Where Do I Start?

Walking into a kitchen can seem pretty daunting. People use fancy words like saute, blanch, and braise. Chefs use machines and tools that look like medieval torture device. A recipe may seem simple, but then you run into new problems, like whether you should use a shallot or a leek. And what is an inch of ginger?
For some people, even getting started seems impossible. I’m talking about the kind of people who joke that they can “burn cereal.” Supposedly, the secret to cooking is getting in the kitchen and throwing something together. Well that doesn’t feed me an edible meal. Plus, it doesn’t seem to work for my brain. I end up overthinking and panicking about whether I’m doing everything right.

First thing’s first: Learn to read a recipe. (Don’t worry I’ll update this with a link once I pull the article over.)

Next, you should decide on a recipe or two to try. If you’re not sure what to choose, I’ve gone through several posts about what millennials “should” be able to cook by the time we turn 30. I’ve cherry-picked some simple classics to get started. I have already made some of these, so I’ll redo some of my old blog posts. Others are goals even for me!

  1. Eggs Three Ways
  2. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  3. Roast Chicken
  4. Roasted Vegetables
  5. Brownies
  6. Macaroni & Cheese (Not from a box)
  7. Steak
  8. Spaghetti & Meatballs with Homemade Sauce
  9. Hamburgers
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  11. Pancakes
  12. Pulled Pork
  13. Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
  14. Salad and Homemade Salad Dressing
  15. Cake with Homemade Frosting

Are these good options? Are there foods you would like to change or add? Should I cook them in this order or are there recipes you would rather start with first? Comment below and let me know!

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