Thursday, September 5, 2013

Clueless in the Kitchen?





I love to cook.

It's relaxing, comforting, and at the end of my efforts, I often end up with something tasty I can share with a friend or family member.

It therefore came as a complete shock to find out that many people don't do it.

They get their food from parents or in laws, fast food restaurants, cans, and pre-packaged or frozen from the grocery store, caterer, or "traiteur".

These foods are fine if you know how to make healthy choices, or eat them alongside something healthful, like a salad or smoothie.

But they're not nearly as satisfying, both physically - as what you have made is probably better for you than anything you order or buy pre-packaged - and mentally - as something you make yourself.

People who don't cook plead a variety of reasons, but the most common is a lack of time, money, knowledge,  a dash of laziness, and a healthy dose of fear.

Fear?

Yeah, fear.

Between Celebrity Chefs, the Food Channel, and Food Magazines, there's a lot of pressure to make something as pretty and tasty as the experts.

Top that with a room full of things that can cut you, and burn you, and burn or blow up the house, it's no surprise that to many, a kitchen is not a workshop but a torture chamber!

That being said, I write this for all those who consider themselves clueless in the kitchen. People between the ages of 18 and 80 who don't cook but should for economic - as homemade food is generally cheaper - and health reasons.

I impart my knowledge, gleaned from cookbooks, TV shows, my time working at a food bank, and my mother, grandmothers, and aunts.

That being said, if you don't feel like reading further, pick up a cookbook or three.

Chefs like Canadian Micheal Smith, Brit Jamie Oliver, American author Micheal Ruhlman, and even Rachel Ray, an extremely obnoxious American TV cook and "personality" (I put that in quotation marks because I don't think she has any), have decent books that will allow you to make meals quickly and easily, even if you're on a budget.  

If you don't feel like spending the money, read on!

All the advice below I offer you free, gratis, and for nothing!

Please note that while this blog will consist mostly of my culinary wisdom and recipes, I will also critique cookbooks and cooking shows, so that if one day you decide you're sick of me and want to spend the money and pick one up, or turn on the boob tube, you will have a recommendation and a review to go by.

Hope you'll stick around!

-Samantha R. Gold

Questions? Comments? Requests? Kitchen dilemmas?

Bring it on!

I am willing to bet I can turn anything in your fridge and pantry into a meal.

Try me at:  for.the.culinarily.challenged@gmail.com

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