The Key Strategies to Cooking Good Food

I'm going to let you in on a few strategies on how to make everything you cook taste more delicious every time!

The most important strategy for cooking good food is to taste your food in as many stages as possible (definitely not when there is raw meat involved). That way you know what it needs to taste better. I learned this from watching Gordon Ramsey's cooking tutorials. More salt or pepper? Or maybe a little more acidity? If you want to taste seasoned meat before cooking a large batch just take a very small piece and quickly saute it to taste it. Learn to trust your taste buds because nobody knows better what you like! If you know what you are trying to make it taste like, it is easier to adjust along the way rather than trying to improve the taste after you have finished the recipe. Which leads me to my next tip!

Don't be afraid to try new things. The next most important strategy is to never assume that you don't like something if you haven't tried it. Get different seasonings and try them in your recipes. It's much more fun to be cooking in a kitchen that has a wide variety of spices. It helps me not get bored!

And my last strategy for cooking good food is to make recipes your own. If you are following a new recipe from a book or online you should try to stick close to the recipe, because you don't want to screw anything up majorly. But if you have cooked the recipe before, never be afraid to change the recipe ingredients or method to best fit your needs. Be careful changing baking recipes--those are more scientific and you have to make sure substitutions don't effect the final result negatively. However, I have changed recipes before and they turn out even better than the original! You just have to experiment.

And last but definitely not least, add microgreens to every savory meal! They go great with basically anything and you can use them underneath or as a garnish. Check out my recipe posts and our Instagram to read more about how to use microgreens!

I implement these strategies every time I go into the kitchen, even if I am just whipping up a quick meal. Follow these strategies and you will be cooking better than you ever have before!! Pay attention to what you put in your stomach, because it matters.

Happy Cooking,

Gabby Waterman

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