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Cooking Tips and Resources

Ever wish you could head into the kitchen and whip up a delicious dinner? The good news is that if you've read this far, you'll have no problem at all — because if you can read, you can cook. The trick is knowing some kitchen basics, what kinds of recipes are best, and where to find inspiration for making mouth-watering meals. Here are some ideas about how to get started.

Kitchen 101: The Basics

Even world-class chefs have to start somewhere. These basic tips can help you get off on the right foot in the kitchen:

Where to Find Recipes

Here's a list of some places you can find fantastic recipes:

Keep your recipes in one place — like a recipe box, folder, or notebook. As you start to collect recipes, you can organize them by category (for example, lunch, dinner, snacks, salads, chicken dishes, or pasta).

Getting Creative in the Kitchen

Once you get the hang of reading recipes and mastering some meals, you can get creative in the kitchen! Let loose and:

Most of all, don't be afraid to fail a few times. Cooking is like anything else — it takes practice. So even if no one likes your banana tacos, just remember: delicious meals come out of creative (and adventurous) minds.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: October 2013

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