Tips & Tricks

  • Read a recipe and its ingredients all the way through before you start cooking. I cannot tell you the number of times I realize I don't have enough ingredients or time to make something, but have already started. Cue many an unnecessary and ill-timed grocery store trip.
  • That said, the internet is an amazing source for substitutions.
  • Wrap a stale bagel in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds. Magical.
  • Wash dishes while you cook or bake. You'll be grateful when your food is in the oven and you DON'T have a stack of dishes taller than your fridge.
  • If you're putting something into a plastic bag (such as frosting), fold the edges of the bag over and stick it in something (a coffee mug works for smaller bags, and bowls work for bigger bags).
  • How many tablespoons in a cup? (16) What is half of 2 1/2 teaspoons? (1 1/4 teaspoons) What's a good substitute for buttermilk? (a cup of milk plus a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar) Google will answer all of your questions! Just ask nicely.
  • Bread knives are incredible. Yes, they cut bread. But they also cut fruit like tomatoes and peaches without squishing or bruising them.
  • Always taste-test! How will you know if anyone will like your food if you don't even know what it tastes like? I don't think you should be too surprised by the final outcome.
  • If you burn yourself, put some mustard on it. It's soothing, and better for your skin than shocking it with an ice cube.
  • Buttermilk or soda will make your cupcakes and cakes super moist. Whenever you can, replace milk with one of those!
  • Download the ChefTap app. It allows you to import recipes directly from your email, from websites, and even from Pinterest and FoodNetwork.com! Love it.

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