Anxiety in the kitchen is quite common and has led to many folks ordering in more often than utilizing the stove.
However, Patricia Wells, author of My Master Recipes: 165 Recipes to Inspire Confidence in the Kitchen, there are some simple fundamentals you can incorporate to ease the burden.
Organization and preparation is key. Having everything together and ready makes the experience much simpler. There's nothing worse than starting a recipe and discovering you don't have all the ingredients.
Also, the simple act of "cleaning up" keeps you calmer, more organized, and it may even allow your food to taste better. When your kitchen is a pig-pen, it makes you nervous and is reflected in your end result.
You can take your dishes to the next level if you understand and differentiate various terms and techniques. Each of the recipes in Patricia's book teaches particular techniques -- blanching, searing, simmering, sweating, steaming, braising, deep-frying -- with additional recipes that take your skills in directions both savory and sweet, simple and profound... giving you the knowledge and assurance to expand your cooking even further.
Listen in as Patricia joins host Lisa Davis to explain some fundamental factors of cooking.
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