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What I learned in the kitchen

kitchen ustensils

I have been blogging for 3 years now and I like it more each day. Food photography is the easy part on the blog. The difficult part is the cooking, because as I always said, I am just at the begging of cooking life. I am happy that I still have my fingers and I am getting better every day. Here are some things that I learned in the kitchen that can hopefully help you in your own home cooking.

  1. Failure is an option. Learn from your failure and move on. You can write in a notebook about failure or success. It will help you  not to make the same mistake again.
  2. Don’t compare yourself with anyone, but you. You are the only chef in your kitchen and you need to get better every day.
  3. You always have to work clean. That’s how you stay organized.
  4. If your knives are sharp, you look sharp. It’s as simple as that.
  5. Practice, practice, practice. You will get better with lots of practice.
  6. Patience in the kitchen. Some things simply need time to cook, and pushing the ingredients around in the pan isn’t going to help.
  7. Improvise. Creativity is around the corner, or next to the knives. If you don’t have an ingredient from your recipe, try adding something else. Just stay close to the recipe. Recipes aren’t perfect. It’s important that you make something you’re happy with and excited to eat!
  8.  If someone says something negative about your cooking, try not to take it personally. If it’s some good advice on what to do next time, treat it like a free cooking lesson learned that will help you make tastier food. If they’re saying something just plain mean, well, ignore it and keep on cooking!
  9. Ask for help. If you are stuck, or you don’t know about something call a friend you know cooks better that you, ask your mom or mother in law (they have so much experience), check on the internet.

With these new ideas in hand, I implore you to jump into your kitchen and start cooking. Not sure where to start? Any recipe will do. Have fun!

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117 thoughts on “What I learned in the kitchen”

  1. #3-5 Ring very true! But #6… Anyone else still compares their cooking to their mums? Once I’ll be able to make a cheese souffle without a kitchen scale, I’ll know I’ve made it!

  2. Thank you for your “like” of my story about Thanksgiving pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. I visited your blog and, with many, enjoyed reading this list. As I’m sure others have noted, there are words for life within. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and so truly feel a beginner. I admire the photograph at the top. I couldn’t begin to tell you what the utensil in the center’s for. Again, Thank you.

  3. I love this post! 7, 8, and 9 are dear to my heart. I’ve learned so much about cooking because I’ve had to improvise, and also because I needed to call and ask my mom for tips!

  4. A really good list! If I should add 2 cents worth, it’d be two things – read (or in this Internet age, watch) and experiment. The studying is great for everything from basic, basic technique to wild ideas. I readily confess that my basic knife skills have improved a lot from some studying – and it makes such a difference. And experiment – comes close to your idea of substituting for ingredients missing but just takes it that wee bit further. Like standing in the supermarket and go “hmmmm – those look nice. Let me try to do something with them.” Doesn’t always work like you dreamt it – but when it works, it’s awesome and you grow with the experiences any which way it falls out 🙂

  5. Great post! I’m in culinary school and have my own food blog so I’m learning this everyday. Failures only help you improve. I find the hardest thing for me is coming up with my own recipe that has good results every time. Some work and others don’t. I learn from each mistake. Great advice!

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