Learning to cook as a new mom

I found it hard to find recipes my kids loved as a new mother. Here is how I learned.

My mom is beautiful, curious, kind, strong, happy and healthy. Her example inspires everything I know about cooking and food. I learned mostly from her as a new mom, but I found many resources online and through cookbooks and got better as time went on. You don’t need to be a professional you just need to practice. So don’t worry just start trying! There would be times I was so busy cooking I couldn’t leave the kitchen and I would have to answer the door through our families doorbell camera system.

Salt your food while cooking it. It'll bring the flavor of the food out if you only add salt. Remember to put plenty of salt in your pasta water! By the way, if you use whole, fresh ingredients you do not have to think about too much salt, because the majority comes from foods that are packaged. Balance with sugar. Tomatoes can be acidic, when you're cooking a sauce, you may have to balance the acidity with a little sugar. You can add a teaspoon of sugar to the sauce, or you can add in carrots, which will bring balance to the berries and are sweet and or the sauce some sautéed onions. Same goes for salad dressings. If you are making a lemon juice or vinegar and oil based dressing, add a little sugar. Nowadays they put all sorts of crap. Vary your foods from day to day. Have pork, beef, or fish the next, In case you have chicken for dinner daily. Don't eat the same foods every day. Our bodies are designed for variety. What are some of the things about cooking and food my mother has taught me? Here goes:

Try to pick the heaviest among its dimensions when you buy a lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit (and other produce too ). That one will be the juiciest. (This is one of the first things my mother ever taught me about food, I can still remember being a kid of 7, picking out the heaviest oranges out of the bin) Eat fish that is fresh you purchase it and keep it cold before you cook it. Fish is best when very refreshing. Do not be afraid of using sugar, salt, or fat in your cooking. They're important for taste and everything is fine in moderation. Use a different cutting board and wash thoroughly everything that the raw poultry touches -- your hands, countertops, knives, cutting board -- once you're done. This list could easily go on. Mom can talk for hours, in an informed and intelligent manner, about why fat is good for you, the best way to generate jam, the way to tell when a steak is done, how there isn't any one-size-fits-all diet for anybody, etc. etc.. Just a little bit of bacon fat is fantastic for taste, as is fat, and of course butter. Spicy foods using an oil with a high smoke point, such as rice bran oil or grapeseed oil. Olive oil is very good for cooking needs. Don't be afraid of it. It will taste better and be cheaper. Inquire, if you don't know what is in season. The people working in the produce department at grocery stores are more than happy to assist. If you want your meat to brown, do not stir it, and do not crowd the pan. Just let it sit in the pan, until it is browned on one side. Then stir, or flip. Don't be scared of them. The new ones have these terrific safety features. Especially when cooking beans that are dry you'll save loads of time cooking with a pressure cooker. While you're cooking, taste. When you think it taste's done. To achieve the ideal balance of flavors you need to taste and make alterations.

Remember just practice practice practice and you’ll be a well known cook amongst your new family!