slow-cooked taste. Naturally, crock-pot recipes are a favorite in our household.
Show no fear
You are the master of your kitchen. As such, you should never fear testing out new recipe ideas, flavor combinations, or fresh ingredients. Many times these experiments are stupendous failures. Learn from these mistakes. On a similar note, cooks often get negative feedback from their dinner guests. That is to say, they complain about the food. Remember, show no fear – You are the master of the kitchen.
Three Dollar Rule. When I receive especially negative complaints, I hand the person three dollars and direct them to the nearest fast-food restaurant. This strategy lets me use the famous Chef Ramsay saying…”Get the bleep out of my kitchen.”