Want to test your kitchen chops? Show someone how to make your favorite dish.

Here’s a piece of advice that holds true across many fields: if you want to test your knowledge of a subject or concept, try explaining it to someone else. …

Americans throw away up to 40% of the food they purchase every year, but you can take a few simple steps to cut down on your kitchen trash.

Minimizing kitchen waste is a challenge in many homes. Up to 40% of food in America is thrown away instead of being eaten. Keeping a well-stocked fridge and pantry often leads to extra food, and extra food and leftovers can easily go bad. …

Cooking Journal

Keeping a cooking journal is a small but effective technique for improving your cooking practice. I’ve only started doing in the past year, but since I started I’ve found myself wishing I had begun years ago. It’s something I highly suggest that other home chefs do too because it can have a big positive impact on the learning process.

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Why a Cooking Journal is Important

A cooking journal is simply a place for you to take notes about your cooking projects. And just like in school, the notes you take about cooking help you process and retain a lot more information than you would otherwise. As you cook more frequently, you likely find yourself pulling recipes from many different sources. You’ll probably mix together elements of different recipes to make your own version. You might even strike out and play with original concoctions. And when you do make that perfect pancake, or discover your new twist on an old childhood favorite, you’ll want to make sure that you can replicate it. Taking notes on where you find your inspiration, how you tweak recipes and what you liked (or disliked) about a dish helps ensure that good cooking isn’t a lucky chance, but a measured process that you can recreate next time. …


Ashley Dotterweich

Writer, baker, hiker, collector of interesting facts. Crossword enthusiast. Crafter of words and ideas at Rainforest QA.

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