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Home cooking is an art that can be honed and refined through careful consideration and implementation of key techniques. No matter if you’re you’re a beginner or an intermediate home cook, the importance is to have fun, to experiment when you can, and to focus on getting the basics right.

It’s important to note that in general, heigthening your cooking game doesn’t have to be that difficult. Just a few simple steps that you put the effort into can raise the steaks, pun entirely intended, and help you feel more confident in sharing your wonderful home dishes to family and friends.

With that in mind, please consider the following advice:

Presentation & Mis En Place

Success in cooking starts before you even turn on the stove. The French term ‘mise en place’ means ‘everything in its place,’ and it’s a technique that professional chefs use to ensure they have everything they need before they start cooking. It saves time, reduces stress, and ensures consistent results, therefore it’s a darn good habit to get into. Take a few minutes to measure out your ingredients, chop your veggies, and organize your kitchen. This simple step will make cooking a breeze, and it will also improve your timing in cooking different proteins, preparing ingredients like a wonderful easy flank steak marinade, and eliminates a good portion of wastage and tidying up.

Little Presentation Measures You Can Achieve

Presentation is key, especially when it comes to food. People eat with their eyes first, so it’s essential to make your dishes look as good as they taste. Get creative with your plating by using different colors, textures, and shapes. 

Try arranging your food in an aesthetically pleasing manner, or use herbs and edible flowers for a pop of color. Don’t be afraid to play with your food either, as chopping up herbs from your veg garden and carefully laying them on top of a tasty sauced piece of meat or vegan alternative is a wonderful addition, and even if the flavor is only slightly adjusted, a good looking meal somehow tastes ten times better.

Perfect A Few Worthwhile Techniques

Take the time to learn basic cooking techniques like sauteing veg, roasting vegetables and meat, and grilling fish. Mastering these techniques will give you the confidence to try new recipes and experiment with different flavors. 

And, of course, don’t forget to season your dishes. Salt and pepper are your friends, but don’t be afraid to try other spices, herbs, and sauces. A well-seasoned dish is a delicious dish. This might just involve putting the right amount of cumin into your chilli con carne. If you can perfect the staple dishes, then you know how to expand that culinary approach into new dishes, and feel better crafting them. It’s very easy to overwhelm yourself in the kitchen, so keep it step by step and you’ll learn more than you had ever thought possible.

With this advice, you’re sure to heighten your home cooking in the best possible way.

Karla Urwitz
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