When it comes to men cooking, many women cringe and get a look of fear and trepidation. They love you, but if it doesn’t involve a microwave they think the kitchen will soon become an inferno rivaling that of hell itself.
Many men have been sheltered from cooking because of dutiful mom, take-out and the aforementioned microwave cuisine; but don’t be afraid to branch out and try cooking for yourself.
Keep It Simple
For your first time at the helm, don’t try and cook beef wellington or risotto just because you saw it on “Hells Kitchen.” Instead, try something simple, but delicious. Pasta is always a good start because all it needs is boiling water and a little salt, if you’re so inclined. The sauce can be bought at the store and you can finish it off it some freshly chopped onion and green pepper.
If you’re feeling brave, you can even sauté the vegetables in spices and olive oil. Just make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn and stick to the pan.
Yes, You May Screw It Up
If you’re cooking for the first time, it’s probably because mom’s gone and you’re feeding the kids, you want to do something special for the family or you suddenly got the cooking bug after watching the last two seasons of “Chopped” on Netflix.
There is a chance that not everything will go right. You can cook the pasta too long, the vegetables can burn, etc. The key thing to remember isn’t the final result, but the journey. Even Gordon Ramsey probably burnt his first hamburger when he was a fledgling kid learning to cook. It’s all part of the process. People can’t learn to be experts overnight and after a few weeks of burnt pans and last minute pizza deliveries, you’ll finally get it right.
You’ll move on to something else and screw that up to, but soon you’ll be able to cook it in your sleep. In a year, you may not be able to take on Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen, but your family will no longer worry about you burning down the house.
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