Ever notice that some people seem to know exactly what they are doing in the kitchen and have great cooking recipes? They place a pot on the stove, grab a few ingredients, stir it up, taste the spices, and they're done; a perfectly seasoned pot of vegetable soup was created with seemingly no effort. Contrast that with the way you feel in the kitchen.
You spend time looking for the perfect cooking recipe. You gather all of the ingredients and cooking equipment, or so you think, and get started. Halfway through, you realize that you forgot to buy parsley, or lemons, or some other ingredient and don't have the necessary cooking gear. So you run to the store. By the time you follow the instructions, dinner time is over and the rest of your family gave up and decided to order a pizza.
It doesn't have to be like this. Cooking is not hard. It is also not simple. But the majority of us make it a lot more complicated than it really is. A great way to start cooking a meal and make it easy is to follow a good cooking recipe and buy and prepare the ingredients ahead of time. In general, there are several basics steps for cooking. Most people who have been cooking for a while follow them without realizing it.
The goal is to get to the point where these steps are automatic. If you want to follow a recipe, you can look online or in your favorite magazine or cookbook to find what you are looking for. If you've been cooking for a while, you may eventually find that you do not need to follow a cooking recipe for everything you do. In this case, all you would need to do is simply decide to prepare a dish you already know well. Either way, both of these things are part of step one.
Great ways to find cooking recipes include looking through your favorite cookbook to see if anything inspires you, looking in women's magazines, cooking magazines, and fitness magazines for some ideas and inspiration or to ask a friend or family member to write down their signature cooking recipes. A lot of chefs also look around their house for inspiration.
Check in the pantry, your fruit basket, freezer, and produce bin for ingredients you would like to build a meal around. Then, either use the ingredients to inspire you or find a recipe that includes them. The internet has also proven to be a great resource for finding cooking recipes. Visit your favorite popular websites to find the recipes you need, or you can do a general internet search.
Once you find the right recipe, purchase all of the ingredients you need and gather them when you are ready to prepare the recipe. It is a good idea to find all of the ingredients and have them in front of you. That way, if you've forgotten to buy something, or you realize you do not have a key ingredient, you will not be in the middle of a crucial step when you figure it out.
In addition to simply finding the ingredients, top chefs understand that you should prepare all of the ingredients before you start assembling the recipe. That means you will do all of the initial preparations such as chop and measure out the ingredients before you get started. This may feel as if it is taking you a long time, but once the ingredients are all in front of you, assembling the recipe will be a breeze.
Cooking doesn't have to be difficult and shouldn't be. Simply, follow these steps to create fantastic meals using great cooking recipes.
Craig Chambers is a cooking enthusiast who enjoys sharing cooking recipes tips and offers extensive free cooking guides, resources and a cooking handbook on his website www.cookingyourbest.com