Common Cook Angel Scenarios
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-Making something out of nothing at all: You’re in sweatpants, running a slight fever, and have no interest in leaving the house. But you’re certain there’s something in the pantry– maybe a can of tuna, some canned tomatoes, a half full box of penne – which could feed the family healthily without harshing your mellow.
– Kitchen Wingman: Spend some time in the kitchen and invariably you will find yourself cooking for some sort of special occasion – first date, dinner party, 4th of July cookout. For these events, emotional reassurance is as important as culinary instruction. I’m here to talk you down off that ledge and into the kitchen.
– Conquering the unknown: You’re in the supermarket and eying tilapia filets or pork country ribs or dinosaur kale. You’d like to give it a go but need some guidance.
– Taking on a technique: Sometimes it’s not the ingredient but the method itself that’s scary. Crepes contain little more than flour and milk, but these thin French pancakes can be intimidating on the first go-round. The same holds true for all sorts of techniques from pickling cucumbers to glazing a cake.
– Improving average: Maybe you know how to make a marinara, but not how to make it special (try gently toasting the garlic with some crushed red pepper flakes and fresh rosemary to give the sauce an intense base). Or maybe you’re ready to go to another level with your basic burger or roast chicken or mashed potatoes. Cook Angel has little tips or tricks to make the basic stuff a little special.