04/30/2012 04:45 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Are Some Useful Hacks for Beginning Cooks Who Work During the Day?

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By Jonas M Luster, Food writer

You asked for hacks, not for a step-by-step which means I like you already. Here's some hacks.


This is a fun exercise. Don't make it a chore. Enjoy yourself, sing loudly in the kitchen, make some noise, and never, ever, let anyone tell you to stop or do something differently just "because that's not how it's done."

[1] I just recently bought a book about Somali cuisine and started cooking Somali dishes. Some of the stuff is... odd... but I learned a thing or two about baking and braising I didn't know, yet.

[2] Rule: if it tastes good, use it. Then, when everything else is 100% replace that with your own version and make it taste even better.

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