Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cooking 101

I have always loved cooking and creating in the kitchen. For the last two months I have been teaching a cooking club for 4-H and loved it. I look forward to deciding what we are going to make. I love finding the perfect recipie that is not too hard, but not too easy. I love watching the students make something they thought would be hard. I look forward to Wednesday afternoons in the kitchens in the food room at school.

In February, my sister set up a blog for my family to post our favorite recipes to. It has been great seeing and making my extended family's favorite recipes. My sister-in-law mentioned that while she could cook, she wished she was better at it. She stated that she would love step by step instructions with pictures. The idea for a how to blog was planted in my mind. I have been turning it over for a couple of months now. Today, I decided that I would just go ahead and start it.

I asked the kids for help in naming the blog. Matt said I should call it "Cooking for Dummies". Smart alec. I didn't want the novice to feel intimidated, but on the other hand, I didn't want the culinary master (which I am not) to feel talked down to. So, I think I struck a balance with Sandra's Cooking Corner.

Here is what you can look forward to in my little corner of the cooking world:

  • the basics of cooking, Cooking 101 if you will. I will discuss the different types of tools to have and use in the kitchen as well as the pros and cons of pots and pans, knives, spoons, dishes, etc. I will also discuss the different types of ingredients and when to use what.
  • We will make food with step by step instructions as well as photos. This is my children's favorite part, because if I am going to have photos, I am going to have to make it and they are going to have to eat it. We will start easy and then progress to more complicated foods. Evenually I will redesign the site so that there will be different links to different categories so you won't have to search through all of the posts to find the recipe you want.

I will not post daily, that would just take up too much time with the photography and loading the pictures and then writing. I will, however, try to do at least one post a week with a recipe to make. As we make this journey together, feel free to make suggestions of things that you would like to learn to make. Who knows, I just may learn something new myself!

Until the next post- Eat Well, Live Well!