Cooking with Your Newbie Chefs: Dishes to Try

by | Jun 14, 2023 | food and lifestyle | 0 comments

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Cooking makes you happy, and cooking with your newbie chefs is a memorable experience.

Have you ever tried cooking a tasty meal to impress your friends or family? Most Americans cook despite the challenge associated with it, like knowing ingredients, cooking techniques, and finding time. It takes bravery and courage to be a chef. An individual must have a passion for cooking and preparing meals from recipes. An experienced chef must endeavor to demonstrate a lot of creativity on the plate and knowledge of the field and different cuisines. 

There are many reasons to be a chef; first, they love cooking. It is common to cook, but you must love it and have skills to keep everyone happy. One must do what makes them happy, and you like experimenting with new recipes too.

Below are some of the everyday easy dishes to cook with a kitchen newbie: 

Easy Dish #1. Grilled cheese sandwich with a fried egg. Sounds easy. You learn temperature control, working with butter while not burning it, bread caramelization, which requires temperature control, and cooking an egg for a sandwich. Normally, grilled cheese sandwiches are made with American cheese on white bread. But you can get creative and use artisanal bread and different cheeses once you master the technique.

Easy Dish #2. Spaghetti carbonara. A dish like this has definitely stood the test of time because people like it. It also does not have many ingredients, letting you focus on what kind of spaghetti would be best, what kind of guanciale, black pepper, eggs, Parmigiano, or pecorino. It is a dish everyone likes to make because it makes you think a lot. This dish has a lot of steps; however, it only takes 10 to 12 minutes, and a lot goes on in those 10 minutes. Focus and claim success.

Easy Dish #3. Whole roasted fish. It is relatively easy to do. Use a slender fish like trout or branzino because the cooking time will be quicker and even. You know the fish is done when the dorsal fin pulls right out.

Easy Dish #4. Green leafy salad. The most vital thing is knowing how to make a garden salad. By doing so, you have to be able to make a delicious vinaigrette. People often need to do more. Here is how to make it: Get a mortar and pestle, pound a fresh clove of garlic, put a little salt and a good quality vinegar, whisk in olive oil, salt, and fresh cracked pepper, dice a shallot, and you are done. Put your salad ingredients together ahead of time, cover, and refrigerate. Add the dressing just before serving – nothing says success like a cold, crisp salad.

Easy Dish #5. Risotto. It should be correct if you follow a traditional risotto recipe, have the stock hot, and only cook it until the rice is soft and the liquid is absorbed. Risotto is very easy to make, but you have to pay attention and stir and add liquid. 

Generations Of Good Food

The book” Generations of Good Food” is a compilation of recipes by Eleanor Gaccetta. A 226-page cookbook compiles nearly 200 recipes, including main dishes, bread, cakes, pies, cookies, and candy. In this book, Eleanor shares with her readers how to cook pasta dishes, bake Sweet Easter bread, Lemon Ricotta Cookies, and make Tiger Butter Fudge. Generations of Good Food contains easy-to-follow instructions and a list of exciting recipes that will surely interest new and seasoned chefs and homemakers.

Author’s Corner

Eleanor (Ellie) Gaccetta, MBA, is an author, speaker, and home cook/baker. Formally she was a legislative and policy analyst for the State of Colorado, the City, and County of Broomfield, and after leaving government services, she was a private contractor. Ellie’s almost forty-year career ceased when her mother fell and broke her hip at age 92.

Thus began Ellie’s own journey of being a 24/7 sole caregiver for her mother for the next nine and one-half years. During that time, her book One Caregiver’s Journey was born with personal memories, insight, and advice for caregivers. The book is a snapshot of the realities, changes, and challenges of caregiving. During the six months after her mother’s passing at age 102, Ellie journaled about her reintegration back into the world. “The biggest challenge to reintegration after nearly 10 years of isolation has been to not be an outsider looking into the world that passed you by.”

Ellie’s second book, Generations of Good Food, wasn’t planned. It was a labor of love that consumed her time during the pandemic lockdown. It incorporates recipes, stories, and anecdotes from six generations of her Italian family. It is a book for the kitchen novice and seasoned cook and baker.

Today she lives in a suburb west of Denver where she enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, cooking, baking, and gardening. 

During the pandemic, she committed to remaining healthy, getting in shape, and staying fit. After the pandemic, she walks 2-3 miles daily and has become a gym shark.

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