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Home Cooking

Becoming a better cook

bluehill | Dec 5, 201503:16 PM     23

I'm fortunate to have the next few weeks off and have thought about improving my cooking skills. I can "cook" in the sense that I can follow recipes, but my skills are not great and have mostly learned through bad experiences. For example, in browning meat for a stew I put too much meat into the skillet and you experienced cooks know what happened next.

While I know what not to do in this case, I don't really know the correct way to brown meat as well as a number of other common tasks. So I would like to develop/learn those skills during my time off with the goal of being able to more quickly make dinner during the week following a recipe and eventually without one.

I would like to put together my own cooking curriculum where I learn a skill and apply it to dish. Ideally the order of skills would build on the skills I've already learned, although that may not be applicable in this context.

I've read through these threads and got a lot of great ideas, but am still trying to figure out where to begin.

http://www.chowhound.com/post/basic-c...
http://www.chowhound.com/post/newbie-...

I thought this comment from Hank Hanover was particularly relevant for what I'm looking to do and may just follow this as a roadmap.

http://www.chowhound.com/post/newbie-...

Thanks for your suggestions!

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