Home Cooking 33

home cooking basics everyone should know

tocsin | Apr 27, 200804:44 PM

I have a younger relative, just graduating from college and moving into his own place for the first time. He hasn't done much cooking up to this point -- just ramen, burnt grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, the usual. But he's gotten pretty money- and health-conscious lately, and wants to start.

I'm trying to compile a list of cooking basics to help him out. I'm not looking for recipes so much as instructions on basic techniques everyone should know, or foods he should always have in the fridge, freezer, or pantry.

Any suggestions or instructions? I'm looking for ideas that are
1. very basic
2. not too expensive
3. pretty healthy (what? no more meals composed entirely of pasta and grated cheese?)

To give you an idea of what I'm thinking about, here are the first few things I thought of:

How to steam and serve broccoli

How to make a hard-boiled or soft-boiled egg

Something to always have in the pantry: a tin of tomato paste

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