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From the Bistro to Your Kitchen

Ella Navarro

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For all you foodies out there, like me, don’t you wish they could make home cooked meals like a pro? Here’s the truth ‒ most professional chefs can be way more creative due to their vast budget. Here’s 5 tips of how to cook like a pro while sticking to your budget.

  1. Embrace salt. When working on a shoestring budget, salt very well might be your best friend. As an ingredient in dishes, salt plays two very important roles. First, it reduces bitter flavors. Second, because it reduces bitterness, adding salt allows the aromas and tastes of the other ingredients in your dish to shine through. This will give your dish a deeper flavor profile.
  2. Fry it, you will like it. Frying your food is not only a way to get a nice, even cook, if done right, you get a nostalgic, deep flavor. Frying is a great backup when faced with a disaster.
  3. The art of boiling. Boiling is one of the most misunderstood and underrated cooking techniques. It’s ridiculously easy to over-boil something, resulting in a mess. And that’s common; home cooks don’t have the gas stovetops restaurants have. There’s also times when boiling is the preferred method, like when breaking down starchy potatoes and pasta (quick tip: lay a wooden spoon across the top of the pot to avoid the common pasta water boil-over), or quickly bringing out the color and flavor of green vegetables.
  4. Roast and toast almost everything. Nuts and spices are the exotic, expensive items you splurge on and almost never utilize to their fullest potential. And it’s not your fault; they’re pricey for a reason, and they’re just fine on their own. But you can really unlock some next-level flavors if you take just a couple extra steps. Roasting food unlocks the deep natural flavors.
  5. Fresh herbs and lemons. Restaurant dishes taste so good because they have a burst of freshness and flavor…that comes from adding fresh herbs, lemon and lime at the end. For very little expense, you can grow a few windowsill herbs like chives, parsley, thyme or dill and add them to your dishes. Watch for sales on lemons and limes, and buy real butter or a nice type of Parmesan cheese.Image result for most appetizing home cooked food picturesImage result for most appetizing home cooked food pictures

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