“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+.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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