Ok, I finally got the first version of my “How To Follow Recipes” page up and running. But are we so real-food-challenged that we need a how-to for recipes? Aren’t recipes already how-to’s?
When I started cooking, I made a lot of mistakes, even when I tried to follow recipes to the letter. At the very beginning, for example, I thought “clove of garlic” meant the entire bulb. Disaster! And besides screwing up a lot of meals, I took a looooong time to buy and prep the ingredients for even basic dishes.
For now, it’s just a list of ingredients with tips I’ve learned about each one. Some have one tip, some have lots of tips. The idea is that as new cooks come across an ingredient that they haven’t cooked with or want to know more about, they can read up on it. And hey, if it saves even one family from a whole bulb of minced garlic in their spaghetti sauce and the unfathomable consequences, then it has all been worth it.
Over the next few days, I’ll add links under each ingredient to a few of my meals that use it. And I’ll eventually get around to including some pictures, videos, and more how-to, like efficient chopping technique and other ways to save time.
Check it out and let me know what you think. I’m open to any ideas you might have that can help people who are new to their kitchens, which in most households are not being used nearly as much as they should. As Michael Pollan said, “Learning to cook is the key to taking back our food.” Join the movement and start cooking some real food!