Cooking is a Art.

Cooking is an art. It’s more than following a recipe or reading the instructions on a box of pasta. Cooking is about savoring the process, experiencing flavors, overcoming obstacles, and taking pride in your work. This post will show you how to find joy in cooking and create meals that are memorable for all the right reasons!

The history of cooking shows just how much creativity has always gone into it – while there are definitely some recipes that have lasted through time, other cultures experimented with new spices while others developed new flavor combinations or techniques to use them more effectively. Cooking can be seen as nature’s gift to humans providing us with sustenance but also nourishing our souls.

All this creative input can make cooking stressful and discouraging. Why bother if it’s just about following the rules of the recipe? It’s true that recipes are often regarded as sacred, which is why often times they yield great dishes (Ambrose Bierce once said “A recipe is only as good as its weakest link”) but they’re not carved in stone. They can be improved on, making them more flexible and interesting. Foods are meant to be tasted, not memorized. With time and practice you will begin to understand how ingredients work together, how different textures affect the taste buds, and what sensory details you should pay attention to when cooking up a storm. Look for ways to experiment and have fun with your cooking! You might be surprised at how an ingredient you thought you disliked can be a tasty ingredient in a recipe, or how a technique you never tried can provide a new way to enjoy a dish.

First step: Experimenting with ingredients.

Try this: Toss some fresh fruit into your favorite salad instead of the traditional croutons. You’ll get added flavor and crunch without that greasy, salty aftertaste! When cooking meats like chicken or beef, try scraping off the excess burnt bits and using them as an ingredient in broth, gravy, or even stewed vegetables. (The younger you cook, the more flavor there is to be salvaged!) Try adding mashed up vegetables to mashed potatoes or mixing things up by macarooning your favorite vegetables into ravioli. You can also roast squash, zucchini, and even Brussels sprouts a new way by stuffing them with a savory stuffing and roasting them.

Second step: Experiment with flavor!

Try this: Use fresh herbs instead of dried. Adding fresh herbs to a dish can help it taste so much fresher since they have so much more flavor than dried herbs. If your recipe calls for salt and pepper, try using coarse sea salt instead of table salt or kosher salt. You can find sea salt on the shelves of any grocery store, but you can’t beat the flavor of coarse sea salt! Use different spices to change your recipes up. Even subbing in one spice for another can give new life to an old recipe. For example, try using cinnamon instead of nutmeg or ginger instead of allspice. You might be surprised at what you might discover!

Third step: Paying attention to sensory details!

Try this: When cooking meat, take care not to overcook it. Not only is it tough and tasteless when overcooked, but it will lose some nutrients as well. Additionally, take care to make sure food is fully cooked after it has been frozen. Also, if you are cooking anything that could potentially be hazardous to your health (such as pork) make sure to cook it thoroughly.

Fourth step: Seize the opportunity!

Try this: If you are called on to bring a dish or dessert to a potluck or dinner party, don’t just bring something that’s been handed down through the family. Put some thought into it! Try creating your own recipe using your favorite ingredients and try not to copy someone else’s recipe exactly. This will not only cooking more fun, but you’ll also learn a lot by creating your own recipes.

Fifth step: Don’t burn your food!

Try this: Before you start cooking, measure out all the ingredients and set them out in the order they are called for. This will help you avoid making mistakes that can potentially ruin your dish (such as adding salt to the milk instead of the butter). Don’t overfill pots or skillets with food. If there is too much food in it, it can boil over and make a mess of your stovetop. Always remove leftover oil/grease after cooking something like fried chicken or French fries. If you don’t, the grease will continue to cook and ruin your meal. If food is too hot to handle, put it in a dish or pot of cold water instead of putting it directly on your stovetop. Hot pans can get very dangerous easily.

Sixth step: Don’t forget about presentation!

Try this: If you are in college or have friends that are you’re thinking about giving cooking lessons to, consider bringing in an extra bottle of wine for everyone at the end of cooking to show off your finished product. It’s not only important to cook good food but also put the right amount of effort into making sure your dishes are presented correctly. Remember to set out your utensils and any necessary glasses for serving food. It’s okay to go a little over board on the presentation of a dish. It’s a small gesture that will make your meal extra special.

It might seem like a lot, but with some experimentation and practice you will notice how cooking can bring new life into your everyday recipes! Go ahead and try cooking with less ingredients or new spices, or keep some of the traditional cooking techniques that have been passed down through family for generations. If you’ve never given cooking a shot, now is the time! With some practice you’ll be on your way to becoming a master chef in no time.

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