5 Tips for Cooking Restaurant Quality Food at Home


Get the Right Equipment

You need good tools to build a good meal. Every chef worth his or her salt knows there are certain tools one can't live without. Here are the basics for a functional kitchen. 

Remember, you don't need to buy all top-of-the-line equipment for your kitchen. However, one thing you should splurge for is a good knife. The right knife will last you many years. Choose a stainless steel chef's knife that fits your grip well and won't rust.

If you want to cook like a chef, you should also have the following on hand: 

  • Immersion blender (more convenient than a regular blender)
  • Cheese grater/zester (look for a multi-surface tool)
  • Saucepans
  • Skillets (regular and nonstick)
  • Vegetable steamer
  • Dutch oven
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Sturdy cookie sheets and cake pans
  • Casserole dish (preferably glass)
  • Tongs (to protect meat or fish when flipping)
  • Thermometer (look for "instant-read")