Any Cooking Tips?

If you were to give cooking advice to a newlywed that is learning the ropes in the kitchen, what would it be?

I'm putting together a booklet of advice for a friend and am looking for some input. Thanks so much!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Put the following into her "Favorites", or into her "My Documents".

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    1. Foil-Pack Dinners-turn on your sound (video):

    http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/cookingschool/videos/...

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    2. Dinner recipe videos, turn on your sound and click this link:

    http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/CookingSchool/Videos/...

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    3. Favorite Brand Name Recipes:

    http://www.fbnr.com/finder/searchlists/134.htm

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    Take a look at these recipes from Campbells:

    http://www.campbellsoup.com/Supper_Bakes.asp

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    20-Minute Meals:

    http://www.bhg.com/bhg/slideshow/slideShow.jsp?sli...

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    4. In a rush? Smithfield, Hormel, Armour, Tyson have packages of PRE-COOKED beef tips, roast, pot roast, pork roast, chicken, ham, meatload. Use this for your meat dish with a side dish or two of vegetables, rice, or potatoes. You will find these packages near the meat section, they are not frozen. Ask a clerk for help.

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    5. Tyson's fully cooked whole chickens are delicious. I serve them often with S&W canned sweet potatoes, Stove-Top dressing, microwave chicken/turkey gravy in jars, a canned vegetable, canned cranberry sauce, and frozen Pillsbury Microwave Biscuits which are better than I can make. A frozen pie defrosted and fully cooked. Perfect for one or two people at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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    6. Another thing you can do is cook in a slow cooker or a crock-pot. You put the meat into the crock-pot in the morning and it cooks all day long. The meal is ready at dinner time. Crock-pots can be bought at your grocery store, WalMart, Target, etc. BE SURE to read the booklet that comes with the crock-pot.

    Here are some crock-pot recipes for you:

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    Beef Recipes in Crock Pot (see other types of meats at the very bottom of this link):

    http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/beef-crock-pot-...

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    Chicken Recipes in Crock Pot:

    http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/chicken-crock-p...

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    TEXAS crock pot recipes:

    http://www.texascook.com/crockpot/

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    7. If you are in a hurry, go to your grocery store and pick up a roasted chicken that you can buy in the deli section. They also have side dishes such as veggies, salads, desserts, and etc.

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    8. Frozen dinners are always a good choice. Our favorites are Stouffer's, Marie Calendar's, Michael Angelo's, Boston Market's. Just add a side dish, salad, or fruit salad. Desserts can be bought in the bakery section of your grocery store.

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    9. Ragu Sauces- Italian (in jars, just pour it on).

    Scroll down this screen, click a category and then click "Find Recipe" at the bottom of the screen:

    http://www.eat.com/recipe_landing.asp

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    10. Quick put together desserts:

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    Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk videos-turn on your sound:

    http://eaglebrand.com/videos.asp?v=fudge#video

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    Kraft's Chocolate Passion Bowl (video):

    http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/cookingschool/videos/...

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    From:

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1813,152181-233204,...

    8 MINUTE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

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    Philidelphia Cream Cheese has ready to eat cheesecake Tubs:

    http://www.kraftfoods.com/philly/readyToEat.html

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    Video - New York Style Cream Topped Cheesecake:

    http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/search/SearchResults....

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    From:

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1937,150179-246192...

    FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER PIE-no bake

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    Video - Pie Crust, How to Make and Bake:

    http://www.cooking.com/recipes/videos.asp?no=28

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    11. Tossed Salad (video):

    http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-make-the-perfect-...

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    Caesar Salad - chef style (video):

    http://www.ifoods.tv/site/video.jsp?video=91

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    Quick five minute Caesar Salad (video):

    http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-make-a-Caesar-Sal...

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    12. Guacamole Dip video (peppers can be left out if you wish):

    http://www.5min.com/Video/how-to-make-guacamole-38...

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    14. Chef Wan's Recipes-Malaysia...in south east asia - pictures:

    (Categories on the left hand side of the screen)

    http://www.chef-wan.com.my/index.php?page=recipes

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    15. Video On How To Cook A Rib Eye Steak (turn on your sound), click this link:

    http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-rib-eye-s...

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    16. Ramen noodles recipes:

    http://www.budget101.com/ramen_noodle_recipes.htm

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    17. Look through these chicken & pasta recipes:

    http://www.thatsmyhome.com/chickencoop/pasta.htm

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  • 1 decade ago

    Use fresh ingredients, don't be afraid to experiment, and Betty Crocker has some excellent cookbooks. The recipes are for the most part accurrate but use you own judgement. You can also use beef or chicken broth to cook very tender meats. Chicken broth works great with pork which has a tendency to be a little dry. In vest in a crockpot for one pot meals, great if you are busy and in the summer when you don't want to heat up the kitchen too much.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a really hard question as we know nothing of the level of skill that the newlywed has.

    I like the tips of many about cooking on medium. My stovetop dial goes from 0-10. i very rarely go over 4.5 except for foods that require boiling water.

    My tips are to...

    Don't be afraid to experiment and know that 25% of items may be direct to trash! for the first year. Laugh and get over it!

    Smell everything before you put it in the pot. Thats how you learn what will go good with what, now and later.

    Get used to Dry seasonings first before moving on the Fresh herbs/spices.

    Don't be afraid to make simple things. Many people get caught up in the food network & books and making elborate dishes. Thats not reality! Personally i only use books for baking. For cooking meals/dishes i only use books and the internet for a reference.

    Plan your weeks menu in advance.

    My Week

    M: Grilled Salmon Steaks, Rice, Salad

    T: Fajitas(skirt steak, onions,pepers, ect..)

    W: Grilled Chicken Salad

    TR: Went out to eat

    F: Will make Pasta, homemade marinara & Chicken Sausage

    A good week of good food. Nothing to crazy. I usally only break out a cook book for the holidays to make something crazy.

    Oh yeah!!! Heavy Duty Foil Wrap. saves on clean up. I even bake cookies on them on top of baking sheets.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Invaluable kitchen tools......Kitchenaid mixer, Cusinart Food Processor, Rice cooker and a stack of great cookbooks. I love America's Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated Series of cook books- they make it so you look like you really know what you're doing in the kitchen.

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  • Pam H
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Get a couple of good cook books and learn the basics first.

    People cook things on too high a temperature - be sure to set the burner to med or low when cooking, especially eggs. It is better to cook things slow and gentle than to burn them.

    Don't waste money on a bunch of fancy gadgets you will never use.

    Get good cookwear with heavy bottoms, it is worth the money.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oven recipes!

    Saves you from a lot of stress: you don't have to worry about the food not being cooked well all at the same time and they are usually delicious!

    Also, check 'Nigella Lawson' on youtube or television.

    She likes her food quick, easy and delicious...

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  • 1 decade ago

    always follow directions exactly. only after using a recipe a few times do you start experimenting to give it your own kick.

    And have fun with it. Cooking is something you should enjoy and take pride in...

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  • 1 decade ago

    What was easiest for me when I was learning, was to use a crock pot. The recipes are easy to follow, you just pretty much toss everything in and let it cook.

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  • Tazz
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Get a good set of knives! (maybe include it as a gift?) a good set of knives will go a long way and make your cooking more enjoyable. hah

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Use fresh ingredients and always wash your hand....And put some onion it makes delicious...

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