If you are a novice home cook, I have a tip for you that might help you gain confidence. Bring someone into the kitchen with you and teach them while you learn. If you can teach how to do something, you are also developing and fine tuning skills. It's kind of a tricky thing to do but it's also fun. Grab a friend, family member, prospective boy/girlfriend and invite, bring (or otherwise, drag) them into the kitchen with you and teach them. It can be something simple like, 'Here is how to fry an egg.' Or, 'Want to learn how to make red sauce together?'
Cooking is a very bonding sort of activity. Cooking is intimate and fun too.
While we are on the subject, why not offer a cooking lesson coupon to someone you love, you know needs some basic cooking lessons.
You could make a coupon book or basket with a coupon of the following:
One basic knife skills lesson. This could just be how to hold a chef's knife properly. Place some carrots, an onion and so forth in a basket and present the basket with the coupon.
One basic pastry-making lesson. Again, give a basket with ingredients for a pastry crust along with the coupon.
One basic soup-making lesson. Yep. Fill a basket with soup-making goodies and present it to the lucky person with the coupon.
I think you get the picture, Dear Readers. Here are a few more ideas:
A Quick Bread baskets, Yeast Bread baskets, Cookie Basket, Local Farm Basket and a farm tour coupon, Local Winery basket with a wine tasting tour coupon, Family Recipe baskets...
The list is endless, just like the love each basket (and the thought behind it) contains.
Share your ideas for for coupons and baskets in the comments section.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor