Tips, hints, tricks, and little kitchen ‘hacks’ learned along the way and shared with you… please feel free to share your hints with me… These tips are taken from the book “Notes on Cooking” by Costello and Reich chapter on recipes…
- Read the Recipe
As the book says, turn off the TV! Sit and read the recipe without distractions and make a note of the ingredients, equipment and tools needed.
- Re-read the Recipe
Read the recipe and let your imagination ponder options…
- Read a couple of Recipes
I found this to be a great idea. If you’re cooking a big entree or even a little appetizer or desert, you may want to read a couple of different recipes to see how different cooks approach the same recipe.
- If it’s in the title, leave it alone!
its nice to improvise with ingratiates and make inspired substitutions… instead of topping the mashed turnips with bacon, use parmesan cheese.. but, as the book says, recipes are designed around core flavors, if you are considering a recipe for beef bourguignon, and you don’t care for beef or burgundy wine… pick another recipe.
- Do not be surprised by surprising results
There are so many variable in cooking, from the humidity in the room to temperature differences in ovens, you cannot control everything and sometimes this results in variations in the end result…. Mangia!
So, a couple of hints, tips, take what you like and leave the rest… speaking of leaving… leave a comment to share one of YOUR tips!