Can You Help me Learn to Cook?

United States
December 21, 2006 3:53pm CST
I don't like to cook. Maybe it's because I'm not very good at it. If it's simple, I can manage, but anything with a bunch of spices or expensive ingredients and it becomes a big project that just makes me anxious. The only spices I figure that I need in my kitchen are garlic salt, onion powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper. I've tried all those herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano, and basil, and I just end up making my food taste weird and wishing I'd stuck to with garlic salt. Does anyone have any simple tips that will make me a better cook? What is your favorite thing to cook? Is there some kind of rule about what herb to use with what, so everything doesn't come out tasting weird?
9 responses
• United States
22 Dec 06
Spanish Rice - Hamburger Spanish Rice

INGREDIENTS
1 pound lean ground beef 
1 medium onion, chopped 
1/2 green pepper, chopped 
1 cup uncooked instant rice 
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce 
3/4 cup hot water 
1 teaspoon prepared mustard 
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon sugar 

DIRECTIONS

In a skillet, brown beef, onion, green pepper and rice. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
This is my favorite website for getting recipes and you can choose the difficulty. http://allrecipes.com/Also cooking is like anything else you will get better over time especially if you find things you like!!Hamburger Spanish Rice INGREDIENTS 1 pound lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 1 cup uncooked instant rice 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce 3/4 cup hot water 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar DIRECTIONS In a skillet, brown beef, onion, green pepper and rice. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
• United States
22 Dec 06
opps url is http://allrecipes.com somehow the also got hooked in there!!
• United States
22 Dec 06
Thanks for that link. This is another great recipe. All the ingredients are things I usually have in my kitchen, except the instant rice (that usually doesn't taste like rice to me, more like straw). I'll give it a try. Thanks
@blueman (16516)
• India
22 Dec 06
i love cooking, and i do enjoy eating as well. i think when you cook yourself the food is more delicious then having others cook for you. cooking doesn't come naturally if have to do it to learn and after sometime you know what is to be put in what.
• United States
23 Dec 06
That's odd, because I find that I like the food better when someone else cooks it. I'm with you on the eating part, tho. I do love to eat. Maybe a bit too much. :-)
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
22 Dec 06
My mom was a very good cook and she taught me that the best food was the simplest to cook. Just start with fresh, in season ingredients and use only a spice or two. I think cooking is sort of like painting. If you mix too many paint colors, you wind up with a muddy colored mess and if you mix too many exotic spices you wind up with a muddy tasting mess.
• United States
23 Dec 06
I agree with that. I have that problem more with herbs than I do with spices. I know what garlic and onion go well with. But, the herbs, I usually do that wrong. I'm thinking I'm going to throw out all my herbs so that I cant mess up another dish.
@profclark (512)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Watch or tape Rachel Ray and get yourself one of those chia herb garden planters, so you can have fresh herbs, and relax and enjoy yourself. Cooking can be very therapeutic. Also get some garlic powder, lots of flavor without the salt.
• United States
22 Dec 06
Garlic powder instead of garlic salt. Good idea. I do love Lawry's garlic salt though. It's the best. It actually tastes like garlic, to me. Thanks for the tip.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Every Day Foods magazine - Martha Stewart has had a hand in this magazine and her products I find are always great
Go to your local library and see if they have EveryDay Food magazine. Their recipes are great and they tell you step by stop what to do and my kids are even good at making the recipes in the little magazine. Good luck. Cooking is fun!!
• India
22 Dec 06
cooking - cooking
i dont know how to cook..how can i tell you how to cook...but i can tell u how to make maggie...lolz....but if u really want to learn cooking then go for various cooking books which are available in the market
• India
22 Dec 06
sorry
@josan181237 (1205)
• Philippines
22 Dec 06
i don't know how to cook. but i think it would be better if you use a cook book so you'll know what ingredients you should use so it won't taste weird. or you can also try watching cooking shows.
@Devinarun (387)
• United States
22 Dec 06
well initially even i was the least intereseted to cook but after my marrige was fixed up i knw that i had to leran to cook to please my husband and take him on my stand adn with that motive i learnt how to cook.i must tell u it is easy.