I've always been a terrible (really terrible) cook, but for the past year or so I've been slowly trying new things and trying to teach myself how to cook well. Problem is, I'm really unorganized in my learning and I can't seem to figure out what things I NEED to know before moving on to other things.
Can anyone share their thoughts as to what might be the dishes or concepts I *must* master in order to move on to bigger and better things? I tend to try things that are too complicated and I end up ruining them. I'd like to have a better idea of what basic things I need to have down pat before I can move on to more complicated and complex recipes.