Springtime cooking tips

Posted Tuesday, May 8th 2012 at 3:55pm

By Arley Hoskin
Like most women in America, I have jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. I love all the recipe ideas, especially the ones I can actually cook in less than 30 minutes.
I’m always looking for new recipes. I’ve found the more I cook, the easier it is to adapt the recipes to my taste. And the easier it is to find creative ways to stretch my recipes into second-day and even third-day meals.
Here are some tricks of the trade that I constantly use in my kitchen:

  1. There’s always a reason to shop in season

Sometimes less is more when it comes to cooking. Fresh herbs and vegetables pack flavor into dishes that you just can’t get from dried spices or canned veggies. Shopping in season will save you money. Next time you go the farmers market, buy some fresh produce and then search for recipes on Pinterest to put your purchases to use. This is a fun way to add purpose to the endless hours you spend on Pinterest.

  1. Salty plus sweet creates a tasty treat

It’s time to think outside of the box when it comes to cooking meat for dinner. One of my favorite things to do is mix a salty protein, like pork chops or steak, with a sweet fruit glaze or marinade. Try blueberries cooked with ginger and brown sugar over pork chops or mango and peppers over steak.
3.  Want to stretch your protein? Add a black bean (or rather a can full)
I try my hardest not to waste food in our household, but these days, who isn’t trying to stretch a buck? One way I stretch tonight’s dish into tomorrow’s dinner is by adding beans to make the protein stretch out another day. Black beans can be added to taco meat and served over rice. Kidney beans, veggies and broth can be added to chicken to create a yummy soup. The possibilities are endless.

  1. Cook ahead and your family will always be fed

As women, we are all busy, and there are inevitably nights where we aren’t there to put dinner on the table for our families. In order to keep my husband from ordering a pizza on those nights, I try to cook ahead when I have the chance. Lasagna, enchiladas and casseroles are great dishes to make ahead. If you want to cook more than three days ahead, just pop these dishes in the freezer after you cook and pull them out as needed.

  1. Accessorize your meals with spices and frills

Spices and sauce are to dishes what shoes and jewelry are to outfits. They make the meal fun and fashionable. Don’t be afraid to experiment with spices. The dish might not always turn out the way you had hoped, but trial and error is part of the fun of cooking. Some of my favorite spices are ginger, cumin and fresh basil.
Hope these tips inspire you as you cook this week. Happy cooking!


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