5 Things You Should Learn To Cook In 2012

12/21/2011 04:32 pm ET | Updated Feb 20, 2012

By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

I’m pretty good in the kitchen, but there are a few areas that I feel I could improve upon. It’s the simple things that trip me up the most–maybe because I don’t feel like I really need to follow the recipe (it’s so easy!) or pay that much attention to the specifics.

Like roasting a chicken, for example. I season it a little and throw it in the oven. It always comes out good–but not great. Why? Because I often overlook the little things I could do to make it even better. And I’ll bet there are more people than just me in this boat. Here are 5 things I think we all should learn to cook or master in 2012 and a few tips to set you (and me) on the road to success.

What cooking skill do you want to perfect this year?

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EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.