Let’s get real for a minute: cooking can be intimidating, especially for those of us who were never taught how to cook by a loved one. There is a lot of jargon and oftentimes recipe authors make assumptions about what the cook already knows. To make matters worse, there are a number of cooking fundamentals that have the reputation for being very tricky or difficult. The truth is, though, once you have some of the basics down, cooking then becomes all about making it your own or improvising with what you’ve got—which can be lots of fun and make you feel just a little bit like a superhero.
I want to help you get there. I want to help to get you to a place where you feel confident not only cooking from a recipe, but also in improvising based on what you’ve got. So I am starting a series that I am going to call Cooking 101. Every month or so I will share a basic recipe or set of tips that will help you to build your repertoire and add in some new cooking techniques and dishes. I will also try to highlight ways that you can improvise once the technique or dish is mastered….