A few helpful kitchen tips:

  1. Take the stress away by doing the prep the day before.
  2. Store spices in a cool, dark place, not above your stove. Store red spices in the freezer. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.
  3. Use a coarse Microplane or grater to shave vegetables into salads or vinaigrettes.
  4. Make fresh stock and freeze it in plastic bags or plastic containers. When you want to make soup or boil veggies, you can simply pull the stock out of the freezer.
  5. If you’re cooking for someone important, never try a recipe and an ingredient that you are not familiar with at the same time.
  6. Cook boxed or bagged pasta a minute or two less than the package instructions. Finish cooking the pasta the rest of the way in the sauce.
  7. After working with garlic, rub your hands vigorously on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them. It will remove the odor.
  8. When trying new recipes, read your recipes thoroughly, and think about the timing off all the dishes you are going to make. And make sure you have all the ingredients before preparing your dishes.
  9. When making dough, you can always freeze the dough to use later.
  10. Cut an avocado easily, by slicing it while it’s still in the skin. If you are not using the whole avocado, leave the pit in and the remaining avocado will prevent from browning.
  11. Always crack an egg on a flat surface, never the edge of a bowl.
  12. Save the last parts of the jam in the jar. Add to the jar equal parts oil and vinegar and shake it well with salt and pepper to make a fruity vinaigrette.
  13. When a dish needs a little kick, try adding a lemon or lime juice and or zest instead of salt.
  14. Add Texas Pete hot sauce to your pizza for an extra kick!
  15. Bake a test cookie, before baking the entire dough. You can then adjust the baking time so the rest of the cookies come out perfectly.