Cooking 101

I have been learning to cook these last few months and while some of my food has been tasty others have been downright disasters.

For most of my life, I did not have the patience or enjoy cooking so never took the time and effortto understand just how to cook simple things. In fact, it was only seven short years ago when I had to callmy mother to ask how to cook a baked potato.  As a kid, we were not allowed to be in the kitchen.  When my sister and I would ask, “what’s for dinner”?, the standard response would be, “you will see it when it’s ready”.  Therefore, understanding the basics was foreign.  Fast forward to 2017 and me, living on my own for the first time in my life.  Crazy, right?  At least that’s how I see it.

Yikes, I might starve if I hadn’t figured something out quick.  My first thought was to get a crockpot.  I mean how hard could it be, right?  Well for me, it wasn’t easy.  Everything I tried, I over cooked.  

I had to start from the beginning and learn the basics.  And when I say basics, I mean basics. How do I cook steak or chicken? What is the best way to cook vegetables?  What does sauté mean?  These are just some of the thoughts that ran through my mind when trying to teach myself.  I focused on a few basic items and was able to build from there.  For example, my roasted chicken is simple and so easy, it’s foolproof. Therefore, I make a couple of chicken breasts and use for two or three different dishes.  Easy right?  I will include my recipe for the best chicken ever!  It’s so good, my mother has now called and asked me how to make it.  Hehe!  

All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest. Yikes, I am not sure my food would have qualified as edible if I had not had this amazing resource.  You use!  If you struggle with cooking, it will be your best friend.  Don’t try and become an overnight French chef or Italian guru.  Stick to the basics and you will be great!