Three Easy Ways to Cook Like A Pro

“The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.” – Daniel Gilbert 

Cooking can be intimidating. Just take a look around. There are Food Channels, Web Sites and Social Media like Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+.

How to make infused Hot Chili, Garlic and Rosemary Oils so you can cook like a pro.

Numerous search engines, all ready and waiting to give important information on the hows, whats and whys of cooking.  And then there are  a gazillion (is that a word?) recipes for everything under the sun, from boiling water, all the way to making Julia Child’s Soupe a L’Oignon Gratinee des Trois Gourmandes (interpretation: good old onion soup). Again I say, cooking can be intimidating.

How to make infused Hot Chili, Garlic and Rosemary Oils so you can cook like a pro.

I am no expert on cooking and I haven’t been trained in the latest culinary arts. I still do pretty well in the kitchen. So, what’s my secret? This leads me to the first of the Three Easy Ways to Cook Like a Pro: Don’t be afraid to experiment and to fail. Let me tell you I have had my share of failures, but as I have learned to trust myself and get out of my comfort zone a bit, as Emeril says, I have been able to “kick it up a notch”.

3 Easy ways to cook like a Pro: 10 seasoning blends for layers of flavor.

The second of Three Easy Ways to Cook Like a Pro: Take advantage of all the wonderful herbs and spices available to flavor your dishes. If your not sure what spices go well with what foods check out this Herb & Spice Chart from About.Com. Experiment, play, have fun with your food. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Three Easy Steps to Cook Like a Pro. !0 seasoning blends that will help you on your way.

And lastly. Three Easy Ways to Cook Like a Pro: Layer your foods with flavor. Let me give an example of what I mean by this. Let’s begin by making a beef stew. One of the first things to be done when making stew is to brown the meat, usually with an oil like canola or olive oil. Using the premise of layering food flavors, I might choose to substitute an infused garlic oil , or infused rosemary oil to brown the meat with instead, to create an additional layer of flavor with only a minimal amount of effort. Each step adds another layer. So be sure to flavor as you go for the best depth of flavor and taste.

Three Easy Steps to Cook Like a Pro. 10 seasoning blends that will help you on your way. Three easy ways to cook like a pro.  Simple, easy and fun. Now go forth and cook! 

Fresh Herb or Chili Infused Oil

10 Spice Blends: Layer Your Food With Flavor

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  1. says

    CONGRATS on your feature and I LOVE this post! I was just thinking of making some because I love to use flavored oils and couldn’t find a good recipe, then SHAZAM! There you are! Featured on my fb page and shared for the planet to see how amazing you are. lol Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • says

      You are so sweet Carrie. I am so glad we have had the opportunity to become friends. I appreciate the share, especially since I am on vacation and not supposed to be working. It is hard to step away but I am finding the rest wonderful. Hope you have a great weekend. I will be back to the world of blogging on Tuesday.

  2. says

    Shari, thanks for entering the Cunning Ladies’ Party. Your picture are really pretty. Do you use natural on them? I have trouble taking photos with bottles or glass, how do you do this?

    • says

      It was my pleasure Shobelyn, and thank you for your kind words. In answer to your question, I have no special technique. I’m mostly in the dark when it comes to photography, so I shoot a ridiculous amount of photo’s and edit like crazy! On my long list of to do’s is a photography class, as this is a great source of frustration. Thanks again for hosting the Cunning Ladies’ Party. I’m having fun perusing through them and meeting a few nice folks along the way.


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