Tips To Start Cooking In College

February 2, 2011

For the novice in the kitchen, making your first full dish can be a very daunting task. Do you have all of the right ingredients? What’s in your pantry? What’s the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon? Can I substitute baking soda with baking powder?

The list goes on and on.

Our recommendations?
A) Start easy. Start with a simple dish, grab the recipe online and make it. Once you’ve made it, try again, but this time only skimming the recipe. By the 3rd time you make this hopefully it’ll feel a little more “second nature.” I still remember the first dish I ever made, spicy salsa!

B) Print out your recipes on some old computer paper and save it! A printed version is much easier to reference then sliding back and forth between your laptop.

C) Automate the clean-up. If you have a dishwashing machine, load it up after! A lot of people hate cooking because of the clean-up. Make this step easier for you.

D) Cook with friends. Someone prepare on the main dish, someone prepare on the side dish! In no time you’ll have a feast and at 1/2 the cost it would have costed to go out!

You’ll become the next Bobby Flay in no time!

Here are some great resources to find free and easy to follow recipes at. Personally I like FoodNetwork.com the most as it provides the most fun to read and interesting reader comments on how to “hack” the recipe to add a kick or spice to it!

CooksIllustrated.com
FoodNetwork.com
AllRecipes.com
Epicurious.com
Cooks.com

Photo Credit: xkcd.com.

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