Essay about Cooking Made Simple

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Cooking Made Simple

When I first learned to cook about six years ago, there were no magazine articles or books in bookstores explaining how to cook; there were only cookbooks with recipes for one to decipher. Today, the articles and books that explain how to cook are minimal. Not everyone can compete with Julia Child in cooking gourmet food with the menu devised in our minds without referring to cookbooks, but many of us can learn to cook effectively. A step-by-step process should be followed to learn how to cook successfully.

1. Find a Recipe. First, search for a recipe you are excited about making; it helps when there are pictures along with the recipe because you'll get an idea of what the finished product should look like and
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You may want to buy a book or borrow one from the library showing pictures of cooking tools and explaining their uses. Make sure you buy quality tools that will last several years versus poor quality ones that will need to be replaced within several months to a year. Shop at fine department stores where you can obtain advertisement brochures describing the quality cooking tools along with warranties. Having the correct tools makes the cooking process much smoother and stress free.

5. Buy Quality Ingredients. Write down your shopping menu and plan on buying quality and time-saving ingredients. In addition to shopping at your local grocery store, shop at the farmer's market for the freshest fruits and vegetables in season. In buying quality ingredients, don't be too thrifty because quality ingredients usually cost more than generic and non-quality ingredients. For example, buy butter instead of margarine, real vanilla extract instead of imitation, peppercorns instead of ground pepper, and low salt soup stock instead of bouillon cubes. For time-saving ingredients, look for bagged and pre-washed spinach or mixed baby salad greens, peeled and washed baby carrots, gourmet low-salt pasta sauces and frozen gourmet pastas.

6. Give Yourself Enough Time. Devote ample time to cooking to give it your full attention. Cooking should be done in a leisurely manner. If you're too busy, don't plan on

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