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Becoming a Good Cook
By: Buck Reed

 

In this series of articles I will attempt to talk about what it takes to become skilled in the culinary arts. At the least I hope you will become more familiar with your kitchen, at the most I hope you will embrace this skill for your own purpose as well as appreciate those who perform it well. The first of these ideas is to find a reason to cook.
 
When I say find a reason to cook, I mean find your reason to cook. You have to want to come home from a long day of work or a hard day of caring for your children and take the time to turn on your stove or oven and prepare dinner. Or get up in the morning and make a nice breakfast for yourself. Sure you need a kitchen, pots pans and various other utensils not to mention the food itself, but you really need a reason to cook.
 
One good reason you might embrace cooking is the money you can save preparing meals and snacks for yourself and your family. Going out to dinner is getting more expensive all the time and even fast food is getting a bit pricey. For a little investment in ingredients and equipment as well as some of your time you can plan good meals prepared out of your kitchen for a fraction of the price of going out.
 
Cooking for yourself can also be healthier for you. Let’s face it; fast food is mostly bad for you. That’s why we love it. Sure they are trying to sell more salads and fruit cups but really, have you ever eaten a healthy choice in one of these places that tasted good? Make a good salad or sandwich you can take to work with you. Learning how to make better choices of what you cook can help make you and your family healthier.
 
Some people might feel pride in what they prepare for others. Making a delicious meal for the people you care for is a great way to show you how you feel about them. What says love more then making your significant others favorite soup? Think of the money you will save in flowers.
 
For me I love the fact that I can make a living at cooking. Not only do I love the restaurant business, but I also work as a personal chef. I also consider myself fortunate that I get to teach as well. I have been teaching for 15 years for the Frederick County Parks and Recreation. In teaching I have learned not only the joy of sharing with others, but more importantly the concept that as the instructor I get to learn too. And there is so much to learn as well. The techniques, ingredients and the countless cuisines, a good cook can spend a lifetime expanding their knowledge of the preparation of food and still just scratch the surface. I have made my goal simple, I want to know a little more about cooking today then I did yesterday, but not as much as I will know tomorrow.
 
Discovering a reason to cook will inspire you to become a better cook. Most of all, cooking can make your life better and possibly enhance the lives of those around you. 
 

If you have any ideas or have any questions feel free to drop me a line at rguyinthekitchen@aol.com



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