Things I learned along the way..

 

01. Salt is the most important ingredient in a  kitchen. Under seasoned food, no matter how fancy, or painstakingly prepared, is underwhelming. It has been the downfall of at least half a dozen chefs on various seasons of "Top Chef". Season your food well.

 

02. You need only one really great knife as opposed to a block full of bad ones. Invest in a good knife.  Don't go overboard! You can get one under $30.​​

 

03. Some foods require absolute perfect timing to cook. Steaming vegetables, boiling pasta or rice and so on. Don not rely on yourself to remember. Employ a timer. ​

 

 

04. If you are a newbie to cooking, the most important of all is to not be intimidated and have a sense of humor about it! The worst that can happen if a recipe falls apart is you call your favorite restaurant for a reservation. Either way you end up having a good time :) ​