Too much salt?

Too spicy?

Too sweet?

Too sour, tart or bitter?

Overcooked or under cooked pasta?

Burnt or under cooked meat?

Soup too thin?

Sauce or gravy too lumpy?

Got wilted greens?

Overcooked veggies?

Got soggy fries?

Too bland?

Food stuck to the bottom of the pan?

General rule of thumb ?

  • Follow the recipe! It’s fun to go off the written path sometimes, but recipes are there for a reason. There’s a science to measurements and someone put the time in to figure out the perfect balance for you. So read the recipe all the way through before you start cooking to make sure you have everything you need laid out and there won’t be any surprises!
  • Taste your food as you go. Like I said under bland, all pro chefs taste along the way (with disposable tasting spoons of course). This will help you to balance out your food if it’s leaning to be too salty, too spicy, too sweet or too bland.
  • No over crowding! Whether you’re frying, sautéing or roasting leave some space. We don’t like to be overcrowded and neither does your food.
  • Don’t try to save a bad dish. I know a lot of us are on a budget so if a meal goes bad it can be pretty dang frustrating. But if it’s too far gone, take a deep breath and let it be. It’s not worth it and it’ll only make your hanger worse. Instead, rummage through your pantry and I bet you can whip something up. One of my favorite go-to’s is a simple rice bowl or an Asian peanut pasta. Peep the recipes below! And if you’ve got nothing and you can swing it, there’s always delivery!

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