Tips for amateur cooks!

I often get asked about cooking and how to become a better cook. Cooking can be thoroughly enjoyable, or just plan frustrating to some, but here are a few tips to enhance your experience:

* Learn how to read a recipe – don’t start preparing until you’ve ascertained that you have all of the ingredients on hand, and understand the preparation instructions.

* Take your time – you’re not on TV! Don’t rush through the process even though you may think it’s easy. Preparation times can vary, and if you’re new to cooking, it can and most probably will take longer than anticipated.

* Start with the familiar. Make things that sound or look like something that you can relate to – preferably something you’ve tasted and enjoyed.