Did your Aunt volunteer you this year to cook Thanksgiving Day Dinner? Are you trying to impress the parents of the girl you are dating? Is it a Saturday (with beautiful weather) and you woke up to knocking on your door with all of your friends wanting a BBQ?
If you have ever cooked a meal for ANYBODY besides yourself…there are 6 cooking tools that will make your kitchen experience a lot friendlier.
Cooking food is an action that has been around for ever. As long as people have needed to eat, people have cooked their food. Now I know what you’re probably thinking…”there were no stoves and ovens one thousand years ago…how did people ‘cook?” Well, in order to answer that question, let me give you the definition of cooking… (using Google Define)
- The process of preparing food by heating it.
- The practice or skill of preparing food
So, as you can see by the definition that as long as people have been “preparing” food, they have been “cooking”.
Ok. So now your question is “Why is this weird lady giving me word definitions? I already how to cook. You take the food out of the freezer, take off the plastic and stick it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Viola!!! Dinner!” And you know…for the average college student….this game plan works. However, for the rest of the world, there are a few things you have to consider before you plan what’s for dinner. As we all learned in grammar school there are 6 words ( if used properly) that can help anyone assess any situation….INCLUDING COOKING! These words are : Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
1. Who Am I cooking for?
2. What am I going to cook?
3. When is this meal going to happen?
4. Where is this meal taking place?
5. Why am I cooking this dinner?
6. How am I going to cook this meal WITHOUT going postal?
Now, bear with me for a minute. You’re probably reading this and thinking…I’m Cooking…NOT writing an essay. And you know what? You’re right. However, these 6 simple words can help turn any stressful situation into a manageable task. Just remember to answer 1 question at a time and “breathe”! Using these 6 simple key words will help “The Cook” prepare for any occasion.
So, take your time, use these 6 steps and just HAVE FUN!