*If you missed the first 5 steps in 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Cook, you can read them here.
In the first part of the series, we discussed ways you can improve your cooking skills. Here are 5 more steps:
- Increase your cooking skills. So you have now put green beans in the crock pot and made baked apples in the crock pot. How about some soup? Soup is easy to make. This Taco Soup recipe is an open the can and dump into the crock pot kind of meal. All you have to do is fry the hamburger. Speaking of browning hamburger, Tacos are easy, family friendly and yummy! That is a easy to put together meal. Keep working your way up the cooking ladder.
- Don’t panic, bring veggies. So you know you need to bring something, you just aren’t sure what. The whole crock pot thing won’t work for this gathering, so now what? Veggie trays are your friend. Pick up some carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and peppers. Slice, dice and don’t forget the dip. Yes, dip. Buy some sour cream and add some Hidden Valley Ranch packaged dip mix to it. Yum, yum, yum.
- Be Purposeful. Walk into your kitchen every day determined to make something edible. Take 1 hour every day and see what recipe you can create. A muffin recipe, maybe? A boxed cake mix with canned frosting perhaps. Don’t worry about being fancy or something completely from scratch. Baby steps. If you take time out of your day, whether it is every day, or 4 times a week, you will improve your skills. Practice really does make perfect.
- Don’t cook alone. It is more fun with a helper. It may be more messy too, but try not to think of that. Learn how to bake with your child. Figure out the art of cooking while teaching it to your child. How can you teach something you don’t know much about? It doesn’t take much to impress a little one. (Hey, depending on the age of your child, cracking an egg is pretty exciting stuff!) Besides, kids enjoy learning and some of the excitement might just rub off on you!
- Be forgiving. If you make a mistake and your roast is smoking so bad the smoke alarm goes off, don’t consider yourself a failure!! It happens! Yesterday, I had the “Butterhorn Bomb”. I was trying to make breakfast butterhorns (and regular ones) for my children for breakfast and I really don’t know what happened. The dough was like soup. I managed to add enough flour to it to salvage it, but it was a soupy, sticky mess. I ended up making odd shaped bread sticks. Which, of course, got a good chuckle from the members of my family. They still ate them. If something goes wrong in the kitchen, try to make something of it. You never know how you can turn what seems like a disaster around.
Did I encourage you to try your hand at cooking/baking? Follow these steps and try it. Maybe even tomorrow! You never know what you can come it.
Did you try making something in the kitchen? I want to know what it is! Tell me about it in the comments.