Have you ever had the thought while eating a less-than-inspired meal, (prepared by your hand), "I wish I was a better cook." Perhaps your husband thanks you for the food you concoct, but never raves about it like you wish he would? Do your children (and dinner plates) cry, "Not this again!!"
Friends, the solution to these problems doesn't have to be several years of culinary school. If you are cooking at least one meal a day, you are already putting in the time it takes to improve your skills, and to produce delicious meals that will peak you family's interest and appetite.
Here are 5 tips to help you jazz up the food you already eat:
Tip #3: Find new recipes for meals that you and your family already enjoy. Like enchiladas? Spaghetti? Tacos? Pizza? Take a few minutes to search online recipes (or your dusty cookbooks) for meals that your family already eats on a regular basis. Reading about and trying the different variations on your comfort food favorites will help you to greatly expand your dinner repertoire.
Tip #5: As Toucan Sam would say, "Follow your nose!" Become well acquainted with ALL the spices and herbs in your kitchen - especially the unopened ones with names you're unfamiliar with. As you are seasoning your meals, smell around your spice rack and add seasonings that smell good with what you're cooking. With this tip comes the additional advice to taste your meals as you cook/season them whenever possible. Doing this often will help you develop a sense for how much of a given spice or ingredient you should add to create rich interesting flavor. If you acutely develop this skill, you can take any meal from average to amazing.
How do YOU think outside your recipe box?