You’d think that after so many years of eating food, I’d be able to create Pinterest-perfect masterpieces. This simply isn’t true and there’s been more than once that I’ve succumbed to serving dinner parties with takeout plated on my own dishware. (The blog IS called The Road TO Domestication – I most certainly haven’t reached my destination yet!) Throughout all of my trials and mishaps in the kitchen, I have come up with several common errors. Here are five cooking mistakes we all need to avoid:
Using the Wrong Tools
Have you ever successfully hammered a screw in? Me neither. It simply doesn’t work. The same is true in the kitchen: you always need to use the right tool for the job. (You can’t use a meat thermometer as a candy thermometer. Personal experience? You betcha.) That is why it is important to invest in top quality cookware. You will be amazed at the difference that good cookware will make to the ease, speed and quality of the fare that you’re producing in your kitchen.
Not Reading the Instructions Beforehand
Let’s face it: none of us like to read directions. We’d prefer to think that we can figure things out on our own. (Or if it’s something similar to a dish we’re familiar with, why bother actually reading the instructions in the recipe, right?) Sometimes this can work, but often you will end up with a product that would better suit your dog’s palate than your own. To avoid potential problems, take the time to review the recipe in detail before you ever turn on the oven. This ensures you have the right ingredients, equipment, and have all the steps in the right order. You don’t have to rely on recipes found online alone. Modern cookbooks are still a valuable resource in the kitchen that can help you take your meals to the next level.
FIRST, while we’re on the subject of Recipe Contests, don’t forget to stop in over at the MERRY THANKSCHRISTMAS RECIPE CONTEST, which is happening NOW! CLICK HERE to check it out!
And now, how about ANOTHER recipe contest? I mean, why not, right?!
Did you know that October is National Cookbook Month? You know, cookbooks. The ORIGINAL Pinterest, right? I still have some special cookbooks that I use often, do you?
Keystone Meats is a fourth generation family brand offering premium quality canned protein and meal solutions who decided to celebrate National Cookbook Month with its Rewriting the Great American Cookbook Contest, shining a light on recipe hacks and making dinnertime favorites easier with Keystone Meats. Inspired by today’s busier-than-ever family, consumers will be asked to vote on recipe makeovers, or recipes that can be made easier and better with Keystone Meats. Every time a fan goes in to vote for their favorite cookbook recipe, they will be entered to win the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be awarded a year of Keystone products, including the brand’s premium canned meats, soup bases and broths! Consumers can enter online now through October 31!
So, I LOVE to cook. Some women don’t like to come home after working a full day and have to cook, but it’s literally one of my favorite times of day! It’s my “me” time, it’s my relaxation time, it’s my time to create and experiment with flavors, textures and styles!
As you can imagine, I’m always finding new recipes. I see them on blogs, I get them in my email, I get them from friends, I pin them on Pinterest…you get the idea. And almost none of them come in the exact same form.
This created a large build-up of papers (of all shapes and sizes), napkins, recipe cards, etc. Whatever form the recipe came in was shoved into a folder, which meant that every time I said, “Hmmm…where did I put that recipe for Paula Deen’s meatloaf I found the other day?” I had to pull out the folder and dig through until I found the desired item. VERY ANNOYING. Not to mention that our kitty figured all the papers spread everywhere was a direct invitation to come along and pounce away. An even bigger mess.
As the holidays drew near (last year), our family began to set up menus for all of the events, and there are always requests for specific dishes I make. The only problem was finding the recipe for all the requested dishes. And I was over it this past holiday season. Something had to give.
**PLEASE NOTE: While Stubb’s DID provide me with this product to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**
Everybody loves BBQ, right? Especially this time of the year! One of our favorite things to do (especially over the weekend) is get a few choice cuts from the store and GRILL! Since BBQ is my hubby’s favorite, we tend to lean in that direction a lot. We’ve used a variety of products, however, up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of Stubb’s.
Stubb’s is a company out of Texas, started in 1968 as the legendary Stubb’s Bar-B-Q restaurant by C.B. Stubblefield…”Stubb” for short! Today, Stubb’s not only includes the restaurant (now located in Austin, Texas) but also 6 sauces, 4 marinades, 2 injectable marinades, 5 rubs, a moppin’ sauce and a wing sauce, all of which you can find in your local grocery store!
I was looking forward to a quieter weekend…but that’s not exactly how it turned out! That’s okay, though. Still got tons of stuff done!