Love to Eat, Hate to Cook?

Love to eat, but hate to cook? Tired of spending all that money eating out or ordering in? The good news is that it’s never too late to learn to cook. Plus, you don’t need to go to a fancy culinary school to master the craft. In fact, many hugely successful celebrity chefs, including Rachel Ray, Jamie Oliver and Ina Garten, are mostly self-taught! And while you most likely won’t land a cooking show, maybe you’ll be inspired to learn to confidently prepare a great tasting meal for your family.

We put together some ideas to get you started:   Just like so many other things, there’s an app for that! Many cooks, from novice to professional, use apps for cooking tutorials. Check out apps from Big Oven, All Recipes Dinner Spinners, All the Cooks Recipes and The Food Network. You can even find great cooking tutorials on YouTube.

Taking a class is also a great way to start. Lara Richie, owner of the Nothing to It Culinary Center in Reno, believes that mastering a few skills such as dicing and slicing is a good way to start and then move on to cooking techniques such as sautéing and roasting. You can often find a variety of cooking related courses at your local community college. An online search could turn up a several options in your community.

Consider investing in a few good tools. The right ones can make the job much easier. Start out with a  good knife,  a

couple of good pots and pans and maybe a meat thermometer. You can often find deals on high end products in some of the discount stores in your area. A good pan can make a world of difference when you are sautéing and a good knife will make it so much easier to make clean slices.

Keep a well-stocked pantry. It should include plenty of canned goods such as tomatoes, beans, broths and tuna, plus dry starches like pasta and rice. Don’t forget the condiments and your favorite dried herbs and spices.

Remember to keep it simple. Don’t try to recreate a fancy restaurant meal right away. Focus on basics. When looking at recipes search out those with 5 ingredients or less. Don’t stress, cooking can actually be fun!

A final but important consideration.  Buy local when you can, it will be the freshest. Charlie Abowd, chef/owner of Café at Adele’s in Carson City recommends shopping your local farmers market and asking the grower how they like to prepare a particular fruit or vegetable.  He says  hat the best meals always start with the best ingredients.

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