Looking for tips on how to spice up your kitchen? Want to look like you have your life together? Whoever you’re trying to impress: your friends, coworkers, yourself etc. we have some tips on how you can (easily) impress anyone with your cooking.
1. Pay Attention To Your Spices
Curate a collection of spices for your kitchen–be sure to use them and not let them collect dust in your cabinet. Pay attention to how you use your spices and seasonings (especially salt). A little bit of something can make or break your meal. Check out this herbs and spices guide from Kitchn for suggestions.
2. Know When To Break Out The Knife Set
Sometimes the best way to prepare your food is by chopping it up with knives rather than using a food processor. Check out this article from The Strategist for 17 of the best knife sets you can find on Amazon.
3. Invest In A High-Quality Stand Mixer
Move away from that cheap hand mixer you bought 5-years-ago and move on to bigger and better things with a high-quality stand mixer. It is a worthy investment, saving you time and energy that mixing ingredients yourself takes. Check out this article from The Wirecutter for a showdown to find out the best stand mixer.
4. Add-In Quality Ingredients When Possible
Try to add in quality ingredients such as olive oil when possible. This will make your recipes high quality and showcase the thought you put into them.
5. Garnish Those Dishes
Presentation is everything for having a put together dish. You can garnish your dishes with anything that feels right such as fruits, veggies, herbs or nuts. Check out this WikiHow for a guide on how to garnish your dishes.
6. Make Your Sauces From Scratch
The more of your own love you put into your cooking, the better. When you pick and figure out the ingredients to a sauce yourself you have total control over how it will taste and you can change it up too. Check out this recipe from Wine and Glue for an easy homemade spaghetti sauce.
7. Three. Ingredient. Recipes.
Keep some three-ingredient recipes on hand if you’re ever in a pinch for time to whip up a dish for guests (or yourself). Check out this Buzzfeed article for some awesome three-ingredient recipes.
8. Keep Vegan Recipes On Hand
Make sure to keep some recipes on hand for your guests with dietary restrictions. Check out May I Have that Recipe for some Vegan and Vegetarian recipes. Additionally, check out this guide from Food Network for gluten-free recipes.
9. Get A Cast-Iron Skillet
Ditch your kitchenware for a classic cast-iron skillet for a rustic vibe. You can make pretty much anything in one of these and you can use it on the stove, in the oven or over a campfire. Check out this article from Epicurious to find the best cast-iron skillet and check out Taste of Home for some awesome cast-iron skillet recipes.
10. Curate Recipes From Your Family And Friends
Curate some recipes from your family and friends. Then when your invite them over a while after you can cook them the recipe that they gave you. There is no better way to bring love into your kitchen than from the love of your friends and family. Check out Pinterest for some ideas on how you can organize these recipes into a cookbook.
11. Whip Up A Four-Course Meal
You can really go for a big wow factor with this suggestion. Cook up a four-course meal for your guest (or guests) and they will be impressed. It will take a lot of prep work but when the meal comes through it will be worth it. Check out The Kitchen McCabe for a guide on how to cook a 4-course meal.
However you cook in the kitchen, we hope these tips will spice up your cooking and create some good memories (and meals!).