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What to get for the absolute novice?


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What to get for the absolute novice?

adventuresinbaking | | Oct 26, 2007 09:46 AM


My little sister just started cooking for herself and her boyfriend. She is what I would call an absolute novice. I often get phone calls asking me how to cook rice in the microwave, how to make chili cheese dip, and how to tell if chicken is done.

She has also asked me what she can do with leftover defrosted hamburger that has been partially cooked in the microwave. I explained that she couldn't just refreeze it partially raw, but to finish cooking it and use it within the next couple of days.

So far, we've given her the four ingredient cookbook, mixing bowls, an 8x8 casserole plan, basic kitchen supplies, a lot of advice and some simple family recipes.

I'm planning on getting her a meat thermometer for Christmas, but I was wondering if anyone had any other recommendations: cookbooks, supplies or otherwise?

She is also the type of person who accidently uses rye flour instead of regular, gets teaspoon and tablespoon mixed up, and gets easily intimidated by recipes.

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